Cambodia morning news for January 15

Cambodia morning news for January 15

Cambodia morning newsCambodian PM Says No Power Transfer from Father to Son in Cambodia
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen reaffirmed here this evening that there will be no power transfer from father to son directly in the Kingdom.
— AKP 

PM offers lawyers to aid journalists
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said he will provide personal lawyers to defend journalists who are facing complaints in court, but he also urged journalist to be professional in carrying out their duties.
— Khmer Times 

Hun Sen Orders Investigation Into Cambodian Prisoner’s Alleged Death by Torture
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen Tuesday ordered the country’s Police Commander in Chief Sao Sokha to apprehend any suspects involved in an alleged torture case that resulted in the death of a man who was detained for his participation in a land-rights protest.
— Radio Free Asia  

Cambodia to open treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha
Cambodian opposition party leader Kem Sokha is set to go on trial on treason charges on Wednesday in a closely watched case as the European Union mulls suspending trade benefits over the Southeast Asian nation’s human rights record.
— Reuters 

50 garment workers dead, 2,000 injured in traffic accidents last year
50 garment workers died and 2,000 sustained injuries from traffic accidents last year, according to a report.
— Khmer Times

Textile factories to enter 4.0 era
Global fashion-technology platform Zilingo has collaborated with the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) and the Cambodia Garment Training Institute (CGTI) to bring a new form of digitisation to Cambodia’s garment factories.
— Khmer Times 

Sihanoukville has become a dangerous playground
Another news report has surfaced highlighting the dangerous town that Sihanoukville – once a sleepy, coastal tourist destination in Cambodia – has become.
— The Asean Post 

Cambodia’s year of political limbo
Cambodian politics in 2019 was characterised by tension and uncertainty. A contentious election in July 2018 in which the ruling Cambodian People’s Party faced no serious competition has been followed by a progressive habituation to a de facto one-party system. But a ‘new normal’ has yet to settle in.
— East Asia Form 

Cambodia: Repression of Opposition Increases
The Cambodian government stepped up its crackdown on political opposition members and activists over the past year, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2020.
— Human Rights Watch 

Cambodia’s Hun Sen has ruled for 35 years – is he looking to shore up his dynasty?
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen marks 35 years in office today, a landmark that divides opinion in the politically tense Southeast Asian nation.
— South China Morning Post 

Kem Sokha’s Trial to Last Three Months, Court Official Says
Describing it as “a big one,” Sunlay told Thmey Thmey that the trial, which starts Wednesday, should end in late March.
— Thmey Thmey 

PM Hun Sen to Journalists: “Do Not Violate Rights of Others, Do Not Distort the Truth” (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged journalists to embrace a new slogan, “do not violate rights of other people, do not distort the truth” in order to enhance their professionalism.
— Fresh News 

Rights Groups Demand Cambodia Drop ‘Bogus’ Charges Against Kem Sokha on Eve of Treason Trial
Cambodia should immediately drop “bogus” charges against opposition chief Kem Sokha, rights groups demanded Tuesday, the eve of a planned two-day treason trial in a case they said will be overseen by a politically controlled judiciary beholden to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.
— Radio Free Asia

Road crashes kill 50 garment workers, injure 1,956 others in Cambodia last year
Fifty Cambodian garment factory workers were killed and 1,956 others were injured in traffic accidents in 2019, said a National Social Security Fund (NSSF)’s report released on Tuesday.
— Xinhua 

PM Hun Sen Offers Volunteer Lawyers to Defend Professional Journalists (Video inside)
Professional journalists who face lawsuits will receive legal supports from Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s volunteer lawyers, the premier addressed at the annual meeting with journalists on Tuesday evening, 14 January, attended by nearly 5,000 journalists at Diamond Island, organized by the Ministry of Information.
— Fresh News 

Cambodia Seeks More Support from Australia
Cambodia has requested Australia to continue supporting the Kingdom in many different areas.
— AKP 

Monk, forest chief proclaims his love for wildlife, decries poachers
A community forest chief in Oddar Meanchey province has appealed to poachers to stop destroying wildlife and to all Cambodians to respect and love the Kingdom’s rich biodiversity.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

Cambodia committed to promote international cooperation
National Assembly president Heng Samrin yesterday in Canberra said the Kingdom is committed to promoting international cooperation, notably in building peaceful and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.
— Khmer Times

4th Cambodia-China Military Exercise to be held in March
The fourth joint military exercise, involving Cambodia and China, the Golden Dragon to showcase the iron clad friendship of the two nations are scheduled to be held in March this year.
— Khmer Times

Vietnamese war hero honoured by Cambodia
An officer from the Vietnamese voluntary soldiers who took part in the liberation of Cambodia from the genocide regime was honoured with an award from King Sihamoni of Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

PM marks more than three decades in power
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday marked his 35 years in power by promising that he will never hand it over to his oldest son Hun Manet but through an election.
— Khmer Times

PM Hun Sen Calls for Media to Combat Corruption and Social Injustice (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged journalists to use their professions to fight against inequality, corruption, and social injustice.
— Fresh News 

Western-aligned opposition forces in Cambodia exaggerate anti-China sentimen
Widespread anti-Chinese sentiment in Cambodia was denied by both its citizens and Chinese entrepreneurs living there whom were reached by the Global Times.
— Global Times  

Fainting cases among garment workers decreased last year
The fainting cases among garment workers occurred in 11 factories last year, a decrease of more than 60 percent compared with 2018’s 17 factories, according to a report.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia’s Foreign Minister to Attend AMM Retreat in Viet Nam
At the invitation of His Excellency Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, His Excellency Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia
— Fresh News

Court says about 30 allowed to witness Kem Sokha’s trial
About 30 people will be allowed to witness the trial of former opposition leader Kem Sokha on Wednesday, according to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.
— Thmey Thmey

20 Year Sentence For 1 kg Drug Dealer
A drug dealer’s verdict was handed down on January 13, 2020, according to Phnom Penh Municipal Court officials.
— CNE

PM Hun Sen: Law on Access to Information to Complete in 2020 (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that the law on access to information must be completed and approved by the legislature by 2020, as it has been drafted and reviewed for many years.
— Fresh News  

Locals And Chinese Businesses On Otres Protest
After the clear up of illegal stalls on the coast of Ochheuteal was completed without any major incidents, plans to extent the operation along Otres have reportedly met with opposition.
— CNE

Hun Manet Needs Time and People’s Support despite Capability: PM Hun Sen (Video inside)
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen urged journalists to use their professions to fight against inequality, corruption, and social injustice.
— Fresh News 

Western Rough Sleeper Picked Up In Siem Reap
On January 14, 2020, at 10:00 AM, immigration police detained a foreigner after he was caught sleeping rough in Siem Reap River Park in Mondul Village 1, Svay Dangkum, Siem Reap Town.
— CNE

Jealous Man Murders Girlfriend
A young woman was killed by her boyfriend because of his jealousy. He then attempted suicide, (*EDIT: photos show he slashed his own throat with a small knife) but was found by police and taken to Calmette hospital. His condition is unknown.
— CNE

Cambodian Foreign Minister to Attend AMM Retreat in Viet Nam This Week
H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia, will lead a delegation to attend the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Retreat (AMM Retreat) in Viet Nam this week, at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart H.E. Pham Binh Minh.
— AKP

Kingdom drafting new law to strengthen immigration
The Ministry of Interior on Tuesday said it had formed a working group to draft amendments to the Law on Immigration.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

H.E. Neak Oknha Seang Nam Recognised for Contribution to Cambodia-Japan Friendship Promotion
H.E. Neak Oknha Seang Nam, Member of the National Assembly of Cambodia, has been awarded with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon in recognition of his contribution to strengthening bilateral relations and promoting friendship between Japan and the Kingdom of Cambodia.
— AKP

Women Run 10 KM to Boost Women’s Participation in Process toward SEA Games 2023
The Women Run 10 KM and 4 KM, scheduled for Mar. 8, 2020, will contribute to enhancing the participation of women in the process toward the 32nd SEA Games to be hosted by Cambodia in 2023.
— AKP

Chinese firms to build new PP airport
Three enterprises, all Chinese-owned, have been chosen to build the new airport that will service the Cambodian capital, the company in charge of the project said.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Minister of Information Congratulates 35th Anniversary of PM Hun Sen in Office
Minister of Information H.E. Khieu Kanharith expressed here this evening his sincere congratulations to Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen on being in office for 35 years.
— AKP 

Dredging suspended in Banteay Srei district
Sand-dredging was suspended in Siem Reap province’s Banteay Srei district on Monday after it was found that unlicensed operations had polluted creeks, leaving fish dead and impacting residents.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Czech Republic donates medical equipment to National Paediatric Hospital
The Czech Republic on Monday handed medical equipment worth more than $300,000 to the National Pediatric Hospital to promote infant and child healthcare.
— Khmer Times 

Sam Heng: Social security must widen to include more workers
As of last year, the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) registered more than 10,000 healthcare enterprises to cover more than 1.7 million workers under occupational risk and healthcare schemes.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Smart Axiata to hold Cambodia’s first PUBG Mobile tournament
Cambodia’s growing number of electronic sports (eSports) players and enthusiasts will have more reasons to smile these days.
— Khmer Times 

Ministry forecasts ‘favourable’ dry, early rainy season weather
The Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology has issued a weather forecast for this year, which shows that the dry and early rainy season will be more favourable than in previous years due to the influence of El Nino/Southern Oscillation (Enso).
— The Phnom Penh Post

Two-star general questioned over land reclamation in Koh Kong
Koh Kong provincial court yesterday questioned a two-star general who allegedly reclaimed a stretch of land near the ocean in Khemarak Phoumint city.
— Khmer Times 

Canadian docs providing free ENT surgery at Kandal hospital
Canadian medical professionals this week are offering free-of-charge surgery to Cambodians suffering from ear, nose and throat (ENT) ailments as part of an initiative by Impact Cambodia.
— The Phnom Penh Post 

 

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