Monday, February 24, 2020

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US, China Face Off Over 5G in Cambodia

For techies and phone geeks, Digital Cambodia 2019 was the place to be.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Unveils ‘Strategy’ to Offset Loss of EU Trade Scheme

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday unveiled his strategy to offset the loss of a preferential trade agreement that the European Union is likely to withdraw in response to his government’s failure to reverse rollbacks on democracy, saying he is “done taking orders” from other countries.

Cambodian car owners with unpaid tax rack up $1.43M fines

Cambodia's General Department of Taxation (GDT) has collected some $1.43 million in fines from more than 6,000 vehicles with unpaid tax last year, according an announcement on Wednesday.

Cambodian Court Denies Request to Drop Charges Against Detained Opposition Chief Kem Sokha

A court in Cambodia has refused to drop “treason” charges against opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) chief Kem Sokha citing an ongoing investigation, his lawyer said Wednesday, despite holding him for more than a year in pre-trial detention.

Cambodian PM says digital technology can drive growth, efficiency

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Tuesday that digital technology can drive growth and efficiency of local service delivery.

Cambodia Faces Major Economic Blow as E.U. Weighs Ending Trade Deal

Cambodia faces a serious blow to its economy as the European Union investigates the government’s deteriorating human rights record and considers revoking a special trading deal with the country.

Deprived of citizenship, the Vietnamese of Cambodia live on the edge of society

According to a 2014 report on the living conditions of Vietnamese in Cambodia, it is estimated that nine in ten ethnic Vietnamese in Cambodia are undocumented.

Bernard Krisher, Journalist and Philanthropist, Dies at 87

Bernard Krisher, chairman of World Assistance for Cambodia, publisher of The Cambodia Daily and former Newsweek Tokyo bureau chief, died on March 5 at a hospital in Tokyo. He was 87.

Rithy Panh revisits the horrors of the Khmer Rouge

Cambodian film-maker Rithy Panh talks about his latest film, Graves without a name, being shown in Geneva, which explores the lasting effects of the Cambodian genocide.

Cambodian Court Rules Former RFA Reporters’ Cases Will Proceed to Trial

A court in Cambodia on Friday concluded its investigation into two former RFA reporters accused of “espionage,” ordering their cases to proceed to trial, and prompting a rights group to call for their charges to be dropped.

Cambodia, China Launch Annual ‘Golden Dragon’ Joint Military Exercise, Deepening Ties

Cambodia and China have launched their third annual joint “Golden Dragon” military exercise in grand style, drawing concerns from analysts who say the drills are generating international “suspicion” as Phnom Penh pivots from the West and increasingly towards Beijing.

Cambodian PM may sue over Facebook posts

Lawyers for Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen are considering filing lawsuits against those who insult him on social media.

Cambodia’s Labor Ministry Fines Brick Factory After Girl Loses Arm

Cambodia’s Ministry of Labor has issued a fine and is in the process of suing the owner of a brick factory on charges of illegal child labor after a 10-year-old girl employed at the factory lost a limb while on the job.

Six CNRP Activists Apply For Asylum After Fleeing Cambodia

Six members of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party who fled Cambodia this week ahead of likely arrest have now applied for political asylum outside the country, one member of the group told RFA on Monday, speaking from an undisclosed location.

‘Just a thought’: Cambodia leader Hun Sen considers death sentence for rapists

Prime minister suggested a referendum could be held to decide whether the public want the country’s constitution changed to allow the new law.

Southeast Asian Women Call For Greater Opportunities, Lament War and Repression

International Women’s Day was celebrated throughout Southeast Asia on Friday through peaceful processions calling for equal opportunities for all women and personal appeals for greater female involvement in politics in the traditionally conservative, male-dominated region.

Interview: Book Author’s 10-Year Observation of Cambodia

My book is exactly about “Cambodia in the 21st century”. I thought the book could include some kind of photos of Cambodian society now. What is happening and what is changing, from a traditional to a more modern society.

Six Activists From Banned Political Party Flee Cambodia for Thailand

Six activists of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have fled Cambodia this week, fearing political persecution at the hands of the court, which they say is controlled by the Hun Sen-led Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

Cambodian Army Backs Business Group in Land Dispute, Defying Government Order

Cambodia’s military is backing a powerful company in its seizure of land in Preah Vihear province, guarding bulldozers sent to destroy villagers’ crops and defying government orders not to get involved in land disputes, Cambodian sources say.

Hun Sen Gives Former Opposition Officials Royal Pardon Ultimatum

Some 118 former Cambodia National Rescue Party officials were banned from political activities for five years in a Supreme Court ruling in November 2017.

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