Sunday, December 8, 2019

Today’s Top News

Cambodia talks fail to end trade sanction threat, EU says

Cambodia failed on Friday to allay criticisms of authoritarianism and rights abuses that threaten the country’s duty-free trading access to the European Union, the EU’s top diplomat said after talks with its premier.

Global Lawmakers Condemn ‘Blatant’ Rights Violations of Cambodia’s Opposition MPs

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on Thursday expressed “serious concerns” about rights violations against lawmakers from Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and called for a meeting with CNRP chief Kem Sokha, who is currently held under house arrest.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Aims to Dodge Trade Sanctions in Brussels Talks

In a move aimed at countering European criticism of his rule, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen arrived in Brussels on Wednesday for top-level meetings hoping to persuade European leaders to forgo threatened sanctions against his government following national elections widely regarded as rigged.

Cambodia’s high-rises, slavery and climate change

A legion of Cambodians are trapped as debt slaves in the brick-making industry as skylines and climate change expand.

Prominent Land Rights Activist Meets US Officials After Prison Release

Tep Vanny was recently released from prison after more than two years in jail for taking part in a protest in Phnom Penh.

Leaked Cambodia memo shows Hun Sen tightening grip on dissent

Government document details increased surveillance of critics and opposition.

Youk Chhang Part 4: A New Life — And a Pledge to Remember

Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), was recently awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as “Asia’s Nobel Prize,” for his work bringing to light the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. In this final installment of a four part series, the Cambodia Daily’s Michelle Vachon examines the pioneer’s journey from the killing fields to the podium.

Cambodian Government Critic Kim Sok Arrives Safely in Finland

Cambodian political commentator Kim Sok arrived safely in Finland with his daughter on Friday after gaining political asylum following weeks of hiding in Thailand under threat of arrest in Cambodia for his criticism of Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen.

Youk Chhang, Part 3: The Long Trek to an Uncertain Future

Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), was recently awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as “Asia’s Nobel Prize,” for his work bringing to light the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. In the third installment of a four-part series, the Cambodia Daily’s Michelle Vachon examines the pioneer’s journey from the killing fields to the podium.

Critic of Cambodian Strongman Hun Sen Flies to Finland After Getting Political Asylum

Cambodian political commentator Kim Sok flew to Helsinki with his daughter on Thursday after gaining political asylum in Finland, following weeks of being in hiding in Thailand under threat of arrest for his criticism of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Youk Chhang, Part 2: The Khmer Rouge Nightmare

Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), was recently awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as “Asia’s Nobel Prize,” for his work bringing to light the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. In the second installment of a four-part series, the Cambodia Daily’s Michelle Vachon examines the pioneer’s journey from the killing fields to the podium. 

Cambodia Faces Potential Economic Collapse

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is facing economic pressure to reverse a recent crackdown on opposition groups and basic freedoms in his country.

Youk Chhang, Part 1: The Long Journey to Asia’s Most Respected Award

Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), was recently awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as “Asia’s Nobel Prize,” for his work bringing to light the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. In this four part series, the Cambodia Daily’s Michelle Vachon examines the pioneer’s journey from the killing fields to the podium. 

New US Agency Offers Asian Countries Development Finance Alternative to China: Experts

The $60-billion overseas investment agency could counterbalance surging Chinese investment and loans across Asia, though China will likely continue to dominate large infrastructure finance.

Cambodians in Japan lodge protest with Hun Sen

Cambodian residents of Japan have taken to the streets in Tokyo to protest the results of July's general election in their home country. Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party won all 125 seats in the National Assembly.

Hun Sen views Japan’s democracy as a model for Cambodia

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he regards Japan as a model for his country with respect to strengthening democracy and national development.

Cambodia to Lose Preferential Trade Status With EU Amid Worsening Rights Record

The European Union on Friday informed Cambodia that it will lose preferential trade status unless it makes “clear and demonstrable improvements” to its rights record, as dictated by a tariff-free export scheme the country benefits from when sending goods to the bloc, according to media reports.

Advocacy Group Raises Questions About Cambodia’s Gold Imports

Cambodia imported about $15 billion worth of gold during five years from Singapore, according to government statistics compiled by nongovernmental organization Mother Nature Cambodia — a figure so large, corruption monitor groups say it raises alarms about potential financial crimes, particularly smuggling.

Despite Growth, Economic Woes Loom in Cambodia

While Cambodia has enjoyed strong growth and an influx of foreign investment in recent years, a toxic combination of rising wages and low-skilled labor presents a looming threat to the country’s two-dimensional economy.

Former CNRP Lawmaker Calls For Release of Party Members Still Held in Jail

Former Cambodian opposition party lawmaker Ou Chanrath called on the government on Wednesday to free all members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party still held in the country’s jails, saying their release will pose no threat to national security.

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Trial Date for Ex-Cambodia Daily Reporters Set for Christmas

The first hearing in a trial against two former Cambodia Daily journalists is scheduled for December 25, more than two years after they were accused of incitement over their reporting in Ratanakiri province ahead of the 2017 commune elections, their lawyer and a court clerk said on Friday.