Opposition leaders propose other approach with factories and workers talks

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Deputy Ken Sockha and president Sam Rainsy in a press conference in Phnom Penh on January 7, 2014. The leaders of the opposition party confirmed they will continue to ask for new elections and their support to the workers request on a higher salary. Photo Arjay Stevens. 

Phnom Penh. The leaders of the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) confirmed their purpose to ask for the resignation of P.M. Hun Sen and call on new elections, while supporting the campaign of garment factory unions for a 160 USD salary and a reform to the Cambodian rules for the freedom of association. “We are also trying to do is to brake the monopoly of the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC)… (…) Normally there should be freedom of association between any factory with their workers. If a company is willing to pay more than 100 USD, why should it prevent them in doing so?” said CNRP’s president, Sam Rainsy in a press conference last Tuesday at the quarters of his party… Continue reading at Asia Correspondent…

Government toughens position on protests

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Freedom Park after cleared from protesters by security officers, many of them in civil aspect and sticks.  Photo Arjay R. J. Stevens (January 4, 2014)

Phnom Penh. Cambodian security forces evicted protesters from the Freedom Park this weekend after the tragic events of Friday where at least 4 civilians died and many others were wounded during a workers’ protest to claim for higher salaries. The situation is tense in the capital after the government banned all public demonstrations and the Phnom Penh Municipal Court summoned the two main leaders of the opposition party, Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha on charges of “incitement to provoke criminal acts and provoke social unrest.”  The two political leaders, who went into hiding Saturday, should appear in Court by January 14, according to official sources.

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An invitation to originality at the National Pop Music and Song Festival 2011

‘We should not let the music sector suffer from negative actions and copy almost everything from abroad which has become a bad habit that makes us lose our national spirit and become dependent on foreigners.’ (PM Hun Sen)

Kep City. The words of the Cambodian Premier are meaningful of what we all expect from this kind of events like the National Pop Music and Song Festival 2011 that gathers this year more than 30 groups. Cambodia is, first of all, a nation with a long and standing culture and civilization. One way to underline it is precisely by art. I expect to create soon a school of fine arts at the side of this inspiring national park, just because we have to awake the ancient spirits of the Cambodian sensitivity for beauty and harmony. Continue reading

Koh Puos, the Snake Island of Sihanoukville, has a bridge to development

Where there are not ethical principles, it is hardly to expect an authentic development.

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
Albert Einstein

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Hun Sen suspended mine project at Cardamom Mountains

The Cambodian primer minister Hun Sen suspended a big mine project of titanium to the happiness of several environmental observers like Mongabay site, Wildlife Alliance and The Phnom Penh Post newspaper that have campaigned in the defense of one of the virgin jungles of the country. The move of the primer minister was unexpected, said different resources that already lost hope in hold such project that was expected to produce incomes for 1.3 billion US dollars per year according to the promotions of the Cambodian Economic Group. However, observers questioned such conclusions of the economists and suggested that the project was not going to be so successful for the economy while destroying a vulnerable environment that is the house of several endemic species like the Siamese crocodile, the Indochina tiger, the Malaysian bear and the natural migration route of Asian elephants.

US-Cambodian negotiations on Lon Nol debt

On March 1970 General Lon Nol assumed the power in a troublesome Cambodia, moving prince Sihanouk from his position of head of state and putting Cambodia at the side of Washington. Technically it is not possible to say that Lon Nol introduced Cambodia in the War of Vietnam, because the situation was already unsustainable, but his goverment opened widely the doors to the worst Cambodian decades in the 20th century. He is so far in history the only president of a millennial kingdom. The Nixon’s administration, by its part, drop over Cambodia about 2,756,941 tons of bombs, a cost that historians like Kiernan and Taylor estimates in 7 billion US dollars. Besides it, the Lon Nol administration received from Washington a loan of 445 million US dollars for programs of agriculture and development in a country that was being bombarded ! Now US wants its loan back. Continue reading

No Cambodian has been reported missing in Japanese quake

Official statement of the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs about no missing Cambodians so far in Japan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia released this Sunday a statement to say that no Cambodian citizen has been reported missing so far during the Sendai earthquake and tsunami. It says also that Cambodians living or studying in Japan, can get in contact with their embassy for any situation related with the natural disaster. The embassy published the following information for urgent contacts:

To our Cambodian compatriots: With regard to the 11th March earthquake, the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Tokyo requests you to inform the following diplomats if you have any relative or friends missing: 1-Mr. Sim Vireak, First Secretary: Tel: (81) 80 4075 5704 - Email: simvireak@hotmail.co.jp. 2- Mr. Hok Sophea, First Secretary: Tel: (81) 80 4075 5702 - Email: sopheakh@gmail.com. 3-Mrs. Sok Soboth, Second Secretary - Tel: (81) 80 4075 5701 - Email: sobothsok@yahoo.com

Primer Minister Hun Sen sent his condolences to Primer Minister Naoto Kan and the people of Japan. The Royal Goverment of Cambodia and the Cambodian Red Cross has donated 100 thousand US dollars and 20 thousand US dollars respectively to the Government of Japan for the relief of the victims by the 8.9-9.0 MW megathrust earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 14:46 on 11 March 2011 (in Cambodia was 12:46 on March 11). The epicenter was reported to be 130 kilometers off the east coast of the Oshika Pensinsula. The tsunami did not affect the Cambodian coasts.

According to the census of 2010 of the Cambodian Student Association of Japan, there are 331 Cambodians studying in Japan. However, there is not a report of Cambodians working in that country and none of Cambodian tourists that were in the area during the earthquake.

If you are a Cambodian in Japan or you know Cambodians in that country, feel free to use also this website to report any incident or ask information for Cambodians.