Tag Archive | Corruption

Land disputes increased 3 times in 2014 reports Licadho

  • 10,625 families were affected by land disputes in 2014 according to Licadho, 3 times more than in 2013.
  • The report states that land disputes must be addressed not denied.
  • Most of the people affected by land disputes are children and women. 

While the enriched high Cambodian class is busy buying American cars, the poor families lost their homes and crush against indifference and violence. According to the recently released report by the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights (Licadho), the number of cases  of land dispute increased three times in 2014 in comparison with 2013 with 10,625 families or 49,519 individuals in which children and women represent a big share. Licadho confined the results to 13 provinces where that organization has offices, meaning that the number could be bigger.

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According to Licadho, the number of families involved in land disputes increase 3 times in comparison with 2013. If about 70% of Cambodians are younger than 30, it means that most of the affected people are children. Graphic courtesy Licadho. 

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Cambodians bought more American cars in 2014

  • Cambodian is at the top Asian buyers of American cars in 2014.
  • There are more than 2 million cars in Cambodia, besides 2 million motorcycles.
  • Toyota and Luxus are the most popular cars in a country where children attend very poor schools that could be well set with 50 thousand US dollars, the price of many car models in Phnom Penh.  

Cambodians bought 69% more cars from US in 2014 than in 2013 for a total of 4,978, according to a report by West Coast Shipping, becoming one of the Asian top buyers of American vehicles after China, while overcoming Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. It seems that being one of the poorest Asian countries do not stop certain Cambodians to get the best vehicles for their own transport. The report says about Cambodia:

A growing gray market for new and luxury cars has driven up the volume of car imports to Cambodia. They face a similar situation as China, which turned out to be beneficial for the Chinese citizens and car importers. But we are still awaiting a decision by the Cambodian government to tell us if they will continue accepting gray imports or if they will begin to protect automaker authorized dealers and limit the ability for an average dealer and citizen to import new cars (West Coast Shipping, 2015).

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Cambodia among the top Asian buyers of American cars in 2014 just after a biggest market such as China and overcoming more developed nations as Hong Kong, India, South Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Graphic by West Coast Shipping.

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Cambodia one point less corrupt

  • Cambodia improved ONE POINT in its corruption level, according to Transparency International.
  • It has the same rank of Myanmar, both 156th position in 177 countries.
  • Thailand scored 38 – the level goes from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean.)

Cambodia improved one point in its transparency perception this year with 21, sharing the 156th position with its neighbour Myanmar. The measurement goes from 0 being the most corrupt and 100 as the most transparent, a system created by Transparency International.

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Comparing Cambodia with its neighbors – Data by Transparency International. 

In 2010 the Cambodian government passed the Anti-Corruption Law and created the Anti-Corruption Unit to prosecute cases such as bribery, extortion and fraud, while organizing educational events to promote transparency. In October 2013 the government ordered the creation of a proper taxation of imports by custom officials to prevent corruption at the customs.

The Westernizers

The concept of Westernization is not so simple like to say “it refers to the conversion to or adoption of Western traditions and customs.” There are many perspectives of what is the West as a cultural archetype in which the main one is to assume social, economic and political ideas of typically associated wealthy countries like North America and Western Europe. In Europe, Westernization is mostly to follow the European models of society and it has been like this since the 15th century and the beginning of a colonial era that was to be for five centuries. At the original base of what defines the West, we find the Greek and Roman civilizations, their philosophy and their ways of thinking. Then the contribution of the Judeo-Christian religions would settle the profile of what was to be the West culture. The Discovery of the Americas, the French and Industrial revolutions and the European colonialism would close down the concept. Read More…

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