A Change of Guard

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Friday, 31 May 2013

Eight Cambodian students received Fullbright Schalarship from the U.S Embassy និស្សិត​កម្ពុជា ៨ រូប ទទួល​បានអាហារូបករណ៍ Fulbright ពីស្ថានទូតអាមេរិក

ស្ថានទូតអាមេរិកប្រចាំនៅកម្ពុជា ផ្តល់អាហារូបករណ៍ Fulbright ដល់និស្សិត​កម្ពុជា​ចំនួន ៨ រូបដើម្បី​បន្ត​ការសិក្សា​ថ្នាក់អនុបណ្ឌិត នៅ​សាកលវិទ្យាល័យ​ល្បីៗ​ក្នុង​សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក​។
​យោងតាមសេចក្តីប្រកាស​ព័ត៌មាន​របស់​ស្ថានទូត​អាមេរិក នៅ​ថ្ងៃទី​៣១​ខែឧសភា​ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣​នេះ បាន​បព្ជាក់ថា លោក William E. Todd ឯកអគ្គរដ្ឋទូត​សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក​ប្រចាំ​នៅ​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា នឹង​ដឹកនាំ​ការជួបជុំ​ផ្តល់​ដំបូន្មាន​ណែនាំ នៅ​ថ្ងៃទី​៤ ខែមិថុនា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣ វេលា​ម៉ោង ៩:៣០ ព្រឹក នៅ​ស្ថានទូត​សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក ដើម្បី​បង្ហាញ​ពី​ជោគជ័យ​ដែល​និស្សិត​ទាំងនោះ​សំរេចបាន​។
និស្សិតកម្ពុជា ដែលទទួលអាហារូបករណ៍ពីកម្មវិធី Fulbright ក្នុងឆ្នាំ ២០១២ – ២០១៣ រួមមាន៖
១-​កញ្ញា ជា សៀវ​ហ័ង សញ្ញាប័ត្រ អនុបណ្ឌិត​ច្បាប់  សាកលវិទ្យាល័យ University of California at Los Angeles
២-​លោក ហឿន រតនៈ សញ្ញាប័ត្រ អនុបណ្ឌិត​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច សាកលវិទ្យាល័យ Williams College
៣-​កញ្ញា ហុង ចិន្តា សញ្ញាប័ត្រ អនុបណ្ឌិត​ផ្នែក​អប់រំ សាកលវិទ្យាល័យ Northern Illinois University
៤-​លោក គា សុធី សញ្ញាប័ត្រ អនុបណ្ឌិត​ផ្នែក​ភាសា សាកលវិទ្យាល័យ University of Oregon
៥-​លោក ឡោ ណារិន​    ​សញ្ញាប័ត្រ អនុបណ្ឌិត​ផ្នែក​បង្រៀន​ភាសា​អង់គ្លេស សាកលវិទ្យាល័យ Arizona State University
៦-​កញ្ញា ប៉ិល ដា​ឡែ​ន សញ្ញាប័ត្រ អនុបណ្ឌិត​ផ្នែក​អប់រំ សាកលវិទ្យាល័យ Columbia University
៧-​កញ្ញា តាំង សុខ​គុង សញ្ញាប័ត្រ អនុបណ្ឌិត​ផ្នែក​អប់រំ សាកលវិទ្យាល័យ University of Minnesota
៨-​លោក វុ​ធ លី​ណូ សញ្ញាប័ត្រ អនុបណ្ឌិត​ផ្នែក​ប្រវត្តិសាស្ត្រ សាកលវិទ្យាល័យ State University of New York, Binghampton

Hun Sen’s new law proposal discussed in National Assembly [Laws against Hun Sen's critics can be approved in one day, while laws for Cambodia's national interests take years or even decades to be approved]

Give our kids a better deal
PHNOM PENH, 31 May 2013 (The Cambodia Herald) --  The Permanent Committee of the National Assembly has approved the creation of a new law punishing those who denied that the Khmer Rouge did not commit genocide and will send the request to the session after the National Assembly reconvenes after the holidays.

The draft law will consist of five articles and will prosecute anyone denying the Khmer Rouge regime didn't kill Cambodians. The arrested can be jailed from six months up to two years and fined between one to four million riels.

The approval was presided over by National Assembly Chairman, Heng Samrin, and was made following the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen who wanted a law to punish the people who said the Khmer Rouge didn’t kill millions of Cambodians.

Hun Sen urge lawmakers of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the Funcinpec Party to create such a law to ensure that everyone saying that the Khmer Rouge did not commit genocide would be prosecuted.

"The National Assembly discussed a new law to protest the denial of  the Khmer Rouge genocide during Kampuchea Republic regime," Cheam Yeap, the National Assembly’s Chairman of the Commission on Finance, Economy, Banking and Auditing, told The Cambodia Herald.

Mass demonstration against Kem Sokha expected next week [Chum Mey has allowed himself to become Hun Sen's political pawn] លោក ហ៊ុន សែន​ថា នឹង​មាន​បាតុកម្ម​ប្រឆាំង​នឹង​លោក កឹម សុខា​គ្រប់​ទី​កន្លែង

Give our kids a better deal
Chum Mey, Khmer Rouge's survivor

PHNOM PENH(The Cambodia Herald) --  Protestors will conduct a mass demonstration against Kem Sokha, acting president of the National Rescue Party (NRP), next week if he doesn’t apologize publicly to the victims of the Khmer Rouge Regime.

"On June 3rd, there will be a protest held against Kem Sokha if he doesn’t apologize publicly," said Chum Mey, Khmer Rouge survivor imprisoned in Tuol Sleng or S-21.

"Around 1,000 participants will protest, including victims and relatives of the victims of the Khmer Rouge regime," he said. "We will march to Kem Sokha’s house or to the National Rescue Party’s headquarters."

Kem Sokha, who had left Cambodia Wednesday to travel abroad, said last week in Pailin province, that Tuol Sleng prison, where more than 16,000 Cambodian were sent for execution, was artificial and a play invented by Vietnam.

Sokha’s comments have provoked survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime, where up to two million people were killed between 1975 to 1979.

"I could not stay calm when Kem Sokha said that Tuol Sleng was an artificial place prepared by Vietnam," Chum Mey told The Cambodia Herald last week. "His comments insulted the spirits of all Khmer Rouge victims."

Plenty of Mud, Paucity of Policy, in Election Discourse

Election campaigns are seldom clean.
Political debates stray from policy to the personal: remember President Barack Obama’s country of birth being questioned during last year’s U.S. election?
But policies should prevail at the ballot box.
–News Analysis
So far, in the run-up to July’s national election, the main issues of inter-party contention have not been the country’s struggling health system, under-funded education sector, poverty reduction, job creation or the ever-present cost of corruption.
Rather, the debate has lurched back to old narratives: Who is a Vietnamese puppet? Who is a terrorist? Who loves the monarchy more? And, who saved the country, or caused its destruction, in the 1970s?
While the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has referenced Prime Minister Hun Sen and his colleagues’ Khmer Rouge pasts in their campaign, the CPP for their part has labeled the opposition “genocide-deniers” and terrorists, bent on destroying the monarchy and the nation.
The allegations have prompted a bizarre back-and-forth between both sides, each claiming to abhor the Pol Pot regime more while in turn accusing the other of being Khmer Rouge or Vietnamese sympathizers.
The opposition has long-attacked Hun Sen for his close ties to Vietnam—which helped install him and the CPP’s other top leaders after toppling the Khmer Rouge in 1979—and just this week, at a press conference, SRP lawmaker Kong Korm referred to the Vietnamese with a common ethnic slur: “Yuon.” The CNRP’s self-exiled leader, Sam Rainsy, has also used the derogative to refer to the Vietnamese and frequently calls the CPP Vietnamese puppets.
Pre-empting the descent into pre-election politics as usual, U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi, during his visit to the country last week—without naming any names—called on parties not to use racist rhetoric in the run-up to the election.

Hun Sen Says Kem Sokha Should Step Down as Protest Looms [It should be the other way around]

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday called on opposition leader Kem Sokha to step down and encouraged Cambodians to protest against him en masse unless he apologizes for comments he made apparently denying that the Khmer Rouge was responsible for some of its worst crimes.
With the July 28 national election fast approaching, the government last week released an audio recording of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) acting president saying that Vietnam had “staged” the detention and torture of thousands of people at the notorious Khmer Rouge-era prison, Tuol Sleng. Had the Khmer Rouge actually carried out those crimes, Mr. Sokha can be heard saying, they would have destroyed the evidence before fleeing Phnom Penh in 1979 ahead of the advancing Vietnamese.
Mr. Sokha has denied making such claims and in turn ac­cused the government of doctoring his words to place them out of context.
But at a pagoda inauguration in Kompong Cham province on Thursday, Mr. Hun Sen said it was time for the CNRP leader to step aside.
“One person is destroying the whole party. If I were him, I would resign from my position,” Mr. Hun Sen said.
“If this person does not make a public apology, a huge national demonstration will take place… because he is not taking responsibility for what he said,” the prime minister added.
“This is not a demonstration against a political party or a politician, but one person. And the demonstration will probably happen not only in Phnom Penh. It is now waiting for word from Chum Mey,” he said.
Mr. Mey is one of the few survivors of Tuol Sleng prison and now heads the Victims Association of Democratic Kampuchea, an advocacy group for Khmer Rouge victims. Along with fellow Tuol Sleng survivor Bou Meng, Mr. Mey on Sat­urday demanded that Kem Sokha apologize to them in person within 10 days or face a demonstration in front of his party’s offices.
Mr. Hun Sen suggested Thursday that the protest wait until Mr. Sokha, who left for the U.S. on Wednesday, returns to Cambodia.

Heads of Confucius Institutes in Asia conclude meeting in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, May 31 (Xinhua) -- The 2013 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes (CI) in Asia concluded here on Friday, drawing up a 3-year action plan (2013-2015) in order to broaden the development of Chinese language in Asia, according to a press release after the conference.

The 3-day conference, hosted by the Confucius Institute at the Royal Academy of Cambodia, was attended by directors of 90 Confucius Institutes in 31 countries and regions in Asia.

"The heads of Confucius Institutes in Asia had drawn up the 3- year action plan in developing the Confucius Institutes in Asia," the statement said.

"The conference also laid out strategies to strengthen capacity for Chinese teachers who teach Chinese language in Asian countries, " it said. "In addition, it agreed to further develop teaching materials for Chinese language studies in each country."

Besides, as 2014 is the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institute Headquarters, the conference decided to prepare an number of activities in order to celebrate the occasion, it said.

For Cambodia, the statement said, the Confucius Institute was committed to opening Chinese language classrooms nationwide by 2020 and would try to turn Chinese language into the most important international language in Cambodia.

"The conference comes to an end successfully," Chea Monirith, director of the Confucius Institute at Royal Academy of Cambodia, said at the closing ceremony, adding that the conference was very important to discuss plans to further promote Chinese language and culture abroad.

SRP senators refuse to recognise a Senate petition condemning Kem Sokha សមាជិកព្រឹទ្ធសភាគណបក្ស សម រង្ស៊ី បដិសេធមិនទទួលស្គាល់ញត្តិរបស់ព្រឹទ្ធសភា ចុះថ្ងៃទី២៩ ខែឧសភា ឆ្នាំ២០១៣

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CCHR Press Release - In the wake of more protests, CCHR calls on City Hall to resolve long-standing land conflicts

CCHR PRESS RELEASE - Phnom Penh, 31 May 2013

In the wake of more protests, CCHR calls on City Hall to resolve long-standing land conflicts in Phnom Penh

In the wake of the disproportionate force used by law enforcement against housing rights activists on 29 May 2013 in front of Phnom Penh City Hall, during one of many anti-eviction demonstrations that have turned violent recently, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (“CCHR”) calls on the competent authorities of Phnom Penh municipality to resolve the various land conflicts which have been pending for years in the capital.

On the morning of 29 May 2013 a group of approximately 100 demonstrators from Boeng Kak, Borei Keila and Thmor Kol communities, gathered in front of the City Hall in order to follow up on the recent commitment by new Governor of Phnom Penh, Pa Socheatvong, to provide a definitive solution by the end of May 2013 to the land disputes facing their communities. Following the authorities’ refusal to meet with five representatives of the communities, the demonstrators blocked Monivong Boulevard, one of the city’s main highways. After several unsuccessful warnings from Phnom Penh police chief, Choun Sovann, who stated that he would “take action” against the protesters if they did not disperse, water canons of three fire trucks were used to blast the group, leaving three of them unconscious and around 20 others injured.

Article 3 of the United Nations Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials, which applies to the Cambodian police force, stipulates that “law enforcement officials may use force only when strictly necessary and to the extent required for the performance of their duty”. Considering the fact that the demonstration was peaceful, the level of force used against these protesters was disproportionate and therefore not in accordance with the law. In demonstrating against forced eviction, these community members are exercising their legal rights to freedom of expression and assembly, as guaranteed under Cambodian and International law.

CCHR President Ou Virak comments:

Interview about Vietnamese authority arresting Khmer Krom monks for trying open Khmer-language schools បទសម្ភាសន៍ពីការចាប់ព្រះសង្ឃខ្មែរក្រោម

Read the appeal for international help from the monks.

Youth Engagement in Politics - Hello VOA - Part I & II

Part I

 Part II

Cambodia advised to mend its textile industry


Cambodian garment factories have been advised to check the structural soundness of all of their buildings after sections of buildings at separate factories collapsed this month killing two workers and injuring dozens.
The advice came in a letter from the UN's International Labour Organization (ILO), whose Better Factories Cambodia program monitors more than 400 exporting factories, and the Garment Manufacturers' Association in Cambodia (GMAC), a trade group that represents factory owners.
The letter said this month's "devastating and unprecedented" accidents had put the integrity of Cambodia's garment industry at stake.
"We believe that it is in the interest of all to take steps to prevent more such accidents happening in the Cambodian garment and footwear industry," the two organizations wrote.
Some factories have already said they will comply, but the ILO stresses it has no power to compel factories to act.
"This letter that we've sent has been sent on by lots of buyers to their suppliers," says ILO technical adviser Jason Judd. "The leverage for change in these factories rests first with those buyers but ultimately with the Cambodian government."
Cambodian soldiers walk over a pile on materials after a factory collapsed in Kampong Speu province, some 50 kilometers west of Phnom Penh on May 16, 2013. (Photo: TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images) A ceiling collapsed at a shoe factory on May 16, killing at least two workers
Judd notes that buyers or brands "wield considerable influence" over factories, and says factories that are pushed are more likely to check the soundness of their buildings.
GMAC secretary-general Ken Loo reckons most of his members - 403 garment factories and 42 shoe factories - will carry out structural integrity checks, which the letter recommends they do "as soon as possible."
"It's not about when factories need to do it by," says Loo, adding that factories first need to find reliable inspectors and then determine how long and how disruptive the checks will be. "It's more like: Look, this is an area that if you are a member you should be concerned about. And therefore they should pay attention."
Booming business
The garment-manufacturing sector has boomed in Cambodia over the past decade and is now an economic pillar employing 400,000 people. Last year garment exports earned the country $4.6 billion. Most were sent to the EU and the US.

If I had 16 Billion Dollars

By: Brad Mills
Christian Today

A Press Service International New Zealand voluntary young writer for Christian Today Australia
Friday, 31 May 2013, If I had 16 Billion Dollars
Brad Mills is a Press Service International New Zealand voluntary young writer for Christian Today Australia
As a journalist I have to be up with the play and read a lot of the news articles in the papers. However, the rise of infotainment creeping into traditional hard news categories is mind-blowing with gossipy, weird and YouTube fail non-news so often more appealing than hard issues we can’t do anything about. All our television newscasts finish with a ‘fluffy’ piece at the end, so the viewers aren’t left despondent after tornados, murders and earthquakes claim more human life.

‘Why don’t the newscasters cry when they read about people who die,’ sings Jack Johnson? I don’t think anyone wants to be confronted with all that is wrong with this corrupt world in one go, when we’ve already come to the conclusion that we can’t do anything much to help, it’s simply too much.

I saw in one of our country's major newspapers the other day, that a giant storm 20 times bigger than anything we see on earth was sweeping over the surface of Saturn, in fact they think it’s been a storm system there for years! Sure this fact is interesting, maybe one I can pull out on a rainy day to impress someone, but these are the stories that gain the clicks and the likes today.

Why, in the name of science, does the world spend billions and billions of dollars to research and film these storms and other space exploration ventures? Sure is exciting, it’s gaining knowledge and creating fluffy pieces of content most TV channels are happy to air with fancy graphics, but unless you’re a science fiction writer, how else would you rather spend 16 billion dollars? (That was NASA’s budget for 2012).


In April this year, I was privileged enough to spend two weeks in Cambodia. I was doing some filming for some short documentary programmes I was making for the company I work for. It was an incredible trip where I met some inspiring people and I got some insight into the cultural differences that are worlds apart from New Zealand.

I’ve seen poverty in different forms before, here at home, and I had a glimpse of it in Thailand on a short term mission trip, but until now I’d never seen the depth of poverty truly gripping an entire nation. That may sound like a grim assessment, as there are plenty of people living happily in Cambodia, but compared to the western freedoms we take for granted every day, Cambodia is sadly lacking.

Cannes Winner Rithy Panh Launches Heritage Film Festival in Cambodia

Rithy Panh - P 2013
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Rithy Panh
29th May, 2013 
by Clarence Tsui 
The Hollywood Reporter 

The Un Certain Regard awardee has teamed up with preservationists Technicolor Foundation to preside over an eight-day event starting Saturday. HONG KONG – Films by Walt Disney, Rene Clair, Satyajit Ray and the late Cambodian monarch Norodom Sihanouk will be among those screened at what is billed as Asia’s first cinema-heritage festival in Phnom Penh.
The inaugural edition of Memory! was launched in a press conference Wednesday morning at the Bophana Center, the film and audiovisual resource institute founded by Rithy Panh, the Franco-Cambodian director whose latest movie, The Missing Picture, was awarded the top prize last week in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard sidebar.
Organized by Bophana and Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage, a French organization established in 2006 to preserve, restore and promote films around the world, the festival will screen 40 films from June 1-9, as well as host a series of seminars and workshops for industry professionals, scholars and local students.
Most of the films will be shown on 35mm prints – which in itself is a daunting task in Cambodia, where equipment catering for the format “is all gone,” said Severine Wemaere, managing director of the Technicolor Foundation and, alongside her colleague Gilles Duval, one of the festival’s three general delegates alongside Panh.
Projection equipment was shipped to Cambodia from France and was installed at Phnom Penh’s Chaktomuk Theater, the festival’s main venue alongside the Bophana Center, said Wemaere.
The program comprises a widely varied slate of films, ranging from well-known English-language classics such as Fantasia, The Red Shoes, Singin’ in the Rain and West Side Story, to recently restored movies such as Jacques Tati’s Mr. Hulot’s Holidays and shorts by the Lumiere brothers (The Serpentine Dance, 1896), George Melies (A Trip to the Moon) and Rene Clair (Entr’acte, 1924).

Nike-contracted factory closed in Cambodia

Allan Brettman, The Oregonian By Allan Brettman, The Oregonian
Email the author | Follow on Twitter on May 29, 2013 at 4:38 PM, updated May 29, 2013 

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The Nike-contracted factory in Cambodia where workers clashed with police earlier this week was closed on Wednesday "out of concern for worker safety due to additional protests planned," Nike said in a statement. That news was included in the statement the Oregon sports equipment company issued about Monday's violent confrontation.
News accounts said at least 23 workers were hurt when police in riot gear, using stun batons, ended the protest over pay at the Nike-contracted factory. Most of the 3,000 protesters blocking a road outside the factory were women. Reuters reported that one of the women who confronted police was pregnant.
The factory is owned by Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing in Kampong Speu province, west of the capital, Phnom Penh.
Wednesday's Nike statement was similar in tone and content of a previous statement issued Monday night.
However, the updated statement says the factory raised its minimum wage May 1 and pays above the country's minimum wage.
"In addition to wages, the workers are eligible for additional monthly allowances for housing, transportation and food as well as an attendance bonus," says the statement, which emphasizes that Nike does not directly employ the factory workers "and wages and compensation are the responsibility of the factories."
The statement also says:

Nike updates statement on confrontation at Cambodian factory

Nike Inc. late Wednesday issued an updated statement regarding an ongoing labor dispute at a Cambodian factory that makes Nike products."
Nike Inc. late Wednesday issued an updated statement regarding an ongoing labor dispute at a Cambodian factory that makes Nike products.

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Nike Inc. late Wednesday issued an updated statement regarding an ongoing labor dispute at a Cambodian factory that makes Nike products.
Also Wednesday, Reuters reported that workers continue protesting at the factory despite efforts to disperse a crowd of 3,000 workers.
Last weekend police used stun batons and riot gear to disperse the crowd. Reuters reported that a pregnant woman was pushed to the ground and lost her child. Twenty-three people were injured in the confrontation with police.
Nike on Tuesday said it was investigating what happened. It expanded its statement Thursday.
The Nike statement in full:
Nike is deeply concerned with the treatment of workers outside of a contract factory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia that makes Nike products. Better Factories Cambodia (BFC) has confirmed to Nike through an independent investigation that some workers sustained injuries during a protest in Cambodia on Monday.

As outlined in Nike's Code of Conduct, Nike requires its contract manufacturers to respect their employees' rights to freedom of association. We immediately began working with BFC and the contract manufacturer, and we have reached out to the Cambodian government, to address the need for worker safety while exercising their freedom of association rights to protest.

Workers are employed by the contract factories, not by Nike, and wages and compensation are the responsibility of the factories. It is our understanding that this factory raised its own minimum wage on May 1 and pays above the country’s minimum wage. In addition to wages, the workers are eligible for additional monthly allowances for housing, transportation and food as well as an attendance bonus.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

The gloves come off in scandal [This is a great counter-attack!] បក្ស​ជំទាស់​ស្នើ​​ឲ្យ​​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​បង្កើត​ច្បាប់​ទប់​ស្កាត់​របប​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម

Last Updated on 30 May 2013 
Phnom Penh Post 
 By Meas Sokchea
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Opposition leader Kem Sokha (left ) responds to allegations made by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party at a press conference at CNRP headquarters in Phnom Penh yesterday. Opposition lawmaker Son Chhay was also present. Photograph: Heng Chivoan/Phnom Penh Post
Bou Meng wants out.

Wary of becoming a pawn in an increasingly ugly political mudfight, the septuagenarian S-21 survivor said yesterday he didn’t care if acting opposition leader Kem Sokha apologised or not for allegedly denying the existence of the notorious Khmer Rouge prison.

Flanked by supporters, the Cambodia National Rescue Party deputy president yesterday held his first press conference since the scandal broke over the weekend.

During the press conference, Sokha reiterated his defence that the short audio recording circulated by the government, in which he is heard suggesting that the crimes at S-21 had been “staged”, had been edited to twist his words, and that even the timeline presented for the speech was preposterous.

“I am being falsely accused of making the alleged S-21 comments on May 18 in Prey Veng province. But in fact, on May 18, I was speaking to thousands of people in Kampong Cham, with no mention of S-21,” Sokha said, adding that he has photographs and voice recordings as well as thousands of witnesses.

For Meng, a man who lived through the horrors of S-21, where more than 12,000 people were tortured and sent to their deaths, the argument has become pointless.

“If [Kem Sokha] said it, he should apologise. But if he didn’t say it, it’s OK.”

His fellow survivor, Chum Mey, chairman of the Association of Khmer Rouge Victims, has earlier threatened to sue Sokha if he didn’t apologise in 10 days, a threat Meng is no longer interested in.

“I am determined that I am neutral. I do not side with any party. [On] political issues I do not interfere – let them do it. Politicians have always competed,” he said.

And compete Sokha did yesterday, turning Prime Minister Hun Sen’s proposal to introduce a law criminalising genocide denial back on him, by first agreeing to it, then suggesting further legislative restrictions.

We should make a law to convict anyone who says if they lose the election there would be a war,” he said, referring to a recent speech by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

We should make a law to ban whoever used to have a position in the Khmer Rouge regime from holding the position of parliament president, senate president and prime minister.”

Khmer Krom Practicing Theravada Buddhism are in Fears

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ព្រះតេជគុណ លីវ-នី និង ព្រះតេជគុណ ថាច់-ធឿង បន្ទាប់ពីបានគេចផុតពីការចាប់ចងនៅថ្ងៃទី១៦ឧសភា ២០១៣
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ដោយសេចក្តីគោរព និងថ្លែងអំណរគុណទុកជាមុន,
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Hun Sen: Protest against Kem Sokha inevitable [Hun Sen to organise protests against Kem Sokha] នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​គាំទ្រ​ការ​ធ្វើ​បាតុកម្ម​ប្រឆាំង​នឹង​លោក កឹម សុខា

Give our kids a better deal
Hun Sen
KAMPONG CHAM (The Cambodia Herald) – Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday that there will be protests throughout the country against Kem Sokha, acting president of the National Rescue Party (NRP).

Kem Sokha was recently accused of exaggerating  Cambodia's historical facts commenting that Tuol Sleng Prison was an artificial place prepared by Vietnam.

"Now the political heat is soaring between the opposition politician and the citizens throughout the country because the opposition leader said that Tuol Sleng was an artificial place," said Hun Sen.  "Cambodian citizens are demanding he apologize for his comments."

The mass demonstrations will occur wherever he [Kem Sokha] goes because he insulted the people who  were victimized by the Khmer Rouge regime, he added.

"The protest against Kem Sokha is an alarm from Chum Mey and Bo Meng, Khmer Rouge survivors."

 He asked, Kem Sohka not to let his dispute with the citizens of Cambodia to spread to the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the government.

Cambodia foresees mass protests without apology from main opposition leader [Hun Sen to organise demonstrations against Kem Sokha] យួនកំពុងលេងស្នៀតយកធ្យូងលាបមុខខ្មែរ សម្តេច ហ៊ុន សែន ប្រកាសថា នឹង​មាន​បាតុកម្ម​ប្រឆាំង​លោក កឹម សុខា

PHNOM PENH, May 30 (Xinhua) -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday that mass protests could break out nationwide if Kem Sokha, vice president of the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, did not apologize for his denial of the existence of the notorious Tuol Sleng prison during the Democratic Kampuchea, or Khmer Rouge regime, from 1975-1979.

"Large scale demonstration can happen not only in Phnom Penh, but also in provinces, where Kem Sokha is present," the premier said during the inauguration of new achievements at a Buddhist pagoda in eastern Kampong Cham province.

"He (Kem Sokha) spoke without responsibility," Hun Sen said, adding that this was the individual conflict between Kem Sokha and Cambodian people, not the conflict between the ruling Cambodian People's Party and the opposition party.

"I'd like to suggest that if there are protests against him, all protests must be non-violent in order to maintain dignity and public order," he said.

Kem Sokha left Cambodia for the United States on Wednesday.

"The protest can be held when Kem Sokha returns to Cambodia," Hun Sen said.

Chhum Mey, president of the Victims Association of Democratic Kampuchea and one of the survivors from the Tuol Sleng prison, said Thursday that the association had set the deadline on June 3 for Kem Sokha to apologize for his denial of the existence of the Tuol Sleng prison.

"When the deadline comes and Kem Sokha has not come to the former Tuol Sleng prison for apology, we will stage a mass protest against him," he told Xinhua over telephone, adding that the protest date had not been determined yet.

Thai soldiers killed 6 Cambodian loggers and captured 10 ថៃ​​បាញ់​​សម្លាប់​​ពល​​រដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ ៦នាក់​ ចាប់​​ខ្លួន ​១០​នាក់

សេចក្ដី​រាយ​ការ​ណ៏​ពី​ខេត្ត ព្រះវិហារ​ឲ្យ​ដឹងថា ពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​យ៉ាងហោចណាស់​៦​នាក់​ដែល​គេ​សង្ស័យថា បាន​ឡើង​ទៅលើ​ភ្នំ​ដងរែក ខាងកើត​ច្រក​អានសេះ ដើម្បី​កាប់​ឈើ​ក្រញូង​ត្រូ វ​បាន​ទាហាន​ថៃ​បាញ់សម្លាប់ និង ១០ នាក់​ទៀត​ត្រូវបាន​ចាប់ខ្លួន ក្នុង​ទឹកដី​ថៃ នៃ ខេត្ត អ៊ូ​ប៊ុន របស់​ថៃ កាលពី​ថ្ងៃទី ២៧ ឧសភា  ។​
​សេចក្ដី​រាយ​ការ​ណ៏​បាន​បន្តថា ក្រុម​យោធា​ដែល​ឈរជើង នៅតាម​ព្រំដែន​ក្នុង​ខេត្ត ព្រះវិហារ បាន​ព្យាយាម​ស្នើសុំ​សាកសព តែ​ពុំទាន់​មាន​ចម្លើយ​តប​នៅឡើយ​ទេ ។ ការ​បាញ់​ស​ម្លា​ប់​​​នេះ​បានធ្វើ​ឡើង​តែ​ប៉ុន្មាន​ថ្ងៃ​ប៉ុណ្ណោះ បន្ទាប់ពី​មានការ​បាញ់សម្លាប់​ក្នុងករណី​ដូចគ្នានេះ នៅក្នុង​ទឹកដី​ថៃ ដែល​ជាប់​ខេត្ត ឧ​ត្ត​រ​មានជ័យ ៕​

ពលរដ្ឋ ខ្មែរ ឆ្លងព្រំដែន ចូល កាប់ឈើ គ្រញូង ក្នុង ដី ថៃ (រូបថត ៖ ឯកសារ)

Poland announces the cancellation of Cambodia's $2 million debt ប៉ូឡូញ លុបចោលបំណុល ដែលកម្ពុជា ជំពាក់ ជិត២លានដុល្លារ

ភ្នំពេញ៖ នៅល្ងាចថ្ងៃទី៣០ ខែឧសភា ឆ្នាំ២០១៣នេះ សាធារណរដ្ឋប៉ូឡូញ បានប្រកាស ថាខ្លួនលើកលែង បំណុលដែល ប្រទេសកម្ពុជាបានជំពាក់ ចំនួន១.៩៥៣.៥៨៣,០៣ដុល្លារ ដែលបានមកពីការធ្វើពាណិជ្ជកម្ម និងឥណទាន សម្រាប់ការអភិវឌ្ឍន៍ វិស័យផលិតកម្មនៅកម្ពុជា កាលពីអំឡុងទសវត្សរ៍ទី៨០។
ការប្រកាសនេះ ត្រូវបានធ្វើឡើងនៅទីស្តីការក្រសួងសេដ្ឋកិច្ច និងហិរញ្ញវត្ថុ ក្នុងពិធីចុះហត្ថលេខាលើកិច្ចព្រម ព្រៀងស្តីពីការ ដោះស្រាយបំណុលរបស់កម្ពុជារវាង លោកឧបនាយករដ្ឋមន្រ្តី គាត ឈន់ រដ្ឋមន្រ្តីក្រសួង សេដ្ឋកិច្ច ជាមួយលោក Jerzy Bayer ឯកអគ្គរដ្ឋទូតនៃសាធារណរដ្ឋប៉ូឡូញ ប្រចាំកម្ពុជា។
យោងតាមសេចក្តីជូនដំណឹង របស់ក្រសួងសេដ្ឋកិច្ច បានឲ្យដឹងថា តាមរយៈកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងនេះ បំណុលរបស់ កម្ពុជា ចំពោះសាធារណរដ្ឋប៉ូឡូញ ជារូក្លែររីង(CLRBL) ចំនួន CLRBL ២.៤៤១.៩៧៨,៧៩ ស្មើនឹង ១.៩៥៣.៥៨៣,០៣ដុល្លារ នឹងត្រូវដោះស្រាយជាស្ថាពរ។

Allusions to Post-Election War Threaten Cambodians, Opposition Says

Kem Sokha, vice president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, talked to VOA Khmer earlier this year. (VOA Khmer)
Kem Sokha, vice president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, talked to VOA Khmer earlier this year. (VOA Khmer)
By Kong Sothanarith

Cambodian Maids to earn at least $420 a month

Singapore (The Straits Times/ ANN) -- Salaries which start at $420, and no placement fees from employers.

These proposals were part of a document the Cambodian government sent to selected maid agents, as Singapore moves ahead with a pilot scheme to see how well Cambodian maids adapt to life here.

The scheme, which runs until the end of 2015, will see its first batch of 400 maids arrive in July this year.

Cambodia has proposed employment terms for these maids in a memorandum of understanding (MOU), which was sent this week to the six maid agents picked by the Manpower Ministry to recruit the maids.

Underage labour finds a new frontier in Cambodia

ANG SNUOL, CAMBODIA — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, May. 30 2013,

At precisely 4 p.m. on a Saturday, the blue metal gate of the Ying Dong Shoes factory slid open and a mass of pink-, yellow- and green-shirted workers emerged into the litter-strewn alley outside. Nearly all were teenage girls.
Approached outside, even the youngest-looking girls claimed to be 18 years old. But several also say that it’s an open secret that Ying Dong employs underage staff on its manufacturing lines.
While employing girls as young as 15 isn’t necessarily a violation of Cambodia’s weak labour laws, their employment is supposed to be capped at a maximum of eight hours a day. The girls making leather boots and shoes inside the Ying Dong plant say they all work 13 hours a day during the week, plus another eight hours on Saturdays, in a country where the minimum wage is $80 a month.
Despite two decades of consumer campaigns against retail giants such as Nike and The Gap over issues like child labour and poor working conditions in their factories, the same problems keep popping up elsewhere. One government clamps down, and the garment factories simply move to other countries where the minimum wage is lower and the laws – or the enforcement of them – more lax. It could be in the cheap-labour frontier of Bangladesh, where a building collapsed and killed 1,127, some of whom were producing shirts for Loblaw’s popular Joe Fresh label. Or it could be here in Cambodia.
Last month’s deadly collapse of Rana Plaza, however, has upended the relationship between consumer, retailer and factory. Major retailers such as H&M, Benetton and Joe Fresh responded with pledges to improve working conditions in garment factories.
Age is another major concern. One of the main brands that produces footwear at Ying Dong, Asics Ltd. of Japan, acknowledges it had received a warning last year from the International Labour Organization that said the factory was employing at least three workers younger than the legal minimum age of 15. Several of the girls working at Ying Dong told The Globe and Mail they had falsified their identification documents, with the factory owner’s tacit approval, in order to take jobs there.
The factory is owned by New Star Group, a Taiwanese firm that owns two other controversial factories in Cambodia.

Sate violence against women must be condemned សេចក្តីថ្លែងការណ៍៖ បញ្ឈប់សកម្មភាពហិង្សារបស់រដ្ឋមកលើស្រ្តី

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Cambodian Khmer Rouge leader finally shows remorse for killings លោក នួន ជា និង លោក ខៀវ សំផន ប្រកាសសុំទោស ជនរងគ្រោះទាំងអស់

PHNOM PENH | Thu May 30, 2013
Listen to the voice of Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea.
(Reuters) - A leader of the Cambodian Khmer Rouge expressed remorse on Thursday for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people during the "Killing Fields" regime in the 1970s and accepted responsibility for the first time during court proceedings.
"I am responsible for what happened during the time of Democratic Kampuchea," Nuon Chea told the United Nations-backed tribunal, referring to the name of the country during the period, when he was the party's second-in-command.
"I am very regretful for events that happened intentionally and unintentionally. I am morally responsible," he said, expressing "condolences" to victims of the regime present in the court, where he faces charges including war crimes and crimes against humanity.
"Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea and co-defendant Khieu Samphan, a former head of state during the Khmer Rouge period, have until now denied responsibility or even knowledge the killings.
Khieu Samphan said he regretted the "unspeakable suffering" done to the Cambodian people under the Khmer Rouge and offered condolences, his first such apology in court.
It was unclear why the two men had chosen to express remorse now, but Lars Olsen, a court spokesman, welcomed the admission.
"Many victims have waited more than 30 years to hear any statement of apology or regret from leadership figures in the Khmer Rouge," he said.

A letter from a Barang: The Yuon doctors kill Khmer patients

Dear sirs and madams,

This letter is being sent to two prominent Khmer news blogs, as well as copied to various other Cambodian news sources for their information. Please forward to any others who may be interested -- I am just a barang who loves Cambodia, and I am not very familiar with all the sites read by Khmer people.

I would be grateful if you could publish the below, along with the attached photo of my friend at home in Han Chey village (pictured above).

By Ben Weston

 Recurring frequently in comments on this site is the idea that the Vietnamese people are working to kill or enslave Cambodians. It is difficult to support such a blanket and frightening assertion, yet the conduct of the Vietnamese-supported Hun Sen government towards its own people, the rapacity of Vietnamese corporations in the country, and baldly ill-intentioned actions such as their providing free Vietnamese-monitored Metfone cellphones to all ranking Cambodian military officers provide some glimpse into an unpleasant Yuon attitude towards the Khmer people.
 I am writing today to provide readers with another piece of evidence which weighs heavily against the neighbors to the East. Four years ago, I met and fell in love with a Khmer schoolteacher in Kampong Cham province. Although we never married (because of unforeseen difficulties with finances, family, and immigration laws), we remained close. In December of last year, on the advice of Vietnamese doctors in Saigon, she went to a clinic operated by Vietnamese doctors in Phnom Penh. She went in for minor surgery to correct a nasal problem common to many Khmer people called "roleak chamoh." She came out with severe brain damage that left her in a coma for a month, and thereafter unable to move any part of her body, see or speak. The Vietnamese doctors came out with more than $9,000.
 My friend died on Monday this week, after suffering horribly for almost seven months. I spent five of those months with her and her family, at hospitals in Kampong Cham and Phnom Penh and at her family's home in the countryside, where she spent the last four months of her life -- unable to move, being fed through a tube, moaning in agony through many nights. I am writing today because she is not alone. I am writing because while I was in Cambodia I heard again and again about young, healthy Khmer people who had been killed or left brain-damaged by incompetent and greedy Vietnamese doctors. I am writing because the Cambodian government does not protect its people from these predators, and it does not punish the blood-drenched murderers after they kill. This has been for too long a silent story. I can only try to give it a voice.
 Like most Khmer people, my friend usually knew better than to trust the Yuon. But a cousin of hers worked at a Yuon clinic in Phnom Penh, and, when my friend spoke to her cousin about nose problems, the relative told her that she could go easily into Vietnam and get a diagnosis from international-level doctors in Saigon. She was duped. She went. When she came back, she had agreed to undergo surgery in Phnom Penh at the Yuon clinic. She told me about her plan by e-mail, and I begged her not to get surgery on their advice, to get a second opinion and talk to other doctors first. Fatally, she never did.

Chelsea Clinton visits Cambodian hospital to hand out donations to children affected by HIV and AIDS

  • She is in the country for two days, visiting Clinton Foundation projects
  • The 33-year-old toured Neak Loeang Referral Hospital this morning
  • Handed out stationary to children at the hospital
  • Praised Cambodia's efforts in tackling HIV and AIDS
By Jill Reilly


Chelsea Clinton looked relaxed today as she spent the morning at a Cambodian hospital handing out donations to children affected by HIV and AIDS. 
The only child of former U.S. President Bill Clinton is in the country for two days, visiting projects of the Clinton Foundation. 
Wearing a black and white patterned skirt, a black vest top and heels, the 33-year-old toured Neak Loeang Referral Hospital.
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Humanitarian: Chelsea Clinton hands out her donation to children who are affected by HIV/AIDS at a hospital at Neak Loeung town, Cambodia
Humanitarian: Chelsea Clinton hands out her donation to children who are affected by HIV/AIDS at a hospital at Neak Loeung town, Cambodia

Visit: Chelsea is on her second day visit to an affected HIV/AIDS center in the town where Clinton Foundation projects placed
Visit: Chelsea is on her second day visit to an affected HIV/AIDS center in the town where Clinton Foundation projects placed

Launch: The aim of her visit was to launch the Clinton Health Access Initiative new Cambodia 3.0 Strategy, which aims to have zero new deaths, zero new infections, and zero stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS
The aim of her visit was to launch the Clinton Health Access Initiative new Cambodia 3.0 Strategy, which aims to have zero new deaths, zero new infections, and zero stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS.
Yesterday she visited Cambodia's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STDs (NCHADS), where she praised the country for its efforts in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Chelsea met with some 50 NCHADS staff and then held a news conference where she highlighted the progress made by the Cambodian authorities.
'I would like to thank Cambodia for being an example and effectively a challenge to the rest of the global community,' she said.
'I would also like to recognize Cambodia for not mistaking progress for success and I think that is similarly a very real and rare achievement, that Cambodia has come so far and it is still so singularly focused on eliminating new HIV/AIDS cases by 2020 including eliminating effectively mother to child transmission is remarkable,' she told a news conference. Watch the video and see more pictures and read the full article here.

Nike to investigate clash at Cambodian garment factory

Three people faint in suppression when authorities use firefighting trucks to spray water at the protestors who have gathered in front of Phnom Penh City Hall to call for more compensation or a return of land given by the government to a Chinese company for a commercial development. 

Staff Portland Business Journal 
May 28, 2013,

A garment factory protest that turned violent in Cambodia has left at least 23 workers injured.
As the New York Times reports, the factory makes clothing for Nike and workers have been protesting since last week for additional pay. Police intervened Monday to end the protest.
A Nike spokesperson told the paper it is investigating the incident.
In an effort to protect workers' rights, Nike has spent decades refining the policies that regulate the overseas factories that make its products. It has attempted to address concerns with initiatives that involve increased monitoring of overseas partners and avoiding partners in what Nike deems "high-risk countries."

The 7th Annual Sarong Party

[The daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton] Chelsea Clinton Thanks Cambodia For Work On HIV/AIDS

May 29, 2013 
BY Reuters  
Watch the video at Reuters.

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton, visited Cambodia's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STDs (NCHADS), on Wednesday (May 29) where she praised the country for its efforts in fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Philippine Airlines plans to make Cambodia investments from July

Philippine Airlines (PR, Manila Ninoy Aquino International (MNL)) is looking to acquire a 49% stake in Cambodia Airlines (Y6, Phnom Penh Pochentong International (PNH)) for USD10million. Cambodia Airlines is wholly owned by Inter Logistics (Cambodia) Co. Ltd, which is in turn 100% owned by the Royal Group of Cambodia (RGC) chairman, Neak Oknha Kith Meng. In a statement, PAL's Cecilia Pesayco said PAL would make a down payment of 10% (or USD1million) of the total acquisition cost subject to the fulfilment of the contract's closing conditions, set for July 15. The conditions include: the registration of PAL's investment in Cambodia Airlines as well as the procurement by Cambodia Airlines of all the necessary franchises, permits, and licenses to operate and maintain an airline company. Additionally, Cambodia Airlines should be a designated flag carrier entitled to traffic rights and slots under bilateral agreements between Cambodia and other countries. The balance of USD9million would be paid upon the call of the board of Cambodia Air. Once the deal is fully completed, PAL will purchase "16 to 22 aircraft" worth USD1.5 billion for Cambodia Airlines of which about eight to 10 would be deployed within the first year of its operations. It is estimated that the joint venture will boost PAL's revenues by "USD300million to USD400 million."

Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes in Asia to kick off in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Heads of 90 Confucius Institutes in 31 countries and regions in Asia have arrived in Cambodian capital for the 2013 Joint Conference of Confucius Institutes, to be held from May 29-31, the institute's senior official said Wednesday.
The conference will be held by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday afternoon at the Peace Palace.
Speaking in a press briefing on Wednesday morning, Xu Lin, Director-General of Chinese Language Council or Hanban and Chief Executive of Confucius Institute Headquarters, said that the conference would discuss the next 3-year action plan in developing the Confucius Institutes.
"They will also seek ways to build capacity for local teachers in teaching Chinese language and develop teaching materials for Chinese language teachers in each country," she said.
She added that as next year will be the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the Confucius Institutes, the conference will also discuss the preparations of various activities to celebrate the anniversary.
The Confucius Institutes focus on Chinese language teaching and Chinese culture promotion. Xu Lin said that for Cambodia, the Confucius Institute of the Royal Academy of Cambodia was founded in 2009, so far, there are more than 6,800 students learning in more than 10 locations.

RFA's Taing Sarada interviewing Mam Sonando, owner of Beehive Radio RadioFM-105

ប្រធាន​សមាគម​អ្នក​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ លោក ម៉ម សូណង់ដូ បាន​ទាមទារ​ឲ្យ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​កម្ពុជា កែ​ទម្រង់​ប្រព័ន្ធ​បោះឆ្នោត បើក​ចំហ​សេរីភាព​ក្នុង​ការ​បញ្ចេញ​មតិ​ឲ្យ​បាន​ទូលំទូលាយ និង​គោរព​របាយការណ៍​របស់​បេសកជន​ពិសេស​នៃ​អង្គការ​សហប្រជាជាតិ ដែល​ចង់​ឲ្យ​កម្ពុជា ជា​ប្រទេស​នីតិរដ្ឋ​ពិត​ប្រាកដ និង​ការ​គោរព​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស។
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Three women knocked unconscious by water cannon during protest for salary increase ស្ត្រី​៣​នាក់​សន្លប់​ក្នុង​ពេល​អាជ្ញាធរ​បាញ់​ទឹក​បំបែក​​

 អាជ្ញាធរ​ប្រើ​ឡាន​បាញ់​ទឹក​បង្ក្រាប​ទៅ​លើ​ក្រុម​អ្នក​តវ៉ា​បញ្ហា​ ដីធ្លី នៅ​ខាង​មុខ​សាលារាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ កាល​ពី​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​២៩ ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣។
RFA/Uon Chhin
ពលរដ្ឋ​មក​ពី​សហគមន៍​បឹងកក់ ថ្មគោល និង​សហគមន៍​បុរីកីឡា ប្រមាណ ២០០​នាក់ បាន​នាំ​គ្នា​ធ្វើ​បាតុកម្ម​បិទ​មហាវិថី​ព្រះមុនីវង្ស នៅ​​​ខាង​មុខ​សាលារាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​២៩ ឧសភា ដើម្បី​សុំ​ឲ្យ​អភិបាល​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ ថ្មី លោក ប៉ា សុជាតិវង្ស ដោះស្រាយ​ជម្លោះ​ដីធ្លី​របស់​ពួកគាត់​ជាមួយ​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​ដែល​បាន​អូស​បន្លាយ​ ប្រមាណ ៥​ឆ្នាំ​ទៅ​ហើយ។

ដោយ ខែ សុណង 2013-05-29 RFA
អាជ្ញាធរ​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ បាន​បំបែក​ក្រុម​អ្នក​តវ៉ា​ដោយ​ប្រើ​រថយន្ត​បាញ់​ទឹក​ពន្លត់​អគ្គិភ័យ​ចំនួន ៣​គ្រឿង បាញ់​សន្ធាប់​ទៅ​លើ​ពួកគាត់ បណ្ដាល​ឲ្យ​ស្ត្រី ៣​នាក់​សន្លប់​នៅ​នឹង​កន្លែង។
ស្ត្រី ៣​នាក់​ដែល​សន្លប់​នេះ គឺ​ជា​ស្ត្រី​សហគមន៍​បឹងកក់ មាន​ឈ្មោះ​អ្នកស្រី ខែក ចាន់រស្មី អ្នកស្រី បូ ឆវី និង​អ្នកស្រី ង៉ែត ឃុន។
តំណាង​ពលរដ្ឋ​ក្នុង​សហគមន៍​បឹងកក់ គឺ​អ្នកស្រី ទេព វន្នី បាន​ថ្លែង​ថា ការ​តវ៉ា​នេះ​គឺ​ពួកគាត់​ចង់​បាន​ចម្លើយ​ដែល​អភិបាល​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ ថ្មី គឺ​លោក ប៉ា សុជាតិវង្ស បាន​សន្យា​ថា នឹង​ដោះស្រាយ​ឲ្យ​ពួក​គាត់ ប៉ុន្តែ​មក​ដល់​ពេល​នេះ​នៅ​មិន​ទាន់​ឃើញ​លទ្ធផល។ អ្នកស្រី​បន្ត​ថា ការ​បង្ក្រាប​ទៅ​លើ​ពលរដ្ឋ​ដូច្នេះ គឺ​រឹត​តែ​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​ពលរដ្ឋ​ពុះ​កញ្ជ្រោល​ថែម​ទៀត។
នេះ​ជា​លើក​ទី​មួយ​ហើយ​ដែល​អាជ្ញាធរ​បាន​ប្រើ​ឡាន​ទឹក​ពន្លត់​អគ្គីភ័យ​ បាញ់​បង្ក្រាប​អ្នក​តវ៉ា​ក្នុង​រឿង​ជម្លោះ​ដីធ្លី​ក្នុង​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ ក្នុង​ការ​គ្រប់គ្រង​ដោយ​លោក ប៉ា សុជាតិវង្ស ដែល​ទើប​នឹង​ឡើង​កាន់​តំណែង​ថ្មីៗ​នេះ។

Thousands of Nike workers protest at Cambodian factory-VIDEO

Thousands of Nike workers protest at Cambodian factory-VIDEO
(File Photo)

"We will continue the strike to demand what they want," Vanny said, adding that union representatives had been invited for talks on Wednesday but no agreement had been reached.

Please click on for playing the video.

World Bulletin / News Desk
About 3,500 workers protested on Wednesday at a factory in Cambodia that makes clothing for U.S. sportswear company Nike, refusing to give up their campaign for higher pay despite a crackdown by police this week.
At least 23 people were injured on Monday when police with riot gear and stun batons were deployed to disperse about 3,000 workers, most of them women, who had blocked a road outside the factory owned by Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing in Kampong Speu province, west of the capital, Phnom Penh.
One woman who was two months pregnant lost her child after military police pushed her to the ground, according to a trade union representative.
The workers walked out on strike on May 21. Sun Vanny, president of the Free Trade Union (FTU) atSabrina, said about 4,000 workers were expected to join the protest on Thursday.
"We will continue the strike to demand what they want," Vanny said, adding that union representatives had been invited for talks on Wednesday but no agreement had been reached.
"We want to know why violence was used against the woman and workers, we want to know who hired these officers to come," he added, referring to Monday's clash.

Thousands keep up protest at Cambodian garment factory

Credit: Sky News

PHNOM PENH | Wed May 29, 2013 (Reuters) - About 3,500 workers protested on Wednesday at a factory in Cambodia that makes clothing for U.S. sportswear company Nike, refusing to give up their campaign for higher pay despite a crackdown by police this week.
At least 23 people were injured on Monday when police with riot gear and stun batons were deployed to disperse about 3,000 workers, most of them women, who had blocked a road outside the factory owned by Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing in Kampong Speu province, west of the capital, Phnom Penh.
One woman who was two months pregnant lost her child after military police pushed her to the ground, according to a trade union representative.
The workers walked out on strike on May 21. Sun Vanny, president of the Free Trade Union (FTU) at Sabrina, said about 4,000 workers were expected to join the protest on Thursday.
"We will continue the strike to demand what they want," Vanny said, adding that union representatives had been invited for talks on Wednesday but no agreement had been reached.
"We want to know why violence was used against the woman and workers, we want to know who hired these officers to come," he added, referring to Monday's clash.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Cambodian and American troops ended "Angkor Sentinel 2013" military exercise កងយោធាកម្ពុជា និងអាមេរិក បញ្ចប់វគ្គហ្វឹកហ្វឺនលំហាត់រួមគ្នា ឆ្មាំអង្គរ២០១៣

(ថ្ងៃទី 29 ឧសភា 2013,) | ដោយ: ពលទោ CEN More pictures below.

ភ្នំពេញ: លំ​ហាត់​ហ្វឹកហ្វឺន​ប្រតិបត្តិ​ការរក្សា​សន្តិភាព​ឆ្មាំ​អង្គរ​២០១៣ បាន​ឈានដល់​ទីបញ្ចប់ បន្ទាប់ពី​បាន​ដំណើរការ​ប្រ​ព្រិ​ត្តិ​ទៅ​អស់​រយៈពេល​ពីរ​សប្តាហ៍ (១៦ ដល់ ២៩ ខែឧសភា​) ដោយមាន​ការចូលរួម​ពី​កង​យោធា​ជា​លក្ខណៈ​ទ្វេភាគី​កម្ពុជា និង​សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក នៅឯ​មូលដ្ឋាន​សាលា​ហ្វឹកហ្វឺន​កងកម្លាំង​រក្សា​សន្តិភាព​ពហុ​ជាតិ ក្នុងស្រុក​ភ្នំស្រួច ខេត្តកំពង់ស្ពឺ​។​

   ​Gen. Chay Saing Yun presiding over the "Angkor Sentinel 2013" military exercise on 29th May 2013.
​ លោកនាយ​ឧ​ត្ត​ម​សេនីយ៍​ចាយ សាំងយុន អធិបតី​ក្នុង​ពិធី​បិទ​វគ្គ​លំ​ហាត់​ហ្វឹកហ្វឺន​ប្រតិបត្តិ​ការរក្សា​ សន្តិភាព​ឆ្មាំ​អង្គរ​២០១៣ ដែល​បាន​ដំណើរ​ការប្រព្រឹត្តិទៅ នៅឯ​សាលា​ហ្វឹក​ហ្វឹ​ន​កងកម្លាំង​រក្សា​សន្តិភាព​ពហុ​ជាតិ កាលពី​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃទី​២៩ ខែឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣ បាន​សំដែង​នូវ​ការកោតសរសើរ​ប្រកបដោយ​មោទនភាព ចំពោះ​ការខិតខំ​ប្រឹងប្រែង​រប​ស់នាយ​ទាហាន​នាយទាហានរង និង​ពលទាហាន​ជា​សិក្ខាកាម​ទាំងអស់ ដែល​បាន​ខិតខំ​ហាត់ពត់លត់ដំ​ក្នុងការ​ហាត់រៀន ដើម្បីឱ្យ​ក្លាយទៅជា​កងក​ម្លាំ​ង​ប្រកបដោយ​សមត្ថភាព សម្រាប់​ចូលរួម​បំពេញបេសកកម្ម​របស់​អង្គការសហប្រជាជាតិ​នាពេល​អនាគត​។​

​ លោកនាយ​ឧ​ត្ត​ម​សេនីយ៍ រដ្ឋលេខាធិការ​ក្រសួងការពារជាតិ​កម្ពុ​ជា បាន​បន្តថា លំ​ហាត់​ហ្វឹកហ្វឺន​ដែល​បាន​បញ្ចប់ទៅ​ប្រកបដោយ​ជោគជ័យ​នាពេលនេះ ក៏​ជាការ​បង្ហាញ​ពី​ការពង្រឹង​ចំណងមិត្តភាព​ទ្វេភាគី រវាង​កម្ពុជា និង​សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក សម្រាប់​បោះជំហាន​ថ្មី​នាពេលខាងមុខ ក្នុង​គោលដៅ​សហការ​ដើម្បី​លើកកម្ពស់​សមត្ថភាព​ក​ង​កម្លាំង ចូលរួម​បំពេញបេសកកម្ម​របស់​អង្គការសហប្រជាជាតិ ឱ្យ​កាន់​តែមាន​សមត្ថភាព​ខ្ពស់​បន្ថែមទៀត​។​
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​លោក​ឧ​ត្ត​ម​ សេនីយ៍​ទោ​ហ្គា​រី​ហា​រា (Gary M. Hara) មេបញ្ជាការរង​កងទ័ព​ឆ្មាំ​ជាតិ នៃ​កងទ័ព​សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក ប្រចាំ​តំបន់​ប៉ាស៊ីហ្វិក បាន​សំដែង​ការ​សាទរ​ចំពោះ​ការចូលរួម​របស់​កង​យោធា​ទាំងពីរ ដែល​បាន​ចូលរួម​ក្នុង​លំ​ហាត់​ដ៏​ត្រចះត្រចង់​នេះ​។ លោក​ហា​រា បាន​បន្តថា កងយោធពល​ខេមរភូមិន្ទ​បន្ត​គាំទ្រ​លើ​បេសកកម្ម​ជំនួយ​មនុស្សធម៌ ក្នុង​តំបន់ និង​លើ​ពិភពលោក ហើយ​ការគាំទ្រ​របស់​កម្ពុជា​ក្នុង​ប្រតិបត្តិ​ការរក្សា​សន្តិភាព​ អង្គការសហប្រជាជាតិ គឺ​បន្ត​ឱ្យមាន​ស្ថេរភាព​ក្នុង​ពិភពលោក​។​