Rule of law ‘virtually absent’: Court manipulation part of ruling party’s master plan, report argues
Cambodia’s judiciary remains in the iron grip of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his government, according to an extensive new International Commission of Jurists report, which found that “the rule of law is virtually absent from the Cambodian justice system”.
The leak of explicit photos of the topless body of slain singer San Sreylai to social media – presumably by a police official – drew widespread condemnation from the public yesterday, prompting Phnom Penh’s top police official to announce an investigation.
Interest rates for microfinance loans issued in Cambodian riel have decreased to the same level as those given in US dollar, a change industry insiders claim is an upside for circulation of the local currency that is being driven in part by the 18 percent interest rate cap imposed by the central bank in April.
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday pointed to a 2011 video of former opposition leader Sam Rainsy – in which the latter allegedly asks the armed forces to turn their guns against the “dictator Hun Sen” – as further proof of a concerted CNRP plot to overthrow the government.
The ruling Cambodian People’s Party appears poised to absorb 11 more seats in the National Assembly, bringing their majority to almost two-thirds, while royalist party Funcinpec’s Prince Norodom Ranariddh vowed his party – also set to take a substantial block of seats – would not become “slaves” to Hun Sen.
In a speech to some 15,000 garment workers in Phnom Penh yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen returned to the topic of the United States’ war legacy in Cambodia, pledging to build a health centre for people purportedly suffering the after-effects of American chemical weapons in Svay Rieng province’s Koki commune.
A video posted to Facebook earlier this week shows the Prime Minister’s Bodyguard Unit training to disperse demonstrations with the use of armed personnel and tanks, making it the latest branch of the security services to prepare itself for riot control in a tense political atmosphere.
A leaked Ministry of Interior letter chastises certain advisers to Interior Minister Sar Kheng for using their association to him for personal gain, though the letter stops short of naming the offenders.
Recruiting skilled workers that can boost productivity and efficiency will be the key theme for next week’s annual National Career Fair, which is expected to present hungry job-seekers with up to 20,000 potential positions.
Spermarket shoppers may soon have to budget for one more item: plastic bags.
Casino operator Donaco International Ltd announced plans to generate strong returns through an on-market buyback of up to 41.5 million of its shares, to a maximum of 5 percent of its ordinary shares, according to a release on Australian Securities Exchange.
A United Nations representative yesterday presented $70,000 to each of the families of the four Cambodian peacekeepers who were killed by a Christian militia in Central African Republic in May. Driver Im Sam, 36; quality control assistant Seang Norin, 35; excavator driver assistant Mom Tola, 31; and medical staffer Mao Eng, 37, were killed in a guerrilla attack launched by Anti-Balaka members in which a Moroccan peacekeeper also lost his life.
The National Bank of Cambodia yesterday held its 13th liquidity-providing collateralised operation, making 40 billion riel ($9.89 million) available to financial institutions in an auction in which repurchase agreements, or repos, were signed for 2 billion riel ($500,000).
A district governor in Kratie province yesterday criticised a decision by an investigating judge to release a timber transporter on bail, the lone suspect arrested in a case involving more than two dozen vehicles carrying wood.
USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) announced that it will make as much as $15 million in financing available to support agricultural development in four Cambodian provinces through partnerships with multiple financial institutions.
Though its reform was once heralded as a signature achievement of the so-called culture of dialogue that ended the Kingdom’s postelection political crisis in 2014, the future of the bipartisan National Election Committee (NEC) is in flux.
The industry body representing Cambodia’s garment sector met the deadline to submit a petition to the United States government yesterday asking it to extend the duty-free privileges of its Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) scheme to include footwear, a move that could boost the industry’s competiveness by giving local manufacturers an advantage in the world’s biggest consumer market.
The Appeal Court yesterday upheld a five-year conviction for former Khmer Power Party President Sourn Serey Ratha for allegedly “inciting military personnel to disobedience” by criticising the August deployment of troops to the Laos border during a period of heightened tensions with the Kingdom’s northern neighbour.
Japanese development firm A2A Town Cambodia, which operates the vKirirom Pine Resort in the Kirirom National Park in Kampong Speu province, has successfully secured $5.3 million in fresh investment through the third party allocation of new shares, according to a release yesterday in the Japan Times.
A recent inspection at a mine site in Ratanakkiri province where two brothers died in a workplace accident last Friday had found safety concerns in the company’s mine shafts.
Passenger growth for Vinci Airports, the airport management arm of French conglomerate Vinci, increased by 12.6 percent during the first nine months of 2017 compared with the same period last year, with Cambodia operations showing the largest percentage growth for the company.
Mondulkiri forestry officials raided and seized a timber stockpile yesterday in Keo Seima district, though the owner of the contraband goods fled.
The Telecommunication Regulator of Cambodia has requested mobile network providers to deploy moveable cell towers to prepare for the influx of visitors that are expected to attend next month’s Water Festival in Phnom Penh, according to a release late last week.
A fire at a computer shop in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district killed four people late Monday night, according to local authorities.
The Khmer Crypto Foundation, an assortment of over a 100 bitcoin and digital currency investors and enthusiasts, held its first general meeting yesterday with the aim to educate members about how to comply with potential regulations governing the use of blockchain technology, according to a press release yesterday.
The fatal shooting of a singer by her estranged husband on Monday has renewed calls among advocates for the government to take a stronger stance on violence against women, with critics charging that law enforcement remains uncommitted to protecting women despite years of commonplace assaults.
Indian companies in the pharmaceutical and health care sector are seeking to enhance their footprint in the Kingdom by extending beyond pharmaceutical trade through state financing that could establish a direct link to bring Cambodian medical tourists to the subcontinent.
After almost three years of holding out, all 76 families from the Stung Treng village of Srekor – located in the reservoir of the newly operational Lower Sesan II Dam – have finally agreed to leave their homes.
The National Assembly yesterday passed a trade remedy law that aims to protect and help local and foreign businesses by introducing anti-dumping measures that prevent the “dishonest” import of goods and produce from neighbouring countries, according to a press release.