The White Building: Now and then

Last week builders began tearing down Phnom Penh’s famous White Building, the former home of almost 500 families who were given

Wed, 26 July 2017 Jenni Reid, Keo Ratana

CNRP meets as new Party Law clears council

Cambodia National Rescue Party leaders yesterday summoned members from across the Kingdom instructing them how to comply with impending new laws that will see former party President Sam Rainsy scrubbed clean from their prolific billboards – but not without a hint of defiance. As images of Rainsy clasping hands with current party President Kem Sokha continued to be crudely covered over with blue and black paint, the party yesterday resolved to replace their picture with a slogan. “The slogan ‘Joining together to rescue our nation’ will replace the spot where [the leaders are] shaking hands,” said CNRP Deputy President Eng Chhay Eang.

Wed, 26 July 2017 Meas Sokchea
Officials inspect the scene where a Royal Railways freight train crashed into another early yesterday morning, injuring a train operator, after a train stopped to transfer oil in Preah Sihanouk province. Photo supplied

Train derails, injuring operator and destroying two kitchens

A train operator was injured and two villagers’ kitchens were destroyed after a Royal Railways freight train derailed after crashing into another in Preah Sihanouk province’s Stung Hav district in the early hours of yesterday mornin

Wed, 26 July 2017 Khouth Sophak Chakrya
Interior Minister Sar Kheng presides over a meeting to disseminate guidelines on surrogate infant exit procedures yesterday in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied

Surrogacy exit rules released, with parents required to provide yearly updates

Parents of children born to surrogate mothers in Cambodia will be required to provide the government with yearly updates of their child’s mental and physical development, according to new guidelines officially disseminated to embass

Wed, 26 July 2017 Kong Meta, Erin Handley
Refugees from an Australian-run detention centre in Nauru and their handlers leave Phnom Penh International Airport in 2015 after travelling to the Kingdom for resettlement.

UN slams Australia’s choice not to accept refugees

The UN’s refugee agency has slammed Australia in a statement for reportedly informing the agency it would no longer accept refugees it had previously agreed to take in, telling the body to relocate them to the US or Cambodia instead. Vivian Tan, a spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Bangkok, said the body is concerned about Australia’s “outsourcing” of refugees to other countries after it struck deals with the US and Cambodia to take in many of the refugees it has controversially detained in Nauru and Papua New Guinea for years. In its statement, the UNHCR said it had “no other choice” but to recommend the relocation of all refugees to the US.

Wed, 26 July 2017 Daphne Chen
The executive director of the Bophana Centre, Chea Sopheap, shows the Khmer Rouge History app on an iPad.

Khmer Rouge History app to assist students

Cambodian students can set aside dusty tomes of Khmer Rouge history after the launch of a new app, which allows them to immerse themselves in photos, videos and propaganda songs that tell the story of a communist movement that irrev

Wed, 26 July 2017 Erin Handley

Government to return Taiwan nationals to mainland

Seven Taiwanese citizens will be deported to mainland China alongside 24 Chinese nationals despite efforts by Taiwanese officials to have them repatriated to the island, an immigration police official said yesterday.

Wed, 26 July 2017 Soth Koemsoeun, Leonie Kijewski

Khmer Rouge tribunal gets funds, case deadline extension

Funds continue to flow for the Khmer Rouge tribunal, and the case against alleged former Khmer Rouge naval chief Meas Muth is moving forward even as the ultimate fate of the case still hangs in the balance, according to announcements made yesterday. The prosecution and defence team for Muth were yesterday given a three-month deadline to file their final submissions but whether Case 003 against Muth, along with cases 004 against Yim Tith and 004/02 against Ao An, will actually go ahead remains unclear. Co-investigating judges proposed halting those cases in May for the “sole reason” of “lack of funding”, a claim which several observers said likely masked more nefarious reasons.

Wed, 26 July 2017 Erin Handley
Officials pose for a photograph after seizing over 100 logs of rosewood and luxurious timber during a bust on Monday in Battambang’s Samlot district.

Officials seize 1 tonne of illegal logs in Battambang

Authorities in Battambang’s Samlot district on Monday confiscated over 100 logs of rosewood and luxury timber suspected to have come from an illegal logging operation in Thailand.

Wed, 26 July 2017 Phak Seangly
Preah Vihear deputy governor Un Chanda inspects the flooded villages yesterday in Preah Vihear province. Fresh News

Boy dies in flooding in Preah Vihear

A boy died in Preah Vihear province yesterday after being swept away by floods caused by heavy rains that are expected to continue for at least the next two or three days, local officials said yesterday.

Wed, 26 July 2017 Khouth Sophak Chakrya