Cambodia morning news for September 20

Cambodia morning news for September 20
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Cambodia morning newsBogus threat to suspend Cambodia’s UN seat raises PM’s hackles
The European Union is not plotting to have Cambodia thrown out of the United Nations, despite what one Phnom Penh newspaper recently reported, and what the Cambodian government now believes.
AEC News Today

Prime Minister Hun Sen ready for UNGA speech
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said he will make an official visit to the UN General Assembly on September 27 and meet with his Cambodian supporters.
— Khmer Times

Cambodia PM denies ‘international pressure’ behind release of opposition leader
Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen batted down speculation Wednesday that he caved to international pressure after an opposition leader was released from jail, claiming the decision was made for his ailing foe’s health and safety.
Agence France-Presse via The Jakarta Post

PM Hun Sen: Kem Sokha Is Not Released, but Moved to New Detention Place
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed that Kem Sokha has not yet received any amnesty; yet the change of the new detention was done on humanitarian reasons, addressing to 27,444 workers from 24 factories in Kompong Speu province on Wednesday.
Fresh News

‘No complaints filed’ after trade remedy law
The Ministry of Commerce official in charge of the Kingdom’s new trade remedy law said that no complaints had been filed by Cambodian businesses since the anti-dumping measure was put in place nearly one year ago.
Phnom Penh Post

US ambassador concerned over souring relations
Incoming US Ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy voiced concerns over deteriorating relations between Cambodia and the US during a recent visit to the Kingdom.
Khmer Times

PM promises to work harder
Prime Minister Hun Sen has promised to work twice as hard now that his government has a new mandate, thanks to winning a landslide in the July 29 national elections. He also promised to provide faster and more efficient public services in the Kingdom.
Phnom Penh Post

Washington Watching Cambodian Gov’t Closely: Ambassador
William Heidt, the US ambassador, told VOA Khmer that he hoped Cambodia would move towards a more “open” political system in the coming year.

‘Dire consequences’ from sanctions, warns AmCham
American businesspeople in Cambodia have warned that any sanction against the Kingdom would have “dire consequences” that could push Cambodia even further into the arms of China.
Phnom Penh Post

Cambodia Needs Political Reform to Regain Credibility: Analysts
At a meeting on Thursday at the Heritage Foundation, speakers said the newly one-party parliament did not reflect voters’ wishes to see pluralistic democracy in the country.

Japan’s Kono airs hopes for Cambodia’s continued democratization
Foreign Minister Taro Kono expressed hope Wednesday for Cambodia’s further development and democratization in talks with his Cambodian counterpart Prak Sokhonn.
The Mainichi

Government bans song on domestic workers
The Ministry of Labour has asked the Ministry of Information and Ministry of Culture to ban a Khmer song that addresses poor working conditions for domestic workers in the Kingdom.
Khmer Times

Cambodia considers law to allow house arrest of suspects
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday he is considering a new law to allow criminal suspects to be placed under house arrest in certain circumstances, as an alternative to incarceration.
Bangkok Post

Ministry to crack down on land grabbing
Following an Environment Ministry warning against land grabbing last week, a campaign was launched yesterday to crack down on land grabbing in protected forest areas in the provinces of Preah Sihanouk, Kampot, Pursat and Battambang.
Khmer Times

Vietnamese army delegation visits Laos, Cambodia
A high-ranking delegation from the Vietnam People’s Army (VPA) led by Sen. Lieut. Gen Luong Cuong, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and Director of the VPA’s General Department of Politics, is paying official visits to Laos and Cambodia from September 18-22.
Nhan Dan

China busts live-stream porn app gang: Report
Chinese police have repatriated from Cambodia 18 suspected members of a gang that operated a US$36.5 million pornographic live-streaming platform with more than 3.5 million registered users, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday (Sep 19).
Reuters via Channel NewsAsia

What is the end goal of America’s sanctions on Cambodia?
A good rule in foreign relations is that not every problem can be fixed. The US seems well aware that it cannot help fix the problems of one-party rule in Laos, which has been controlled by an authoritarian communist party since 1975.
Asia Times

Cambodia Hungry for More Foreign Investment in Airlines
The Cambodian government continues to solicit investment from foreign companies, particularly in China, to establish start-up carriers beyond the nine that already operate in the kingdom.
Aviation International News

Brit on life support in Cambodia ‘given death sentence’ as Government refuses to pay for medical flight home
A devastated British mum has accused the Government of giving her son a “death sentence” as he fights for his life in a hospital in Cambodia. Charles McLaughlin suffered a massive stroke and is on life support with two blood clots on his brain.

The Cambodian Port City on China’s 21st Century Silk Road That’s Becoming the New Macau
The new Macau. That’s what the Cambodian coastal city Sihanoukville is called nowadays. Chinese investors are building casinos there on a massive scale.
Inter Press Service News Agency

Preah Sihanouk beach developments halted
After receiving an order from Hun Sen, Minister of Land Management Chea Sophara led a team of experts and relevant officials to Sihanoukville to call a halt to the illegal development of a beach.
Phnom Penh Post

PM Hun Sen: Cambodian GDP Per Capita to Reach $2,000 by 2023
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed optimism that if Cambodian economy continued to grow as at 7% per annum, the average GDP per person will be increased from $1,560 in 2018 to over $2,000 by 2023, addressing to 27,444 workers from 24 factories in Kompong Speu province on Wednesday.
Fresh News

Permanent Representative of Cambodia to the United Nations Respond to the EU Statement
Ney Sam Ol, Ambassador/ Permanent Representative of Cambodia to the United Nations office at Geneva responded to the European Union Statement delivered by Austria regarding human rights issue in Cambodia at the 39th Session of Human Rights Council on 18 September 2018.
Fresh News

AmCham Cambodia To Host a Two-day Trade Event to Promote Agriculture Sector
The American Chamber of Commerce in Cambodia (AmCham Cambodia), in coordination with the U.S. Embassy Phnom Penh, will host a trade event focused on Cambodia’s rapidly evolving agriculture sector, “Business Opportunities in Cambodia’s Agriculture Sector” next week.
Agence Kampuchea Presse

Cambodian Experts to Learn About Wild Animal Tracking in India
Cambodian wild life experts will travel to India to learn about the installation of GPS (geographical positioning system) tracker with elephants, according to local media report.
Agence Kampuchea Presse

Villagers vow to ‘sacrifice lives’
Some 100 ethnic Banong villagers from Sre Hoy commune’s Chhul and Chhong Pang villages in Mondulkiri province’s Koh Nhek district protested on Tuesday after Srepok Wildlife Sanctuary officials allegedly uprooted wooden posts used to demarcate their ancestral burial sites.
Phnom Penh Post

Outrage at ‘Adhoc 5’ hearing as key witnesses absent and verdict looms
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday resumed the trial of the “Adhoc 5,” the name for a group of rights activists accused of bribing a hairdresser to lie about an alleged romantic relationship with jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha.
Phnom Penh Post

PM: $4.15 million spent on pregnant garment workers
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday said that the government has spent millions of dollars on more than 40,000 pregnant female workers this year.
Khmer Times

Cambodia, US vow to boost ties
US President Donald Trump has pledged to work with the Cambodian government to enhance cooperation and relations between the two countries and expand global health cooperation, according to a Cambodian official.
Khmer Times

Journalists accused of incitement over land dispute reporting
Pursat provincial police sent two journalists working for TNM online television to the provincial court yesterday over allegations of incitement and spreading fake news for their reporting on a land dispute between Thmor Da commune residents and the MDS Import Export Company.
Khmer Times


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