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(27-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Woman Charged Over Post Claiming Prime Minister’s Death The Battambang provincial court on Sunday charged a local wo­man with making an insult after a post appeared on her Facebook page claiming—falsely—that Prime Minister Hun Sen had died in a plane crash and calling on the public to celebrate.

A message posted on Tuesday to Pang Sina’s Facebook page, using the name Sina Neakmeas, reads: “Samdech Techo Hun Sen died in a plane crash. Please join in celebrating.”

(27-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Kem Sokha Marks One Month in Headquarters CNRP Vice President Kem So­kha marked a month in self-imposed house arrest in the opposition party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh on Sunday, with no indication that he plans to leave and authorities proving reluctant to force their way in to seize him.

Mr. Sokha has been hiding in the CNRP’s headquarters since May 26, when police tried to storm the building to arrest him over his failure to appear in court over an extramarital affair authorities have been zealously pursuing since March.

(27-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Soldiers Claim General Sold Off School Land The Ministry of Defense and Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) sent two teams to Siem Reap City over the weekend to investigate a high-profile land dispute between a senior general and a unit of soldiers, officials said on Sunday.

(27-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Leader of Country’s Oldest Union Replaced A former garment worker was appointed on Sunday to replace Chea Mony as the head of the Free Trade Union, six years after Mr. Mony first announced his intention to step down and two decades after his late brother launched the country’s labor movement.

(27-June-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Cambodian Laborers Deported, Repatriated Sixteen Cambodian migrants along with six of their children were deported from Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province last Thursday, while four Cambodians were repatriated from Malaysia on Saturday, according to Ministry of Foreign Affairs statements.


The deportees were arrested in raids by Thai provincial authorities and immigration officials on three plaster-making workshops, Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said.

(27-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Sovantha files another CNRP defamation suit Thy Sovantha has filed a defamation complaint against two CNRP activists for questioning the attendance figures at a forum organised by her NGO in Oddar Meanchey’s Trapaing Prasat district.

The complaint, filed on June 24, alleges that Mounh Sarath, head of the CNRP taskforce for the province, and Oun Vansak, administrator of the I love Cambodia Hot News II Facebook page, took to social media to say her forum had only 70 attendees when, by her count, there were actually about 900.

(27-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Koh Kong fishermen struggle in the shadow of sand dredgers Phen Sophany cuts the motor as the boat nears the centre of a mangrove-lined estuary in Koh Kong province, near the isolated fishing village of Koh Sralav.

“This is where the island used to be,” the 38-year-old member of environmental activist group Mother Nature says, the village visible in the distance.

(27-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Kingdom's only Cham radio show goes dark Cambodia's only Cham-language radio program has been quietly shuttered, with a bitter land dispute centred on the Boeung Kak mosque identified by some as the trigger.

Radio Sap Cham, a daily hour-long radio program aimed at a Cham Muslim audience, was cancelled two weeks ago and replaced with music on the airwaves.

(27-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

CPP shirt distribution apolitical, official says Provincial education authorities have denied that giving students pink T-shirts with the words “I love the Cambodian People’s Party” to wear during a CPP event was a violation of the Education Ministry’s ban on political propaganda in schools.

Pursat High School principal Aing Sakmony – who could not be reached for comment – handed out the T-shirts, which also bore the CPP’s logo, to grade 10 and 11 students on Saturday to wear during a workshop at the CPP’s provincial headquarters yesterday.

(27-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

CNRP leaders slated to meet Rainsy in Manila Four senior opposition officials will meet with leader-in-exile Sam Rainsy on Tuesday in the Philippines to discuss the heated political situation, as Prime Minister Hun Sen continues to raise the spectre of colour revolutions.

Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmakers Pol Ham, Eng Chhay Eang, Ou Chanrith and Yim Sovann will travel to meet Rainsy, with the notable absence of Kem Sokha, who remains holed up at the party headquarters to avoid arrest in relation to an ongoing sex scandal. Chanrith said the Kem Sokha affair was the impetus for the Manila meet – the second such gathering since March.