(01-October-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

CPP to Push Ahead With New Commune Election Law The National Assembly will vote on an amended law governing commune elections on October 20 even if the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP do not forge a deal over the parts of the law they disagree on, CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said Wednesday.

(01-October-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Chinese Firm Begins Construction at Boeng Kak Eight years after CPP Senator Lao Meng Khin signed off on a 99-year lease of Boeng Kak lake in one of the most controversial real estate deals in Phnom Penh’s recent history, a Chinese firm has begun construction on the first major development project on the filled-in lake.

Beijing-based Graticity Real Estate Development company started construction last month on One Park, a commercial and residential development billed as “Sophisticated Urban Living” after purchasing 20 hectares from Shukaku, Mr. Meng Khin’s firm, according to Hong Xin, customer manager for Graticity.

(01-October-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Women at Large After Alleged Acid Attack on Boyfriend The suspect in the country’s latest acid attack is at large after allegedly pouring acid over her boyfriend in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, according to police.

Leng Socheata, 21, was driving his motorbike in Prampi Makara district and his girlfriend, Chin Likim, also 21, was riding pillion when she poured the acid over his head and neck at about 2:30 p.m., said Mok Borunchhorsak, chief of police in Veal Vong commune.

“The girlfriend attacked the man with acid,” he said Wednesday. “The man was seriously injured on his head and neck and his family has sent him to Vietnam for treatment.”

(30-September-2015 / VOA)

Hun Sen Touts Cambodia’s Approach To Closing Gender Gap NEW YORK CITY—Prime Minister Hun Sen addressed world leaders at the UN on Sunday, giving his formula for closing the gender gap.

Speaking at a global leaders summit on the subject at the United Nations, Hun Sen said closing the gender gap in developing countries requires a four-prong approach: increasing investment in gender equality; ensuring the protection of women’s rights; strengthening government institutions; and continuing to promote women’s involvement in the economy and their financial inclusion.

(30-September-2015 / RFA)

Cambodia Blocks Outside Doctors From Treating Jailed Opposition Senator Cambodian authorities are refusing to allow doctors from the human rights group Licadho to visit a jailed opposition lawmaker held at Prey Sar prison in the capital Phnom Penh, claiming the facility already provides adequate care, sources said.

Their refusal constitutes a form of “discrimination” against Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) senator Hong Sok Hour, who was arrested in August after challenging Cambodia’s ruling party on its handling of a border dispute with neighboring Vietnam, the senator’s lawyer told RFA’s Khmer Service on Wednesday.

“This is nothing more than discrimination against an opposition party member,” the senator’s lawyer, Chhoung Chou Ngy, told RFA.

(30-September-2015 / KHT)

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – The government yesterday moved to reassure Internet users and NGOs fearful of a censorship crackdown after plans to implement new controls to combat cybercrime and the abuse of social media.

A draft sub-decree announced last month gives the Interior Ministry’s new Anti-cybercrime Department powers to deal with abuse, but there are no plans to block sites.

Under the draft, the Anti-cybercrime Department, according to the sub-decree, will be mandated to monitor mail, phone calls and faxes, searching for “irregularities relating to national security.”

“The Internet environment in Cambodia is more favorable because there is no restriction to any website. You can even access porn sites here,” Sun Rapid, Director of R&D Center at the Ministry of Telecommunications, said at a gathering of NGOs and government officials to discuss Internet freedom.

(30-September-2015 / KHT)

LGBT People Should Push for Marriage Licenses: Gov’t Spokesman PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Cambodia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community could have a chance to get legal marriage certificates should they push to have such a law created, said government spokesman Phay Siphan.

“There is no reason to be against [same sex relationships], and even our Buddhism doesn’t prohibit them as well,” said Mr. Siphan. “But, the problem is they can’t [have legal] marriage right now because our law states that a woman must be a wife and a man must be a husband.”

While 13 organizations working for LGBT issues lauded the commitment of the Cambodian government on the matter, they are requesting a sub-decree confirming the legality of marriages between same-sex couples, as well as specific legislation prohibiting discrimination.

(30-September-2015 / PPP)

Trial of Sok Hour to begin on Friday The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday will hear the case against opposition Senator Hong Sok Hour, who was arrested and saw his parliamentary immunity bypassed last month over a Facebook post.

Sok Hour faces charges of forging a public document, using a forged public document and incitement to cause serious unrest, after he posted a “fake” section of a 1979 border treaty between Cambodia and Vietnam on August 13, which stated the countries would dissolve their border.

(30-September-2015 / PPP)

‘Bride traffickers’ tried Six women were tried by Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday over allegations of trafficking three Cambodian girls into forced marriages in China on false premises of employment in Singapore.

According to presiding judge Svay Tonh, the girls, aged 18 to 22, were lured from families in Kratie province by offers of work in beauty salons in Singapore with salaries of $800 to $1,000 per month.

“But when the victims agreed to work as advertised, they . . . sent them to China to marry husbands there,” he said.

(30-September-2015 / PPP)

Land dispute pits PM’s brother against Brigade 70 general The Kampong Speu Provincial Court has joined the fray in a land battle between Hun Sen’s elder brother and a general attached to RCAF’s infamous Brigade 70, ordering a halt to its clearing.

A court officer, joined by 20 local authority officers and several members of local NGO Natural Resource and Wildlife Preservation Organization (NRWPO), on Friday went to the disputed property, where they kicked out the general’s workers, who were clearing the land with four tractors. No one was arrested.

Hun San, the premier’s brother and director of the Cambodia Shipping Agency, bought a parcel of land from villagers in Kampong Speu’s Oral district in 1999.