(19-July-2016 / Khmer Times)

Residents Assemble after Land Dispute About 10 residents of Kandal province’s Mok Kampol district gathered in front of the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction yesterday morning to ask for intervention from officials in an ongoing land dispute.

(08-July-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Two Families Living in Hope Ny Chan Reaksmey is only eight days old, but he has yet to meet the father who shares his family name.

The young baby’s father is Ny Sokha, the head of monitoring for rights group Adhoc, who is detained in Prey Sar prison, accused of bribing a witnesses and conspiracy to bribe.

(08-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Briefly Out of Hiding, Sokha Marks July 1997 CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha briefly left his haven inside the opposition party’s headquarters on Wednesday to lead a ceremony marking 19 years since the July 1997 factional fighting that led to First Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh’s ouster.

The second time Mr. Sokha descended the stairs of the building for a ceremony in its parking area since police attempted to arrest him on May 26, he led about 100 supporters to mark the day that then-Second Prime Minister Hun Sen cemented his grip on Cambodia.

(08-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

‘Coup’ questions still echo, 19 years on Political tensions ran high yesterday as ceremonies to commemorate a bloody takeover by the CPP following the 1997 elections became fodder for the current political players.

On the 19th anniversary of the events of July 1997, in which Prime Minister Hun Sen’s CPP snatched power from Funcinpec’s Prince Ranariddh, both the CNRP and former Funcinpec military commander Nhek Bun Chhay held remembrance ceremonies in Phnom Penh.

(08-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Unionists Freed After Strike Called Off in Kampot The Kampot Provincial Court on Thursday released three union leaders without charge after the Cambo T.D.G. garment factory dropped its complaint against the trio in return for an end to a two-week strike.

Nearly half of the South Korean-owned factory’s 700 employees had been on strike since 21 workers were fired on June 24 for attempting to unionize, according to staff representatives. The three unionists were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly blocking the factory’s front gate and attempting to stoke the strike.

(08-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Agriculture Official Demoted Over Land Sale The director of Koh Kong’s provincial agriculture department has been removed from his position and demoted after an internal investigation found that he sold a plot of department land for hundreds of thousands of dollars and pocketed the profit—but faces no legal action.

The case surfaced in May when six department officials accused director Meas Sopheap of selling the vacant plot in Khemara Phoumint City, measuring 150 meters by 245 meters, for $320,000, according to Ty Channa, director of the Agriculture Ministry’s human resources department.

(08-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Government Issues Final ‘Samdech’ Warning The Ministry of Information gave a final warning to media outlets on Thursday, ordering that they refer to Prime Minister Hun Sen and select officials with their honorific “Samdech” or face legal action, while a ministry official said insubordination could lead to the termination of licenses.

Media outlets were first ordered in December to start using the honorific. In May, the ministry set a June deadline for newspapers and broadcasters registered in Cambodia to start referring to Mr. Hun Sen and top CPP officials as “Samdech,” a royally bestowed honorific that translates roughly as “the greatest.”

(08-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Prime Minister’s Children Accuse Media Of Colluding With NGO Prime Minister Hun Sen’s children took to Facebook on Thursday with sarcasm and denials in reaction to a new report by Global Witness accusing the first family of using its political connections to amass a sprawling business empire rife with legal abuses.

By mining the Commerce Ministry’s public corporate filings, the London-based anti-corruption group found 21 family members—from Mr. Hun Sen’s siblings and scions to nephews and nieces and their spouses—owning or investing in 114 companies with a combined capital of more than $200 million.

(08-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Reporter Files Complaint Over Police Threat The Mondolkiri Provincial Court will investigate a complaint filed by a local reporter on Thursday accusing a pair of police officials of accosting him for taking photographs of their illicit timber operation over the weekend, a court official said.

Doem Soeun, a reporter for the Apsara News Network, has said that Suos Vora, a deputy police chief in Keo Seima district, and Mr. Vora’s younger brother Suos Angkea, a local border police official, caught him photographing a pile of illegally logged wood on their property and responded by deleting the photos, threatening him with a beating and detaining him for more than an hour.

(08-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Hun siblings slam Global Witness report as ‘conspiracy’ Three of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s children took to social media yesterday to slam a report that revealed details of the ruling family’s business empire and alleged they amassed a “vast fortune”, while the premier himself uploaded an old picture of the family celebrating in his office.

In statements on their respective Facebook pages, the premier’s daughter Hun Mana and sons Hun Manet and Hun Manith, criticised Global Witness’s “attack”, with Mana dismissing the group’s report, which is largely based on the government’s own data, as “lies and deceit” that would in fact “help my father in the coming election”.

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