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  1. Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday taunted opposition groups who wish to see him dead by telling them to wait until the next lifetime, and claiming himself to be healthy and strong. Mr Hun Sen said he exercises on a regular basis and obtains enough energy to deliver speeches in public forums. “Some people said Hun Sen is now sick. Let’s wait until Hun Sen is dead […] They [opposition groups] are using this [rumour] as propaganda to get rid of me. I’m telling you, wait until the next life,” he said. Mr Hun Sen said opposition groups are intentionally praying for his death in an attempt to form an illegal movement to overthrow the government. “Hun Sen sometimes is fat and sometimes is thin. This is my personal strategies,” he said. “If you wait until Hun Sen dies in order to overthrow the government, please wait until the next life,” he added. The premier said to the opposition groups that his family members maintain good health and long life because they take good care of their health by exercising regularly. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50580162/hun-sen-taunts-opposition-groups-who-wish-him-dead/
  2. From the ashes of war, Cambodia is forecast to have the sixth fastest growing economy in the world. Cambodia has been one of the best-performing economies in the world over the past two decades, and that's forecast to continue this year. Video following the link, https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/cambodia-economy-high-growth-expected-continue-190220092005721.html
  3. PHNOM PENH, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia has reported zero death from malaria in 2018, achieving its self-imposed target three years earlier, Huy Rekol, director of the National Center for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control, said Wednesday. "In 2017, there was one death, but in 2018, there was no any death from malaria, meaning that we have achieved success three years earlier than the target of zero death in 2020," he said during the center's annual conference in Siem Reap province. According to Rekol, despite no fatal case, the Southeast Asian country reported 65,114 malaria cases last year, up 41.6 percent from the year before. Luciano Tuseo, the representative of the World Health Organization in Cambodia, congratulated Cambodia for the reduction of malaria mortality to zero for the first time in 2018. "I do hope and encourage all partners continue to work closely, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health, to ensure synergies, to enhance coordination and collaboration, and to provide necessary support to the central and local governments and communities so that we altogether can reach the elimination goal in the near future," he said. Cambodia launched in 2016 a 142-million-U.S.-dollars five-year plan to eliminate the death from malaria by 2020 and set a target to wipe out all malaria cases by 2025. Malaria is a mosquito-borne infectious disease, which is often found in rainy seasons and mostly happens in forest and mountainous provinces. To prevent the disease, people living in malaria-prone areas need to sleep under insecticide-treated mosquito nets all the time. http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/20/c_137837454.htm
  4. PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A rising number of Cambodian women are being sold as brides in China but complaints and convictions are on the decline with many victims refusing to speak out because their families are colluding with trafficking rings, a regional police chief said. Thousands of Cambodian women have gone to China in recent years on the pretence that they would be able to marry, work and send money home to their families, only to find themselves sold into forced - and often abusive - marriages, campaigners say. But survivors who return to Cambodia often decide against filing police complaints because they fear implicating their relatives in criminality, according to Thol Meng, deputy chief of the anti-trafficking bureau in Kompong Cham province. “When a victim gets in trouble in China, the family seeks our help to rescue them, but once they get home, the families do not want to cooperate,” said Meng, whose province is a major hub in Cambodia for traffickers seeking to send people to China. “Maybe they (relatives of victims) are concerned that we will find that they received money from the traffickers,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. China’s one-child policy and preference for boys has created a huge gender imbalance that reverberates across Southeast Asia. China will have an excess of 40 million men of marrying age by 2020, according to the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. And while the policy was relaxed in 2016, its legacy remains, fuelling the trafficking of women and girls from Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Laos, according to campaigners. Almost 7,000 Cambodian women have been trafficked to China and forced into marriage, the government said in 2016, the latest available official data. But campaigners say the real number is likely far higher, with many cases going unreported. “DESPERATE AND POOR” Kompong Cham had four trafficking convictions last year - down from 20 in 2015 - despite the demand for Cambodian brides in China “rising sharply” in recent years, according to Meng. Originally, the traffickers were Chinese or out-of-town Cambodians, the police chief said. They stood out when visiting the country’s far-flung areas, but have since changed tactics and recruited locals - known as “brokers” - to do their work. “Many of these brokers, they don’t really know what they are doing - just that they can get $100 for each girl,” Meng said, adding that the four convictions last year were all of local women who personally knew the victims they helped send to China. “Personally, I feel that they are also victims,” he added. “I pity them, but the law does not compromise.” The masterminds, he said, had peddled their lies to the point where “brokers” would send their own offspring to China. In response, police have been traveling to the poorest and most remote parts of the province to hold forums on the dangers. Attendance is good and the response generally positive, Meng said, but he fears the lure of life abroad - and the desperation of poor families - will keep driving young women towards China. “I guess no matter how much information we spread on the risks and dangers, the reality is that people need to support their families, so they will go after all,” he said. “They are not hard of hearing. They are desperate and poor.” Reporting by Matt Blomberg @BlombergMD; Editing by Kieran Guilbert. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women's and LGBT+ rights, human trafficking, property rights, and climate change. Visit news.trust.org Reuters
  5. Cambodian and Thai joint authorities on Monday reviewed a disputed area where the Thais removed cassava trees of two Cambodian farmers in Banteay Meanchey province’s Svay Chek district last week. The Cambodian side was represented by Major General Chhun Mao, deputy commander of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ Region 5 in charge of the area, Brigadier General Neth Sam Ath, deputy director of RCAF Cambodia-Thailand Border Relations, Border Military Unit 503, Border Police Unit 911 and district officials. They met the Thai joint authority near the disputed land in Svay Chek district’s Svay Chek commune, said Brigadier General Tim Sareth, acting director of RCAF Cambodia-Thailand Border Relations. .“The Cambodian side and the Thai side agreed to allow cassava trees of Cambodian farmers to remain until they can be harvested,” Brig Gen Sareth said. “We also told our farmers to stop growing cassava on the white zone because that area is not demarcated yet.” Brig Gen Sareth said Thai joint authorities came to remove cassava trees of two farmers on February 16 without informing or requesting the Cambodian joint authority, prompting Cambodian farmers to protest to the Thai joint authorities. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50579694/officials-probe-border-land-dispute/
  6. Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday urged the Women’s Affairs and Justice Ministries to explore the possibility of pardoning some female inmates outside of national holiday periods, noting that he will consider establishing a body, directly under his control, to assist impoverished women. He made the remarks during the National Council for Women’s annual meeting at the Peace Palace yesterday. Mr Hun Sen said both aforementioned ministries must review the cases of all female inmates in all prisons across the Kingdom, and problems they face. . . Mr Hun Sen wants compassion shown. KT/Khem Vannara “Female inmates are facing many family problems – some have children that they have to look after, while others were abandoned by their husbands,” he said, noting that it is time for tolerance and compassion. “It is so that some can be pardoned outside of the usual holiday period. This has to be done before the upcoming Khmer New Year so they have the freedom to go home.” read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50579383/pm-wants-swifter-pardons-for-women/
  7. A Taiwanese man was jailed for 30 years yesterday for trafficking nearly four kilograms of methamphetamine in Phnom Penh. Municipal Court Presiding Judge Seng Leang said tourist Tsai Jan-Ko, 58, was arrested on December 29, 2017, in Daun Penh district by Interior Ministry anti-drug police. “The court decided to convict and sentence him to 30 years in prison,” Judge Leang said. . . “The court orders him to pay $200,000 to be put towards the state revenue.” He recommended that Mr Tsai appeal to a higher court if he did not accept his sentence. Court deputy prosecutor Kol Bun said Mr Tsai was an active distributor of drugs to foreigners in the capital. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50579339/taiwanese-man-jailed-for-decades-over-drugs-2/
  8. Now his friends have launched a fundraising appeal to pay for his mounting hospital bills – with the hope he can come home soon. Joe Quarcoo Morrissey lives in Cambodia with his partner Emilie and their baby Saul. Earlier this month Joe was travelling on his scooter when he was in a road accident. It has left him in a coma in intensive care in hospital His former schoolmate and friend, York musician Dan Lucas, has launched the fundraising campaign to help pay his medical fees. Less than 24 hours after it began, the fund has already reached £10K of its £50K goal. https://www.yorkmix.com/news/accident-leaves-young-york-father-in-a-coma-friends-launch-fundraising-appeal/
  9. The Ministry of Interior has reported that more than 81,864 out of 182,673 foreign nationals surveyed in the Kingdom are holding invalid Cambodian documents, noting that the majority of them are from Vietnam. “We have revoked 35,001 irregular Cambodia administration documents held by foreigners,” an Interior Ministry report said yesterday. It added that last year, the ministry issued visas to 2,782,297 foreigners and collected $87,750 in fines from those who overstayed. The report also said in order to reduce the number of illegal foreigners, the government has cracked down on those who have overstayed or who are involved in crimes. It also said that last year 1,348 foreigners from 52 countries who were involved in crimes were arrested and deported. Since 2014, Cambodia has deported more than 15,000 foreign nationals from 91 different countries for using invalid immigration documents to live in the Kingdom. read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50579039/tens-of-thousands-of-foreigners-living-illegally/
  10. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation called on the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Saturday to respect the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations after it called former opposition leader Kem Sokha “an innocent man” – a move deemed to be “disrespecting Cambodia’s sovereignty”. The ministry expressed “great surprise and concern” over the embassy’s comments on Friday that there was “No evidence. No trial. No justice” in the case of Sokha, who is currently on bail awaiting trial on a treason charge. The ministry’s rebuke came after the US Embassy posted a message on its official Facebook page saying: “Did you know Kem Sokha has now been in detention for nearly 18 months? That’s 530 days of captivity. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-embassy-urged-stop-disrespecting-sovereignty
  11. At least eight Cambodians have been arrested by Thai authorities so far this year for allegedly crossing the border through Oddar Meanchey province to log rosewood. Voek Pisei, O’Khla Khmum village chief in Samrong district’s O’Smach commune, told The Post on Thursday that early last month, one villager identified as Roeun Sela was detained by Thai border guards for smuggling luxury wood from Thailand. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eight-arrested-crossing-border
  12. KUCHING: The 47 Malaysians freed from detention in Cambodia have returned home to be reunited with their families on Sunday (Feb 17). Among them, 40 Sarawakians and three Sabahans arrived on a chartered JC International Airlines flight from Siem Reap which landed at about 2.15pm at Kuching International Airport on Sunday. Accompanying them were members of a Sarawak government delegation led by Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah. read more https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/02/17/47-cambodia-detainees-reunited-with-their-families-on-sunday/
  13. Over 800 families suffered damages by a Socfin-KCD plantation, which is funded by Bolloré. The plaintiffs lost hope of obtaining justice in Cambodia and so took their case to France. Phnom Penh (AsiaNews/Agencies) – The French Embassy in Phnom Penh has denied visas to representatives of six Bunong tribal villages in the eastern province of Mondulkiri, who want to take legal action in France against the multinational Bolloré. Eleven people had applied for a visa, including a lawyer, a translator and nine representatives of the indigenous group. The latter, some 114 people living in Bou Sra commune (Pech Chreada district), said that their land, traditions and ancestral customs are threatened by Socfin-KCD, a company bankrolled by Bolloré. read more http://asianews.it/news-en/Cambodian-indigenous-group-files-lawsuit-against-French-company-over-seized-land-46239.html
  14. PHNOM PENH, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia and Thailand vowed on Thursday to further enhance cooperation along the border for the interests of the two countries and peoples, according to a joint statement. The statement was released after the 14th General Border Committee meeting here, which was co-chaired by Cambodian Defense Minister Gen. Tea Banh and his Thai Counterpart Gen. Prawit Wongsuwon. "Both sides agreed to further enhance cooperation in maintaining peace and stability along the border of the two countries," it said. The statement added that the two countries' armies would cooperate closer to crack down on all forms of cross-border crimes, especially human trafficking and drugs. After the annual meeting, Prawit paid a courtesy call on Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen and briefed him about the situation along the border. For his part, Hun Sen said cooperation between the two countries was crucial to maintaining peace, stability and security along the border, which are the main factors to boost trade, investment and tourism. Cambodia shares more than 800-km border with Thailand to the north and west. read more http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-02/14/c_137821993.htm
  15. An american citizen has blasted the US embassy in Phnom Penh for allegedly not following due process after an application to register the birth of his child has held up the issuance of an emergency passport for his sick son, delaying his treatment in the US. Phillip Roth, who lives in Phnom Penh with the Cambodian mother of his child, on Wednesday accused the embassy of not following its procedures and delaying the application process as he tries to get his sick son, Alexander – who he said almost died – to the US for treatment. read more https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-embassy-accused-delaying-issuing-sick-childs-passport
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