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Local Election on 3 June 2012 – really “local”?

By: Norbert Klein Posted: May-22-2012 in
Norbert Klein

Looking to the reports in several newspapers about the beginning of the election campaign on the way towards local elections to be held on Sunday, 3 June 2012, I found mainly reports about the activities planned by the 10 parties competing (though not in all provinces and communes) using figures: how many people and trucks and cars and motorcycles moved around Phnom Penh campaigning - “showing off” but hardly any reference to local issues raised while appealing to voters. The emphasis is on the names of the political parties and their leaders.

Myanmar's Roadmap to Democracy

By: Norbert Klein Posted: February-27-2012 in
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Developments in Myanmar start to get more and more attention in the international press, and also in what is being reflected into local publications in Cambodia. The Cambodia Daily reported – quoting Reuters: In Burma's Kachin, Suu Kyi Stirs Hopes for Peace for Rebels.

If I had not been in Yangon on 12 February 2012, I would probably not have know that this day was dedicated to an important historical memory: it was the 65th Anniversary Union Day.

Council of Ministers Spokesperson Censured UN Special Expert

By: Norbert Klein Posted: January-27-2012 in
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Some readers may remember that on 20 October 2011, I documented three quite different press statements – all issued on the same day, all related the Khmer Rouge Trial, from the following sources:

  • The Office of the Council of Ministers, Royal Government of Cambodia, Press and Quick Reaction Unit
  • Lars Olsen, Legal Communications Officer, Public Affairs Section, United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials
  • United Nations Under Secretary-General for Legal Affairs, Ms. Patricia O’Brien

Now we have a similar, though different case. The Press and Quick Reaction Unit of the Office of the Council of Ministers distributed a press release on 24 January 2012, publishing the same text also on their website:

Looking at Cambodian-Thai relations: changes after the elections in Thailand?

By: Norbert Klein Posted: July-26-2011 in
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First of all: After having been away for Cambodia for about a month and not writing much – I am happy to be back since two days ago.

Transiting through Thailand on the way back provided me also with easy access to English language newspaper comments after last Sunday’s elections. Of course, most such information is also available on the Internet. But I might not have gotten the same impression I got when I saw a big letter headline on the 5 July 2011 front page of The Nation:
No reds in the new Cabinet

KL blockade: Mass arrests, organisers slip into city

By: Malaysia Kini Posted: July-10-2011 in
Malaysia Kini

The police force is expected to battle with Umno Youth and polls reform coalition Bersih in the streets of Kuala Lumpur as both groups seek to break the blockade to mount two separate protests.

Umno Youth, which is rallying to defend the electoral system, will be congregating in Bukit Bintang at 1.30pm. This was a last-minute change from the earlier announced time of 10am.

Bersih has vowed to gather at the Stadium Merdeka at 2pm to call for wide-ranging reforms to the electoral system which it claims to be unfree and unfair.

Anti-Corruption Legislation on the Move in India, follow-up

By: Norbert Klein Posted: June-08-2011 in
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The two red Indian letters stand for "Rupee" - corresponding to the Riel in Cambodia

The two red Indian letters stand for "Rupee" - corresponding to the Riel in Cambodia

As I had promised on 5 April 2011 that I will try to continue to report further developments in Cambodia and in India related to the respective anti-corruption legislations and their implementation – here are the newest developments from India, as reported in India Today, The Times of India, and Indian Express, about what is called the Lokpal Bill – the ombudsman bill. Not only are the activists requesting that the authority of an ombudsman has to be strengthened so that authority is given to pronounce indictments (as is the case with the Anti-Corruption Unit in Cambodia) and not only to report and to make recommendations, but the major concern is that an ombudsman’s appointment and work should be independent from government action.

“Guided by the… Good Faith in the Fulfillment of the Obligations Assumed by States”

By: Norbert Klein Posted: December-17-2010 in
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The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 695

Having considered, in The Mirror, last week two special days of commemoration designed by the United Nations, the International Anti-Corruption Day and the Human Rights Day, we will consider today another cluster of UN Conventions, Declarations, and Days of Commemoration. This is not just to always follow such events according to the calendar. There is a very special reason to look into this context because a number of people from a mountain minority, at present under UN protection in Cambodia, are facing the danger of being pushed out of the country.

The Declaration of Assets Should Start with High Ranking Officials

By: The Mirror Posted: August-27-2010 in
The Mirror

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 679

“An anti-corruption law was already adopted by the National Assembly, but so far, the government has not implemented the law to eliminate corruption. In addition, the Anti-Corruption Unit and the National Anti-Corruption Committee have not carried out significant measures to fight corruption. The anti-corruption law requires some high ranking officials to declare their assets, but the declarations will be confidential. This invites criticism that the anti-corruption law in Cambodia is not conform to international standards and it is poor, compared with those of neighboring countries.

Thaksin quits as Phnom Penh's economic adviser

By: Supalak Ganjanakhundee Posted: August-24-2010 in
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Cambodia and Thailand decide to reinstate their ambassadors

Thailand's bilateral ties with Cambodia appear to have returned to normal as it decided to reinstate its ambassador now that former PM Thaksin Shinawatra has resigned as economic adviser to Phnom Penh.

However, Thaksin's reasons were not altruistic - he said he could not do his duties properly because he had a lot of business to attend to overseas.

Cambodia Warned UN Officials Not to Interfere in Cambodian Affairs

By: The Mirror Posted: July-12-2010 in
The Mirror

The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 672

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia accused the director of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia, Mr. Christophe Peschoux, claiming that he acted beyond his role when he criticized the deportation of two Thai red-shirt activists on Monday 5 July 2010, and the Ministry warned that such comment from him might make the government reconsider his presence in Cambodia.

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