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Civil Society Representatives Said that Cambodia Does Not Have a Mechanisms to Protect Citizens in Land Disputes, but the Authorities Deny It

By: The Mirror, editor: Norbert Klein Posted: September-12-2009 in
The Mirror, editor: Norbert Klein

Posted on 12 September 2009. Filed under: Week 629

The Mirror, Vol. 13, No. 629 – Friday, 11.9.2009|

“Local human rights organizations said that at present, the government and the court system in Cambodia do not have efficient mechanisms to provide justice to citizens at the community level relating to land disputes. Meanwhile, violence related to land disputes has increased.

“The head of the investigating unit of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), Mr. Ny Chakriya, said on Thursday [11.9.2009], ‘We see the government’s intention to address land disputes by creating the National Authority for Solving Land Disputes, but we see that the court system is used as a tool for suing.’ Mr. Ny Chakriya added that those mechanisms do not help the citizens. Human rights organization still point out that land disputes rise because of a lack of efficient solutions from the courts and from the National Authority for Solving Land Disputes. Therefore, citizens frequently go to ask for an intervention by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

“Because citizens are often arrested and jailed over land disputes, Mr. Chakriya, stated, ‘The courts are using their power to solve land disputes by arresting citizens and putting them in prison, and releasing them when they stop protesting.’

Observations of Saigon Street Life

By: Allyson Keane Posted: August-24-2009 in
Allyson Keane

Here’s a little report on my observations of street life in Saigon.... as it is the place where life (and death) seem to centre.

Looking Down
I seem to spend an inordinate amount of my time here looking down - quite practical given the nature of the uneven pavements, if they exist, and the Vietnamese penchant for placing rubbish of all kinds in small piles for collection or burning at some stage. Yesterday as I left my guesthouse I was ambling along watching the gutter as usual, when a Bedford van, highly decorated in what looked like Hindu metal work, blocked my path. As I negotiated the open doors, a large orange funeral casket of the highly lacquered wood favoured here, complete with clear Perspex lid was being unloaded from the back of it. In every town there seems to be a casket maker, ranging from simple wood and stone to quite ornately decorated affairs, highly painted and trimmed with gold.

Pet Cambodian crocs in the post

By: Bronwyn Sloan Posted: May-28-2008 in
Bronwyn Sloan

With Cambodia's dog population under threat from hungry poachers as food prices rise, one Cambodian company is trying to entice potential owners to try a pet less likely to be stolen – crocodiles.

Crocodiles Cambodia, based in Siem Reap, offers 18 eggs and an incubator in a brown paper wrapping to be shipped anywhere in the world for a snap at just $2,355 for shipment anywhere in the world.

Cambodian Dogs in Danger as Dinners

By: Bronwyn Sloan Posted: May-21-2008 in
Bronwyn Sloan

Forget your daughters – concentrate on locking up your dogs, or they could become the unwitting latest victims of the global food crisis, Cambodian dog owners and police warned this week.

Police have no firm figures, but anecdotal evidence suggests there is a dognapping epidemic underway in Cambodia

Dognappings were sharply up in some areas, and with the rice harvest still months away, popular drinking snacks such as rat are out of season and Fido is the new tapas for the nation's poor but avid rice wine drinkers, authorities said.

Cambodia's Royal Astrologer Reveals What Lies in Store for Year of the Rat

By: Bronwyn Sloan Posted: April-16-2008 in
Bronwyn Sloan

Back from holidays and wondering what's really in stall during this newly begun Year of Rat? Official Royal Palace Astrologer Im Borin says tighten your belts, update your insurance, don't be too nice to anyone and watch out for angry women.

"Because the first day of New Year fell on Sunday, rice and agriculture is not so good for this year, with crop loss of vegetables and fruit about half and the other half destroyed," he says in an interview for EAS.

Hun Sen welcomes multi-million dollar hospital

By: Chun Sophal The Mekong Times Posted: March-21-2008 in
Chun Sophal The Mekong Times

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday hailed the inauguration of a private multi-million dollar hospital in Phnom Penh believed to meet international standards, newspapers report.

Hun Sen said that the operation of Royal Ratanak Hospital, a six-flour structure built in a joint venture between Cambodian and Thai investors at the cost of US$7.5 million, will contribute significantly to the country's health sector, reports Kampuchea Thmey.

Traditions fading among Mondulkiri's minorities

By: May Titthara The Mekong Times Posted: March-14-2008 in
May Titthara The Mekong Times

Times are changing in dusty Pou Tang village. Haggard old-timers in traditional garb scowl at young girls in Western clothes skipping arm-in-arm to school as ancient traditions give way to the 21st century all over Mondulkiri. Not the least of this transformation is in this cluster of Khmer-style stilted houses and Phnong thatched huts 7 km from the provincial capital of Sen Monorom.

Too Much 'Sexy' Performing in the Kingdom, Say Entertainment Watchdogs

By: Khoun Leakhana The Mekong Times Posted: March-12-2008 in
Khoun Leakhana The Mekong Times

Representatives of the entertainment industry have issued an open letter to try and curb the worrying moral decline of live and TV performance in Cambodia, which they believe is encouraging "sexiness" and vice.

The Khmer Arts Association (KAA) and the Television Association released the letter Monday at a conference to increase moral awareness among performing artists and presenters for both TV and live performance.

Fear and Loathing: Dealing with Cambodian Police

By: Bronwyn Sloan Posted: March-11-2008 in
Bronwyn Sloan

Foreigners often view the Cambodian police with a mixture of fear and distrust. They often turn to their embassy when they have a problem. But the Cambodian police are human too, and when in Cambodian territory we live under Cambodian law.

In fact, the police can actually help more than the embassy in many cases.

Yes, there is what Westerners call corruption. Cambodians often see it as remuneration - most police are awarded a basic salary of around $30 per month and use their own phones and their own petrol to conduct investigations.

Cambodia's Weird, Weird Week That Was

By: Bronwyn Sloan Posted: March-05-2008 in
Bronwyn Sloan

You have to hand it to local Cambodian media - they don't miss a trick. This week, a pair of giant pythons married, songs inciting adultery were banned and a boy who slapped a woman's bottom was given a suspended sentence in a story the prosecutor insisted "was not funny".

Secretary of State for the Ministry of Defense, Neang Phat, was delighted when his Kien Svay home, about 12 kilometers from the capital, was invaded by a pair of giant pythons on two consecutive days, Khmer-language Rasmei Kampuchea reported.


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