Kampong Speu Provincial Courtroom

Third arrest in Kampong Speu sugar conflict

By: May Titthara and Will Baxter in Phnom Penh Post, June 24, 2010

A FARMER was arrested and briefly detained by military police in Kampong Speu province on Wednesday after trying in vain to stop employees of the Phnom Penh Sugar Company from clearing his land, marking the third arrest in a controversial land fight. Rights workers condemned the action as an example of Cambodian People’s Party Senator Ly Yong Phat, who owns the company, leveraging the military against villagers to further his business interests.


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As Champagne is to France, Kampot pepper is to Cambodia

By: Jared Ferrie in Christian Science Monitor, June 23, 2010

The Cambodian government recently approved ‘geographical indication’ status for Kampot ground pepper, which Parisian chefs have called the best in the world.


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Next Time You’re in … Siem Reap

By: Adam Rose in TIME, June 23, 2010

In antiquity, the secrets of silk- farming were so jealously guarded by the Chinese that the Romans, who only ever saw the finished product, believed silk threads grew on trees. But today, if you want to know how a $70 scarf is spun out of the saliva of the Bombyx mori, or silkworm, all you need do is visit the Angkor Silk Farm, on the outskirts of Siem Reap, Cambodia.


Khmer Rouge history slogans to be in schools

By: Mom Kunthear in Phnom Penh Post, June 22, 2010

The Education Ministry has approved two slogans concerning the importance of Khmer Rouge history lessons that are set to be displayed in high schools nationwide, officials said Monday. According to an unofficial translation, the slogans, which were suggested by the Documentation Centre of Cambodia (DC-Cam) and amended by the Education Ministry, read: “To study life in the Khmer Rouge period is to learn about reconciling and educating children to be tolerant and forgive each other,” and,“To learn about the history of Democratic Kampuchea means to learn to prevent other genocidal regimes from happening”.


UN Official Accuses Cambodia of Human Rights Breaches

By: Radio Australia, June 18, 2010

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Cambodia says he has serious concerns about Cambodia’s human rights record. Surya Prasad Subedi has just ended a ten day mission to Cambodia, focussing mainly on the judiciary, and says he’s uncovered serious shortcomings. He says it’s a judicial system that’s critically underfunded and fails to appropriately train people in the basics of human rights law.


UN envoy warns of failing judiciary in Cambodia

By: Press Trust of India, June 19, 2010

The UN special envoy on human rights in Cambodia has said that the country’s judiciary is facing tremendous challenges. “The judiciary in Cambodia is facing tremendous challenges in delivering justice for the people of the country, especially the poor and marginalized,” Professor Surya Subedi, the UN special rapporteur said on Thursday. While considering the overall state of the judicial system in Cambodia, he raised specific concerns relating to the judiciary’s role in protecting freedom of expression and in cases involving land-related rights.