Artist Sketches Photo by Ou Mom

Pencil sketches reveal artist’s perspective on KR tribunal

By: Ou Mom in Phnom Penh Post, July 5, 2010

More than 20 pencil sketches on display at the Bophana Centre in Phnom Penh explore artist Kou Dalin’s personal perspective on the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. The exhibition, titled My Dreams of Justice, shows drawings by 20-year-old architecture student Kou Dalin while she attended the trial of former Khmer Rouge leader Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, over the course of nearly a year. She said she was contacted by the Taramana Centre, a French organisation that works with poor children in Cambodia, to attend the hearings and make sketches.

Another 50,000 threaten to strike

By: Tep Nimol in Phnom Penh Post, July 5, 2010

THE head of the Cambodian Labour Confederation said yesterday that its 50,000 members would join a three-day strike scheduled for later this month if the minimum wage for garment workers was not raised to US$93 per month. Ath Thun, who is also head of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union, issued his strike threat one day after the CLC said that the wage hike was necessary in light of the rising cost of food, accommodation and transportation.

‘Freedom parks’ for Cambodia

By: Straits Times, July 5, 2010

CAMBODIA is making way for ‘freedom parks’ across the country for people to hold demonstrations, a move local activists fear could limit rights of expression, the government said on Monday. ‘All provinces and cities are preparing locations for the freedom parks,’ interior ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak told AFP, adding that local authorities nationwide had been informed about the move.

Activists warn: farm evictees face hunger

By: Will Baxter and May Titthara in Phnom Penh Post, July 2, 2010

MORE than 1,000 families in Kampong Speu province face food shortages after being forced to give up their farmland without compensation to make way for economic land concessions granted to companies owned by Cambodian People’s Party Senator Ly Yong Phat and his wife, rights activists said.

UN: Cambodia must address wide rural-urban development divide

By: Earthtimes, July 1, 2010

Cambodia must change the way it targets development or risk worsening already wide disparities between urban and rural areas, a United Nations  report warned Thursday. The report’s author, Nicola Crosta of the UN Capital Development Fund, told a conference in Phnom Penh that his research had found “very stark territorial disparities” in the development of the impoverished South-East Asian nation.

Khmer Rouge verdict to go live

By: Straits Time, July 1, 2010

THE verdict in the trial of Khmer Rouge prison chief Duch will be broadcast live across Cambodia when it is delivered later this month, the UN-backed court said on Thursday. Duch is the first leader from the hardline communist regime to face international justice and observers have stressed the need for proceedings to be open to ordinary Cambodians, many of whom lived through the brutal rule.