Cambodian Buddhist monks join the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) rally during the first day of the country’s commune election campaign at outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday, May 20, 2017. Ten of thousands of Cambodians kicked off a two-week campaign period Saturday for local elections that are seen as important indicators of how the big political parties are doing nationally. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
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By SOPHENG CHEANG, ASSOCIATED PRESS PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — May 20, 2017
Cambodia’s main opposition party believes it has momentum on its side in next month’s local elections, which will gauge the support for Prime Minister Hun Sen ahead of national polls next year.
The U.S. State Department called on the government to avoid threats and political intimidation as the two-week campaigning for the June 4 communal elections started Saturday with tens of thousands of supporters of Hun Sen’s ruling party and the main opposition party flooding the streets of the capital.
The Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community of Battambang province
KKC-Battambang Provincial Chapter
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ក្រុមសហគមន៍ខ្មែរកម្ពុជាក្រោមបានចូលសួសុខទុក្ខលោក ចៅ វាសនា នៅពន្ធនាគារខេត្តបន្ទាយមានជ័យ នៅថ្ងៃទី១៨ ខែឧសភា ២០១៧។
ល្ងាចលើកស្លាកសហគមន៍ និងជួបសំណេះសំណាលជាមួយសហគមន៍ខ្មែរកម្ពុជាក្រោម នៅនិគមព្រះសីហនុ ឃុំជ្រោយស្តៅ ស្រុកថ្មគោល ខេត្តបាត់ដំបង។
KKC delegation visited Mr. Chao Veasna in Banteay Meanchey provincial prison on May 18, 2017.
Later on the same day raised banner in Nikum Preah Sihanouk, Jrauy Sdao (Chrauy Sdao) commune, Thmor Kaul district, Battamang province, Cambodia.
The Khmer version is now available of the decision of the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the world organization of national parliaments, adopted on 5 April 2017, regarding the cases of 15 parliamentarians from the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). In that decision, the IPU “deplores the lack of any concrete progress in resolving the cases,” “can but conclude that there is a lack of political will … to resolve the cases,” “remains deeply concerned that a large segment of opposition members of parliament… continue to face serious violations of their fundamental rights to freedom of opinion, expression, association and assembly; considers that these restrictions undermine their right to political participation” and “expresses the hope for increased tolerance and acceptance of the role of the political opposition in Cambodia.” The IPU urged a resumption of the political dialogue and respect for the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly.
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THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Vietnam’s ruling communists fired the party boss in the southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City after finding he made “serious mistakes and violations” while heading oil and gas monopoly PetroVietnam.
Dinh La Thang had earlier been removed from the powerful Politburo, the highest decision-making body of of the Communist Party of Vietnam. He headed PetroVietnam from 2006 until 2011, when he was appointed transport minister. He served until early last year, when he took up the posts in the Politburo and Ho Chi Minh City.
The party’s inspection committee said in April that Thang permitted an investment in the private Ocean Bank that exceeded regulations, causing “very serious losses to PetroVietnam.” He also was found responsible for a lack of oversight over four major projects, resulting in their suspension and financial losses.
State-run Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted Thang as telling a meeting in Ho Chi Minh City announcing the changes that the party’s decision to remove him from the Politburo was “reasonable” and that he apologized to the people and the party for his mistakes while heading PetroVietnam.
The paper reported Monday that Thang has been named deputy chief of the party’s Economic Commission. He remains in the 180-member Central Committee.
His replacement in Ho Chi Minh City is Nguyen Thien Nhan, a Harvard-trained official and head of the Fatherland Front, an umbrella group of pro-government mass movements.
Nhan, 63, was deputy mayor of Ho Chi Minh City until becoming education minister in 2006 and later was elected to the Politburo and appointed chairman of the Fatherland Front.
Ho Chi Minh City, with the population of more than 10 million, is the country’s economic engine, contributing 23 percent of the GDP.
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A member of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces salutes at a ceremony ahead of the deployment of 184 soldiers on a peacekeeping mission to Lebanon in 2014. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
9 May 2017 – The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic (CAR) has strongly condemned yesterday’s attack on one of its convoys in the country’s south that killed one Cambodian peacekeeper.
Peacekeepers with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Photo: MINUSCA
“MINUSCA vigorously denounces this odious attack on peacekeepers whose presence on Central African soil has no other objective than to help the country to protect its population and to allow the Central African Republic to emerge from the cycle of violence caused by armed groups,” said a press release, referring to the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in CAR by its French acronym.
Eight peacekeepers were also injured, including one Cambodian and seven Moroccan, near Bangassou, about 474 km east of the nation’s capital, Bangui, with four peacekeepers missing in action, according to MINUSCA.
The Mission said it has sent a helicopter and peacekeepers to secure the site and search for those missing in action. A medevac plane evacuated the injured peacekeepers, who have arrived in Bangui and are receiving medical care.
The Mission said it will do everything possible to ensure that the perpetrators of the attack –who fled into the bush – are arrested so that they can be brought to justice.
MINUSCA recalled that “harming the life of a peacekeeper can be considered a war crime and subject to prosecution.”
The Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of MINUSCA, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, extended condolences to the family of the victim, his contingent and his country, while expressing his gratitude for the work and sacrifices of the peacekeepers in protecting the population in the country.
On April 26, 2017, USCIRF released its 2017 Annual Report. The 2017 Annual Report documents religious freedom violations in 37 countries, makes country-specific recommendations, and assesses the U.S. government’s implementation of the International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA)