Thursday, 23 October 2014

Cambodia

Report Outlines Myriad Concerns for July Polls

NEC Secretary-General Tep Nitha told VOA Khmer that the election body cannot be blamed for low participation among women, either.NEC Secretary-General Tep Nitha told VOA Khmer that the election body cannot be blamed for low participation among women, either.
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NEC Secretary-General Tep Nitha told VOA Khmer that the election body cannot be blamed for low participation among women, either.
NEC Secretary-General Tep Nitha told VOA Khmer that the election body cannot be blamed for low participation among women, either.
Kong SothanarithVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has issued a report outlining concerns for the the national parliamentary elections, scheduled for July.

The report, which adds to a growing number of concerned parties, points to the ruling party’s control of state institutions and resources, a lack of women representatives and a potential fall in voter turnout as perils for the upcoming polls.

The report also accuses the National Election Committee of bias to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, a charge the election body denies.

NEC Secretary-General Tep Nitha told VOA Khmer that the election body cannot be blamed for low participation among women, either. “We can only encourage political parties to add more women to the [candidate] list,” he said.

Ou Virak, head of the center, said the report shows a decrease in political participation that has dropped from about 90 percent in the past to 60 percent in the last election.

“It reflects the will of the population,” he said. “Meaning, they do not have confidence in the outcome of the elections, and it was not neutral.”

Ruling Cambodian People’s Party officials say they have followed the law in elections and campaigns, and will continue to do so as the country heads to the polls July 28, voting for local parliamentary representatives who then chose the prime minister.

“We are doing this based on the law,” Cheam Yiep, a CPP lawmaker, said.
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Illegal Logging Ravaging the Last Forests, Activists Sayi
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22 October 2014
Forestry activists say at least 55,000 tons of luxury wood has been sent from Cambodia to China this year alone. Activists, from communities that live near some of Cambodia’s last forests, told reporters Wednesday that illegal logging is ravaging their homelands, as part of a “systematic” trade that includes the participation of high-ranking officials, authorities and security forces. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)

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