News summary for 2016-07-20

Kem Ley had planned to join CNRP: Rainsy

Murdered political analyst Kem Ley planned to join the Cambodia National Rescue Party, CNRP president Sam Rainy has claimed, suggesting the political threat posed by such a move could be a motive behind his killing.  From http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kem-ley-had-planned-join-cnrp-rainsy

Car sales sputter on tax hike

The increase in the specific tax raised this category of excise tax from 50 per cent, to as high as 65 per cent on larger vehicles, pushing the aggregate levy on some new vehicles to nearly 140 per cent. http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/car-sales-sputter-tax-hike

Rainsy’s proposed garment embargo would hit jobs, unions say

Speaking to the European Parliament’s human right subcommittee last week, Rainsy said diplomacy was only “symbolic” and ineffective in getting the government’s attention. Instead, the bloc could threaten to restrict garment imports, he said. http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/rainsys-proposed-garment-embargo-would-hit-jobs-unions-say

US Envoy Urges Government to Release NGO Staff

Tom Malinowski, U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor, said he had petitioned government officials to release the rights defenders. http://www.phnompenhpost.com/video/turkish-embassy-calls-closure-zaman-schools

Military Investigating ‘Coup’ Plot, Moving Tanks

Defense Ministry spokesman Chhum Sucheat said on Tuesday the military was investigating a video in which a man announces plans for a coup d’etat against Prime Minister Hun Sen, and had separately ordered a convoy of tanks to be moved from the Thai border to near Phnom Penh for “repairs.”https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/military-investigating-coup-plot-moving-tanks-115651/

Unions Blast Rainsy Over Remarks on EU Garment Trade

Pro-government unions have threatened mass protests against the opposition CNRP after party leader Sam Rainsy called on the E.U. to increase pressure on the Cambodian government by targeting the country’s economy. https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/unions-blast-rainsy-over-remarks-on-eu-garment-trade-115659/

Seized Timber Up for Auction

More than $90,000 worth of luxury timber seized during National Anti-Deforestation Committee (NADC) raids in Stung Treng province will be up for public auction until July 29, the Ministry of Economic and Finance announced last week. http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/27425/seized-timber-up-for-auction/

US Official: Culture of Dialogue is Broken

The assistant secretary of state’s visit comes at a time of heightened political tensions with the arrests and detention of government critics and human rights workers drawing the ire of local residents and the international community. http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/27426/us-official–culture-of-dialogue–is-broken/

 

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