Prime Minister Vows to ‘Eliminate’ Opponents Who Protest
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said he would “eliminate” opponents who dare to protest against his government during a speech in which he also declared that he personally ordered the military to deploy around the CNRP’s headquarters late last month.
Speaking at a graduation ceremony at the National Institute of Education in Phnom Penh, Mr. Hun Sen said he had triggered the military exercise from Singapore as a test of his mobile command capabilities.
PM Threatens Protesters
Prime Minister Hun Sen slammed critics for saying he was threatening potential protesters, telling a crowd of young students yesterday that his warnings of armed violence against demonstrations were stronger than threats, as he had the power to bring them to fruition and “eliminate” anyone found “destroying security and social order.”
At a graduation ceremony for Panha Chiet University students yesterday at the National Institute of Education, Mr. Hun Sen said he had already told army leaders to be “ready to prevent” any protests with armed force – all before saying the country was not in crisis and was perfectly peaceful.
Hun Sen warns opposition not to go through with planned protest
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday threatened to “eliminate” his opponents should they press ahead with plans for mass demonstrations, and poured cold water on the opposition party’s expressed hopes for talks.
Despite numerous threats by the premier, other officials and military generals, the Cambodia National Rescue Party continues to plan nationwide demonstrations to protest against a wave of legal cases and arrests of its members and senior leadership. The cases are widely seen as politically motivated.
Prime Minister Seeks $300 Million From China for Rice Sector
In the latest effort to mitigate the impact of plummeting rice prices, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday that the government was seeking $300 million from China to boost the capacity of rice millers and provide funds to them for purchasing paddy from farmers.
The announcement, made during a graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh, came just days after the premier approved a $27 million grant to rice millers for purchasing paddy—$20 million from the government and $7 from the Rural Development Bank. The average price per ton of paddy dropped from $250 in mid-August to $193 last week.
Zika Threat Looms over Cambodia
Although Cambodia has seen no new Zika cases since 2010, health officials are urging residents to protect themselves from the mosquito-borne virus in light of a recent spike in cases in neighboring Thailand and nearby Singapore.
The contagious virus is spread through the bite of the Aedes mosquito, the same species responsible for the spread of dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.
A 2015 outbreak of the virus in Brazil resulted in a wave of babies born with microcephaly – a rare birth defect that causes infants to have unusually small heads – leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to call it a global health crisis back in February.
MoU with UN stalled by government
A memorandum of understanding between Cambodia and the United Nations has been stalled for almost 10 months thanks to the government’s insistence that an updated version include pointed references to the concept of “non-interference” lifted from the UN charter, the Post has learned.
The renewing of the long-overdue MoU between the Kingdom and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was one of the many demands of a statement endorsed by 39 countries at the United Nations Human Rights Council last week, which noted “deep concern” at the current human rights situation in Cambodia.