The timing could not be more appropriate. With national elections approaching on July 29, Cambodia is hurtling towards a one-party state under prime minister Hun Sen and the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP). Over the past year, government-controlled courts have dissolved the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). The party's leader, Kem Sokha, is in prison on spurious treason charges. His predecessor, longtime opposition leader Sam Rainsy, has been in exile since 2015 after being convicted on trumped-up charges. The government has effectively taken over the media, bankrupted or silenced independent newspapers, and ordered radio stations to stop broadcasting independent newscasts. Journalists have even been jailed for espionage for providing information to a foreign news organisation. Those who stand up for victims are met with vitriol. Last month Human Rights Watch published a 200-page report documenting serious abuses by a dozen senior Cambodian generals. Hun … [Read more...] about [Opinion] Will EU suspend trade deal with Cambodia?
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12 June 2018 • 7:10pm Justice Minister Phillip Lee quit hours before crucial Brexit vote Government secures victory on 'meaningful vote' after last-minute deal May attempts to head off Tory rebellion William Hague: It would be a grave mistake to wound PM now The key amendments that could put May's premiership at risk What is the EU Withdrawal Bill? Theresa May has salvaged a last-minute victory on a “meaningful vote", after striking a deal with Tory mutineers who were threatening to inflict a humiliating defeat on the Government. The Commons has voted to throw out an amendment put forward by the House of Lords which would grant MPs unprecedented power to reject the final Brexit deal and then dictate the Government’s next steps. MPs voted by 324 to 298 to reject the amendment, a majority of 26. It comes as MPs began debating a series of amendments on the Withdrawal Bill, a crucial piece of legislation which will determine how … [Read more...] about EU Withdrawal Bill: Theresa May wins crucial Brexit debate after last-minute deal with rebels
MPs have been told they must throw out meddling Brexit changes from the House of Lords which threaten to undermine the result of our historic referendum. Ahead of crunch votes this afternoon on our exit from the European Union, the Brexit Secretary said that MPs should reject anything that seeks to threaten the vote or undermine it. Opening the first of two days of debate in the Commons which will see a series of knife-edge votes take place, David Davis told MPs that the Bill had a "clear, simple purpose" - to make sure Britain's laws are ready for Brexit. He said that ministers had listened carefully to criticism and had made a number of sensible suggested changes. But he insisted that the Government would refuse to accept anything which tried to stop Brexit from happening at all, and MPs must deliver for the people. He said this lunchtime: "Where amendments have been made that seek to, or inadvertently, undermine the essential purpose of the Bill - to provide a smooth and … [Read more...] about Rebel MPs told to reject meddling Lords changes that are trying to stop Brexit
The EU withdrawal bill returns to the Commons on Tuesday for the first of two sessions in which MPs will consider amendments imposed by the Lords, and another set of fresh amendments. The amendments being considered are listed in number order. It has not yet been decided when they will be voted on. Amendment 1 - customs union Prevents the repeal of the 1972 act bringing the UK into the EU unless the government lays out plans to negotiate a continued customs union after Brexit. Proposer: John Kerr, former diplomat and crossbench peer Government view: opposes it Chance of success: likely to be kicked down the road for the imminent customs bill Amendment 3 - environmental protections Maintains EU environmental protections in domestic law, with a body to enforce compliance. Proposer: John Krebs, zoologist and crossbench peer Government view: says same principles should be included in a new environment bill Chances of success: government option should pass Amendment 4 - enhanced scrutiny … [Read more...] about EU withdrawal bill: full list of proposed amendments
Northern Ireland 28 May 2018 Share this with Facebook Share this with Twitter Share this with Messenger Share this with Messenger Share this with Email Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-44272326 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Related TopicsIrish abortion referendum The result of Ireland's abortion referendum has no impact on the law in Northern Ireland, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader has said.Arlene Foster said the … [Read more...] about Foster says abortion vote no impact on NI