Sand Dredging Protesters Arrested

Sorn Chandara, Dim Kundy and Chek Netra, three environmental activists of the network Mother Nature, were arrested last week while attempting to hold a peaceful demonstration in front of the National Assembly in Phnom Penh.

Mother Nature’s activists were attempting to gather and submit a petition to the National Assembly to protest against controversial sand dredging activities in Sakor district, Koh Kong province.

The dredging operations have stirred up serious concern from environmentalists, tourism operators and villagers in the area, who claim that the project is severely damaging the mangroves system and the local environment.

One of the activists was reportedly slapped by a police officer while trying to prevent the confiscation of demonstration materials. They were released after few hours without charge.

The incident raises once again serious concerns with regard to the space for Cambodian citizens to exercise their fundamental freedoms.

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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