Cambodian Parliament Approves UU Lese Majeste

The Cambodian Parliament unanimously approves changes to the Penal Code and the Constitution which will further limit the freedom of speech and political activity which has been suppressed under the rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

All 123 members of the National Assembly approved the amendments, changes to the Criminal Code that would make lese majeste (insulting the kingdom) were considered criminal acts that could be fined and imprisoned up to five years.

Under a government order, a court last year disbanded the National Rescue Party Cambodian opposition. The party legislators in the assemblies were subsequently replaced by those who supported the government.

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Meanwhile, amendments against the constitution generally prohibits foreign interference with Cambodian domestic affairs and political activity that could endanger national interests. [ab/uh]

Malaysia Approves US Companies Continue Searching for Lost Planes

The Malaysian government has signed a deal with a US exploration company to continue searching for a MH370 lost plane in the southern Indian Ocean.

Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai announced Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur , Houston-based Ocean Infinity will search for the missing plane on condition that it is not paid if it is not found.

The company will be paid $ 20 million if the Boeing 777 is found in exploration in an area of ​​5,000 kilometers, 30 million dollars if found in the area an area of ​​10,000 kilometers of persedi and 50 million dollars in an area of ​​25,000 square kilometers. Payments will increase to 70 million dollars if the missing plane is found in the exploration area of ​​more than 25,000 square kilometers.

Malaysian Airlines Airlines MH370 numbers disappeared March 8, 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, with 239 passengers and crew in it . [ab/uh]

Indian Parliament Approves Bill that Prohibits Muslim Fast Divorce

The influential House of Representatives of the Indian parliament has approved a bill that makes the practice of a rapid divorce or 'triple divorce', illegal among the local Muslim population, and an offending husband may be punished up to three years in jail.

The bill is filed several months after the Indian Supreme Court, ruled that a Muslim man's customs could divorce his wife as unconstitutional. Most of the 170 million Muslims in India are Sunnis who are subject to Muslim Personal Laws for family issues and disputes.

The law includes allowing men to divorce their wives by dropping "divorce" or divorce, three times – and not necessarily in order, but at any time, through any media, including telephone, text messaging or social media post. Opposition parties have criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government for not discussing the bill before they announce it in Parliament on Thursday (28/12).

The approved bill will now be submitted to the upper house of the Indian parliament for approval before it becomes law.

More than 20 Muslim countries, including neighboring India; Pakistan and Bangladesh banned the practice. But in India, the practice continues with legal protection that allows Muslim, Christian and Hindu communities to follow religious laws regarding marriage, divorce, inheritance and adoption. [my/al]