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(27-February-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

The World Bank has turned down a suggestion that it hold a meeting somewhere outside of Cambodia exclusively with families that have been forcibly evicted from their land before it decides whether to lift a current freeze on new lending to the country.

The Bank announced the freeze in August 2011 in response to the government’s refusal to issue land titles to families living in Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak community, from which some 3,000 families—most of the neighborhood—were eventually evicted to make way for CPP Senator Lao Meng Khin’s real estate project.

(27-February-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Anti-pedophile organization Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) released a new report Thursday that it hopes will persuade the government that foreigners convicted of child sex crimes in Cambodia should face mandatory deportation after serving their sentences.

The report was released at a workshop in Phnom Penh on child abuse in Cambodia co-hosted by APLE and the government’s National Committee for Counter Trafficking, an interministerial body set up in 2009 to fight human trafficking.

(27-February-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

With negotiations between unions and managers at Phnom Penh’s Quantum Clothing factory stalled, thousands of striking workers Thursday clashed with other employees attempting to enter the plant.

About 3,000 workers at the British-owned factory in Pur Senchey district went on strike on February 19 to protest against a provision in the government’s January minimum wage increase that excludes workers already making more than $128 from receiving a guaranteed salary hike.

(27-February-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Less than a week after Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered three ministries to prepare for the release of 40 incarcerated women who are either pregnant or recently gave birth in prison, a Justice Ministry committee Thursday decided that 16 women would be released before March 8, an official said.

In a speech Monday, Mr. Hun Sen called on the ministries of interior, justice and women’s affairs to prepare for the release of 40 women before the Khmer New Year in April.

(27-February-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

THPONG DISTRICT, Kompong Speu province – Phnom Penh Sugar, among the most high-profile companies accused of using child labor in an industry beset by the practice, attempted to polish its image Thursday by hosting its third annual anti-child labor seminar here.

But as the company’s public relations director touted a work environment now free of child labor to local officials inside its Omlaing commune headquarters, workers in the fields just a few kilometers away told another story.

(27-February-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Days after the International Organization for Migration (IOM) announced it would help resettle Australia’s refugees currently being held on the Pacific island nation of Nauru in Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday acknowledged criticism of the deal at home and abroad.

In September, Cambodia agreed to accept an indeterminate number of refugees in return for a $35-million aid package from Australia in a deal that was slammed by rights groups and opposition lawmakers in both countries.

(27-February-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

After the government deported Spanish environmental activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson on Monday, the opposition CNRP has called on the Interior Ministry to turn its attention to thousands of Vietnamese immigrants living in the country illegally.

In a letter dated Tuesday and addressed to Interior Minister Sar Kheng, 11 opposition lawmakers write that tens of thousands of illegal immigrants are polluting the country’s waterways, causing social instability and committing crimes including murder, robbery and illegal fishing.

(27-February-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Reviving one of his most frequent complaints against the Khmer Rouge tribunal, Prime Minister Hun Sen warned again Thursday that war and chaos could ensue if the court continued to pursue additional cases.

In a speech at an international summit on the U.N.’s “Responsibility to Protect” anti-genocide initiative at the Sofitel Phokeethra hotel in Phnom Penh, Mr. Hun Sen said the court’s investigations had “almost gone beyond the limit” and could cause former Khmer Rouge soldiers to return to the maquis and start another civil war.

(26-February-2015 / The Phnom Penh Post)

Prime Minister Hun Sen set a firm two-day deadline for negotiators from his Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party to finalise a new electoral reform law, a source of contention for months.

(26-February-2015 / The Phnom Penh Post)

The International Organization for Migration has said a refugee relocation and integration program it will soon start developing with the Cambodian government will benefit all refugees in the country, even if none processed in Australian camps on Nauru choose to resettle in the Kingdom.