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(23-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Black Monday Posts May Draw Police Action Those wishing to post about the Black Monday campaign online will now need authorization from the government to do so, according to soon-to-be-retired Interior Ministry spokesman General Khieu Sopheak.

Meanwhile, the defense attorney for four Adhoc officials submitted a bail request for his clients after a previous request was denied.

(23-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

‘Black Monday’ plans mixed following arrests Supporters of the “Black Monday” campaign are expected to keep a low profile today following two weeks of arrests and threats by the government, though activists yesterday vowed the movement would continue online.

For the second week in a row, groups involved in the campaign to free five current and former human rights workers, said to be “political prisoners”, have opted not to stage public protests after government and military officials warned of more arrests.

(23-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Senator says he was harassed during stop Sam Rainsy Party Senator Sor Chandet on Thursday filed a complaint to the Senate president over an incident on May 10 in which he was halted for two hours by some 30 armed authorities over their suspicion of his Senate licence plate.

In a May 19 letter to the senate president, Chandet claims his parliamentary immunity and human rights were violated.

(23-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

NEC seeks regular meetings to dispel bias suspicions Cambodia’s election body has called for regular meetings with political parties, journalists and civil society organisations (CSOs) in a bid to stave off suspicions of bias as two of its non-CPP aligned officials face prosecution.

National Election Committee (NEC) spokesperson Hang Puthea, the independent member of the bipartisan body, requested NEC President Sik Bun Hok meet fortnightly with the groups.

(23-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

H&M's suppliers guilty of labour rights abuses, report alleges A new report has alleged labour rights abuses at Cambodian supplier factories for apparel giant H&M, as more than 500 garment workers gathered in Phnom Penh yesterday to air some of the same concerns over working conditions during a workers’ forum.

An independent investigation by Asia Floor Wage Alliance, which interviewed 201 workers at 12 H&M supplier companies in Phnom Penh and the surrounding areas, found that a large number of workers at nine of the factories were improperly employed on fixed-duration contracts, while many were forced to work long overtime hours and threatened with termination if they became pregnant.

(23-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Rights Group Warned Over ‘Political Prisoners’ Page Justice Ministry officials have warned human rights group Licadho that its new webpage documenting Cambodia’s “political prisoners” could be in contravention of the NGO law, arguing that the page violates a provision requiring political neutrality.

(23-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Cham Muslims Protest Government’s Planned Road Beside Mosque About 200 Cham Muslims turned out to the Al-Serkal Mosque near the old Boeng Kak lake in Phnom Penh on Friday to protest a controversial road that the government plans to build through the mosque’s land.

The planned road has already led to a defamation lawsuit being filed by Labor Ministry Secretary of State Othsman Hassan against Ahmad Yahya—his counterpart in the Social Affairs Ministry—after Mr. Yahya said Mr. Hassan had benefitted from a land-swap for its construction.

(23-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Activists Plan Third ‘Black Monday’ Rally A small group of activists say they will carry the so-called “Black Monday” protest into its third week today in the face of mounting efforts by the government to shut down the campaign.

More than a dozen people have been arrested and released by police since protesters dressed in black shirts first gathered outside of Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison on May 9 to demand the release of four human rights officers and an election official.

(21-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Government Says Permission Needed for Online ‘Black Monday’ Protests With at least one prominent ac­tivist announcing that he would re­treat from the streets to the perceived safety of the internet to support this coming week’s “Black Mon­day” campaign, a senior government official warned on Friday that even in cyberspace Cambo­dians must ask for permission to demonstrate.

(20-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

If Rong Chhun Goes, CPP Can Veto Any New NEC Member Any appointments to the National Election Committee (NEC) to replace CNRP-appointed Rong Chhun, who now faces a criminal trial for “intentional violence,” would have to be approved by the ruling CPP under current laws, a lawmaker said on Thursday.