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After NEC Reform, Rainsy Says Higher Wages Are Top Priority

( 24-July-2014 by The Cambodia Daily ;Vol 58; Issue 77; Page 15 )

CNRP leader Sam Rainsy said yesterday that a higher minimum wage for garment workers and civil servants would be the opposition’s top legislative priority – after reconstituting the National Election Committee (NEC) – when it takes the 55 National Assembly seats it has been boycotting for the past year.

Officials Raid Villager’s Home in KDC Dispute

( 24-July-2014 by The Cambodia Daily ;Vol 58; Issue 77; Page 16 )

Police and court officials yesterday searched the home of villager Oum Sophy, who has been outspoken opponent of the well-connected KDC company as it has tried to push her and dozens of her neighbors off their land in Kompong Chhnang province.

Journalist Convicted of Defamation for Blog Post

( 24-July-2014 by The Cambodia Daily ;Vol 58; Issue 77; Page 16 )

A British journalist has been convicted of defaming a French property developer in a blog post in an unprecedented ruling that has been described as a blow to freedom of expression in Cambodia.

General Allegedly Shoots Employee in Pay Dispute

( 24-July-2014 by The Cambodia Daily ;Vol 58; Issue 77; Page 16 )

A major general with the Royal Cambodian Armed Force bodyguard unit who operates his own private transport company allegedly pulled a gun on one of his employees on Monday and shot him in the leg for requesting a pay raise, military police officials said.

Delegation to Investigate Maid Trade in Singapore

( 24-July-2014 by The Cambodia Daily ;Vol 58; Issue 77; Page 17 )

Seng Sakada, director-general of the Labor Ministry’s labor department, will lead a delegation to Singapore on Saturday to study the ministry’s pilot program to send domestic workers to the city-state, a recruitment agency director confirmed yesterday.

Hun Sen’s Cabinet Accepts Petition of Villagers

( 24-July-2014 by The Cambodia Daily ;Vol 58; Issue 77; Page 17 )

The cabinet of Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday accepted a petition from villagers from Kratie province’s Snuol district who are requesting intervention in a land dispute with a plantation owner.

Garment Workers Demand District Intervention

( 24-July-2014 by The Cambodia Daily ;Vol 58; Issue 77; Page 19 )

About 200 garment workers yesterday marched from the Sun Well Shoe Factory on Veng Sreng Street to the Pur Senchey district office, demanding intervention in an ongoing dispute over their wages, a union representative said.

A Justice System ‘Rotten to the Core’

( 24-July-2014 by The Phnom Penh Post )

When seven Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmakers-elect and a party activist were released on bail from Prey Sar prison on Tuesday, it was to the cheers of supporters and the general approval of civil society.

Agreement a Tough Sell

( 24-July-2014 by The Phnom Penh Post )

Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy will meet with King Norodom Sihamoni at the Royal Palace today to officially inform him of the political agreement reached earlier this week that brought an end to a nearly one-year deadlock.

Ministry Vows to Take Some ELC Land Back

( 24-July-2014 by The Phnom Penh Post )

Amid promises reiterated by the government yesterday that it will take a tougher stance on economic land concessions, logging tycoon Try Pheap minimally reduced his sweeping natural resource empire, returning more than 20,000 hectares of undeveloped forestry.

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