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(03-July-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

More than 100 workers across four garment factories in Phnom Penh, Kandal and Takeo provinces fainted yesterday. National Social Security Fund (NSSF) officials said 45 workers at C N Prosperous Garment (Cambodia) Co Ltd in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district fainted yesterday, after more than 90 workers there fainted on Tuesday.

(03-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

A South Korean-owned garment factory bowed to union pressure Thursday and agreed to pay its former workers wages they are owed, following a meeting with the Ministry of Labor.

(03-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

CPP lawmaker Chheang Vun wrote to National Assembly President Heng Samrin on Thursday to complain that CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An broke the parliament’s rules by attempting to be interviewed while Mr. Vun himself was being interviewed.

(03-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Almost 350 workers have now fainted in garment factories across the country this week, with 95 workers collapsing in three different factories in Phnom Penh, Kandal and Takeo provinces Thursday, according to the Labor Ministry.

(03-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Appeal hearings began Thursday in the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s first case against senior regime leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, who are attempting to have their life sentences for crimes against humanity overturned.

(02-July-2015 / Ffront Line Defenders)

On 1 July 2015, human rights defender Mr Ny Chakrya was summoned to appear before the Deputy Prosecutor of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court. He has been requested to present himself before at the Court on 13 July 2015. Ny Chakrya is Head of the Human Rights and Legal Aid Section of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), which was founded in 1991 to monitor the development and protection of human rights, in particular of land and natural resources rights. ADHOC provides legal assistance to victims of land rights violations and engages in land rights advocacy through press statements and conferences, publication of thematic reports and cooperation with the National Human Rights Commission.

(02-July-2015 / RFA)

A rights group and journalist organization on Thursday slammed a lawmaker from Cambodia’s ruling party for barring an opposition MP from addressing the media with his concerns over a controversial draft law on nongovernmental organizations currently under review by parliament. In a statement, Cambodia Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) condemned senior Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) member and National Assembly (parliament) spokesman Chheang Von for shutting down a press briefing by Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) MP Um Sam An at the legislature.

(02-July-2015 / RFA)

The president of one of Cambodia’s largest labor unions representing the apparel sector expressed concern on Thursday about the growing number of garment factory workers fainting from overwork and harsh factory conditions during the past few days. Ath Thon, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union, an independent union affiliated with the Cambodian Labor Confederation (CLC), said at least 100 workers had fainted over the past four days due to lack of adequate food, physical exhaustion and exposure to chemical odors. “The workers fainted due to their deteriorating health and work environment,” Ath Thon said. “But the most important reason is their low salary.”

(02-July-2015 / VOA)

PHNOM PENH—A ruling party lawmaker says pro-democracy and rights groups staging protests against a draft law at the National Assembly are trying to “topple the government.” Civil society groups have rallied against a draft law to regulate NGOs that they fear will lead to strict government control over their activities and a crackdown on dissent. The draft is currently being reviewed by National Assembly committees before it goes to the floor for debate—despite repeated calls from NGOs and the international community to either improve the law or drop it altogether.

(02-July-2015 / VOA)

WASHINGTON DC—[Editor’s note: A new report by the International Justice Mission says the number of minors working in Cambodia’s sex industry is on the decline. But while Cambodia may no longer be the world’s No. 1 destination for underage sex, sexual exploitation of children remains a concern. VOA Khmer's Ten Soksreinith recently sat down with Holly Burkhalter, vice president for advocacy at IJM, to discuss the report’s findings.]