(02-October-2015 / PPP)

Teacher: I made child strip A teacher at Hun Sen Wat Thmey Primary School in Svang Rieng province has been summonsed on charges of sexual harassment for ordering an 11-year-old female student to be undressed as a punishment for reading errors.

According to a complaint filed by the victim’s family to the provincial court in May, second-grade teacher Duong Sinet regularly ordered a male student to take off the victim’s skirt and underwear in front of a class of some 30 students.

It was not until mid-August that the case was escalated into a court investigation when the girl refused to attend school.

(02-October-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

ACU Drafting Whistleblower Protection Law The head of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) said Thursday that the body’s jurist group had begun drafting a new law to protect witnesses and whistleblowers who come forward with information about graft and other crimes.

Om Yentieng, chairman of the ACU, said the proposed law would not be limited only to those who approached his body with information, but would protect a wide range of individuals who assist authorities in investigations. Mr. Yentieng initially said the ACU had plans to draft such a law in November.

(02-October-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Two More Refugees to Arrive From Nauru Cambodia will take in two more refugees being held by Australia on the South Pacific island of Nauru as part of Phnom Penh’s controversial resettlement deal with Canberra, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said Thursday, on top of the four refugees already here.

Mr. Kheng made the announcement in an interview broadcast live by local television station PNN on Thursday, following the return of a Cambodian delegation that visited Nauru to meet the applicants and confirm that they were coming voluntarily.

(01-October-2015 / RFA)

Cambodia Turns Away Montagnard Asylum-Seekers From Vietnam Cambodian authorities on Wednesday refused a request for asylum made by nine Vietnamese Montagnards who had traveled to Phnom Penh to ask for help, and whose presence in the country had previously gone unreported.

The nine arrived in the capital on Sept. 30, but were turned away by the Ministry of Interior, which refused to register their names, a U.N. rights officer posted to Cambodia told RFA’s Khmer Service on Thursday.

“OHCHR was alerted to the arrival of nine new asylum seekers yesterday requesting assistance,” Wan-Hea Lee, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) representative in Cambodia wrote in an e-mail.

“I understand that they were also refused registration by the Refugee Department, as have all others who crossed over this year,” she wrote.

(01-October-2015 / PPP)

Better factories? ILO project prasied by World Bank The World Bank praised the International Labour Organization’s Better Work program in a report released on Monday, commending the program’s Cambodian operation for its role in improving the job quality and personal independence of the Kingdom’s mostly female garment workers.

“The Better Factories Cambodia program benefitted all the key stakeholders by improving work conditions, supporting the growth of the apparel sector in Cambodia (benefitting all local stakeholders), and boosting developed world buyers’ reputation by sourcing from ethical workplaces,” the report reads.

(01-October-2015 / PPP)

A traditional healer is accused of raping minor A traditional healer in Kampong Speu province has been accused of using his position to allegedly rape a teenaged girl.

Phom Khoeum, a 58-year-old healer from Chansen commune, was taken into custody on Sunday after the mother of the 15-year-old victim, Chea Sarem, 39, filed a complaint to the local authorities.

Choub Sovan, the local commune chief, said the girl had fallen ill and treatment at the local hospital had failed to bring down her fever.

“My daughter had a high temperature and I sent her to be treated at the provincial hospital, but she was not better,”Sarem said.

(01-October-2015 / PPP)

Unions balk at floated figure Garment worker unions yesterday decried a preliminary, government-suggested increase to the minimum wage as being far too close to what they perceive as a lowball offer from employers.

As tripartite wage talks continue, unions yesterday said officials from the government's Labour Advisory Committee had on Tuesday offered a 5.7 per cent increase on the current minimum wage.

That figure, which amounts to a jump of slightly more than $7 based on the current minimum wage of $128 per month, is not much different from the increase suggested by employers of 3.5 per cent, or slightly under $4.50.

(01-October-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Labor Law Violators to Face Stiffer Daily Fines Companies that violate the Labor Law will now face a five-fold increase in fines following a new order from the justice and labor ministries intended to encourage more compliance.

(01-October-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

CPP to Push Ahead With New Commune Election Law The National Assembly will vote on an amended law governing commune elections on October 20 even if the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP do not forge a deal over the parts of the law they disagree on, CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said Wednesday.

(01-October-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Chinese Firm Begins Construction at Boeng Kak Eight years after CPP Senator Lao Meng Khin signed off on a 99-year lease of Boeng Kak lake in one of the most controversial real estate deals in Phnom Penh’s recent history, a Chinese firm has begun construction on the first major development project on the filled-in lake.

Beijing-based Graticity Real Estate Development company started construction last month on One Park, a commercial and residential development billed as “Sophisticated Urban Living” after purchasing 20 hectares from Shukaku, Mr. Meng Khin’s firm, according to Hong Xin, customer manager for Graticity.