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Ten Dissidents Arrested for plot to incite violence

(24-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue57,page2)

Ten members of the Khmer National Liberation Front, a group of dissidents highly critical of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his close Vietnamese, were arrested over the last two days in Phnom Penh for allegedly plotting to incite violence, according to police.The group had planned to lead a protest in front of the Vietnamese Embassy to coincide with Thursday’s anniversary of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, demanding that “Vietnam and Hun Sen’s regime… respect the Paris Peace Agreement,” according to an email from the group’s leader, Sam Serey, who lives in Denmark.

Division Surface on Anniversary of Peace Accord

(24-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue57,page18)

Division Surface on Anniversary of Peace Accord On the 23rd anniversary of the day Prince Norodom Sihanouk and Prime Minister Hun Sen resolved to come together to end Cambodia’s civil war, celebration yesterday turned into an exhibition of the endurance of the political division forged during the two decades of conflict.Prince Sihanouk and Mr. Hun Sen led their warring factions to sign the Paris Peace Agreements on October 23, 1991, paving the way for the dissolution of the Vietnamese-backed regime in Phnom Penh and the beginning of a liberal democracy with the U.N.-organized elections of 1993.

Pay Teachers on time, official told

(24-October-2014 / The Phnom Penh Post)

Pay Teachers on time, official told Late payments that teachers have long criticized have caught attention of Cambodia’s acting Minister of Education, who has instructed provincial education department to get their acts together.In a letter on Tuesday, acting minister Pin Chamnan told heads of education departments in each of the Kingdom’s 25 provinces that delayed payments of teachers’ bonuses and overtime work can severely impact their lives. “The late payments affect most teachers’ livelihoods,” the letter reads.“The ministry urges all department directors to distribute wages on time for bonuses, and especially payments for extra sessions.”

Fishermen rescued in Indonesia

(24-October-2014 / The Phnom Penh Post)

Twenty Cambodian fishermen allegedly tricked into illegally working on Thai fishing boats were rescued last month and are awaiting return, the Foreign Affair Ministry said yesterday.

Dissident group sees 10 arrested

(24-October-2014 / The Phnom Penh Post)

Authorities arrested 10 members of anti-government Khmer National Liberation Front on Wednesday night and yesterday morning after they were seen publicly distributing leaflets in Phnom Penh calling Cambodians to protests in front of the Vietnamese Embassy. The Denmark-based dissident group is considered a terrorist organisation by the government. According to military police spokesman Kheng Tito, the men had distributed hundreds of pamphlets urging people to join an anti-Vietnam demonstration yesterday to coincide with the anniversary of the 1991 Paris Peace Agreements.

Japanese election experts meet with CPP and CNRP officials

(23-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue56,page15)

Making good on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pledge last year to help Cambodia reform its electoral system, a panel of election expert from Japan met with CPP and CNRP officials yesterday to present the finding of their recent study into the system.Led by Japanese Ambassador Yuji Kumamaru, the team of election experts—whose help was pledged to Prime Minister Hun Sen during a visit by Mr. Abe in November—held a meeting with delegations from the CPP and CNRP early Wednesday morning before later meeting separately with both parties.

Journalists allege Cover-up in Associate’s Murder

(23-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue56,page2)

A consortium of journalists yesterday sent a report to the governor of Kompong Chhang province claiming that a man arrested last week for murdering one of their associates was framed in an attempt to cover up an illegal fishing syndicate with close connection to police.Yang Phealang, 36, who recharged batteries for a living, was arrested on October 14 for the murder of Suon Chan, 44, a journalist who reported primarily on illegal fishing. Suon Chan was murdered on the evening of January 31 by a group of six men—allegedly including Mr. Phealang—who beat him with bamboo poles as he walked to buy cigarettes at a shop near his home in Cholkiri district’s Peam Chhkork commune. The five other suspects remain at large.

Wage Talks remain in deadlock

(23-October-2014 / The Phnom Penh Post)

The third day of negotiations between members of a Working group trying to reach a consensus on the minimum monthly wage remained stagnant yesterday, as manufacturer refused to budge from their $110 offer.Although members of the government delegation to the working group – also made up of factory and union representatives – urged employers to at least consider $120, they flatly refused, said Collective Union of Movement of Workers president Pav Sina.

Chhay to purge the assembly of ghost

(23-October-2014 / The Phnom Penh Post)

Chhay to purge the assembly of ghost Senior opposition lawmaker Son Chhay has formally requested that the entire staff list of the National Assembly’s more than 1,000 strong secretariat be turned over him for investigation as part of bid to root out ghost worker and nepotistic appointment. As part of his one-man crusade to clean up parliament, Chhay has also accused a senior secretariat official of appointing more than 20 members of his own family to paid positions on assembly staff and asked for a probe.

Advisory group begins minimum wage talks

(22-October-2014 / The Cambodia Daily,Volume59,lssue55,page17)

A new group that will advise the committee that advises the government on the minimum wage in the country’s garment sector began talking numbers yesterday following a meeting Monday that laid out a code of conduct for their negotiation. The closed-door talks Tuesday included nine representatives each from the unions, factories and government, and are aimed at reaching an agreement on a new wage raise before it goes to a vote by the Labor Advisory Committee next month.