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(12-February-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Indigenous Community’s Collective Land Still in Danger: Report The collective land of indigenous communities in Cambodia will continue to face encroachment from economic land concessions and the actions of private companies in the future despite the Cambodian Government’s moratorium on granting ELC licenses, according to a Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) report released yesterday.

CCHR’s report “Access to Collective Land Titles for Indigenous Communities in Cambodia” shows that of Cambodia’s 458 indigenous communities, only 11 have been able to complete the process of having their land registered, and therefore protected from outside interest, with the government as a collective.

(12-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Pro-CPP youth group vows counter-protest Lending weight to recent warnings by Prime Minister Hun Sen, youth supporters of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party have vowed to rally at the opposition’s Phnom Penh headquarters if a planned demonstration confronts the premier during his state visit to the US next week.

In a video posted to Facebook yesterday, Sim Sovannara and Saing Sung, the purported leader of a pro-CPP group called the Will of Overseas Youth, cautioned Cambodia National Rescue Party supporters in the United States against repeating the events of last year.

(12-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

'Entertainment' sector exacts mental toll on its workers Nearly one in five of the Kingdom’s female “entertainment workers” reported having considered suicide while almost one in 10 actually attempted to take their own lives in the three months prior to being interviewed for a study published this week.

Entertainment work is a broad church, with workers including women “in different entertainment venues, such as karaoke bars, restaurants, bars, nightclubs”, said Dr Siyan Yi, who led the team behind the study.

(12-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Mondulkiri journalist hauled in over logging story A journalist reporting on logging in Mondulkiri was picked up and interrogated by military police yesterday, following a story of his that implicated a senior military official in illegal logging.

Local journalist Van Tith says he was forcefully taken from his home in Mondulkiri’s Keo Seima district and driven to provincial military police headquarters to be questioned for several hours by provincial commander Sak Sarang – the man Tith’s report, read out on TV a day earlier, had claimed was a linchpin in Mondulkiri’s illegal timber trade.

(12-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Man makes bail after PM ‘threat’ A 28-year-old man charged and detained last month for allegedly threatening and insulting Prime Minister Hun Sen on Facebook was quietly released on bail last week by the Kampong Thom Provincial Court, according to a court letter.

Dated February 4 and signed by investigating judge Seth Vannak, the document orders the immediate release of Man Sam Orn from the provincial prison.

(12-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Carlsberg defends its partner in labour row Brewing giant Carlsberg has denied accusations that Cambrew, which brews Angkor beer and is half-owned by the Danish beer conglomerate, illegally fired 11 beer promoters for striking against longer working hours and fixed-term contracts.

In a response issued on Tuesday, Carlsberg claimed that 11 beer sellers who said they were fired on January 21 for going on strike had in fact refused to sign their latest one-year fixed contracts beforehand. Carlsberg also said that Cambrew conducted extensive talks with unions about the decision to shift working hours until 11pm.

(12-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Land rights elusive for indigenous minorities Bureaucratic inefficiency and “endemic” corruption are leading factors in land loss among Cambodia’s 190,000 indigenous peoples, who are under siege from land grabs by powerful elites and exploitative corporations, according to a report launched yesterday by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.

The European Union-funded report focuses on the difficulties indigenous groups face in acquiring collective land titles (CLTs), which CCHR characterised as the surest legal safeguard against losing land to economic land concessions (ELCs).

(12-February-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Journalist Detained Over Logging Story A journalist who accused a military police commander of accepting bribes from illegal loggers in Mondolkiri province was arrested and briefly detained on Thursday on the commander’s orders, a move that was criticized by the Ministry of Information.

(11-February-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

More than a Month Later, Four Garment Workers Released on Bail Four garment workers at the Manhattan Special Economic Zone in Svay Rieng province who were arrested during their protest for a higher minimum wage in December were released on bail late Tuesday evening after being detained for more than a month, a union officer said yesterday.

Pav Sina, president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers (CUMW), said that the four workers walked out of prison on Tuesday at 7:15 pm to warm welcomes from their families.

(11-February-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Tuk-tuk Association to Lodge Complaint against Licadho The Cambodia Confederation Development Association (CCDA), a well-known tuk-tuk and moto-taxi association, plans to lodge complaints against local rights group Licadho next week over a statement the NGO co-signed with 33 other civil society groups regarding the association’s involvement in a Saturday protest at the Capitol Tours Bus company headquarters that left at least 14 injured.

CCDA president Ae Sophos said in a press conference in front of Capitol Tours yesterday that his association will give Licadho one week to retract the statement and remedy its allegations against the CCDA.