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(24-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

‘Black Monday’ should be quelled, says CHRC head The head of the government’s Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) said the civil society-backed “Black Monday” campaign needs to be quelled given that it had the potential to flare up like the violent Veng Sreng Boulevard minimum wage protests in 2014.

The campaign has so far involved small, nonviolent gatherings calling for the release of rights workers jailed in a case widely criticised as politically motivated, with participants wearing black to “mourn the death of human rights in Cambodia”. Several of the gatherings have been forcibly disrupted by police, resulting in the brief detention of several attendees.

(24-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Rainsy told ‘go to jail’ at US meeting with supporters Opposition leader Sam Rainsy was publicly accused of cowardice this week during a meeting with supporters in the United States, with one man slamming the CNRP president for lacking bravery in his decision to flee Cambodia for self-exile in Europe.

The stinging criticism – which Rainsy tried to deflect with well-trodden lines about Vietnamese influence in Cambodia – came at a Monday event in Lowell, Massachusetts, a video of which was uploaded to the CNRP president’s Facebook yesterday.

(24-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Education official out after arrest in South Korea A senior Education Ministry official, arrested for sexually harassing an interpreter while representing the government at an international conference in South Korea, has had his post terminated, the ministry announced yesterday.

In a statement, the Education Ministry said Kry Seang Long was relegated and is no longer director of the Vocational Orientation Department.

(23-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Municipal Gardeners Go on Strike Dozens of gardeners employed by Phnom Penh City Hall went on strike on Wednesday, briefly abandoning their pruning and mowing duties to protest a plan that would transfer their management to a private company.

While municipal authorities have assured the 200 city gardeners that their salaries would remain unchanged, the 50-odd protesters fear they would be subjected to rigid working hours under private management.

(23-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

CNRP Awning to Remain in Place—for Now Authorities have backed down from their threat to remove an awning recently affixed to the CNRP’s Phnom Penh headquarters, instead asking the opposition party to submit a retroactive construction request that will be re­viewed by Meanchey district officials.

On June 14, district governor Pech Keo Mony wrote to the CNRP demanding that it remove the blue metal awning within a week because it extended over a public sidewalk. In fact, the awning is located well inside the party’s property.

(23-June-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

CNRP Vows to Serve Despite Boycott Members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) yesterday vowed to fulfill their parliamentary obligations to their constituents despite their current boycott of the National Assembly (NA) in defense of human rights and parliamentary immunity.


At a press conference yesterday morning, senior CNRP member Son Chhay said that despite rising political tensions throughout the country and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party’s (CPP) “abuse” of opposition member’s parliamentary immunity, his party would continue acting in the best interests of the people who elected them.

(23-June-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Child Labor Rampant in Kingdom Cambodia’s dependence on illegal child labor, despite its small population, is endemic compared to neighboring countries, according to Veng Heang, director of the Child Labor Department at the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training.


“If we talk about numbers, our population is smaller, but if we talk about percentages, Cambodia’s is similar to neighboring countries,” Mr. Heang said.

(23-June-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Slave Labor Victim Speaks Out Keo Rotha was sitting in his small brick house in a quiet village in Pursat province, surrounded by coconut trees and a bamboo fence, looking at his old phone while waiting for a call to tell him the results of the court case he and six other human trafficking victims had filed in the United States and Thailand against four big companies.


In 2011, the 41-year-old father of three, whose wife works as a Khmer teacher at a secondary school, decided to apply for a passport and find work in Thailand in an attempt to give his wife and children a better life.

(23-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Maid tells of abuse faced in Saudi Arabia After two weeks stuck inside an immigration office in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, a Cambodian domestic worker returned to Phnom Penh yesterday without assistance from the Cambodian government – on a plane ticket she says was paid for by Saudi immigration police.

Math Savi, 28, had worked as a maid in Saudi Arabia for 18 months, suffering alleged abuse at the hands of three separate employers. Her case was profiled in the Post last month, prompting one of the men who recruited her, Ji Nasiat, to arrange her return via a broker in Riyadh.

(23-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

SRP senator’s latest bail request rejected Jailed Sam Rainsy Party Senator Hong Sok Hour was yesterday once again denied bail by the Supreme Court and further ordered to provide his personal computer to investigators.

Sok Hour had presented two appeals before the court – one requesting bail and another that would disallow investigators from taking his personal computer as evidence, instead proposing they use the internet to verify contested documents. Both petitions were rejected yesterday.