(03-November-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Illegal Sand Dredging Eradicated, Mines Ministry Claims A group of 41 civil society organizations issued a letter on Tuesday calling for the government to explain the discrepancies, while the opposition CNRP has threatened to summon Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem to the National Assembly to explain them.

In its response on Wednesday, the ministry called on civil society to “provide any additional data that may be available to help the Ministry…determine the exact cause of the difference between the two data…. The ministry is thoroughly reviewing and carefully examining the details” of the statistics.

(02-November-2016 / Cambodia Daily )

Ministry Blames ‘Ineffective Practices’ for Over $400M in Missing Sand A group of 41 civil society organizations also called on the government to explain the contradicting data in a letter signed by representatives of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, Mother Nature and Transparency International Cambodia, among others.

(02-November-2016 / SBS)

CCHR also urged international donors, including Australia - which is one of the biggest - to support the government in developing and implementing policies and legislation to protect transgender rights, and to include its recommendations “in their conversations with the Cambodian government”.

The Australian embassy in Phnom Penh did not respond to SBS’ request for a comment.

(25-October-2016 / PPP)

Kandal cops on the lam after fatal beating owever, as CCHR’s advocacy director Piseth Duch noted yesterday, the Ministry of Interior “currently lacks practices to investigate police conduct”.

“We see very few cases of the Ministry of Interior performing thorough investigations of police officers who break the law, she said, pointing to an October beating that left two parliamentarians seriously injured.

(27-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Activist monk ‘in hiding’, says friend But Buntenh, an activist monk and member of the funeral committee for slain political analyst Kem Ley, has gone into hiding after receiving a tip off that he was being hunted by authorities, according to a friend and local media reports.

(19-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Council tables decision on CNRP lawmakers' immunity The National Assembly’s Standing Committee yesterday deferred a decision on whether to strip immunity from two CNRP lawmakers, instead sending the matter to a parliamentary committee for consideration, with a CPP lawmaker reiterating that any eventual move would require a two-thirds vote of parliament.

(19-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Eighty faint at Kandal garment factory About 80 garment workers at a factory in Kandal province’s Ang Snuol district fainted yesterday after seeing a co-worker collapse.

Workers at the Grand East Footwear factory said that they saw Hor Seng Houng sprint away from the factory floor after she had experienced difficulty breathing and then proceeded to faint, which prompted the other workers to follow suit.

(19-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Kem Ley's ‘politicised’ funeral extended The body of murdered commentator Kem Ley will remain at the capital’s Wat Chas pagoda until Sunday, when it will be transported for burial in his home province of Takeo.

But government officials yesterday lamented that they were not welcome to attend the funeral, saying Ley’s death had been hijacked to serve the politics of the opposition.

(19-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Hearing for NEC's Chakrya postponed The defamation case against National Election Committee deputy secretary-general Ny Chakrya was postponed yesterday after the complainants failed to show up.

Chakrya arrived at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in an orange jumpsuit as he is currently being held in pre-trial detention over allegations he colluded with four Adhoc staffers to bribe CNRP acting president Kem Sokha’s alleged mistress.

(19-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

NEC needs to step up education efforts: watchdog Election watchdog Comfrel has called on the National Election Committee to step up its efforts to educate the public about the upcoming voter registration period.

Comfrel director Koul Phana yesterday expressed concern that the NEC has not begun its voter registration information dissemination, particularly via TV announcements – which remain the primary resource for people in the provinces, he said.

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