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(19-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

NEC Official to Appear in Court over Deadly Protests National Election Committee (NEC) official Rong Chhun is set to appear before the Phnom Penh Municipal Court over allegations of incitement during the deadly protests at Canadia Industrial Zone that led to police opening fire on protesters, killing four, in 2014.

According to a letter from investigative judge San Sophat last month, Mr. Chhun’s case was sent for a hearing after he was questioned in 2014, however no date had been set for the hearing.

(19-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

More Capitol Tours Protests in Pipeline More than 20 former drivers from the Capitol Tours Bus Company gathered in front of the company’s head office in Phnom Penh’s 7 Makara district yesterday to demand Capitol Tours reinstate 45 drivers who were fired last year.

More protesters are expected to gather today.

(19-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

US Ambassador Urges Fair Enforcement of Trade Law The US Ambassador to Cambodia has urged the Minister of Labor to enforce the Union Law approved in April, to ensure equality for all parties free from partisanship.

The comments were made yesterday during a meeting between the two officials, with minister Ith Sam Heng telling the media his meeting with ambassador William Heidt included discussions on how the law can be implemented equally between all unions.

(19-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Old Veng Sreng case revived for NEC member National Election Committee member Rong Chhun will become the second non-CPP-aligned NEC official to face court action in recent weeks.

According to a letter signed by Phnom Penh Municipal Court investigating judge San Sophat on April 26, Chhun, a former union leader, will face trial for his alleged role in the Veng Sreng Boulevard wage protests in January 2014, during which security forces shot five people dead.

(19-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Former Capitol drivers hold protest at office About 20 former drivers for the Capitol Bus Company demonstrated peacefully in front of the company’s office yesterday in Phnom Penh’s Prampi Makara district to demand reemployment and compensation for 45 fired drivers.

Pil Pov, one of the ex-drivers, said that despite six months of protesting the company has not negotiated. The drivers, allegedly fired for trying to start a union, began calling for a boycott of the company in December.

(19-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Kampong Speu families offered redress in Phnom Penh Sugar dispute Following a years-long campaign by land rights activists and NGOs, Phnom Penh Sugar has finally offered compensation to families displaced by its Kampong Speu sugar plantation, although not everyone is impressed.

Company spokesman Sim Sitha said yesterday that 364 families had on Monday been offered compensation packages of between $500 and $10,000 on the basis of a fact-finding investigation led by Phnom Penh Sugar, whose plantation is part of a 9,000-hectare economic land concession granted to CPP Senator Ly Yong Phat in 2010.

(19-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

RCAF chief offers more ‘revolution’ warnings Deputy commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces Kun Kim yesterday reminded troops in the country’s east to remain vigilant against any group’s plotting a “colour revolution” to topple the government, according to an official.

As the relationship between the Kingdom’s two main political parties has deteriorated in recent months, government and military officials have increasingly warned of potential “instability” and vowed to stamp out any suggestion of a “colour revolution” – the largely nonviolent popular movements that have toppled regimes in Eastern Europe.

(19-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

New summons for Sokha as local chief questioned Acting opposition leader Kem Sokha has been issued a summons yet again to answer questions over an alleged prostitution case involving hairdresser Khom Chandaraty after he failed to appear before the court on Tuesday.

In a related case stemming from the same scandal, Sam Rainsy Party member Seang Chet, a commune chief in Kampong Cham, yesterday was in court for a second time to answer questions on the alleged bribery of Chandaraty’s family.

(19-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Families in Land Dispute With Sugar Firm Reach $500 Deal More than 300 families in Kompong Speu province this week signed a deal with Senator Ly Yong Phat’s Phnom Penh Sugar Company aimed at ending their long-running land dispute, though several of the families have yet to agree on compensation.

(19-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Black Monday Intimidation Moves Beyond Phnom Penh The government’s crackdown on activists calling for the release of political prisoners has spread outside of the capital as Preah Vihear provincial authorities on Wednesday warned representatives of 10 NGOs to cease holding “Black Monday” protests or face repercussions.

The warnings came after four villagers were called for questioning in Mondolkiri province last week after a picture was posted to a community Facebook page of villagers holding banners calling for the release of four recently jailed rights activists and an elections official.