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(11-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Six military police were placed in pretrial detention Friday, charged by the Prey Veng Provincial Court over a police pursuit in March in which a truck driver and his assistant were allegedly shot at, beaten and hog-tied after blowing through a pair of military police checkpoints, a court official said.

(11-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Indonesian authorities made a second trip on Friday to the island of Benjina, rescuing 36 more Cambodian fishermen on top of the 58 already found enslaved and working under brutal conditions on the remote island, according to a statement by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

(11-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

A group of 10 land-rights activists were freed from Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison on Saturday afternoon after receiving a royal pardon that resulted from negotiations between opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen over the past week. The release of the activists — widely seen as political prisoners — comes just two days after lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties approved all nine members of the new National Election Committee, a central piece of the July political deal that ended the CNRP’s 10-month boycott of parliament.

(11-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Indonesian authorities made a second trip on Friday to the island of Benjina, rescuing 36 more Cambodian fishermen on top of the 58 already found enslaved and working under brutal conditions on the remote island, according to a statement by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

(11-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Six military police were placed in pretrial detention Friday, charged by the Prey Veng Provincial Court over a police pursuit in March in which a truck driver and his assistant were allegedly shot at, beaten and hog-tied after blowing through a pair of military police checkpoints, a court official said.

(11-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Following negotiations between Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy, the country’s courts are preparing to release 18 activists who have been imprisoned over the past year on protest-related charges and convictions, a lawyer for the CNRP said Friday. Chuong Choungy, a longtime attorney for the opposition, said that he met with the Phnom Penh Municipal Court director on Thursday and filed documents with the Appeal Court in order to facilitate the release of the activists by Monday, the day before the start of the Khmer New Year holiday.

(11-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

A group of 10 land-rights activists were freed from Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison on Saturday afternoon after receiving a royal pardon that resulted from negotiations between opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen over the past week. The release of the activists — widely seen as political prisoners — comes just two days after lawmakers from the ruling and opposition parties approved all nine members of the new National Election Committee, a central piece of the July political deal that ended the CNRP’s 10-month boycott of parliament.

(10-April-2015 / RFA)

Cambodia’s National Military Police Department on Friday suspended six officers from neighboring Tbong Khmum and Prey Veng provinces who allegedly shot at and tortured four villagers last month after they tried to avoid paying a fee for driving an overloaded vehicle. The decision to suspend the officers, including a district chief and the head of a commune police department, was made by National Military Police Commander in Chief Sao Sokha after an investigation into the case concluded that the six had acted in breach of the law.

(10-April-2015 / VOA)

Cambodia has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Southeast Asia. The number of women dying during pregnancy or childbirth has dropped in recent years. But it is still far short of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. The Cambodian government accepted those goals as part of its effort to help pregnant women. Years ago, UN member nations and international agencies agreed on a plan of action in eight areas, including maternal health. They set the end of 2015 as a target date for reaching the goals.

(10-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Expelled environmental activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson is touring cities in North America that boast large ethnic Cambodian populations to raise funds and support for Mother Nature, a “movement” he co-founded that campaigns against the destruction of the Areng Valley. “After I was unjustly exiled by the government from Cambodia, I thought it would be a good thing to visit the US and Canada and start building much needed relationships with Khmers living here,” he said in an email.