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(27-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

HRW Slams Government Over Lawmaker Attack Case The investigation and trial following the brutal attack on two opposition lawmakers by members of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s personal bodyguard unit last year has all the hallmarks of a “blatant cover-up,” according to a report released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday.

“Dragged and Beaten: The Cambodian Government’s Role in the October 2015 Attack on Opposition Politicians” suggests that the three bodyguards charged over the attack on CNRP lawmakers Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Saphea outside the National Assembly had not been acting alone. A verdict in their case is due on Friday.

(27-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Sokha Avoids Arrest; US Blasts Show of Force Armed police made a surprise visit to the Phnom Penh headquarters of the opposition CNRP on Thursday claiming to have an arrest warrant for deputy party leader Kem Sokha, moments after one of his vehicles was stopped and searched.

Mr. Sokha has ignored multiple court summonses in recent weeks to answer questions over his alleged affair with a hairdresser. The government’s highly public and dogged probe of the purported extramarital relationship is widely seen as politically motivated.

(27-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Facebook user seeks ‘forgiveness’ over reservoir allegations “Tommy Angkor II”, a Facebook user being sought by authorities over a video posted last week in which he alleged that officials sold Battambang’s Kamping Puoy reservoir, yesterday backed off those claims.

“I don’t know what the truth is or not,” in relation to the alleged sale, he said yesterday in a phone interview.

(27-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Kem Sokha in ‘safe place’ as police hunt for CNRP deputy leader A throng of opposition supporters remained at Cambodia National Rescue Party headquarters in Phnom Penh as night fell yesterday, after heavily armed police attempted unsuccessfully to arrest the party’s acting president, Kem Sokha, earlier in the day.

Sokha yesterday ignored a second summons to appear at Phnom Penh Municipal Court to answer questions about an alleged dalliance with hairdresser Khom Chandaraty – a case observers have widely deemed to be politically motivated.

(27-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Police Searching for Sokha, Raid CNRP Headquarters More than 10 heavily armed police officers raided the headquarters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in search of opposition leader Kem Sokha, who has ignored multiple court summonses in the past month related to an alleged sex scandal.

Around 11:30 am, before raiding the opposition offices, police stopped and surrounded a vehicle on Norodom Boulevard that they believed was owned by Kem Sokha. Only his wife and driver were inside, and they eventually let the vehicle go.

(27-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Kem Sokha Now a Wanted Man More than 10 heavily armed police officers raided the headquarters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) yesterday in search of opposition leader Kem Sokha, who has ignored multiple court summonses in the past month related to an alleged sex scandal.

At about 11:30am, before raiding the opposition offices, police stopped and surrounded a vehicle on Norodom Boulevard they believed was owned by Mr. Sokha. Only his wife and driver were inside and they eventually let the vehicle go.

(27-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

CPP Involved in Attacks: HRW With a court ruling on the October 2015 attack of two members of the opposition outside the National Assembly expected today, Human Rights Watch yesterday published the results of its investigation into the beatings and the subsequent official inquiry.

The nearly 70-page report finds that “the criminal process in the case seems to have been designed to cover-up, rather than uncover and shed light on, ultimate responsibility for the October 26 attack.”

(26-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Gap Workers Abused: Report A report released yesterday alleged longstanding abuse of worker rights at some of fashion brand Gap’s supplier factories in Cambodia.

Drawing from interviews with garment factory workers taken over the last decade, the report claimed that employees at some of Gap’s suppliers suffered from short-term contracts, piece-rate wages and sexual assault.

(26-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

More land declared ‘protected’ A new protected area in Banteay Meanchey province was created by a sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 23, the Ministry of Environment announced yesterday.

The sub-decree granted protected status to 12,650 hectares of land at Ang Trapaing Thmor, according to a copy of the document.

(26-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Sparring as PM announces date for national elections Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday revealed a late July date for the 2018 national election while urging authorities to speed up the process of registering more than 2 million people still lacking an ID card ahead of next year’s commune elections.

Hun Sen told 2,000 graduates at the National Institute of Education in Phnom Penh the national poll would take place on July 22, 2018. He also demanded that the new, electronic voter lists be transparent, lest his opposition opponents be given a reason to reject the election results.