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(05-May-2015 / VOA)

PHNOM PENH— UN officials say they remain concerned over the wellbeing of Vietnamese Montagnard asylum seekers who flee to Cambodia, including a new group reportedly in hiding near the border. Wan Hea Lee, country representative for the UN rights office in Cambodia, said in an email Friday her agency “is very concerned about Cambodia’s compliance with its obligations under international refugee and human rights law, as we are for the well-being of those still in Ratanakkiri (province).”

(05-May-2015 / VOA)

PHNOM PENH— Local and international civil society groups in Cambodia warn a new law aimed at non-governmental organizations could harm the country's economy and slow development. Speaking to journalists at a press conference Monday in Phnom Penh, representatives of nearly 270 international and national civil societies working in Cambodia claimed the draft law, called “Stop and Consult,” will impact over 4,000 development projects if enacted without proper consultations.

(05-May-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Election administrator Rong Chhun was issued a warning yesterday not to partake in activities that could be perceived as breaching the neutrality of his membership of the National Election Committee.

(05-May-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

To ensure transparency in the Kingdom, NGOs and journalists urged the government yesterday at a World Press Freedom Day event to revise current contradicting legislation on information disclosure and include the media’s input in the drafting of the upcoming access to information law.

(05-May-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

More than 10 houses along the riverbank in Phnom Penh were seriously damaged when an embankment collapsed early on Sunday morning, which residents say was caused by drilling linked to construction. Workers began drilling a 10-metre segment of the Tonle Sap riverbed in Russey Keo district last week to reinforce earth close to a building project.

(05-May-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Nearly 300 local and international NGOs yesterday held a press conference to petition the Cambodian government to suspend its adoption of a controversial draft law on NGOs that would curb organisations’ freedom of movement. They said the state should first consult with stakeholders to ensure the law’s effectiveness.

(05-May-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Maintaining they were wronged in a land dispute with a rubber company in Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat district, villagers there have erected a fence around about 500 hectares of land they claim belongs to them. The action came after the Daun Penh Agrico company in Lumphat district’s Chey Uddom commune went back on its word to rights group Adhoc, said provincial Adhoc coordinator Chhay Thy. Daun Penh Agrico last month promised that it would return hundreds of hectares of land it gained through an economic land concession, which villagers had cultivated for generations, he said.

(05-May-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

About ten families on Monday moved into their new homes at a relocation site on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, nearly a decade after being forcibly evicted from the city center along with nearly 1,000 others and having spent the past three years living in squalor along an open sewer.

(05-May-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Rong Chhun, a union leader selected by the opposition CNRP to sit on the National Election Committee, was on Monday told by the body’s chairman to work harder to uphold an image of neutrality after he was seen talking with a CNRP lawmaker at a Labor Day rally last week.

(05-May-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Six families were left homeless after a section of the Mekong riverbank in Phnom Penh collapsed on Sunday, causing their houses to plunge into the river. Local villagers claim construction work at a neighboring property owned by the Vattanac company is to blame.