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(01-September-2015 / VOA)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Monday denied a refugee deal with Cambodia had collapsed after Cambodian officials said it did not intend to accept any more refugees from a South Pacific detention center under an agreement.

Australia has vowed to stop asylum seekers sailing from Indonesia and Sri Lanka and landing on its shores, instead intercepting boats and shifting the people to camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

Australia and Cambodia agreed last September that some refugees from Nauru would be resettled in Cambodia in exchange for Australian aid, but only four have arrived since then.

(01-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Husband Calls for Release of Wife Charged for Selling Baby The husband of a woman who was charged on Thursday for selling their 11-month-old baby to a wealthy couple in Phnom Penh said Monday that he wanted his wife released, and was surprised that his complaint to police had led to her prosecution.

(01-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Court Denies Bail to Activists as More Protesters Head to Koh Kong The Koh Kong Provincial Court on Monday denied bail to three jailed activists from environmental NGO Mother Nature who were charged last month with threatening to destroy barges operated by a sand dredging company, their lawyer said.

(01-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Reporters Send Complaint Over Warning Letter More than 30 journalists in Ratanakkiri province have written to the Club of Cambodian Journalists about what they described as a threatening letter sent by the provincial governor last week in which he said journalists should stop extorting money from illegal loggers.

(01-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Four Maids Return After Fleeing Bosses in Malaysia Four male maids will return to Cambodia today after escaping from their employers and seeking assistance from the Cambodian Embassy in Malaysia, where they say they were forced to work overtime and were not paid, an official said Monday.

(01-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Australian Ministers Deny Collapse of Refugee Deal Australia’s foreign minister on Monday insisted that a controversial refugee deal with Cambodia was alive and well, dismissing Australian news reports that efforts to resettle more refugees here from Nauru had collapsed.

The first four people from Australia’s refugee camps on the South Pacific island arrived in Cambodia in June, after Phnom Penh signed a deal with Canberra to take in an unspecified number of refugees over four years in exchange for an additional AU$40 million (about $28.5 million) in aid.

(31-August-2015 / RFA)

Protesters March in Cambodia to Demand Environmental Activists' Release About 80 protesters marched in Cambodia’s southwestern Koh Kong province on Monday to demand the release of three activists detained earlier this month for interfering with sand-dredging operations blamed for local pollution and riverbank collapse, sources said.

The protesters marched carrying banners along city streets to the provincial court, demanding that the court release the three and drop all charges against them, rights activist In Kongchit told RFA’s Khmer Service on Aug. 31.

Authorities made no attempt to block the demonstration, In Kongchit—provincial coordinator for the Cambodian rights group Licadho—said.

(31-August-2015 / PPP)

Boy’s disappearance ‘needs proper probe’ A major Cambodian rights group yesterday renewed calls for the government to launch a “proper investigation” into the disappearance of a teenager last seen wounded at a deadly strike in January last year.

In a statement released to coincide with the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights (CCHR) urged the government to fulfill its “international obligation” to find out what happened to 16-year-old Khem Sophath.

Sophath was reportedly last seen with a gunshot wound to his chest at a strike on Veng Sreng Boulevard, during which at least five people were killed by security forces.

(31-August-2015 / PPP)

Cambodia, Thailand to reduce border violence As Cambodian and Thai authorities agreed to ease up on the use of violence against illegal border crossers into both countries, Thailand stopped short of pledging to refrain from shooting trespassers into the neighbouring kingdom.

The agreement was made after a three-day meeting held in Bangkok that ended on Friday, and was chaired by Interior Minister Sar Kheng and Thai Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda.

“Illegal migration [and] border crossing between the two countries will resolve with favour and understanding in accordance with both the international and national humanitarian and lawful procedures of each country,” a statement posted to the General Commissariat of National Police on Saturday said, adding that both nations agreed to continue to facilitate border crossing for seasonal workers.

(31-August-2015 / PPP)

Map researcher threatened A prominent researcher studying Cambodia’s border with Vietnam said yesterday that he had received numerous threats on Facebook amid the protracted and fiery debate surrounding the disputed frontier.

Sok Touch, the head of the Royal Academy of Cambodia’s research team tasked with investigating border demarcation, said that while he has received public support for the process he and his researchers are undertaking, he has also suffered harassment and insults through Facebook and other mediums.

“Since I’ve started work on the border research, there has been [a lot] of curses and criticism,” he said yesterday.