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(06-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

A man was arrested in Kandal province on Saturday for sexually abusing his 13-year-old neighbor, whom he twice lured into his home in Ang Snuol district with small amounts of cash, police said Thursday.

(06-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

A month after the first four refugees arrived in Cambodia under a controversial resettlement scheme the government signed with Australia last year, immigration officers on the South Pacific island of Nauru are ratcheting up efforts to convince more refugees to join them, according to a rights group.

(06-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

A Cambodian NGO director who on Saturday took about 40 of his primary- and high-school students on a trip to a disputed border area in Svay Rieng province was beaten by Vietnamese civilians and imprisoned overnight, officials said Sunday.

(05-July-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

he Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) has begun seeking technical advisors to assist in the creation of a Cambodia Garment Training Institute. After receiving an approximately $3 million loan from French development body, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), GMAC has begun advertising for advisors who could help formulate curricula for students looking to either break into or receive additional education in the garment business, said GMAC secretary general Ken Loo.

(05-July-2015 / Khmer Time Kh)

TECHO APHIVAT, Kampot (Khmer Times) – For each of the 240 retired soldiers, the government built a sturdy wooden house on stilts, complete with a green metal roof. Then, before the government could mark out one hectare farm lots for each veteran, this “Social Land Concession” went off track. Outsiders started moving in, setting up improvised huts and grabbing farmland for themselves. It was 2013, and the government did not want land conflicts in an election year.

(05-July-2015 / khmertimeskh)

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – The human rights non-governmental organizations (NGOs) Licado and Adhoc both say they will not attend Wednesday’s consultation workshop on the controversial draft Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO) hosted by the National Assembly. They believe the meeting will not be an authentic discussion of the law with the potential for change. However, Cambodia’s Interior Minister said to Khmer Times on Saturday, “We are still open to discussion and debate about the draft (law).” Minister Sar Kheng was at the US Embassy for a July 4th ceremony. At that event, US Ambassador William Todd declared that a healthy civil society is fundamental to Cambodia’s future.

(05-July-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

The National Assembly has announced that members of the public hoping to participate in the consultation regarding Cambodia’s contentious draft Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organisations (LANGO) will have until Tuesday to register. In a letter dated Friday and signed by Assembly Secretary General Leng Penh Long, several commissions will hold a consultative workshop on the LANGO this Wednesday.

(05-July-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Villagers living downstream from the controversial Lower Sesan II hydropower project have claimed that they contracted unusual skin ailments causing large black spots on their bodies after the firm building the dam drained industrial waste into a river they use for bathing. Cambodia’s Royal Group, a major shareholder in the Hydro Lower Sesan 2 Company, which is building the dam, has denied the connection.

(04-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

The Appeal Court on Friday upheld a Phnom Penh Municipal Court decision to throw out the case of an NGO staffer who claims his life was threatened by security guards working for property magnate Khun Sear at a disputed site in Tuol Kok district. Vann Sophath, a land reform project coordinator with the Cam­bodian Center for Human Rights, said men wielding axes and cleav­ers threatened to kill him in May 2014 during his visit to the home of a family that had endured months of threats and intimidation after refusing to make way for a development project.

(03-July-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

More than 100 workers across four garment factories in Phnom Penh, Kandal and Takeo provinces fainted yesterday. National Social Security Fund (NSSF) officials said 45 workers at C N Prosperous Garment (Cambodia) Co Ltd in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district fainted yesterday, after more than 90 workers there fainted on Tuesday.