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(28-August-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Woman to Receive $10,000 Compensation After Standoff A woman who locked herself in her home with her children on Wednesday as excavators prepared to flatten her village for development will receive $10,000 in compensation, officials in Kandal province said Thursday, less than half of the amount she demanded after agreeing to end the standoff.

(28-August-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Police Attempt to Arrest Koh Kong Protesters During March Military police attempted to arrest a group of protesters as they marched through Koh Kong province’s Khemara Phoumint City Thursday to demand the release of three jailed activists from environmental NGO Mother Nature, a rights worker and an official said.

(28-August-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan Blast Khmer Rouge Tribunal Khmer Rouge tribunal defendants Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, in rare addresses to the court Thursday, both offered support to their defense teams while criticizing the Trial Chamber, a day after their lawyers walked out of a hearing in protest.

(28-August-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Mondolkiri Man Charged for Raping 12-Year-Old The Mondolkiri Provincial Court on Thursday charged a 32-year-old plantation worker for raping a 12-year-old girl in Keo Seima district on Monday, police said. Deputy provincial police chief So Sovann said the court charged Lem San with aggravated rape, which is punishable by between seven and 15 years in prison. “The court charged him with.....

(28-August-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

NEC to Test Digitized Voter Registration Nationwide The National Election Committee (NEC) will in November start a pilot project testing its new computerized voter registration system in 43 villages across the country, NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said Thursday. Mr. Puthea said the pilot would be carried out in villages in 25 communes selected as a representative sample of the country ...

(28-August-2015 / PPP)

Defence airs disgust with court A tense atmosphere permeated the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday, as proceedings adjourned ahead of schedule for the second day in a row amid disagreements surrounding the court’s legal procedures.

Both Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan were present for the beginning of yesterday’s hearing after walkouts by both their defence teams the previous day over the prosecution’s use of “written records of interviews” (WRIs) in document presentations.

(28-August-2015 / PPP)

Mother Nature backers clash with authorities Demonstrators in the southeastern province of Koh Kong clashed briefly with security forces yesterday, as they marched on the local town hall and court to demand the release of three detained activists.

A villager who was at the protest said that when the group reached Khemarak Phumin town’s Domg Tong Market, they were met by about 20 mixed security forces who blocked their path.

“They grabbed us and tried to arrest one of us, but we dragged that protester away. My child was beaten . . . [but] we arrived at the court and will continue to protest,” villager Phav Nhemg said.

(28-August-2015 / PPP)

Voter registration test delayed A voter registration system test originally slated for October will instead occur in November, the National Election Committee (NEC) announced in a press release on Wednesday.

According to the statement, the test will be carried out in 25 cities across the country, from November 1 to 15, in anticipation of the new system’s expected launch next year.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea said “we had to postpone to November 1 because of material preparations, and we still have to finish training the staff”.

Hang also mentioned a delay in funding from Japanese and EU partners but assured “they understand the process”.

(27-August-2015 / PPP)

Rights review process ‘has little NGO input’ Non-governmental organisations have little input in Cambodia’s sporadic follow-up reports to the human rights treaties it ratified with the United Nations, allowing the government to claim it complies with UN human rights legislation, a study released yesterday indicates.

“It’s safe to assume there are above 2,000 NGOs in Cambodia, [but] only a handful of NGOs have ever engaged with the UN review process,” said Billy Tai, a co-author of the study published by the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee, at a conference in Phnom Penh yesterday.