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(06-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Canal Residents Want On-site Development More than 30 people from eight communities living along the Stung Meanchey canal gathered yesterday to submit petitions requesting meetings with the Ministry of Land Management and City Hall.

The residents, representing 435 families, hope to use the meetings to discuss a proposed on-site development plan after nearly eight months since their last petition about it was filed.

(06-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

CNRP Activists on Trial Over Freedom Park Protest THREE Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) activists were tried by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday over allegations that they were involved in an “insurrection” during large-scale protests at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park in 2014.

Yon Kimhour, 29, Roeun Chitra, 34, and Yea Thong, 44 are charged with three counts, according to presiding Judge Mong Monysorphea and face up to seven years in prison.

(06-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

EU Calls for Release of Officials The European Union (EU) has called on the government to release the Adhoc, National Election Committee and United Nations officials who have been charged and imprisoned over the sex scandal involving acting opposition party president Kem Sokha.

The call was made during the 9th Joint Committee meeting between EU representatives and the government on Wednesday.

(06-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Canal work worries capital residents Some 60 families visited the Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction and the Phnom Penh municipal governor yesterday to demand information on the Stung Meanchey canal’s expansion, which they fear might force them to relocate.

The families said they sent a letter to officials on April 23, but had not received a response.

(06-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Minister tells CRC to be more ‘transparent’ Interior Minister Sar Kheng has urged the Cambodian Red Cross, headed by first lady Bun Rany, to be more “transparent” and “accountable” to combat long-standing criticisms that the organisation distributes aid for the political benefit of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.

While acknowledging the criticism of the organisation, Kheng told attendees at a Red Cross event in Prey Veng province on Tuesday that “in some places [this] was not true”.

(06-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Trial begins for trio arrested over Freedom Park showdown Three opposition supporters charged over their roles in a violent anti-government protest in 2014 yesterday faced their first day of trial, with two of the men describing the chaotic scenes as protesters and Daun Penh security guards clashed at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park.

Roeun Chetra, 33; Yon Kimhour, 29; and Yea Thong, 44, face between seven and 15 years in prison for “participating in an insurrection”, under articles 456 and 457 of the Criminal Code.

(06-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Protesters to March on ACU Despite City Hall Ban Activists organizing a protest march to the Phnom Penh headquarters of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) say they will continue with their plans despite City Hall’s decision on Thursday to reject their request.

(06-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Government Says Lawmakers Must Respect Court Summons The Justice Ministry on Thursday rejected the opposition CNRP’s argument for refusing to be questioned by prosecutors over party Vice President Kem Sokha’s sex scandal, calling its claims of unconstitutional behavior “slander.”

(06-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Three More Stand Trial for Insurrection Nine months after they were arrested on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s orders and jailed over the violent July 2014 Freedom Park protest that the government considers an “insurrection,” the trial of three opposition CNRP activists began on Thursday.

Yon Kimhour, 29, Roen Chetra, 33, and Yea Thong, 44, were jailed on Mr. Hun Sen’s orders on August 5, two weeks after the Phnom Penh Municipal Court found 11 opposition officials and activists guilty of leading and joining an insurrection over the protest.

(06-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Government Had ‘No Choice’ But to Arrest Critics Provocations from the opposition over the past two years left the ruling CPP “no choice” but to use the courts to preserve peace in the country, Foreign Affairs Ministry Secretary of State Ouch Borith argued at the close of a three-day summit with representatives of the E.U. on Wednesday.

Seemingly unconvinced by Mr. Borith, the E.U. released a statement calling for the release of rights workers who are among more than 20 government critics jailed over the past year in cases that have also ensnared opposition lawmakers.