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(31-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

CNRP Seeks King’s Help Opposition politicians submitted a petition signed by 170,000 supporters seeking Royal intervention yesterday after members of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) voted to allow the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to continue its prosecution of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Kem Sokha.

All 68 members of the CPP, including Prime Minister Hun Sen, voted to allow continued legal action against Mr. Sokha, the CNRP’s acting president. Mr. Sokha was summoned to court for questioning twice in relation to a sex scandal that has already managed to ensnare five civil society workers, but has ignored each summons.

(31-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Authorities block ‘Black Monday’ a fourth time Land rights activists yesterday once again had their weekly “Black Monday” protest marches blocked by authorities.

It was the fourth installment of the protests, which encourage activists to don black shirts and call for the release of five current and former human rights workers imprisoned for allegedly bribing a witness in connection with a sex scandal involving opposition acting president Kem Sokha.

(31-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Council ups pressure on CPP ‘land grabber’ The Council of Ministers on Friday sent a letter to the Ministry of Land Management calling for ruling CPP lawmaker Lok Hour to resolve a raft of land disputes in Kandal province.

Earlier this month, the ministry announced that Hour would be the first added to a blacklist of developers barred from buying, selling or transferring land while their disputes are unresolved.

(31-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

250k Cambodians subject to forced labour or marriage, report finds Cambodia has the third-highest prevalence rate for modern slavery in the world, trailing only North Korea and Uzbekistan, according to the Global Slavery Index 2016, released this morning by the Walk Free Foundation.

Using data gathered as part of the annual Gallup World Poll, Walk Free Foundation determined that as many as 256,800 Cambodians – 1.65 per cent of the population – are currently subject to forced marriage or labour.

(31-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Villagers, coffee firm battle over Mondulkiri land Tensions flared yesterday between 20 Bunong ethnic minority villagers and a coffee company operating on an economic land concession in Mondulkiri’s Pech Chreada district, prompting local authorities to investigate.

Villagers saw about 10 “K PIS Investment” workers planting coffee on farmland claimed by both the company and Bunong villager Sreum Pyounh in Bosra commune’s Poulo village, according to community representative Kreung Tola.

(31-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Ministry Says No Government Help Likely for Koh Kong Villagers The Ministry of Environment said on Monday that there was little hope that some 250 families who have returned to their former land in Koh Kong province would receive government support in their bid for further compensation from a Chinese firm developing a $3.8 billion tourism mecca in the area.

(31-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Villagers Want Park Director Fired for Razing Their Homes Indigenous villagers in Mondolkiri Province have asked authorities to remove the director of a local wildlife sanctuary for ordering forest rangers to burn down their homes on the outskirts of Sen Monorom City last week.

(31-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

UN Statement Slammed for ‘Stunning’ Timidity U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern over the fractious political situation in Cambodia on Sunday, in a two-sentence statement issued through his press office that rights activists on Monday blasted for its timidity and brevity.

(31-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Police Scuffle With Protesters on Fourth ‘Black Monday’ Familiar scenes of police ripping banners during heated scuffles with protesters marked the fourth “Black Monday,” as activists continued to call for the release of human rights workers who have been in Prey Sar prison for almost one month.

Around a dozen activists from eviction-hit communities congregated at the Choam Chao roundabout near the Phnom Penh International Airport at about 8 a.m. on Monday, holding multicolored balloons and banners calling for the release of four officers from local rights group Adhoc and an election official.

(31-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Timber Trade Continuing Despite Ban, Data Shows Customs data from Vietnam confirms that thousands of cubic meters of wood worth millions of dollars is continuing to reach the country from Cambodia despite a blanket ban placed on such exports four months ago.

As part of a sweeping crackdown on illicit timber stocks in eastern Cambodia initiated in mid-January, national military police commander Sao Sokha ordered an immediate stop to the export of all wood to Vietnam, acknowledging that much of the lucrative trade was illegal.