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(21-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

More than 100 workers at a Phnom Penh garment printing factory protested yesterday after they returned from the Khmer New Year holiday to find their workplace shuttered. The locked doors of Meanchey district’s Fu Kuy factory, which employs more than 120 people, were management’s only indication to workers of its bankruptcy and closure, said Ly Veng, president of the firm’s branch of the Workers Union Federation. “Closing without issuing notice makes it difficult for workers, it means they will lose benefits and job seniority,” Veng said yesterday. “We ask the ministries concerned in the matter to take care of this.”

(21-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Security guards armed with axes, clubs and hammers have reportedly threatened villagers with eviction at the Union Development Group (UDG) site in Koh Kong province just weeks after the Chinese company pledged to peacefully resolve the dispute. About 50 security officials arrived at the villagers’ homes in Koh Kong’s Koh Sdech commune over the weekend to measure their land and issue an unconditional one-month ultimatum to leave or be moved on by force, village representative Nai Vibol said yesterday.

(21-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Australia has reportedly cancelled a planned flight intended to ferry the first batch of refugees from Nauru to Cambodia due to “logistical errors” after Cambodian officials on Sunday denied any refugees were expected in the Kingdom in the coming days. Up to five asylum seekers in the Australian detention centre on the tiny island have accepted cash payments of thousands of dollars to have their refugee status determinations fast-tracked in order to be eligible to come to Cambodia, a refugee advocate said yesterday.

(21-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

A controversial statement released by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday calls for the quick passage of a trade union law, which union advocates say violates international labour conventions. The statement, which was signed on April 10 but distributed this week, was released ahead of International Labour Day on May 1. It emphasises the need to protect unionised workers’ rights being trampled, including by unions themselves, but advocates warn that legislation may have the opposite effect.

(21-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

As many as five of the hundreds of asylum seekers Australia is holding on the South Pacific island nation of Nauru have agreed to be the first to take up an offer from Cambodia to resettle here, according to a refugee advocacy group.

(20-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

About 3,000 union representatives, teachers and senior officials from the ruling Cambodian People’s Party gathered at a ceremony on Koh Pich yesterday to mark the 129th International Labour Day – as well as to bolster support for the ruling party, one official noted. The gathering – which was part celebration and part meeting – was presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who called for players in the Kingdom’s industrial sector to improve living and workplace conditions for workers.

(20-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court today is scheduled to hear the trial of opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party activist Meach Sovannara, who was charged with leading a violent “insurrection” after an opposition demonstration turned violent last July. Observers have long asserted that Sovannara’s case was being used by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party to exert pressure on the opposition during the long negotiations over new laws governing elections.

(20-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Villagers in Ratanakkiri’s O’Yadav district last week seized several logs of illegal timber, ending what they said had been a lull in illegal logging since the arrests of two officials accused of colluding with loggers. Lam villager Romas Svat, 50, said yesterday that he and two local forest patrollers in O’Yadav’s Pak Nhai commune spotted six loggers – believed to have crossed over from Vietnam – carrying six logs. “When they saw us, they unloaded the timber and escaped,” Svat said.

(20-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Prime Minister Hun Sen has signed two decrees handing more than 225 hectares of land held by a luxury resort in the tourist hot spot of Siem Riep to villagers who have lived there for decades. The decrees, signed on Friday and yesterday, pass 115.41 hectares of land from the Borey Angkor Siem Reap resort to 727 families from Siem Reap’s Slakram commune, and a further 111 hectares held by the resort to families from Ampil commune.

(20-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Just two days after Prime Minister Hun Sen promised to resolve a 20-year-old land dispute in Siem Reap City, the government on Friday issued a subdecree that divides 115 hectares of the contested plot between more than 700 families.