20 Homes Torched in Forced Eviction in Oddar Meachey

(31-August-2011 / The Cambodia Daily Volume 49; Issue 61; Page 33)

About 30 environment officials, military police and police burned some 20 wooden homes to the ground in Oddar Meanchey province’s Anlong Veng district yesterday after villagers refused to obey a court decision ordering 400 families to make way for a conservation area, villagers and rights workers said.

No Answers for B Kak Evictees Left Out of Plan

(31-August-2011 / The Cambodia Daily Volume 49; Issue 61; Page 32)

Families cut out of a government plan to give residents of Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak lake their long-awaited land titles protested again yesterday in front of the offices of the local commune chief.

Interior Ministry Asks Suspended NGO for Public Mea Culpa

(30-August-2011 / The Cambodia Daily Volume 49; Issue 59; Page 31)

A land rights NGO the government suspended earlier this month for its work with families being displaced by a railway project can re-register the organization once they make a public admission of wrongdoing, an Ministry official said Sunday.

Executive Unchecked by Parliament, Envoy Says

(30-August-2011 / The Cambodia Daily Volume 49; Issue 59; Page 01)

Cambodia has "a long way to go" in protecting human rights and ensuring the National Assembly effectively monitors the executive branch, UN rights envoy Surya Subedi says in his most recent report.

Government Slams Critics of NGO law

(29-August-2011 / The PPP;Vol 21;No 162;Page 03)

A government spokesman has hit back at a coalition of 10 prominent rights groups that have urged Cambodia’s foreign donors to consider freezing funding if the controversial law on NGOs and association is passed in its current form.

Officials Say NGO Law to Move Forward

(29-August-2011 / The Cambodia Daily ;Vol 49; Issue 58; Page 31)

Government officials yesterday said they were moving ahead with the draft of a controversial law aiming to regulate the country’s 3,000-plus non-governmental groups and associations, after a group of international NGOs slammed the latest version.

Issues Remain as Union Law Enters Final Phase

(29-August-2011 / The Cambodia Daily ;Vol 49; Issue 58; Page 01)

As the creation of Cambodia’s first law on trade unions enters a final phase this week, labor activists and union said the draft law as it stands is in urgent need of revision, as it would cripple unions and severely undermine collective bargaining rights.

Draft of New Drug Law Makes It to National Assembly

(26-August-2011 / The Cambodia Daily ;Vol 49; Issue 56; Page 28)

The draft of a new drug law was sent to the National Assembly for approval yesterday and still contained controversial provisions allowing for the forced detention of drug addicts at state-run treatment centers, officials said.

Long-Awaited Acid Law Set to be approved

(26-August-2011 / The PPP;Vol 21;No 161;Page 03)

A draft law intended to regulate the sale and distribution of acid in the Kingdom was expected to be approved by the council of Minister today, an official at the Interior Ministry said yesterday.

Freedom Park Plantation Protest

(26-August-2011 / The PPP;Vol 21;No 161;Page 04)

More than 150 villagers from Kampong Cham province’s Chamkar Leu district gathered at Freedom Park in Phnom Penh yesterday morning to protest against a plan to relocate them from three villages they say they have lived in since 1979 to make way for a rubber plantation.