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(24-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Officials at Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison have ignored a Supreme Court order permitting the bail of activist Ly Seav Minh, whose family is embroiled in a long-running land dispute with a politically connected company, her lawyer said yesterday. Defence lawyer Choung Choungy said he sent the April 22 Supreme Court order to the prison yesterday, but claimed officials refused to grant Seav Minh’s release, citing a lack of documentation.

(24-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Villagers from Koh Kong province’s Koh Kapi commune petitioned the National Assembly’s Environment Commission yesterday to raise in parliament an ongoing dispute over sand dredging, two weeks after local NGO Mother Nature began protests against a company they accuse of destroying the environment. You Sophal, one of seven community representatives who came to the capital yesterday, called on Commission Chairman Pol Ham, an opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker, to intervene against the Vietnamese-owned International Rainbow Company.

(24-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party on Wednesday officially agreed to appoint Hang Puthea as the official spokesperson of the recently formed National Election Committee (NEC). “I will play my role as a neutral member by providing accurate information related to electoral issues to the media and the public,” Puthea said yesterday

(24-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

A Cambodian labour union this week sent a letter to the Japanese Embassy, asking for help dealing with reported violence against workers at a Japanese-owned garment factory in Kampong Speu province. Chea Mony, president of Free Trade Union, yesterday sent a letter to the embassy, asking their officials to handle complaints of assaults against FTU workers at Hirota Garment Co.

(24-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Like many Cambodians before him, Sopheap*, 29, moved away from his home country in search of work and a better life in neighbouring Thailand. His brother was working in construction and suggested he come join him. Sopheap agreed, and left his home in Kampong Cham’s Prey Chhor district. He went through the motions: He arranged to be brought to Thailand with a broker, and planned to join his brother working in construction. But his pursuit of happiness abruptly ended once he was in the Land of Smiles. After losing contact with his brother, Sopheap was offered work on a fishing boat, instead. He accepted, despite never having worked as a fisherman before.

(24-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Despite an order from the Supreme Court, officials at Prey Sar prison Thursday refused to release a woman on bail who has been jailed since November as part of a bitter land dispute with tycoon Khun Sear, her lawyer said.

(24-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Less than two weeks after it was established, the reformed National Election Committee will formally convene today for the first time to meet with delegations from Japan and the European Union, two of the biggest past contributors to electoral reform in Cambodia.

(24-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Representatives of 29 families involved in a land dispute with the Defense Ministry in Phnom Penh visited the National Assembly on Thursday, seeking a response to a petition they submitted last month asking for intervention.

(24-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

As 58 Cambodian fishermen rescued from slavery in Indonesia await their travel documents to return home, the intergovernmental body organizing their return is attempting to raise money to pay for their travel because the Cambodian government is not offering any funds for their repatriation.

(24-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

While local media have mostly ignored Decho Aphivat commune, the Khmer Times, an English-language newspaper that started up last year, has become fixated with the area, publishing more than a dozen articles about the conflict here.