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(25-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Round of Capitol bus negotiations fruitless Negotiations between former drivers of the Capitol Bus Company and their ex-employer, mediated by Prampi Makara district authorities, yielded no settlement yesterday, although both parties agreed to continue talks.

Following nearly six months of protests demanding reinstatement and compensation, 45 drivers who allege they were sacked for trying to form a union yesterday had their demands rebuffed, according to District Governor Lem Sophea.

(25-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Gov’t touts rights record in new videos The government, accused recently of launching a “crackdown” on its political opponents, yesterday released two videos touting the improvements made in press freedom and civil liberties in Cambodia.

The short clips, produced by the government’s Cambodian Human Rights Committee, feature narration by Hun Sen, who has ruled the Kingdom as prime minister for more than 30 years.

(25-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Just been arrested? There’s an app for that, UN says Amid what has been characterised as a government crackdown on civil liberties, people confronted by police in Cambodia can now utilise a new UN-developed app to remind officers of their rights under the Kingdom’s laws.

Developed by the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights for Android devices, the app uses “interactive voice response” technology and can articulate the legal rights owed to an individual in the event of their arrest.

(25-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Date set for 2017 commune elections Elections for Cambodia’s commune councils will take place on June 4 next year, according to a directive from Prime Minister Hun Sen released yesterday.

The brief missive, signed by the premier, was issued to end the “concern and curiosity” of “some political parties”, said ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman Sok Eysan.

(25-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Commune Elections Set for June 4 Next Year Next year’s commune council elections will be held on June 4, according to a decision signed on Tuesday by Prime Minister Hun Sen, marking the first nationwide ballot since the 2013 election that led to the reform of the National Election Committee (NEC).

(25-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Amnesty Mobilizes for Adhoc Five Amnesty International has designated four human rights officers and an election official who were jailed earlier this month as “prisoners of conscience” and will call on millions of members around the world to petition the government for their release.

(24-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Scuffles between protesters, police on ‘Black Monday’ Black Monday protests yesterday took on a different tone, with evening candlelight vigils that saw some scuffles between protesters and police but ultimately no arrests.

The previous two demonstrations led to the arrest and brief detention of multiple protesters clad in black, who were demanding the release of four human rights workers and a National Election Committee official.

(24-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Victims summonsed three years after Wat Phnom crackdown The Interior Ministry has issued a summons to 11 victims of a brutal 2013 crackdown by police and masked thugs at the capital’s Wat Phnom to answer questions regarding their nearly three-year-old complaint, which an investigator yesterday maintained had “just arrived” at his department.

Eleven people, including two elderly women, were injured when masked men and police descended on a peaceful vigil held by about 20 land dispute victims from the Boeung Kak and Borei Keila communities on September 22, 2013, amid tension over the disputed national election.

(24-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Dangkor security guards strike for better conditions Fifty Dangkor district security guards removed their uniforms in front of the district hall yesterday morning in protest for better pay and conditions.

According to a National Police statement, the men were demonstrating against District Governor Nuth Puth Dara “for using them without good pay or a daily meal, which is different from the previous governor”.

(24-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Dangkao District Security Guards Go on Strike More than 30 security guards from Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district briefly went on strike on Monday, although officials gave differing reasons for the dispute.

The city’s district security guards are ostensibly hired to keep order, but in practice often end up being deployed in lieu of police to break up protests, and have been involved in numerous violent brawls over the past several years.