(03-September-2015 / PPP)

Bid to dismiss treason charges fails The Court of Appeal yesterday ruled to keep opposition Senator Hong Sok Hour in prison, rejecting a bid by his lawyers to have his charges dismissed and arrest ruled illegal.

Appeal Court judge Khun Leang Meng upheld the Phnom Penh Municipal Court’s decision to arrest and charge the Sam Rainsy Party senator, despite his parliamentary immunity, according to Sok Hour’s lawyers Choung Choungy and Sam Sokong.

Meng declined to release Sok Hour, a dual French-Cambodian citizen, over fears the lawmaker would “cause trouble” and would escape, his lawyers said.

(03-September-2015 / PPP)

New group formed to help migrant workers A group of Cambodians in Thailand have formed an association to provide legal aid to the country’s Cambodian factory workers, saying the workers risk abuse due to their lack of proper documentation and knowledge of labour laws.

The Cambodian Friendship Migrant Workers Association in Thailand, which is mostly composed of Cambodian factory supervisors and Cambodians who graduated from Thai universities, was created on June 28 and now has about 40 members, according to Som Serimony, one of its founders.

(03-September-2015 / PPP)

Hun Sen on offensive again Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday mocked Cambodian National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy for failing to secure the release of CNRP activists and an opposition senator, who, the premier added, were imprisoned because of the party’s “troublemaking”.

In his latest goading of Rainsy since their so-called “culture of dialogue” took a backseat to disputes over the Vietnam border, Hun Sen called his counterpart’s pledge to free his imprisoned troops a “lie” and mocked his impotence thus far.

“If you are good at lying [to people] like this, how can you rule the country? It is impossible,” Hun Sen said.

“You said you would free [the imprisoned opposition figures] by August, but now it is September and you still cannot do it. This is lying.

“What are you thinking about people who supported you?”

(03-September-2015 / PPP)

Koh Kong crackdown Seventeen human rights monitors, journalists and protesters were arrested in Koh Kong province yesterday morning when police and alleged “instigators” cracked down on a peaceful demonstration calling for the release of three imprisoned environmental activists.

The group was held at the provincial police station for about eight hours, where they were interrogated about their “involvement” in the protest before eventually being released at 6:15pm.

Speaking from the police station, In Kongchit, a provincial coordinator for rights group Licadho who was among those arrested, said he had been questioned about the purpose of the protest and who was leading it.

(03-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

ADB Confirms Receipt of Latest Request From Railway Families he Asian Development Bank has received a complaint from 22 Cambodians who say the lender is falling short in its efforts to fix the mistakes it has made in planning and carrying out its ongoing rehabilitation of the country’s dilapidated railway tracks.

(03-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Svay Rieng Unionists Appeal Convictions for Protest A lawyer for four unionists who were handed suspended 18-month prison sentences for blocking a road last year filed an appeal with the Svay Rieng Provincial Court on Wednesday.

(03-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Two More Arrested Sending Brides to China A young couple has confessed to trafficking Cambodian women to be sold to men in China after they were arrested at the Phnom Penh International Airport Tuesday night while preparing to board a flight to Shanghai with their two latest victims, police said.

Keo Thea, chief of Phnom Penh’s anti-human trafficking police, said that when questioned, To Ma, 25, and his wife Nay Theavy, 24, confessed to having trafficked one woman to China previously, though police believe the pair is responsible for sending at least four women to China under false pretenses.

(03-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Opposition Senator’s Request for Bail Rejected by Appeal Court Opposition Senator Hong Sok Hour’s appeal against a decision to deny him bail on forgery and incitement charges was rejected Wednesday, with the judge saying that the 59-year-old presents a threat to social order, according to the senator’s lawyer.

(03-September-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Police Arrest 17 at Protest In Koh Kong Police in Koh Kong province on Wednesday arrested 17 people—including four rights workers—near the provincial courthouse as protesters continued to call for the release of three jailed environmental activists, according to officials. The group was released shortly after 6 p.m.

(02-September-2015 / Press Examiner)

Boys walk in front of a house that is used to temporarily house asylum seekers sent from a South Pacific detention centre, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia August 31, 2015.

Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said on Sunday that the Cambodian government do not have “plans to import more refugees” than the four individuals they have already accepted and believe that ‘the less they receive the better’.

Australia has vowed to stop asylum seekers sailing from Indonesia and Sri Lanka and landing on its shores, instead intercepting boats and shifting the people to camps in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.