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(29-July-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Cambodia's low rating in the United States’ Trafficking in Persons report, which was the same as last year’s, comes as a surprise to some non-governmental organisations that say the government’s efforts to tackle human trafficking have been delivering results.

When the US State Department’s TIP report was released yesterday, Cambodia remained a Tier 2 country on the watch list for the third year running.

Even though Cambodia managed not to tumble down to the lowest rank of Tier 3 – usually being on the watch list for more than two years in a row would result in an automatic downgrade, but Cambodia received a special waiver – some have expressed surprise at the result.

(29-July-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

The government has declared leases on plantations will be limited to 50 years, slashing the length of some existing concessions in half, though neither ministry responsible for overseeing the move would confirm the legal basis for doing so.

The decision was announced in a press release issued by the Ministry of Environment yesterday, with its chief of cabinet, Srun Darith, saying the policy would be implemented on new and already- existing economic land concessions (ELCs).

“Most of the existing ELC companies have no contract. For those companies with contracts, they will be reviewed,” he said.

Eang Sophalleth, an undersecretary of state at the Ministry of Agriculture, confirmed his ministry would also be implementing the plan

(29-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

The governor of Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district said Tuesday that land titles were handed to two more families from the Boeng Kak neighborhood, including that of 76-year-old land rights activist Nget Khun, known also as “Mummy.”

(29-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng said Tuesday that he hoped to have a draft of a controversial union law before the Council of Ministers next month and put to a vote at the National Assembly in short order. Despite a few major concessions to its critics though, some unions remain concerned about the legislation.

(29-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

A teenage boy who allegedly raped his 4-year-old neighbor in Siem Reap pro­vince’s Angkor Thom district earlier this month—and attempted to rape her again last week—has been arrested and charged, police said Tuesday.

(29-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Amid numerous reports of Cambodian women being trafficked to China and men being used as forced labor on fishing boats, the U.S.’ latest Trafficking in Persons report again said Cambodia is not doing enough to combat human trafficking.

(29-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

The Environment Ministry announced Tuesday that it has slashed the contract periods of 16 companies granted economic land concessions (ELCs) and said that all concession-holders in the country would soon see their lease terms reduced by decades.

(29-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

A survivor of the Pol Pot regime told the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Tuesday that he holds the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk responsible for the trauma he endured under the ultra-Marxists.

(29-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia on Tuesday wrote to local rights group Adhoc accusing its head of monitoring, Ny Chakrya, of flouting legal practice by ordering the NGO’s lawyers to hand over for examination all documents relating to cases they defend.

(28-July-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

For the third straight year in a row, Cambodia has found itself on the Tier 2 Watch List of the US State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report, a ranking reflective of a seeming inability to fully implement the country’s own anti-trafficking plan.

A Tier 2 ranking indicates a country does not meet the minimum standards of the US’ Trafficking Victims Protection Act, but is making “significant efforts” to do so.

Being placed on the “Watch List”, however, indicates a lack of evidence of “increasing efforts” to fight against severe trafficking, including increased protections for victims and prosecutions for perpetrators and complicit authorities.