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(04-February-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Cleared by International Bar Assn, Khieu Samphan’s Lawyers Turn Fire on ECCC The lawyers for convicted war criminal Khieu Samphan on Tuesday wrote a scathing critique of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), accusing the judges of a “complete lack of understanding” and bias against the defense. In 2014 the ECCC accused Mr. Samphan’s defenders of obstructing his trial when they skipped a series of hearings. These accusations were later dismissed by disciplinary hearings in France and Cambodia.

Problems between Mr. Samphan’s lawyers and the court first arose in the fall of 2014, when the lawyers – Kong Sam Onn, Anta Guissé, and Arthur Vercken – boycotted several weeks of trial hearings for their client. They said they needed time to draft his appeal brief, but the ECCC called this excuse “frivolous.”

(04-February-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Three Women to Return Home After Trafficking Scam Near Miss Cambodian officials collaborated with Vietnamese authorities to rescued three women attempting to enter China yesterday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The women believed they would marry Chinese men on their arrival, but according to authorities, had been deceived and were in fact headed straight for harms way.

The women had arranged the border crossings with brokers in Cambodia. They were intercepted with the help of the Cambodian ambassador to Hanoi, who is also helping facilitate the women’s return to the Kingdom.

(04-February-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

TI Calls for Protection of Whistleblowers During a presentation at the Interior Ministry yesterday, Transparency International Cambodia (TI) once again urged the Anti-Corruption Unit to repeal articles in the Penal Code that dissuade individuals from reporting corruption within their organizations and also to expedite the drafting of a law to protect witnesses and whistleblowers.

TI executive director Preap Kol said whistleblowers play an important role in revealing information on corrupt activities in both the public and private sectors.

(04-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Law needed to protect informants Transperancy International Cambodia yesterday called on the authorities to fulfill their commitment to the introduction of a whistleblower law, saying it would be key in protecting those who otherwise might not call out corruption.

(04-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Cambodians ‘in custody’ in Malaysia Three Cambodian mi­grants are reportedly being held by Malaysian immigration authorities after complaining of poor working conditions at a house-cleaning company they had been connected with through a Cambodian overseas recruitment firm.

Mao Na, 42, said that her daughter, Tha Siney, 21, migrated alongside six women from Tamoul Grom village in Kampong Chhnang province to Malaysia to work with the H2O cleaning company through APTSE & C Cambodia Resource company last May.

(04-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Teachers get jobs back after protest Three teachers at Toul Ampel High School in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district got their jobs back yesterday after a protest against the school director by more than a hundred students on Monday.

The teachers, Yong Chantoeun, So Phon and Pheap Samnak, had been transferred to another school by director Keo Teng without an explanation.

(04-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Free unionists, FTU pleads The Free Trade Union has sent a letter to police seeking the release of two union officials arrested on Tuesday over protests at the Cerie garment factory in Kampong Speu province.

On Tuesday morning, plainclothes police arrested Yung Leap, a national FTU member, and Toch Srun, the leader of Cerie’s FTU branch, shortly after a protest in front of the Under Armour supplier in Samrong Tong district.

(04-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Timber busts biased against small-scale logging: locals Official in Preah Vihear province were forced to stand down during a timber raid near a community forest on Tuesday, after being confronted by dozens of villagers who say authorities are unfairly targeting locals while turning a blind eye to large-scale commercial logging.

About 60 villagers surrounded six provincial forestry officials at a village in Tbreng Meanchey district’s Pou commune after they arrived unannounced and found four large pieces of timber at the home of a villager named Chork Chea, according to Pich Porn, chief of the provincial community network.

(04-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Couple gets two years for child exploitation A couple arrested for pressing more than 20 children into labour as snack vendors in the capital were convicted yesterday on charges of “subjecting a minor to working conditions harmful to his or her health”.

Judge Yin Saroeun sentenced defendants Chea Sady, 30, and his wife, Khen Vanthai, 28, to two years in prison each. Speaking after the verdict was read yesterday, Sady said he accepted the court’s decision.

(04-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Families in Ratanakkiri file ELC complaint More than 220 ethnic Tompuon families in Ratanakkiri’s Lumphat district yesterday filed a complaint to rights group Adhoc over a 2,000-hectare land dispute against an economic land concession.

The ELC’s 9,000 total hectares were granted to Chinese company Jing Zhong Ri Co Ltd in 2011, and in 2014, local tycoon Roth Sokhorn became a major stakeholder in the concession and began clearing land on the 2,000 hectares that Tompuon villagers claim as their own.