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(22-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Locals in Koh Kong province have written to the provincial authorities urging them to expel activists from local NGO Mother Nature who have been conducting a campaign of direct action against sand dredging firms that the NGO accuses of breaking the law and damaging the environment. The letter, sent by a group from Koh Srolav village to the Koh Kong provincial government, lays out the villagers’ concerns: “On April 10 Mother Nature staffers came to incite the locals, divide us and disturb public order. They disrespected us and blocked the development of the village. We have help from the company to construct buildings as compensation,” the letter reads.

(22-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Four Cambodian women and children were killed when the truck they were riding in overturned in Thailand’s Chonburi province at around 1am yesterday as the illegal migrant workers were trying to evade Thai police. Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong said the accident also killed the truck’s driver and his assistant, and left several others injured.

(22-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

A village chief in Koh Kong province is threatening to have an environmental rights NGO thrown out of the area for alleged incitement if protests it is involved in against a company dredging sand off the coast escalate.

(22-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Ten jailed members of the Khmer National Liberation Front, an advocacy group that vocally opposes the ruling CPP, were questioned at the Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh on Tuesday over their bid to secure bail.

(21-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

More than 100 workers at a Phnom Penh garment printing factory protested yesterday after they returned from the Khmer New Year holiday to find their workplace shuttered. The locked doors of Meanchey district’s Fu Kuy factory, which employs more than 120 people, were management’s only indication to workers of its bankruptcy and closure, said Ly Veng, president of the firm’s branch of the Workers Union Federation. “Closing without issuing notice makes it difficult for workers, it means they will lose benefits and job seniority,” Veng said yesterday. “We ask the ministries concerned in the matter to take care of this.”

(21-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Security guards armed with axes, clubs and hammers have reportedly threatened villagers with eviction at the Union Development Group (UDG) site in Koh Kong province just weeks after the Chinese company pledged to peacefully resolve the dispute. About 50 security officials arrived at the villagers’ homes in Koh Kong’s Koh Sdech commune over the weekend to measure their land and issue an unconditional one-month ultimatum to leave or be moved on by force, village representative Nai Vibol said yesterday.

(21-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Australia has reportedly cancelled a planned flight intended to ferry the first batch of refugees from Nauru to Cambodia due to “logistical errors” after Cambodian officials on Sunday denied any refugees were expected in the Kingdom in the coming days. Up to five asylum seekers in the Australian detention centre on the tiny island have accepted cash payments of thousands of dollars to have their refugee status determinations fast-tracked in order to be eligible to come to Cambodia, a refugee advocate said yesterday.

(21-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

A controversial statement released by Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday calls for the quick passage of a trade union law, which union advocates say violates international labour conventions. The statement, which was signed on April 10 but distributed this week, was released ahead of International Labour Day on May 1. It emphasises the need to protect unionised workers’ rights being trampled, including by unions themselves, but advocates warn that legislation may have the opposite effect.

(21-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

As many as five of the hundreds of asylum seekers Australia is holding on the South Pacific island nation of Nauru have agreed to be the first to take up an offer from Cambodia to resettle here, according to a refugee advocacy group.

(20-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

About 3,000 union representatives, teachers and senior officials from the ruling Cambodian People’s Party gathered at a ceremony on Koh Pich yesterday to mark the 129th International Labour Day – as well as to bolster support for the ruling party, one official noted. The gathering – which was part celebration and part meeting – was presided over by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who called for players in the Kingdom’s industrial sector to improve living and workplace conditions for workers.