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(26-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Man jailed overnight for CNRP prisoner campaign An opposition commune representative, who spoke out about politically motivated harassment during a petition drive calling for the release of 29 men and women identified by a rights group as political prisoners, was arrested on Tuesday evening.

Doung Thon, 54, who was collecting thumbprints in Kampot’s Chhouk district to send to the King, was held overnight at Trapaing Phlaing commune police station. He was subsequently released from police custody yesterday evening after signing a contract drafted by police.

(26-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Violent encounter recounted as Wat Phnom victims appear in court In the pitch darkness, as riot police massed nearby, Steve Tripp saw a shadowy figure appear from behind a monument at Wat Phnom.

It was late at night on September 22, 2013, and the New Zealand native, at the time a human rights monitor, was observing a peaceful candle-light vigil staged by about a dozen land dispute victims, some of whom yesterday testified at the Interior Ministry about the brutal crackdown that ensued that night.

(26-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Victims of 2013 Wat Phnom Attack Questioned Penal police on Wednesday finished questioning the 10 plaintiffs suing Daun Penh district officials they accuse of leading a pack of armed men in an attack on them in Phnom Phnom in 2013.

(26-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Hun Sen Announces Voter Registration Push After setting a date this week for next year’s commune elections, Prime Minister Hun Sen used a speech on Wednesday to urge officials to speed up work to ensure that 2 million people without new identification cards are able to obtain one by election day on June 4, 2017.

Coming amid claims by the opposition that the ruling party is already spoiling the possibility of a fair election with a spate of arrests and legal action against opposition figures, Mr. Hun Sen said he was committed to making sure everyone could vote, including himself.

(26-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

One More Arrested Over Thumbprint Campaign An opposition commune councilor was arrested Tuesday in Kampot province for circulating a petition as part of a nationwide effort by the CNRP to free more than 20 party activists and human rights workers currently behind bars.

Doung Thon, 54, a CNRP council member in Chhuk district’s Trapaing Phlaing commune, was arrested at his home after ignoring a police summons allegedly based on complaints from local residents that he was pressuring them to thumbprint the petition, said provincial police chief Mao Chanmathurith.

(26-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Official Jailed for Fraud Released for Wedding The Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court on Wednesday ordered the release of a former government official and convicted fraudster from prison so he could attend his daughter’s wedding, court officials said.

Tou Thean Teu, who was deputy governor of Banteay Meanchey until 2007, was arrested last week over a February conviction stemming from fraud committed in 2004 but spent only a week in jail before being let out again.

(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.