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(25-February-2015 / The Phnom Penh Post)

A group of nine Montagnard asylum seekers hiding out in Ratanakkiri province had a close brush with law enforcement officials yesterday, even as a new group of the Vietnamese ethnic minority crossed the border into Cambodia, a rights group and a villager helping the hiding families said.

Some 40 police officers in Ratanakkiri’s Lumphat district attempted to raid the camp of nine Montagnards who had crossed into Cambodia about two weeks ago, but the group dispersed into the forest, said the villager, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisals.

(25-February-2015 / The Phnom Penh Post)

Prime Minister Hun Sen for the first time yesterday publicly announced that construction of the Areng Valley dam would not go ahead in this mandate, issuing the promise in a speech that sought to curb the outpouring of criticism over the abrupt deportation of anti-dam activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson.

The premier yesterday said that the valley – home to one of the Kingdom’s most unspoiled forests, and a hotbed of biodiversity – should be left to younger generations.

(25-February-2015 / The Phnom Penh Post)

Referring to Cambodia as “my country”, Alex Gonzalez-Davidson, a vocal environmental activist and Spanish national who was deported Monday, yesterday vowed to return and continue his struggle to save the Areng Valley.

“I am a Cambodian and I have been illegally exiled from my country for speaking the truth and defending our country’s natural resources,” the anti-dam activist told the Post in a Facebook message from an undisclosed location. “I will come back, that is for sure. The only thing I don’t know for sure is when.”

(24-February-2015 / The Phnom Penh Post)

The Anti-Corruption Unit will summon ousted Phnom Penh Municipal Court president Ang Maltey this week for questioning in connection with alleged bribes paid by the parents of a fugitive tycoon to secure their release on bail earlier this month.

Anti-Corruption Unit president Om Yentieng told reporters at ACU headquarters yesterday that he had launched a sweeping investigation into the release of Oknha Thong Sarath’s parents and had already questioned a number of individuals related to the case.

(24-February-2015 / The Phnom Penh Post)

A mother whose daughter was trafficked into the Malaysian sex industry has pleaded with lawmakers to help rescue her child, as new figures from Cambodia’s Interior Ministry reveal an upswing in human trafficking victims rescued last year.

(24-February-2015 / The Phnom Penh Post)

Prime Minister Hun Sen broached the long-running issue of excessive overtime worked by garment factory employees in a speech yesterday, in what at least one analyst saw as a possible play for garment worker support.

During his commencement speech at the National University of Management, the premier appealed to factories in Cambodia’s garment and footwear sector to only allow employees to work two hours overtime per day, in accordance with the Labour Law.

(24-February-2015 / The Phnom Penh Post)

The Ministry of Information and a handful of outside organisations released the first two chapters of the long-awaited access-to-information draft law at its second working group meeting yesterday.

During a two-hour meeting held at the ministry, technical working group members consisting of ministry officials, UNESCO and civil society groups, discussed chapters one and two of the proposed law, which has been in the works since 2007.

(24-February-2015 / The Phnom Penh Post)

The Ministry of Information and a handful of outside organisations released the first two chapters of the long-awaited access-to-information draft law at its second working group meeting yesterday.

During a two-hour meeting held at the ministry, technical working group members consisting of ministry officials, UNESCO and civil society groups, discussed chapters one and two of the proposed law, which has been in the works since 2007.

(24-February-2015 / The Phnom Penh Post)

Outspoken environmental activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson was deported from Cambodia last night after being detained along with a colleague from his conservation group.

Gonzalez-Davidson and his Mother Nature co-founder San Mala were detained without charge by immigration officials at around 1:15pm in the riverside area of Phnom Penh.

General Khieu Sopheak, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, suggested the ministry had shown restraint in not bringing criminal charges against the activist.

(24-February-2015 / The Phnom Penh Post)

The International Organization for Migration has formally agreed to help refugees living in Australian-run detention camps on Nauru resettle in Cambodia after persuading the government to give them the right to live and work anywhere in the Kingdom.

The IOM has mulled getting involved in the controversial scheme for months, following a request from member states Cambodia, Nauru and Australia.