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(03-February-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Witness Tells Khmer Rouge Tribunal of ‘Hatred’ Toward Vietnamese The Khmer Rouge tribunal heard testimony on Tuesday from a mil­itary commander involved in Pol Pot’s capture of Phnom Penh in 1975 who later commanded naval units patrolling Cambodian waters off Koh Kong province.

Meas Voeun was the deputy com­mander of the Division 1 military unit from early 1976 until Au­gust 1978. According to Victor Koppe, a defense lawyer for Nuon Chea, Mr. Voeun held a “similar po­sition” to Heng Samrin, the current president of the National As­sembly, when Phnom Penh was taken.

(03-February-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Samrin Blocks Letter About Vietnamese Army ELCs National Assembly President Heng Samrin has refused to forward to Prime Minister Hun Sen a letter from an opposition lawmaker asking that a group of rubber plantations owned by Vietnamese Ar­my commanders be canceled because they violate the Constitution.

The January 25 letter from CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An follows a Cam­bodia Daily report in Dec­ember revealing that the Vietnamese military had gradually assumed ownership of four rubber plan­tations inside Ratanakkiri prov­ince along Cambodia’s border with Vietnam totaling nearly 40,000 hectares.

(02-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Ministry of Labor Urge to Garment Workers Bring Attackers to Court The Ministry of Labor yesterday urged Starlight Apparel Manufacturing Co. Ltd. workers to file a complaint against gangsters allegedly hired by their employer to prevent protesters from traveling to the ministry to request government intervention, saying Starlight must respect labor rights and freedom.

Chan Veasna, Secretary of the Cambodia Labor Solidarity Union Federation and a garment worker representative who met with the Ministry of Labor’s Secretary of State Hem Huen, said that the ministry urged workers to file criminal cases against the gangsters who allegedly attacked and blocked them from coming to the ministry.

(02-February-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Kampong Speu Villagers Block Road, Demand its Repair About 40 families in Kampong Speu province’s Phnom Sruch district blocked a local road yesterday in protest against mining companies’ use of it, insisting that heavily-loaded trucks were causing irreparable damage to the road’s infrastructure and demanding the companies that owned them replace the road with a new paved one, according to villagers.

While roughly 40 trucks were prevented from driving on its account, yesterday’s protest was a peaceful one, police said.

(02-February-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Women of Boeung Kak Protest at World Bank Office Roughly 50 women from the Former Boeung Kak Women’s Network (FBW Network) protested in front of the World Bank office in Phnom Penh yesterday, in an attempt to submit a petition requesting the World Bank intervene as they lobby for more compensation from the government after being evicted from their homes to make way for a real estate development. Before a World Bank official was able to come outside to accept the petition, eggs were thrown at the office’s gate.

Network leader Sea Nareth, who was evicted in 2009 from her 600-square-meter plot of land, said, “We all come to the World Bank to urge it to intervene with the government, to offer additional compensation to us who suffered from forced eviction.” Mrs. Nareth went on to say that all of those evicted faced great hardships as a result, some of whom attempted to commit suicide after losing their houses and jobs.

(02-February-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Union Leaders Summoned to Court Insist Innocence Kampong Speu provincial court issued a summons last week to the president of the Collective Union of Movement of Workers (CUMW) and his six supporting officials for questioning later this month related to protests at the Agile Sweater (Cambodia) factory last month, according to court officials.

Men Vannak, investigative judge at Kampong Speu provincial court, signed the summons letter on January 28 and Khmer Times obtained it yesterday. The letter ordered the president of CUMW and his officials to appear at the court for questioning on February 29.

(02-February-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Rallies, Protests Remain Part of Daily Life: City Hall Report Demonstrations and protests occurred daily in the capital again last year, with 443 held compared to 442 in 2014, according to a report from City Hall obtained by Khmer Times yesterday.

Most of the demonstrations and protests were related to disputes involving garment workers, the border-demarcation process with Vietnam, housing rights and land rights, according to the data compiled by the municipality at the end of last year.

(02-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Labour unrest continues An ongoing labour dispute turned violent yesterday after striking garment workers in Kandal province said they were attacked by security guards, while in a separate case involving labour-related violence, a prominent union leader was summonsed for questioning over a scuffle he has publicly accused factory owners of planning themselves.

At about 8:30am yesterday morning in Kandal province’s Khsach Kandal district, workers from the Starlight garment factory rallied with an outside union to march to Phnom Penh.

(02-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Boeung Kak protesters pelt World Bank office with eggs Villagers evicted by the development of Boeung Kak lake took their protest to the World Bank headquarters in Phnom Penh yesterday, demanding to meet with the bank’s Cambodia country manager, Alassane Sow, and pelting the building with eggs after being rebuffed.

The protestors, who are seeking a resolution in the years-long displacement dispute, say they are fatigued after nearly 10 years of protesting and the World Bank has a responsibility in finding a solution as it continues to support the Cambodian government with aid.

(02-February-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Capitol bus drivers back on picket line Fired Capitol Bus Company drivers resumed protests in front of their former employer’s office in Phnom Penh yesterday after a City Hall-brokered truce failed to bring forth a resolution to their dispute.

The 40 drivers, who say they were fired for trying to start a union, halted weeks of protests on January 26 after City Hall urged Capitol to consider hiring them back.