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(08-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Key CHRAC donor suspends funding A key donor to the Cambodian Human Rights Action Coalition (CHRAC) has suspended its funding, citing operational concerns even as other revenue sources are seemingly drying up for the organisation.

Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) on Wednesday decided to freeze its $35,000 annual funding to CHRAC after conducting an independent assessment of the NGO’S activities, according to country director Aksel Steen-Nilsen.

(08-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Strike’s end secures Kampot unionists’ release Three union leaders arrested on Tuesday, following a two-week long strike at the Cambo TDG garment factory in Kampot, were released yesterday after the company withdrew its complaint.

The three – Yon Sambo, a deputy secretary for the Cambodian Labor Union Federation; Meas Tom, a unionist for the Free Union Federation of Khmer Labor; and Sok Den of the Cambodian Worker Union Federation – were sent to court yesterday, but the charges were dropped after close to half of the 400 workers returned to work.

(08-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Media-pass mandate a double-edged sword for Cambodia's journalists The government has issued new rules for journalists to acquire a media pass – a move designed to crack down on fraudsters but that also poses a barrier to independent freelancers.

Ministry of Information spokesman Ouk Kimseng yesterday said that as of this month, the department will require applicants for a media pass to present their credentials from their organisation’s head.

(08-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Trial in absentia set for Rainsy Self-exiled CNRP leader Sam Rainsy’s legal battles were compounded yesterday as a lower court concluded its investigation into the posting of a “fake” version of the Vietnam-Cambodia border treaty on his Facebook page and a trial date was set for a separate defamation suit.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court investigating judge Kor Vanny, in a letter dated June 30, said the investigation into jailed Sam Rainsy Party Senator Hong Sok Hour’s posting of an allegedly doctored version of the border treaty on Rainsy’s Facebook page last August had ended and that the prosecutor would decide the next step.

(08-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Gov’t to ask Thailand to look after fishermen The Cambodian Human Rights Committee plans to ask Thailand to implement safety protections for Cambodian fishermen working in Thailand.

CHRC head Keo Remy said on Wednesday the move was prompted by the recent repatriation of Cambodian fishermen who were enslaved on a Thai fishing boat.

He said the request to Thailand’s National Human Rights Commission would call for the protection of fishermen’s rights. However, he declined to detail the specific measures because the request was still being drafted.

(07-July-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Workers Demand Better Conditions More than 7,000 workers from the Can Sports Shoe factory protested outside their workplace in Kampong Chhnang’s Samaky Meanchey district yesterday, demanding better working conditions.


President of the Cambodian Youth Power Union League (CYPUL) Seang Rithy said workers had been protesting inside the factory since Monday and had been on strike since Tuesday, with a list of nine demands to the company including offering incentive bonuses and ceasing unfair penalties against workers for showing up only a few minutes late.

(07-July-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

EU Grills Human Rights Body George Edgar, the European Union’s (EU) ambassador to Cambodia, yesterday questioned Keo Remy, the head of the government’s Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC), about the charges levied against opposition party members and civil society workers.


After a closed door meeting at the CHRC office yesterday, Mr. Remy told reporters that the EU ambassador expressed his concern about the implementation of the country’s laws, especially those used to charge politicians and civil society groups.

(07-July-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

CNRP Requests Rainsy Explanation The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has formally asked for explanations of the criminal charges against its president, Sam Rainsy, from the National Assembly (NA) and National Election Committee (NEC) as well as explanations about the stripping of Mr. Rainsy’s parliamentary immunity.


Speaking at a press conference at CNRP headquarters yesterday, opposition senator Teav Vannol said the party had submitted two letters asking the presidents of the NA and NEC to explain the reasons Mr. Rainsy was stripped of his immunity and now faces years-old defamation charges.

(07-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Returned UDG Evictees Want Double the Land The 529 families who in 2010 traded their homes inside a $3.8 billion Chinese development project in Koh Kong province for land about 20 km away have petitioned local authorities to double the size of their replacement plots, officials said on Wednesday.

The families, most of which accepted a few hundred dollars and 2.5 hectares inland from their old coastal homes in Kiri Sakor district, are among hundreds protesting the six-year-old deal after a group of holdouts negotiated better terms in May.

(07-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Wood-Trading Official Had Been Warned A police official who fled his home in Mondolkiri province over the weekend after a journalist reported him for stockpiling valuable timber was previously warned about keeping illegally logged wood on his property, authorities said on Wednesday.

Suos Vora, a deputy police chief in Keo Seima district, and Mr. Vora’s younger brother, Suos Angkea, a local border police official, absconded from their residence on Sunday when Forestry Administration officials showed up to inspect a pile of Beng, Thnong and Chambak wood stored there.

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