(07-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Report Details First Family’s Business Empire On April Fool’s Day 2011, Prime Minister Hun Sen told the country that he earned less than $14,000 a year, amid a government campaign to get top officials to comply with a new anti-corruption law requiring them to declare their—sealed—assets.

The premier, widely accused of running one of the most kleptocratic regimes in the world, added cheekily: “I will receive support from my children. I will not let myself die.”

(07-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Unionists Arrested in Kampot for Inciting Strike Three unionists were arrested in Kampot province on Tuesday for attempting to persuade workers at a garment factory to strike after their colleagues were fired for trying to unionize, police said on Wednesday.

The arrests came amid weeks of turmoil at the Cambo T.D.G. garment factory in Kompong Trach district, where nearly half of the 700 employees have been on strike since 21 workers were fired on June 24 for trying to set up a union, workers’ representatives said.

(07-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Mitr Phol evictees vow homecoming More than 100 villagers evicted to make way for a Mitr Phol sugar plantation have vowed to return to their land in a week after they were snubbed by the Oddar Meanchey provincial governor yesterday, according to community leader Hoy Mai.

Forced at gunpoint in 2008 to vacate land they say had been in many of their families for generations to make way for three economic land concessions granted to Thai sugar giant Mitr Phol, the evictees filed a petition in February asking for their land back.

(07-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

CNRP asks for voting abroad to be allowed The Cambodia National Rescue Party has formally asked the National Election Committee to allow Cambodian nationals who work overseas to vote.

NEC spokesman Hang Puthea yesterday confirmed he had received a letter making the request signed by CNRP lawmaker Son Chhay and seven others and dated July 5.

Puthea said the Election Law would have to be changed to allow overseas voting.

(07-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Trio jailed for leading Kampot strike action Three union officials were arrested on Tuesday night for leading a nearly two-week long work stoppage against a Kampot-based garment factory that dismissed 21 of its workers on June 23.

Yon Sambo, a deputy secretary for 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 arrested for incitement to commit an offence and would appear in court on Friday, said Moa Chan Makthurith, police chief of Kampot province.

(07-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Vietnamese Embassy intervened in citizens' arrests, report claims Cambodia's immigration police have rejected claims made in Vietnamese state media that the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh had protected scores of Vietnamese citizens from arrest.

English-language outlet Viet Nam News yesterday reported that at the behest of Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry, the embassy had “conducted measures to ensure citizen protection following Cambodian forces’ arrest of 84 Vietnamese people on July 1”.

(07-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Mam Sonando protest denied by city Phnom Penh City Hall yesterday refused to grant permission for a protest over the jailing of rights activists on Saturday.

In May, Beehive Social Democratic Party director Mam Sonando – who has been imprisoned three times in the past for allegedly inciting riots – declared he would lead a protest of 200 people through Freedom Park on July 9 unless four Adhoc staffers and a National Election Committee official were released.

(06-July-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Two Families Living in Hope Ny Chan Reaksmey is only eight days old, but he has yet to meet the father who shares his family name.

The young baby’s father is Ny Sokha, the head of monitoring for rights group Adhoc, who is detained in Prey Sar prison, accused of bribing a witnesses and conspiracy to bribe.

Chan Reaksmey is the fifth son of Mr. Sokha and was born on June 28, but his life started differently from his siblings, who had their father nearby to take care of them.

(06-July-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Court Concludes Sokha Investigation The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has finished its investigation into the charges against acting Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha, after the Appeal Court on Monday dismissed a request to annul and drop the charges against him.

According to a police note pinned to the front of Mr. Sokha’s Toul Kork home on Friday, investigating judge Than Leng has concluded the investigative process but has not revealed what the next course of action will be.

(06-July-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Labor Court to Be Ready Next Year The Labor Court will be ready to hear cases by the end of next year, according to officials from the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training.

The court is being optimistically designed to effectively resolve labor disputes in the garment sector, Labor Minister Ith Samheng said yesterday.

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