(06-July-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Japan Confirms NEC Funding Japan will continue funding the National Election Committee (NEC) ahead of the upcoming commune and national elections, despite growing international concern over Cambodia’s deteriorating political climate.

Japan’s Ambassador to Cambodia Kumamaru Yuji confirmed his country’s continued support during a signing ceremony granting the Kingdom $200,000 in development aid on Monday evening.

(06-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

World Is Watching, Government Told After UN Meeting Following global condemnation of the Cambodian government at the U.N. Human Rights Council last week, rights groups sent a message to the ruling party on Tuesday that the world would not “turn a blind eye” to its efforts to stifle the opposition and other critics.

The statement, signed by seven local and international rights organizations, highlights the widespread criticism of the government during the 32nd session of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which concluded on Friday in Geneva.

(06-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

The Rise and Revolt of ‘Rescue Girl’ Thy Sovantha “It is known that the young National Rescue girls are beautiful and gentle when you meet them,” said one post in June 2013 from the CNRP’s Phnom Penh campaign manager Ly Sovichea, next to images of Ms. Sovantha assembling small CNRP flags.

In the months of demonstrations after the disputed election, Ms. Sovantha helped to lead—from atop her Lexus SUV—the opposition party’s chants of “Hun Sen, step down,” while using her smartphone to film news segments for the popular “I Love Cambodia Hot News II” Facebook page.

(06-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Officials on Run After Journalist Reports Threats, Illegal Timber A reporter in Mondolkiri province who climbed a mango tree to look into a police official’s compound for a rumored stash of illegal timber over the weekend says he was later detained and threatened with a beating.

Doem Soeun, a reporter for the Apsara News Network, accused Suos Vora, a deputy police chief in Keo Seima district, and Mr. Vora’s younger brother, Suos Angkea, a border police official based in the district, of accosting him.

(06-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

NGO calls for NEC to assist disabled in voting process An NGO working with disabled people yesterday called on the National Election Committee to identify people with disabilities on its records, to enable the body to provide them with aid during elections over the next two years.

Ngin Saorath, director of the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organisation, suggested that the NEC add a column to the voter registration list to mark disabled people.

(06-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Garment factory protesters off to Appeal Court Ten workers and union leaders given four-and-a-half-year suspended sentences for their alleged involvement in a January 2014 strike are to have their cases revisited by the Court of Appeal today.

The 10 were arrested on January 2, 2014, after security forces violently cracked down on their protest in front of the South Korean-owned Yakjin garment factory in the capital’s Por Sen Chey district.

(06-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

TV journalist ‘attacked’ in Mondulkiri A reporter for Apsara Television yesterday said he would file a complaint with Mondulkiri Provincial Court today alleging that illegal timber traders, a police officer among them, forced him to delete photographic evidence of their activities.

Journalist Doem Soeun said he received a tip-off on Saturday about large numbers of vehicles hauling timber to the home of Keo Seima district police officer Suos Rora at Sre Khtum commune’s Snerng village.

(06-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Court ends probe into Sokha's ignoring of summons The Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday said an investigation into acting CNRP president Kem Sokha’s failure to appear for court summonses has concluded.

In a letter dated Friday and revealed publicly yesterday, judge Than Leng confirmed the investigation had been completed and that it was now up to the prosecutor to either file charges and move toward a trial or to drop the case.

(06-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Labour courts set to come into play by 2017 Labour Minister Ith Samheng yesterday said Cambodia’s long-delayed labour courts will be instituted by 2017, a key element of the new Trade Union Law.

Speaking at the 7th National Industrial Relations Conference in the capital, Samheng said the courts were needed to resolve disputes, given that the Arbitration Council’s rulings were not legally binding. “We have observed labour courts in Japan, Australia and Singapore, and now we are preparing the labour court draft, which will be created by the end of 2017,” he said.

(06-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

NGOs ‘lend support’ to PM’s stance on South China Sea Buffeted by international criticism over his stance on the South China Sea dispute, Prime Minister Hun Sen this week found support for his position on the home front, albeit from a source analysts were quick to question.

One hundred and forty-seven NGOs, associations and unions lent their support to Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday, issuing a letter explicitly backing a widely reported decision to eschew a collective ASEAN statement on the South China Sea.

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