(05-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Police Ignorance, Culture Hinder Progress on Domestic Abuse A poor grasp of domestic violence laws by police and a cultural bias that often overlooks such abuse are making it difficult for authorities to reduce the sexual and physical brutality that affects 1 in 5 Cambodian women, experts said at a meeting on Monday on preventing family violence.

Ignorance of the law is particularly acute among district and commune police, who are most likely to respond to reports of abuse, Sar Sineth, deputy director of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs’ legal protection department, told a meeting of the government’s Technical Working Group on Gender-Based Violence.

(05-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Ninth ‘Black Monday’ Sees Clashes, Threats Anti-government protests marking the ninth “Black Monday” culminated in violent clashes between activists and security guards in Phnom Penh on Monday.

Some 50 activists, most from the capital’s eviction-hit communities, gathered in the city’s Boeng Kak neighborhood at about 8:30 a.m. to demand the release of four human rights workers and an election official who were jailed in May for allegedly bribing the mistress of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha to deny the affair.

(05-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

CNRP Reaches Out to Sar Kheng for Talks Amid Turmoil Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha, whom the prime minister last week threatened to imprison “forever,” has reached out to Interior Minister Sar Kheng to seek talks, a senior opposition lawmaker said on Monday.

Mr. Sokha has been hiding in the CNRP’s headquarters since May 26, when police tried to arrest him as part of a sex scandal being investigated by authorities, but he has not been touched since, with the opposition threatening mass protests if he is jailed.

(05-July-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

NGO Sings Backup for Street Musicians Phnom Penh City Hall’s push to eradicate blind musicians from busking on the capital’s streets is pointless if the musicians are not offered alternative employment, the Cambodian Disabled People’s Organization (CDPO) said yesterday.

Speaking at a celebration for the seventh anniversary of the Law on the Protection and the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disability, CDPO executive director Ngin Saorath said banning disabled musicians was futile, even though City Hall announced in February it would take measures to do so.

(05-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

RCAF officials told to protect the gov’t Security officials were again exhorted yesterday to protect the “legitimate government” and block any “colour revolution” that threatens it in a meeting of senior Royal Cambodian Armed Forces staff to discuss work conducted over the first six months of the year.

According to a copy of Defence Minister Tea Banh’s speech, members of RCAF were admonished to fight against the destruction of natural resources including illegal logging and mining – and also to stymie attempts to topple the government, rhetoric that has become increasingly common as controversy has grown surrounding legal cases against opposition leaders, rights workers and others.

(05-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Bribe to cut red tape lands Foreign Ministry official in court A former Ministry of Foreign Affairs official appeared at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday charged with misappropriation of public funds.

The accused, Ear Sae, 42, was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Unit on March 31 for allegedly taking $1,000 to expediate paperwork for a Cambodian woman who represents a company that exports sports clothes to Brazil.

(05-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Scuffles in latest round of ‘Black Monday’ protests Nine weeks into the civil society-backed “Black Monday” demonstrations, four participants from the Boeung Kak community received minor injuries yesterday as they scuffled with Daun Penh district security guards who were preventing them from protesting the arrest of current and former human rights activists.

A group of 50 Boeung Kak activists had gathered in their community at 9am to display banners and a black bamboo cage containing a person dressed in white – a symbolic stand-in for the jailed foursome – but was prevented from continuing the protest by about 20 security guards.

(05-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Sokha’s appeal motion shot down by court The Appeals Court yesterday turned down a motion filed by acting CNRP president Kem Sokha to halt judicial proceedings brought against him by a lower court for failing to respond to multiple summonses.

Sokha, who again chose not to appear before the court, was represented by five attorneys who put forth his case that the summonses Sokha received for ignoring other summonses relating to his alleged sex scandal were illegal.

(01-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Deputy PM Calls for Probe of Interference Claims in Assault Case Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An’s cabinet has requested an investigation into a government critic who accused Prime Minister Hun Sen of helping to repatriate a senior Education Ministry official who sexually assaulted his interpreter in South Korea because the official is Ms. Sam An’s lover.

(01-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Government Passes Law to Regulate Organ Donation Ruling party lawmakers unanimously passed a law regulating how human cells, tissue and organs can be donated or used in the country during a session on Thursday at the National Assembly, with the CNRP continuing its boycott of parliament in protest of a legal assault against the opposition.

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