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(01-July-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Banteay Meanchey’s Top Prosecutor Ousted, Sent to Ministry Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court chief prosecutor Phann Vanrath, who prosecuted the trial of corrupt former national anti-drug czar Moek Dara, has been re­moved from his position and transferred to a Justice Ministry job.

(01-July-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Phnom Penh prosecutor transferred to Banteay Meanchey Phnom Penh Municipal Court deputy prosecutor Meas Chanpiseth has been transferred to a prosecutor position at the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court, according to a royal decree signed on Wednesday.

(30-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Anti-Corruption Unit Wants New Protection Laws Drafted by Year’s End Long-awaited legislation to protect whistleblowers and witnesses will include “clear mechanisms” for authorities to ensure the safety of those who assist in the government’s anti-corruption investigations, officials said on Wednesday.

(30-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

ACU pushes whistleblower, witness protection laws Draft laws to protect whistleblowers and witnesses are expected to be completed by the end of the year, it was announced yesterday at a workshop to solicit public input on the legislation.

(27-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Woman Charged Over Post Claiming Prime Minister’s Death The Battambang provincial court on Sunday charged a local wo­man with making an insult after a post appeared on her Facebook page claiming—falsely—that Prime Minister Hun Sen had died in a plane crash and calling on the public to celebrate.

A message posted on Tuesday to Pang Sina’s Facebook page, using the name Sina Neakmeas, reads: “Samdech Techo Hun Sen died in a plane crash. Please join in celebrating.”

(31-May-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

CPP Lawmakers Clear Sokha’s Path to Prison Holed up in the CNRP’s headquarters for yet another day, deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha was still a free man as of late Monday night despite the ruling CPP’s lawmakers meeting in the National Assembly on their own earlier in the day to approve his arrest.

Mr. Sokha has been provisionally charged for twice failing to turn up to court as a witness. He spent the day posting photographs on Facebook from the safety of the CNRP’s offices while some of the party’s lawmakers kept guard outside and others led a motorcade to petition the king to intervene.

(19-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

US Ambassador Urges Fair Enforcement of Trade Law The US Ambassador to Cambodia has urged the Minister of Labor to enforce the Union Law approved in April, to ensure equality for all parties free from partisanship.

The comments were made yesterday during a meeting between the two officials, with minister Ith Sam Heng telling the media his meeting with ambassador William Heidt included discussions on how the law can be implemented equally between all unions.

(04-May-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Information Law a Step Closer The information minister announced yesterday that the government is one step closer to establishing an access to information law, in response to demands for a more transparent and responsive government.

Minister Khieu Kanharith made the comments during the World Press Freedom Day celebration, which was held under the theme of “Access of Information is Your Right.” He said the government has been collaborating with UNESCO agencies and civil society groups to set up the law, with support from the Swedish government. The law focusses on the right to receive and impart information to the public.

(03-May-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

LANGO looming in Adhoc rearview With the screws tightening on Adhoc, pro-government NGOs are calling for the government to use the newly enacted NGO Law to punish the rights group and other organisations caught up in the Kem Sokha mistress scandal using a provision that can be used to shut down civil society groups.

The Cambodian Federation for Human Rights and Development (CFHRAD) and the Association of Youth for State Reform (AYFSR) argue that Adhoc and a UN staffer violated Article 24 of the controversial Law on Non-Government Organisations and Associations (LANGO), which stipulates NGOs should be politically “neutral”.

(30-April-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Government Slammed for Arrests of NGO Officers Four senior officials of local rights group Adhoc and a Na­tion­al Election Committee (NEC) official were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) on Thurs­day night over allegations that they instructed an alleged mistress of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha to deny their affair.

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