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Junta to target Cambodian beggars
Junta to target Cambodian beggars
Phnom Penh Post, 2014-07-01
As Cambodian migrant workers continue spilling back into the country from Thailand, the junta announced yesterday that it will clear out its homeless and destitute in attempts to “address” the ongoing problem of mainly Cambodian beggars roaming the streets.
Defendants Not Informed of Rights in Cambodian Appeal Court Cases: Study
Defendants Not Informed of Rights in Cambodian Appeal Court Cases: Study
RFA, 2014-06-24
Judges in Cambodia’s Court of Appeal fail to inform defendants of their rights and a high number of hearings do not even have the defendants or their lawyers present, according to a study by a local rights group. In addition, the quality of evidence presented at the hearing is very poor and threatens the right to be convicted beyond reasonable doubt, and shows that judgments are, in the majority of cases, not based on law or evidence, the Phnom Penh-based Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) said in its study of more than 200 cases. The findings point to additional concerns in Cambodia’s judiciary, whose functioning has already “been among the major human rights concerns in Cambodia for some time,” the CCHR said in a report. “Although there have been steady improvements in the adherence to some of the procedures that underpin fair trial rights within the Cambodian judiciary, many areas of concern remain,” it said.
Inside the deal deferred
Inside the deal deferred
The Phnom Penh Post, 2014-06-13
When the opposition joins the National Assembly, it will take the chairmanships of five of 10 parliamentary commissions and the first vice presidency of the assembly, according to part of the agreement revealed by Cambodia National Rescue Party whip Son Chhay yesterday after a round of negotiations at the Senate.
A bridge too far for Sokha?
A bridge too far for Sokha?
The Phnom Penh Post, 2014-06-06
Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha has drawn the ire of the government and civil society groups after on Wednesday accusing Vietnam of orchestrating the Koh Pich bridge stampede that killed more than 350 people in 2010 as part of a plot to “eliminate the Khmer race, tradition and culture”. Government spokesman Phay Siphan yesterday called the allegations “groundless and ridiculous”, while Cambodian Center for Human Rights chairman Ou Virak said it was irresponsible of a political leader to propagate inflammatory “conspiracy theories”, especially given that no government officials have yet been held personally accountable for the tragedy.
Rally allowed, but contained
Rally allowed, but contained
The Phnom Penh Post, 2014-06-06
Hundreds of environmental activists donning facepaint and animal costumes were met with a police blockade when they gathered in Phnom Penh yesterday to mark World Environment Day. Dressed as a Siamese crocodile, 31-year-old Thai Kini said there was a serious message behind the costume. “I pretend I am a Siamese crocodile, because I want to protect the natural resources such as forests and wildlife,” he said. Tim Malay, director of the Cambodia Youth Network (CYN), said his group of more than 200 activists had been banned from marching from the Ministry of Environment to the Ministry of Agriculture. Instead they were permitted to hold an event outside the Russian Embassy. When activists attempted to move out of the permitted area, they were blocked by forces, including Chamkarmon district security guards. But after a standoff, 10 activists were permitted to deliver petitions to the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Chinese and Vietnamese embassies.
Assembly Skews Toward Ruling Party, Rights Advocate Says
Assembly Skews Toward Ruling Party, Rights Advocate Says
VOA, 2014-06-06
WASHINGTON DC — The National Assembly should review some of its internal policies that lead to “anti-democratic” practices, a leading rights advocate says. Ou Virak, head of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, told “Hello VOA” Monday that current regulations only allow an “absolute majority” to adopt internal measures, giving too much power to the ruling party and depriving smaller parties of participation, he said.
After jail, Pov gains following
After jail, Pov gains following
The Phnom Penh Post, 2014-06-04
Before he was arrested in January, Vorn Pov and the union he created were not widely known outside of activist circles. But when he emerged from Phnom Penh’s CC1 prison on Friday, he walked away as one of the highest-profile unionists in the country, and a minor celebrity. According to Pov, his Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA) has recruited more than 1,000 new members since he was beaten and dragged away by soldiers outside the Yakjin garment factory amid worker protests on January 3.
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