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Cambodian Rights Worker Faces Death Threats Over Land Dispute
Cambodian Rights Worker Faces Death Threats Over Land Dispute
RFA, 2014-05-12
A worker with the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) has been intimidated and received death threats while trying to document the plight of three families involved in a bitter land dispute with a developer in the country’s capital, according to the center.
‘Gangsters’ target rights worker
‘Gangsters’ target rights worker
Phnom Penh Post, 2014-05-12
A land dispute in the capital’s Tuol Kork district escalated further on Friday when a group of “gangsters” allegedly threatened the life of a human rights worker taking video footage for a documentary on the conflict. “Six men pushed me off the site. One screamed: ‘I will not allow you to be free,’ and another swung an axe near my head. They were carrying axes, hammers and knives, and said they worked for the landowner,” said Vann Sophat, a project coordinator for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR).
Openness study puts Kingdom at back of pack
Openness study puts Kingdom at back of pack
Phnom Penh Post, 2014-05-08
International rule of law monitor the World Justice Project on Tuesday presented its findings on the openness of 15 governments in the East Asia and Pacific regions, ranking Cambodia 13 – just above Mongolia and Myanmar. The ranking – based on research from WJP’s 2014 Rule of Law Index, which ranked Cambodia 91st out of 99 countries – took into account such factors as whether a government’s proceedings were open to public opinion, and whether official information, including draft laws, was available publicly – something the government has come under fire for recently.
At government rally, all proceeds smoothly
At government rally, all proceeds smoothly
Phnom Penh Post, 2014-05-02
While workers and opposition supporters marched to mark Labour Day yesterday, and baton-wielding district security guards enforced a ban on gatherings, a very different, uninterrupted rally took place at the capital’s Koh Pich Exhibition Center. About 2,000 workers from pro-government unions and government officials heard Labour Minister Ith Sam Heng call for talks to raise the minimum wage – a key demand of workers protesting yesterday.
Nobody home at Bandith’s
Nobody home at Bandith’s
Phnom Penh Post, 2014-05-01
In his Bavet town home, Chhouk Bandith lived in style. Before the former governor of the town shot three women at a garment protest in 2012, before he was convicted for the act and before he went on the lam to avoid prison, he resided in a sprawling two-storey house off of National Road 1 in Svay Rieng province, closed off from small shops and businesses by a metal gate. Not anymore.
Hacking Group Threatens Government
Hacking Group Threatens Government
cambodiadaily, 2014-04-25
Members of the global hacking group Anonymous on Thursday threatened to attack the website of the National Police in response to the arrest earlier this month of two of its Cambodian members who allegedly hacked 30 government websites. “Target We will start when we get a lot more supporters to help release our two members. Please all together help to share to all of us. All Anonymous [members] around the world will join us to topple the Cambodian government,” says a post by the group on its Facebook page.
Resettlement request still being mulled
Resettlement request still being mulled
Phnom Penh Post, 2014-04-25
Cambodia has yet to decide whether it will agree to a controversial request to resettle refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centres, the interior minister said yesterday. Speaking at the opening of two new general directorates within the Ministry of Interior charged with handling immigration issues and the provision of identity documents, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said he is still considering the proposal.
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