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Union wary of possible crackdown
PPP, 2013-09-30
Preparing for a demonstration expected to draw thousands of garment workers this morning, Ath Thorn, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (C.CAWDU), said yesterday that he feared the possibility of a heavy-handed military police response. “I think … during the post-election [period] the government was taking time to win garment workers over,” Ou Virak, president of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, said. “Now they might be thinking they have the upper hand.… They’re feeling more comfortable than a month ago.”
Activists Doubt Cambodia Pledge to Stop Land Concessions
Wall Street, 2013-09-30
Activists are skeptical that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen will follow through on a pledge to stop a contentious practice of appropriating rural land for commercial use. Implementation “will be extremely difficult due to weak institutions and endemic corruption,” said Vann Sophath, a land-reform campaigner at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.
Move to Name and Shame Errant Garment Companies in Cambodia
RFA, 2013-09-27
The International Labor Organisation's revival of a practice to name and shame garment companies in Cambodia that flout workers rights and safety standards will help boost productivity in the country's biggest export earning industry. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) said the garment industry would be the eventual winner.
Database looks at court flaws
PPP, 2013-09-27
Nearly half of defendants lack legal representation, 80 per cent are held in pretrial detention, and a sizeable chunk confess before they get a hearing, according to an online public database released yesterday by the Cambodia Center for Human Rights.
Hun Sen Decries Foreign Interference in Cambodian Politics
VOA, 2013-09-27
Prime Minister Hun Sen has said his new government does not need the approval of the international community, in a lengthy public address following a National Assembly session this week boycotted by the opposition. Ou Virak said “It will not make a big impact on the legitimacy” of the new government, he said. But the government must also “care about international support.”
Cambodia releases activist murder 'scapegoats'
Bangkok Post, 2013-09-25
Cambodia's highest court on Wednesday acquitted two men seen by rights groups as scapegoats sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2004 murder of a prominent labour leader. "Although today's decision represents a victory of sorts for the two accused, justice for Chea Vichea remains elusive," the Cambodian Center for Human Rights and other local campaign groups said in a joint statement.
Cambodia Acquits Two Jailed for Labor Leader’s Murder
RFA, 2013-09-25
Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Wednesday acquitted two men it said were wrongly convicted of the 2004 murder of outspoken labor leader and opposition supporter Chea Vichea. Local rights groups Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and the other two also applauded the court verdict in a joint statement issued Wednesday.
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