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Cambodian police look for killers of journalist
The New Zealand herald, 2014-02-08
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) Cambodian police said Saturday that they were looking for four suspects in the beating death of a journalist whom human rights groups suspect may have been killed because of his work.
Cambodian Journalist Who Exposed Illegal Fishing Murdered
RFA, 2014-02-02
A journalist in Cambodia was beaten to death over the weekend following a series of articles he had written exposing illegal fishing, prompting calls from a local rights group for a probe into the murder amidst a “widespread culture of impunity” in the country.
Rights Groups Want Access to 23 Detained Prisoners
The Cambodia Dialy, 2014-02-01
Two human rights groups on Friday appealed to Interior Minister Sar Kheng to intervene after the General Department of Prisons, which is part of the Interior Ministry, refused to allow representatives from their organizations to meet with some of the 23 union activists and protesters arrested in early January.
Social land concessions climb
The Phnom Penh Post, 2014-01-31
More than 40 fresh land rows have emerged across the country – and many more could be going unreported, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) said yesterday. A study CCHR conducted into land conflicts between 2011 and 2013 has resulted in the rights group publishing an updated online map, showing 41 new disputes in 17 locations, including the capital. Previously, CCHR had listed 223 land conflicts across the country in the four years from 2007.
New Cambodian Land Disputes Despite Moratorium on Key Concessions
RFA, 2014-01-30
At least 41 new land disputes were reported in Cambodia last year despite a government moratorium on the widespread grant of so-called economic land concessions, a rights group said Thursday. The new cases in 17 locations—including the capital Phnom Penh—added to the 223 land conflicts previously documented around the country since 2007, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) said in a report. CCHR land program coordinator Van Sophat told RFA’s Khmer Service “the main factor contributing to land disputes” stem from social land concessions (SLCs) and reclassification land concessions (RLCs).
Slum improvements planned
The Phnom Penh Post, 2014-01-23
Civil society groups and Phnom Penh municipal officials next month will hold a workshop to decide which designated slum areas will be the focus of a planned pilot project to improve living standards.
Cambodian police in new protest crackdown
Global Post, 2014-01-21
Cambodian police broke up a rally in the capital Tuesday and briefly detained 11 activists who were calling for international assistance to secure the release of protesters arrested in a recent crackdown. The detentions came as the country's main opposition party called off a planned gathering near Phnom Penh due to security fears.
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