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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 www.police.gov.kh. 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.
Accused 21 brought to capital
Accused 21 brought to capital
Phnom Penh Post, 2014-04-24
A group of 21 detainees who have been held at Kampong Cham’s remote CC3 prison since they were arrested during garment worker protests in early January were transported to the capital yesterday morning ahead of their hearings at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday, dampening fears they would not be able to attend their own trials. Kea Sovanna, director of the CC3 prison, said he had received an order from the director of the prisons department at the Ministry of Interior to bring all the detainees to Phnom Penh yesterday, where they would be held at Prey Sar prison.
Criticism is sour grapes, says minister
Criticism is sour grapes, says minister
Phnom Penh Post, 2014-04-22
The justice minister yesterday defended three long-awaited laws on judicial reform which were approved by the Council of Ministers last week in a move slammed by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) as lacking transparency. Minister of Justice Ang Vong Vathana said that the “three important and necessary laws” had gone through a strict drafting process.
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