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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.
High-profile cases stick to a script
High-profile cases stick to a script
The Phnom Penh Post, 2014-06-03
When a court on Friday granted freedom to 23 activists and workers arrested during a violent garment strike in January, another chapter in what has become a familiar tale was written. Over the past two years, that tale has involved a series of high-profile cases against government critics, including Yorm Bopha and fellow land rights activists known as the “Boeung Kak 13”, as well as independent broadcaster Mam Sonando. And rarely has it deviated from the same plot.
'The 23' found guilty, released
'The 23' found guilty, released
The Phnom Penh Post, 2014-05-30
Phnom Penh Municipal Court erupted in cheers this morning as judges announced the release of jailed unionist Vorn Pov and 22 others arrested during unruly garment wage protests in January of this year.
Groups Demand Fair Court Verdict for 23 Cambodian Workers, Activists
Groups Demand Fair Court Verdict for 23 Cambodian Workers, Activists
RFA, 2014-05-30
Workers' unions, rights groups and a consortium of international clothing brands have called for a fair verdict for 23 textile workers and activists charged over their links to a deadly strike ahead of a court decision Friday. The 23 are facing charges of “causing intentional violence” and “damaging property” during the opposition-backed strike and face up to five years’ imprisonment as well as fines from U.S. $1,000 to $2,500 if convicted. The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), which had monitored their trial, said the court hearings revealed "a complete lack of any incriminatory evidence, serious concerns relating to the independence of the court [and] repeated violations of the defendants’ fair trial rights."
Ruling Party Lawmakers Begin Debate on Judicial Reform Laws
Ruling Party Lawmakers Begin Debate on Judicial Reform Laws
VOA, 2014-05-21
CPP lawmakers on Wednesday began debating the first of three judicial reform laws, ignoring an opposition boycott of the National Assembly and calls from outside legal experts for outside review of drafts they say are substandard
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