The appointment of General Sok Phal to head the Interior Ministry’s newly formed department to monitor migrant workers has raised concerns over his close familial connection to a labor recruitment industry fraught with human rights abuses.
Officials with the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees on Tuesday spoke out for the first time against Australia’s plans to send some of the asylum seekers trying to reach its shores to Cambodia, saying the pending deal was not a “real solution.”
The National Police on Wednesday released a video online that shows the arrests earlier this month of two Anonymous Cambodia members who are accused of infiltrating government websites and stealing sensitive data.
As military police with AK-47s descended on protesting garment workers during their nationwide strike on January 3, Sam Ravy, a manager at one of the many factories along Phnom Penh’s Veng Sreng Street, was on the phone with his mother-in-law.
The Asian Development Bank on Wednesday pledged a $75 million loan to assist in the rebuilding of infrastructure damaged in the northwest of the country during the floods of 2013. The Australian government gave an additional $6.7 million grant toward the relief efforts.
Labor strikes in Svay Rieng province cooled down considerably Wednesday, with unions reporting a more than 50 percent drop in striking workers, but more than 4,000 union members continued protesting, according to local officials.
Twenty-one labor activists and garment workers were on Wednesday transferred from Kompong Cham province’s Correctional Center 3 to Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh as the municipal court prepares to try them over their role in garment strikes three months ago.
Three Vietnamese nationals were arrested in Sihanoukville on Wednesday afternoon for kidnapping two 34-year-old Vietnamese men and demanding a $7,000 ransom from each of their families after luring them across the border on the pretense of a gambling trip, police said.
About 50 fired factory workers protested in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal court Wednesday after two of the factory’s five union representatives were summoned for questioning following strikes in February.
Defense Minister Tea Banh on Wednesday denied news reports that a deal with a Malaysian defense contractor to maintain, repair and overhaul Cambodia’s fleet of T-55 tanks was all but a sure thing.
Police in Kompong Speu province on Monday night stopped three container trucks on National Road 4 bound for Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, seizing more than 100 logs of illegal luxury wood, officials said.
A group of bus drivers and representatives of the Cambodian Labor Confederation (CLC) on Tuesday submitted a petition to Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng to intervene in their dispute with the Sorya Bus Transportation Company.