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One Arrested, Three On Run After Prison Escape

Police arrested one escaped prisoner and are seeking three others after the group ran away from guards outside the Koh Kong provincial prison on Thursday, according to officials. Tes Salath, deputy provincial prison director, said Friday that the four—all yet to face trial over theft charges—fled from guards who had brought them outside the prison to clear grass.

May 23, 2015

Communities Unite Over Land Rows in Siem Reap

Hundreds of villagers involved in 10 separate land disputes in Siem Reap province came together on Friday to submit a petition to the provincial hall asking for swift action to resolve their cases, according to local rights group Licadho.

May 23, 2015

Foreign Minister Hits Back Over Border Dispute

Foreign Minister Hor Namhong on Thursday hit back at claims he is serving the Vietnamese government by siding with it—and not a group of Cambodian villagers—in a dispute over which country owns 16.6 hectares of land along the border of Tbong Khmum province.

May 22, 2015

UN Rebuked Over Letter on Draft NGO Law

Foreign Affairs Minister Hor Namhong on Thursday took the U.N. to task over a recent letter four of its senior country officials wrote criticizing the government’s secretive drafting of a controversial NGO law, a day after the ministry called the U.S. ambassador’s remarks on the same issue “insolent.”

May 22, 2015

Adhoc Files Complaint Against Siem Reap Court

Rights group Adhoc on Wednesday filed complaints against a Siem Reap Provincial Court deputy prosecutor and an investigating judge over their role in jailing two men who protested against a community group that cleared land in their village.

May 21, 2015

Freedom Park Protesters Deny ‘Insurrection’

The trial of the 11 opposition activists charged with “joining an insurrection” for their presence at a July 15 protest demanding authorities reopen Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park continued in the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday.

May 20, 2015

Fugitive Polonsky Arrested, Facing Deportation

Fugitive Russian businessman Sergei Polonsky is facing possible deportation after he was arrested on Koh Damlong island off the coast of Sihanoukville on Friday for overstaying his visa, officials said.

May 16, 2015

Thirty-One Vietnamese Deported as Census Continues

Police deported 31 Vietnamese nationals on Friday as part of a nationwide census which was started last year to identify foreigners living in the country illegally, immigration officials said.

May 16, 2015

Send Rohingya to Cambodia: Malaysian Minister

A Malaysian minister has said that the U.N. should send Rohingya and Bangladeshi asylum seekers stranded off his country’s coastline to Cambodia and the Philippines, rather than attempt to persuade his government to house them, Malaysian media reported on Thursday.

May 15, 2015

Controversial City Land Swaps Finished, Governor Announces

Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong said on Wednesday that so long as he was in office there would be no more swapping of city property with private companies, a long-running government practice shrouded in secrecy and dogged by allegations of corruption.

May 14, 2015
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