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Defense Once Again Seeks Gov’t Witnesses at KR Tribunal

Initial hearings opened Wednesday in the second phase of the trial against two of the most senior surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, who are being tried on charges ranging from genocide to forced labor and other crimes against humanity.

New Hearings Set Wheels of KR Trial in Motion

On Wednesday, with one week to go before a verdict is rendered in the first phase of the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s Case 002, the initial hearings are opening into the expansive case’s second trial.

CNRP Wants Details Before Taking Seats

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who on Tuesday struck a deal with Prime Minister Hun Sen to end the CNRP’s boycott of the National Assembly, said on Friday the party will swear its 55 elected lawmakers into parliament on Tuesday only if details of the plan to overhaul the country’s electoral commission are hammered out beforehand.

Campaign Aims to Make City Safer for Women

Students, sex workers and beer promoters are expected to gather at Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday afternoon to highlight the need for better street lighting and more gender-focused urban planning in order to stamp out violence and abuse faced by women in cities.

Minister Lauds Controversial Sugar Industry

Environment Minister Say Sam Al on Wednesday lauded the country’s controversial sugar industry and the jobs it has created, saying that companies operating in the sector need to be defended against the widespread criticism they have been receiving.

Veterinarians Restore Sun Bear’s Eyesight

A 17-year-old sun bear that endured several years of blindness has had his sight restored after receiving corrective eye surgery from a team of ophthalmological experts visiting from the U.K.

After Rights Review, Groups Press Gov’t to Act

Nearly a month after Cambodia’s second universal periodic review of its human rights situation at the U.N. in Geneva, rights groups met in Phnom Penh on Thursday to discuss how they can work with the government to ensure that the 163 recommendations it accepted are implemented over the next four years.

Cham Fishermen the Unlikely Heroes of Helicopter Salvage

When a Chinese-built Z-9 helicopter plunged into the waters of a flooded sand quarry in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district on Monday morning with five military officers on board, an unlikely team was dispatched to help salvage the bodies of the four people who perished in the crash.

UN Expert Calls on King to Block Judicial Laws

The U.N.’s special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on Tuesday joined civil society representatives in calling on King Norodom Sihamoni to block three judicial laws that they say will entrench the executive branch’s control over the courts.

MoU Paves Way for KR Memorial Stupa Project

Officials from the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Khmer Rouge tribunal over the construction of a memorial stupa to commemorate victims of the Khmer Rouge regime.

Subedi Calls on KDC to Halt Development

U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi on Thursday called on KDC International, which is owned by Chea Kheng, the wife of Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem, to put a hold on its development of a disputed plot of land until a resolution can be reached with the villagers who claim the land.

Transparency NGO Pulls Out as Exam Monitor

Transparency International Cambodia on Wednesday announced it would not be dispatching observers to independently monitor the National High School Exams on August 4 and 5 after the Anti-Corruption Unit and Education Ministry said they would not allow reserve observers at exam halls.

Concern for Children as Migrants Return to Thailand

In the wake of a mass exodus of Cambodian migrant workers from Thailand last month, World Vision says that an alarming number of children have found themselves lost and separated from their parents at the border.

Khmer Krom Men Convicted in Land Case

Four Khmer Krom men were convicted by Takeo Provincial Court on Tuesday of destroying a protected area and occupying and clearing state land, receiving three-year suspended prison sentences and fines of 1 million riel each (about $250), according to the Minority Rights Organization.

Much to Learn From ECCC Flaws, Author Says

The innovative “hybrid” structure of the Khmer Rouge tribunal has hampered its functioning since the court’s inception in 2006 and should not be a model for other international courts, according to the co-author of the new book “Hybrid Justice,” who will deliver a lecture on the book in Phnom Penh on Thursday.

Garment Industry Strikes Flouting the Law, Factory Monitors Say

The number of strikes in the garment sector has tripled since 2011, and of the 108 strikes that took place at factories monitored by the International Labor Organization’s Better Factories Cambodia program over the past year, all of them flouted the Labor Law.

Judges Reinstate KR Commander’s Lawyers

The Khmer Rouge tribunal’s Pre-Trial Chamber on Monday overturned a January decision that removed the team of lawyers representing Meas Muth, the former Khmer Rouge navy chief and a suspect in the government-opposed Case 003.

Somaly Mam Facebook Page Decries SMF Funding Cut

In what appear to be Somaly Mam’s first public comments on the fallout from her resignation from the Somaly Mam Foundation (SMF) late last month, posts to one of her Facebook pages say that she will sell her house to support girls formerly under her care after SMF cut funding to an NGO she founded in 1996.

Gov’t Rejects 4 Human Rights Recommendations

Cambodia on Thursday rejected four recommendations for improving its human rights situation that it initially accepted earlier this year during its second universal periodic review at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Torture, Beating of Detainees Continue, Report Finds

Detainees and prisoners continue to be administered electric shocks, beaten unconscious and even smothered by plastic bags, with 49 new allegations of torture or abuse at the hands of authorities this year, according to rights group Licadho, which says in a report released Wednesday that the government has been ineffective in stopping the trend.