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Lauren Crothers

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NGOs Back Two-Thirds Vote for NEC Selections

The Electoral Reform Alliance, a group of election monitors and NGOs, put its support behind the opposition CNRP’s demands for a two-thirds majority vote for selecting members of the National Election Committee at a workshop Tuesday in Phnom Penh.

Reform Needed With New Appeal Courts on the Way

As part of a trio of long-awaited judicial laws passed last month by the National Assembly, the country’s judicial system is set to integrate a number of new provincial appeal courts, expanding access to the appeal process to people imprisoned outside Phnom Penh.

Illegal Workers Arrested, Face Thai Court

Thai authorities have arrested and are preparing to try 13 Cambodian migrant workers who were allegedly caught with fake stamps on their work papers as they tried to return home, Foreign Ministry spokesman Koy Kuong confirmed on Friday.

UN Envoy Meets Employers Over Labor Unrest

U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi met with representatives of the country’s businesses and employers Thursday for talks that focused on the protection of workers’ rights and measures that can be taken to ensure that strained industrial relations do not once again erupt into violence.

Indonesian Ambassador Recommends Female Police

The CPP government’s handling of the many demonstrations in Phnom Penh since last year’s disputed national election has centered on the deployment of baton-wielding district security guards and riot police to repress protests.

Heritage Fund Plans Phnom Bakheng Restoration Work

The New York-based World Monuments Fund has listed the pre-Angkorian Phnom Bakheng temple in Siem Reap province as a global priority for maintenance work and the establishment of crowd-control measures to avoid irreparable damages.

Cambodia Delays Human Rights Hearing for One Week

A request by the Cambodian government for a delay in its universal periodic review hearing at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, which was supposed to be Thursday, has been accepted, according to a rights group that was to deliver a statement on the country’s human rights record.

Artist Seeks Funds for KR Evacuation Memorial

When the artist Sera was just 13, he watched his father reluctantly leave the French Embassy, where his family was seeking refuge as Khmer Rouge troops swarmed into Phnom Penh in April 1975.

UN Envoy Optimistic Despite NEC’s Refusal to Reform

Despite a stubborn refusal by the government to act upon his electoral reform recommendations over the past two years, U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi walked away from his meeting with National Election Committee chairman Im Suosdey on Tuesday espousing optimism.

Boeng Kak Activists Protest With Blood Money

About 50 members of the Boeng Kak community rallied outside the World Bank’s office in Phnom Penh on Monday, covering fake $100 bills with chicken blood in an effort to discourage the bank from resuming funding of projects in Cambodia.

H&M, ILO Form New Industrial Relations Initiative

In an effort to bring stability back to the country’s embattled but crucial garment industry, the Ministry of Labor has joined forces with the International Labor Organization and Swedish clothing giant H&M in a campaign for unions and factories to sign direct agreements to improve industrial relations.

New Research Sheds Light on Culture Behind Violence

New research on the cultural causes of and solutions to violence against women was presented in Phnom Penh on Friday in a bid to help those interested in ending violence understand what fuels it, specifically in a Cambodian context.

New Guidelines Aim to Protect Women, Children

A 100-page set of guidelines for the legal protection of the rights of women and children was launched by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Phnom Penh on Thursday in a bid to address shortfalls in how the judicial system handles cases such as rape, domestic violence and sexual harassment.

Gov’t Called Upon to Stamp Out Child Labor

The government must make more of an effort to not only eradicate child labor, but also its underlying causes, and ensure that children attend school, local rights group Licadho said Thursday.

University Talk Focuses on Sex Crimes, KR Legacy

Several hundred students on Tuesday attended a talk at Pannasastra University on how to end sexual violence in conflict as part of a global campaign spearheaded by U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague and U.N. Special Envoy for refugees Angelina Jolie.

Hospital Urges Women to Check for Breast Cancer

Doctors and hospital officials highlighted the need for women to check their breasts for cancer at a seminar Friday and encouraged them to come to Phnom Penh for free screening if they have any concerns about abnormalities or are at higher risk due to their age.

Cambodia Called Out For Extrajudicial Killings

Cambodia has been cited as one of 10 countries in which torture and extrajudicial killings are common, in a submission made this week by the Hong Kong-based Asia Legal Resource Center to the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

After Somaly Mam Resigns, Trafficking NGOs Anxious

As the dust settles following the resignation of Somaly Mam as president of her eponymous foundation last week, the focus among anti-human trafficking groups is shifting to the possible fallout the scandal may have wrought on the reputation of the sector.

Ancient Statues Reunited on Cambodian Soil

Three pre-Angkorian statues took center stage at the Council of Ministers on Tuesday, bringing to an end a saga that began when they were hacked from their plinths at the ancient Prasat Chen temple during the 1970s.

Minorities Tell of Suffering Under Khmer Rouge

While there can be no doubt of the depth of the horrors inflicted upon Cambodia’s population between 1975 and 1979, sexualized crimes committed specifically against the country’s ethnic minority communities have largely been shrouded in silence.