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Khmer Rouge Sexual Violence on Minorities Spotlighted

The release of two reports in Phnom Penh on Monday give voice to ethnic minority survivors of sexualized violence perpetrated by the Khmer Rouge and marginalized ethnic Vietnamese people living in Kompong Chhnang province.

Group Puts Focus on Children Behind Bars

Ahead of International Children’s Day, which falls on Sunday, rights group Licadho on Friday highlighted the ongoing issue of juvenile prisoners and children incarcerated with their mothers around the country.

As Verdicts Loom in 25 Protest Related Cases, Acquittals Sought

Verdicts will be handed down Friday in two garment protest-related cases that rights groups say were built on a weak body of evidence.

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Judgment Due in August

A judgment in the first phase of the case against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan is to be rendered at 9 a.m. on August 7, according to a statement issued by the Khmer Rouge tribunal Thursday.

Looted Ancient Bhima Statue Arrives Back in Cambodia

Three weeks after its return to Cambodia was promised by a Californian museum, a pre-Angkorian statue depicting an ancient warrior touched down in Phnom Penh on Wednesday ahead of an official unveiling next week.

Subedi Says Gov’t Handling of New Laws ‘Worrying’

The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia, Surya Subedi, expressed concern Tuesday about the lack of consultation on the government’s three judicial reform laws, saying that their enactment should not come at the cost of transparency.

CNRP Blocked From Visiting Ratanakkiri Villagers in Land Dispute

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Tuesday that he was forcibly prevented from visiting villagers embroiled in a land dispute in Ratanakkiri province after police and military police blocked off National Road 78A.

Judicial Laws Cement Old Ways, Experts Say

The trio of judicial laws passed by the single-party National Assembly on Thursday and Friday, supposedly meant to ensure a more independent and accountable court system, will only legalize practices already deeply entrenched in the ailing and corrupt judicial system, legal experts said Monday.

UN Approves $15 Million Safety Net for KR Tribunal

The U.N. General Assembly has given the green light to provide the cash-strapped Khmer Rouge tribunal with a pool of reserve funds, otherwise known as a subvention, to the amount of $15.5 million.

Gov’t Officials Prepare for Second Round of Talks With Brands

Representatives from several major clothing brands and unions are to meet for talks with government officials on Monday to raise concerns about the deterioration of workers’ rights in Cambodia, an international union said late Thurs­day.

Darkest Days Remembered in ‘Day of Anger’

The Khmer Rouge regime was remembered Tuesday with mournful incantations and brutal re-enactments of the piercing gunfire, starvation, forced labor and executions that have come to typify the years between 1975 and 1979 in Cambodia.

Japanese Delegation Arrives to Discuss Electoral System Reform

A Japanese delegation arrived in Cambodia on Monday for a five-day visit to assess the need for assistance in reforming the electoral system.

Judicial Laws Put Independence of Courts in Jeopardy

Three constitutionally mandated judicial laws would adversely affect the independence of the courts if they are passed in their current draft state, legal experts warned on Friday.

Life Expectancy Leaps 18 Years, WHO Says

Cambodia is one of six countries that have made the greatest progress in raising life expectancy, the World Health Organization’s latest health statistics show.

Lawyers Say ‘Grave Breaches’ Must Be Dropped

Lawyers for Meas Muth, the only remaining suspect in the government-opposed Case 003 at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, have called upon the Trial Chamber to disregard allegations that he committed grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions, a category of crimes that includes torture and killing.

Women Targeted at Protests, Rapporteur Says

The U.N.’s special rapporteur on freedom of assembly and association, Maina Kiai, has sent his third thematic report to the U.N. Human Rights Council following trips to various countries, including a three-day visit to Cambodia in February.

KNLF Member Arrested With Banned Books

Police said Wednesday they arrested a 33-year-old man in Banteay Meanchey province on Monday for his alleged involvement with the Khmer National Liberation Front and seized several hundred copies of a banned manifesto written by the group’s founder.

Museum Says Hanuman Statue Not From Koh Ker

A statue of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman, which has been in the possession of the Cleveland Museum of Art since 1982, was not looted from the Prasat Chen temple in Preah Vihear province, the museum has claimed.

Family of Dave Walker Says Evidence Points to Murder

Friends and family of Canadian journalist Dave Walker, whose badly decomposed body was found on May 1 in Siem Reap province, have issued new statements accusing the Cambodian and Canadian governments of being complicit in what they say was his murder.

Baby of Slain Dutch Woman Dies in Hospital

Dana Beerdsen, a 19-month-old Dutch girl who was critically injured last month in an attack in which her mother was stabbed to death in their Phnom Penh home, died in a Bangkok hospital on Wednesday night, according to police.