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Girl Suffers Electric Shock at Siem Reap Pool, Parents Say

A mother-and-daughter trip to Cambodia to see the temples of Siem Reap province ended abruptly late last month when the 8-year-old girl sustained second-degree electrical burns from a hotel pool lighting system, according to her mother and hospital medical records.

Commune Councilors Unanimously Vote Down Donation Box

A group of Phnom Penh commune councilors on Thursday unanimously voted against reinstalling a donation box that villagers had placed in the office of a newly-elected opposition commune chief’s office to help fund local services.

Government Passes Waste Disposal Plans to Local Authorities

Responsibility for cleaning garbage from neighborhoods will be put in the hands of district officials under new guidelines released on Tuesday as part of the government’s plan to decentralize waste disposal.

Thai Employers Report 60K Cambodian Migrants

Nearly 60,000 Cambodian migrant laborers working illegally in Thailand were reported by their employers to Thai authorities last week, following the opening of centers on July 24 where employers could register undocumented laborers, the U.N. migration agency said on Monday.

Women’s Charter Aims to End Violence Against Women in Cambodia

For 34-year-old Sorphoan, harassment is just part of the job during her 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. shifts at a local KTV joint. On an average night, she gets harassed, catcalled and molested by men visiting the karaoke room.

For Migrants, Pull of Higher Wages Still Strong

In a shop in Thailand’s southeastern Chanthaburi province, 23-year-old Cambodian worker Chheng Chhor Laihieng said he had good reason to seek employment outside his home country.

Interior Minister Approves Draft of Fire Safety Building Codes

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Wednesday approved a draft sub-decree detailing new fire safety building codes as well as regulations for businesses selling flammable materials, an official said.

Search Leads to Arrest in Banteay Meanchey

Police in Banteay Meanchey province have arrested a 25-year-old man accused of raping and murdering an 18-year-old woman whose body was found in a rice field, a police official said on Tuesday.

Thai Centers Set for Process of Legalizing Migrant Workers

Ninety-seven centers set up across Thailand to help undocumented Cambodian workers amid an illegal-laborer crackdown opened their doors on Tuesday for employers to begin registering workers as part of the initiative’s first step.

Nine Cambodians Repatriated From Malaysia

Nine of the more than 30 nationals who sought shelter at the Cambodian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur after the Malaysian government initiated a crackdown on undocumented migrant workers on July 1 have been repatriated, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Families Seek Information Over Railway Plan

Residents living along a stretch of long-abandoned train track protested outside City Hall on Thursday and submitted a petition about a planned road that could lead to evictions, but left without any assurances after a meeting with officials.

Huge Increase in Commercial Trucks From Vietnam Approved

An agreement to significantly increase the number of vehicles transporting commercial goods through Cambodia and Vietnam’s six mutual land border crossings will boost the economy, government officials said on Wednesday.

Rural Development Bank Proposes Corn Subsidy After Protest

Following corn farmers’ protests over low prices last week, the Rural Development Bank has proposed using a government rice subsidy to purchase corn and shore up demand.

Embassy in Malaysia Lacks Funds to Send Workers Home

An official at the Cambodian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said on Monday that with more Cambodians seeking support and refuge amid a labor crackdown by Malaysian authorities, the embassy’s budget was not enough to pay to bring them home.

Amidst Crackdown, 79 Migrant Workers Arrested in Malaysia

About 30 Cambodians have been seeking refuge at the Cambodian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, while 79 have been arrested since a crackdown by Malaysian authorities on undocumented migrant workers began earlier this month, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Friday.

After Protest, Farmers’ Unrest Spreads to Neighboring Districts

After about 500 protesting farmers blockaded a national road in Battambang province last week, local authorities in neighboring districts are now making efforts to placate hundreds of other farmers also restless over depressed corn and cassava prices.

Corn Farmers Block Road Over Low Prices

Hundreds of corn farmers blocked a main road in Battambang province on Thursday, hoping the barricade would persuade Prime Minister Hun Sen to put pressure on traders to raise the dwindling crop prices that are hurting their livelihoods.

Fourteen Prisoners Stranded in Jail Without Documentation

Fourteen Cambodians arrested in Thailand and transferred to the Banteay Meanchey provincial prison between 2011 and 2012 are stuck in limbo without the paperwork necessary to secure their release despite having served their sentences, according to rights group Adhoc.

Ceremony at Caltex Marks Kem Ley Murder Anniversary

About 30 human rights activists on Monday commemorated the anniversary of political analyst Kem Ley’s death at the Phnom Penh gas station where he was gunned down in broad daylight exactly a year earlier.

District Guards Block Kem Ley Commemoration at Caltex

As more than a thousand people turned out to commemorate the death of slain political analyst Kem Ley in Takeo province on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of his death was marked quietly in Phnom Penh, where authorities prevented a small ceremony from being held at the site where the murder took place.

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Minor Opposition Parties Speak Out Against Calls for Election Boycott

Several minor opposition parties who have registered to stand in the upcoming national election have expressed concern over calls from the country’s former main opposition party for a boycott of the vote.

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