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Turning his back on a public promise, opposition leader Sam Rainsy canceled his scheduled return to Cambodia on Monday night and said he would instead return “in the next few days,” refusing to guarantee that his time abroad would not stretch into weeks or months.
Several trade unions representing some of the garment sector’s 700,000 workers petitioned lawmakers on Monday to make important changes to a controversial draft union law before passing it and warned of mass protests if they were ignored.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy is set to be arrested upon arrival at Phnom Penh International Airport late Monday night after saying he will return from abroad as scheduled despite orders last week that he be arrested for defaming Foreign Minister Hor Namhong.
Two men who were aboard a truck that crashed Monday in Koh Kong province while carrying 17 laborers to a construction site died in Phnom Penh hospitals Wednesday, police said, taking the death toll to four.
As U.N. peacekeepers oversaw elections in Cambodia at a cost of some $1.6 billion two decades ago, Burma’s army junta was settling into a new era of autocracy. Yet the apparent blooming of democracy in Burma over the weekend has left many Cambodians jealously glancing west.
CNRP lawmakers Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Saphea, who were beaten bloody by pro-CPP protesters outside the National Assembly on October 26, filed court complaints Tuesday accusing the protesters of attempted murder, their lawyer said.
At least two construction workers died and seven were seriously injured in Koh Kong province on Monday after a truck that was transporting them to a job site ran off a windy road and rolled down an embankment, police and a hospital official said.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that the soldiers who violently attacked two CNRP lawmak ers last week were only reacting to racial insults, while Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said he would have “used a gun” against the lawmakers.
The Interior Ministry released a statement Thursday calling for increased protection from violence and criminal activity for “elite figures.”
Three men who brutally beat two opposition lawmakers at last week’s pro-government protest outside the National Assembly were charged with intentional violence Wednesday, with an investigative official identifying them all as soldiers but not revealing their units.
Three of the men at a pro-CPP protest who beat CNRP lawmakers Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Saphea last week as they tried to leave the National Assembly turned themselves in Tuesday, Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said.
A few hundred CNRP supporters welcomed opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha back to Cambodia last night after a week of political turmoil in which two lawmakers were beaten by pro-government thugs and Mr. Sokha was ousted from his parliamentary leadership position.
Immigration department director Sok Phal said Tuesday that Cambodia will be taking in only one of the two refugees who volunteered to resettle here during a delegation’s visit to Australia’s refugee center on the South Pacific island of Nauru in late September, but did not explain why.
Three days after 168 Chinese nationals were arrested by immigration police for running an Internet scam from Sihanoukville extorting money from people in their home country, the Chinese Embassy on Tuesday donated 100 computers to the Interior Ministry’s immigration department.
Choosing Interior Ministry Secretary of State Em Sam An as inquiry chairman and National Police Deputy Commissioner Chhay Sinarith as his deputy, the Interior Ministry put two prominent members of the CPP’s central committee at the helm of the investigation into assault on opposition lawmakers.
The U.N. has called for the government to respect its promise for an independent investigation into last week’s assault of two opposition lawmakers, as Human Rights Watch issued a report casting further suspicions on the government’s role in the attack.
Prime Minister Hun Sen announced Sunday that civil servants and members of the armed forces will receive a minimum monthly salary of about $250 by 2018, the next year a national election is scheduled to be held.
Four days after two opposition lawmakers were beaten while leaving the National Assembly, parliament is set to convene again this morning to pass changes to its internal rules and potentially decide on the future of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha.
The “culture of dialogue” between Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy will be over unless Mr. Rainsy issues a public apology for describing the premier as a fascist, CPP spokesman Sok Eysan said Thursday.
Cambodia and Vietnam agreed to hasten the demarcation of their shared border and not allow “hostile forces” and “extremists” to threaten security during a two-day meeting in Ho Chi Minh City that wrapped up Wednesday, according to Vietnamese and Cambodian newspapers.