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Cambodian Authorities Move to Amend Laws in Effort to Protect Forests

Widespread illegal logging in Cambodia’s forests is making the government reevaluate existing laws intended to protect the country’s natural resources.

Cambodia Seeks to Drop Pending Charges Against Unionists in About-Face on Labor

Cambodia’s Ministry of Labor on Thursday asked all union leaders and labor activists who have court cases pending against them to report to the ministry so it can work with justice officials to have the charges dropped, in a move by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s authoritarian regime to alleviate pressure from the international community over his human rights record.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen ‘Sorry’ He Hadn’t Killed Protest Leaders

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen voiced regret on Thursday that he hadn’t had leaders of protests against his ruling Cambodian People’s Party in 2013 and 2014 killed, saying only that he hadn’t wanted to do this “at the time.”

Cambodia to Deport More Than 200 Chinese Detained For Internet Scams

Authorities in Cambodia are preparing to expel 235 Chinese nationals detained in Takeo province this week for running internet scams, with China set to provide a special flight to bring them home within the next two weeks, sources in Cambodia say.

Cambodian Villagers Protest Sand-Dredging Operation in Protected Zone

At least 10 ethnic Phnorng villagers protested on Monday in Cambodia’s Mondulkiri  province to demand an end to a sand-dredging operation carried out in a wildlife sanctuary in the Bou Sra commune of the province’s Pech Chreada district, local sources said.

Outgoing US Ambassador to Cambodia Calls For Release of Opposition Chief, Political Reconciliation

The outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia on Tuesday called on the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen to free his country’s opposition chief Kem Sokha and foster political reconciliation in the Southeast Asian nation, following a contentious general election widely dismissed as unfree and unfair.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Denies Reports of Plans For Chinese Naval Base

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday dismissed U.S. concerns that he would grant China the right to build a military base in his country, saying such a move would violate the constitution.

Cambodia’s Court of Appeal Routinely Fails to Explain Verdicts: Rights Group

Cambodia’s Court of Appeal, which has come under fire for what are widely seen as politically motivated verdicts issued at the behest of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s one-party government, failed to provide a reasoned judgment in nearly three-fourths of cases it tried over the last two years, a rights group said Thursday.

NGO Urges Cambodia’s Interior Ministry to Intervene in Eviction of Vietnamese From Tonle Sap...

A nongovernmental organization in Cambodia called on the country’s Interior Ministry to intervene in the eviction of more than 2,000 ethnic Vietnamese living on the Tonle Sap Lake, saying land demarcated for their relocation lacks the infrastructure necessary to support them.

Lao Woman’s Ordeal Highlights Growing Trafficking Problem as Workers Seek Better Jobs in Thailand

The trafficking of Lao nationals to neighboring Thailand as undocumented laborers continues to be a growing problem with brokers arranging for thousands to be taken across the border for job opportunities that too often end up in situations where Laotians are abused by their employers.

Vietnamese Families to be Evicted From Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake, Government Says

More than 2,000 ethnic Vietnamese living on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap Lake will be evicted from their floating homes, with many moved to settlements on land in nearby Kampong Chhnang province, government officials say.

More Southeast Asian Dam Disasters Likely Unless Funders Ensure Higher Standards

The Lao dam disaster in July that resulted in heavy flooding in two provinces that left at least 40 people dead and displaced 7,000 others has drawn both regional and international attention to the potential dangers of Southeast Asia’s current dam-building spree.

Runoff From Railway Project Pollutes River in Lao Tourist Destination

The Lao-Chinese railway project has released polluted water from construction work into the Xong River in Vientiane province’s Vang Vieng district, one of the most popular destinations in the country for tourists, an local resident and an environmental official told RFA’s Lao Service.

Bangladeshi Official: ‘We Will Not Send Any Rohingya Back by Force’

Bangladesh will not repatriate Rohingya to Myanmar unless the U.N.’s refugee agency confirms they are willing to leave voluntarily, a Bangladeshi government official told BenarNews, an RFA-affiliated online news service, on Monday.

Coalition Calls on UN Expert to Investigate Claims of State-Backed Land Grabs in Cambodia

A global coalition of grassroots groups of small food producers and food sovereignty advocates has called on a United Nations expert to probe allegations of state-perpetrated land grabs in Cambodia ahead of an upcoming review of the human rights situation in the country.

Myanmar Drops Charges Against Journalists From Eleven Media

The government of Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon dropped its incitement case against three journalists from Eleven Media Group on Friday, two weeks after it set them free on bail.

Repeated Blows to Free Speech Spark Outcry in Hong Kong

A second venue in Hong Kong pulled out of hosting a literary event by dissident Chinese author Ma Jian, after immigration authorities in Hong Kong allowed him to enter the city under its visa-free visitor program.

Doubts Surround Bangladesh-Myanmar Plan to Repatriate Rohingya Refugees

A Bangladesh and Myanmar plan to begin repatriating some 2,000 Rohingya refugees later this month was in doubt Friday, as some on the list said they didn’t want to go back and 42 NGOs expressed collective concern about potential dangers awaiting returnees at home.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Admits ‘He Is The Court’ by Accepting Wager: Sam Rainsy

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has implicitly admitted to controlling the country’s courts by saying that Kem Sokha, the head of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), will not be freed from house arrest within the first two months of 2019, the party’s former president said Friday.

53 Lao Women and Girls Rounded Up in Karaoke Bar Raid in Southern Thailand

Police and military personnel rounded up and detained 53 Laotians–50 women and three girls who were allegedly employed as sex workers–during raids on karaoke bars in southern Thailand’s Narathiwat province, authorities said Friday.