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US Monk Urges Cambodians Against Voting

A US-based monk is leading an international campaign to persuade Cambodians to abstain from voting this Sunday. “This election is a setup,” said the...

Cambodian Exports Charged Unusually High Tariffs by US

Cambodian exports are charged higher tariffs by the US than almost any other country in the world, a Washington-based think tank asserted last month....

World Bank Rips Handling of Forestry Protest

Top regional officials of the World Bank met with the government Monday to express their concern over last week’s incident in which villagers demonstrating...

US Increases Garment Quota by 3 Percent

The US has boosted the number of garments it can import from Cambodia by 3 percent, suggesting that Cambodia has made progress in improving...

Groups in Provinces Denounce Logging Plans

Top officials, commune leaders, villagers, independent ex­perts and NGOs have united in Ratanakkiri and Stung Treng provinces to denounce logging plans by Pheapimex Fuchan...

Garment Factories Ordered To Answer Anti-Union Claims

Commerce Minister Cham Pra­sidh sent a letter to 28 garment factories last week demanding re­sponses “within the next 48 hours” to charges of anti-union...

Villagers Dissatisfied by Forestry Officials

About 200 villagers from through­out Cambodia stood all day outside the Department of For­estry Monday, demanding that the department arrange a meeting with logging...

Watchdog: Logging Plans Inaccurate, False

Logging plans submitted by companies to the gov­ernment are plagued by widespread “inaccuracies and false claims” and represent only “a to­ken attempt” to obey...

Officials Refute Vietnamese Dam Evidence

Cambodian officials lack sufficient evidence that Vietnam’s Yali Falls Dam is harming the Se San River further downstream in Cam­bodia, a key official said...

Villagers Protest Se San River Dam Plans

Villagers and officials from Ratanakkiri and Stung Treng provinces on Wednesday urged Vietnam, Cambodia and development agencies to stop construction of dams along the...

$300,000 Price Tag Put on Tonle Sap Embankment Repairs

Phnom Penh’s Public Works Department has requested $300,000 from the Ministry of Fi­nance to repair more than 200 meters of a concrete embankment along...

2 Garment Union Leaders Held on Riot Charges Released

Labor activists credited pressure from the US, a local legal aid center and a union federation—everybody but the judge—for the release Tuesday of two...

Forestry Dept Takes Log Maps to Provinces

Forestry officials fanned out to provinces late last week with copies of major new logging plans, only a few days before an agreed-upon deadline...

Union Leaders Fear Arrest, Refuse Invitation to Inquest

Three union leaders invited to municipal police headquarters for a “personal inquest” today are re­fusing to go, fearing arrest. The union leaders at the...

Experts See Little Reality in Plans for Logging

Three years ago, a major study commissioned by the Asian Development Bank found forests here so depleted, and cutting rates so rapid, that logging...

Garment Factory Gives In to Union Demands

The country’s largest garment factory—accused recently of threatening, beating and even attempting to shoot troublesome workers—has agreed to rehire a union leader and permit...

Forestry Plan Missing Some Documents

Several forest management plans the World Bank agreed to make public on Monday on be­half of the government’s forestry department were still missing from...

Television Station Brings Cambodia to the US

Turn on cable channel 22 in Long Beach in the US state of California and you will get a little taste of Cambodia—the daydreaming...

Efforts Launched to Preserve Cardamoms ‘Elephant Corridor’

Forestry officials and the conservation NGO WildAid on Wednes­day kicked off an effort to protect an “elephant corridor” in the Car­damom Mountains in southwest...

Logging Maps Leave Villagers Confused, Angry

Pich Poeun stared at a logging company map Wednesday afternoon and shook his head. The company had reserved an area of “forest” for his...