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Dutch Pedophile Arrested in Belgium, Jailed

Dutch pedophile Pieter Ceulen was arrested in Brussels early on Thursday morning upon alighting from an overnight flight from Phnom Penh, and was then transferred to a prison in Antwerp, according to a Belgian NGO worker.

After Premier’s Intervention, Jurists to Meet

Days after Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the release of two community leaders imprisoned over a land dispute, prosecutors and court directors from across the country will meet in Phnom Penh on Friday to discuss the use of pre-trial detention against defendants in such disputes.

Student Gets 18 Months for Call for ‘Color Revolution’

A university student who called for a “color revolution” in a Facebook post last year was on Tuesday sentenced to 18 months in prison by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, a decision that critics immediately labeled an attempt to muzzle freedom of expression.

Dutch Serial Pedophile Arrested in Phnom Penh

The search for fugitive pedophile Pieter Ceulen ended Friday in Phnom Penh, where the Dutch businessman was arrested after nearly two months on the run, police said.

Police, NGO Search for Pedophile in Siem Reap

A task force made up of police and investigators from a child protection organization Thursday began searching in Siem Reap province for wanted Dutch pedophile Pieter Ceulen, according to a member of the team.

Former Free Public Hospital to Become Bank

Two years ago, Phnom Penh municipal health officials were still offering reassurances that the Chamkar Mon referral hospital, a free public women’s and children’s health facility that had been closed for three years, would reopen after renovations.

Officials’ Service Passports to Be Revoked at Borders

Government officials who travel overseas for work will have to turn over their service passports when they return to Cambodia starting this month due to misuse of the documents to overstay official trips and partake in unrelated work, according to a Foreign Affairs Ministry statement.

Dutch Pedophile Likely in Siem Reap, But No Warrant Issued

Although fugitive Dutch pedophile Pieter Ceulen has likely returned to Siem Reap City—where he lived intermittently for years while preying on children, infants and even his own adopted daughters—authorities have yet to issue a warrant for his arrest, according to a police official.

Gov’t Ban of Schoolyard Rap Raises Eyebrows

In a music market saturated with songs about suicide, gang fights and domestic violence, the Ministry of Information last month banned a song because of the perceived danger of its message.

Literacy Campaign Fails to Reach Target; Migration Blamed

A yearlong campaign by Unesco and the government to boost adult literacy across Cambodia came to a disappointing end Wednesday, with stakeholders attributing poor results to their failure to account for the effects of work-related migration.

Victims Tell of Khmer Rouge’s Killing of Ethnic Vietnamese

Efforts by Khmer Rouge officials to eliminate ethnic Vietnamese people from the country had a devastating impact on two survivors of the regime who gave statements on Tuesday in the trial against senior regime leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan.

Khmer Rouge Victims Recount Suffering of Cham, Vietnamese

Khmer Rouge victims participating in the trial of senior regime leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan were given the opportunity to make statements before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia on Monday, telling the court how the regime’s policies had affected their lives.

Dam Protesters Seek Intervention by Angkor Beer Investor

Some 50 people gathered outside the headquarters of Angkor Beer in Phnom Penh on Friday afternoon to protest the construction of the controversial Don Sahong hydropower dam in Laos by a Malaysian company, arguing that an executive connected to both firms should intervene to halt work on the dam.

Human Trafficking Up, Spurred By Migration

Human trafficking out of Cambodia is on the rise, according to an Interior Ministry report released on Thursday, and is being fueled by relaxed border controls and economic disparity in the region, according to a separate U.N. report.

Flow of Drugs Through Cambodia on the Rise

The relaxing of trade restrictions in Southeast Asian countries has also increased the flow of illegal drugs into the region, according to a report released by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime on Thursday.

HIV Authority Leaves Testing in Hands of Villagers in Kandal

The head of the government’s HIV and AIDS authority on Wednesday defended the decision to cease blood testing in a Kandal provincial village where an NGO identified a potential outbreak of the virus earlier this month, despite accepting that the group’s findings may have been correct.

Reported Rape Cases Up in 2015

Reported rape cases increased by 12 percent last year compared to 2014, despite an overall drop in crime in 2015, according to an Interior Ministry report released on Tuesday.

$40K Lakeside Bathroom Constructed for Thai Princess

When Thai Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrives in Ratanakkiri province for the start of a three-day visit to Cambodia on Monday, she will enjoy the comfort and privacy of a luxurious freestanding bathroom built for her on the shore of a popular lake at a cost of more than $40,000, officials said on Friday.

Factories Failing Women: Study

Despite their overwhelmingly female workforce, garment factories in Kompong Speu province fail to adequately address the maternal health and child-care needs of their staff, according to new study set to be released by the French NGO Enfants and Developpment.

National Assembly Favors CPP, Report Says

The National Assembly favors the agenda of the CPP when passing laws and selecting topics for de­bate, according to an annual monitoring report on Parliament re­leased on Thursday by the Com­mittee for Free and Fair Elections (Comfrel).

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