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(Un)protected Areas

Until recently, Cambodia’s wildlife sanctuaries, conservation areas, protected forests and parks were spared the worst of the country’s rapid deforestation. Now, their forests are falling as fast as anywhere else, and the indigenous communities and endangered species that live there are going with them.

August 1, 2015

Report Challenges Gov’t Land Concession Claims

Cambodia is experiencing a “total system failure” of its forest management regime in the face of the government’s widespread and unlawful use of concessions meant for growing crops to let companies harvest timber, according to a new report by U.S.-based environmental protection group Forest Trends.

July 30, 2015

Survey of Garment Workers’ Expenses to Come

Hoping to help fill the void in reliable data that has stymied past negotiations on the minimum wage for the country’s garment workers, an international team of labor rights groups Monday hired a local research firm to find out exactly how much the workers are spending on living costs.

July 28, 2015

Gov’t to Finish Northern Rail Line in 2016

The government has set aside some $33 million to finish rebuilding Cambodia’s northern rail line by late next year, according to the Transportation Ministry, reanimating a long-delayed and over-budget project that had been one of the Asian Development Bank’s priorities in the country.

July 27, 2015

UN Expert Urges Senate to Reject NGO Law

U.N. human rights expert Maina Kiai on Thursday urged Cambodia’s Senate not to pass a controversial NGO law that the National Assembly approved this week, warning that the legislation could have “disastrous” effects.

July 17, 2015

ILO Hopes to Inform Wage Talks With New Bulletin

In the inaugural issue of its bulletin on Cambodia’s $5.8-billion garment industry, the International Labor Organization said Thursday that business remained strong on the back of rising exports despite a 28-percent hike to the sector’s minimum wage in January.

July 17, 2015

Too Soon to Issue New Loans, NGOs Tell World Bank

A group of NGOs on Monday told the World Bank to fix the land-rights problems surrounding its past projects in Cambodia before lifting a freeze on new lending to the country it imposed in 2011 to protest the mass eviction of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak neighborhood.

July 14, 2015

Convicted ‘Terrorist’ Pardoned at PM’s Request

King Norodom Sihamoni granted a royal pardon to convicted terrorist plotter Sourn Serey Ratha last week, just days before the self-exile was planning to take the final step in turning his dissident group into a bona fide political party.

July 13, 2015

Company Wanted to Sell Spyware to Cambodia

Italian spyware vendor Hacking Team was working on “potential deals” with customers in several Southeast Asian countries including Cambodia over the past three years, according to internal emails recently released by transparency website Wikileaks.

July 13, 2015

Opposition Walks Out of NGO Law Workshop

CPP lawmakers and officials continued to defend their controversial draft of a proposed law aiming to regulate the country’s non-government groups at a workshop at the National Assembly on Wednesday, despite a boycott from some NGOs and the opposition, which dismissed the event as “rubbish.”

July 9, 2015
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