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Australian Ministers Deny Collapse of Refugee Deal

Australia’s foreign minister on Monday insisted that a controversial refugee deal with Cambodia was alive and well, dismissing Australian news reports that efforts to resettle more refugees here from Nauru had collapsed.

September 1, 2015

Railway Families File Separate Complaint Against ADB Bank

Another group of families living along Cambodia’s dilapidated railway tracks is filing a complaint with the compliance review panel of the Asian Development Bank, accusing the lender of failing to abide by its own resettlement policies.

August 31, 2015

Hydro Dam Does Little for Locals, Study Finds

Most families immediately downstream of Cambodia’s first major hydropower dam are worse off than they were before the project, according to a new study by U.K. researchers that urges the government to pay more attention to impacts on local residents as it gears up for a major hydropower push.

August 26, 2015

Demining Dogs Arrive From Bosnia; More to Come

A pack of 10 Belgian shepherds arrived in Cambodia from Bosnia on Friday to bolster the country’s aging team of explosives-sniffing canines, courtesy of Norwegian People’s Aid, which is covering the roughly $36,000 cost, an official said Sunday.

August 24, 2015

Bank Says Agriculture Growth Crucial to Poverty Reduction

Cambodia will have to reverse a significant slowdown in its agriculture industry and get back to 5 percent growth in order to keep farm wages ahead of inflation over the next 15 years—or, more alarmingly, prevent poverty rates from rising again—according to a new World Bank report.

August 21, 2015

Group to Help NGOs Navigate New Legislation

An NGO umbrella group will start holding workshops around the country next month to help independent organizations prepare for the implementation of the new NGO law, which has been viewed as an attempt by the government to clamp down on dissent.

August 20, 2015

World Bank Shows No Interest in Views on Freeze

New documents from the World Bank on its preparations to lift a 2011 freeze on new loans to Cambodia show that the international lender is giving short shrift to public opinion on whether it should restart lending in the first place.

August 18, 2015

‘Double Standard’ in Mosquito Net Bribe Case

A prominent lawyer and a lawmaker on Thursday rejected the latest explanation from the Anti-Corruption Unit for why it cannot pursue charges against the disgraced former head of the National Malaria Center, who has been told to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.

August 14, 2015

Garment Factories Vote to Freeze Minimum Wage

A majority of members of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, which represents the country’s more than 500 exporting garment factories, have voted against any raise to their workers’ minimum wage next year.

August 12, 2015
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