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Pung Chhiv Kek Declines NEC Nomination

Pung Chhiv Kek, the president of rights group Licadho, has declined her nomination as the “neutral” member of the bipartisan National Election Committee, forcing the CPP and CNRP to select a new candidate for the key final position on the body.

March 31, 2015

Rights Group Asks Gov’t to Disclose True Land Figures

At least 272 companies own plantations covering some 2.14 million hectares across the country, more than when Prime Minister Hun Sen placed a freeze on the approval of new economic land concessions three years ago and despite a spate of recent cancellations, according to rights group Licadho.

March 31, 2015

Kem Sokha Says Judicial Laws Need Changing

Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha told supporters Monday that the CNRP’s 55 lawmakers will soon ask to revisit the three controversial judicial reform laws passed by the National Assembly last year during the opposition party’s post-election parliamentary boycott.

March 31, 2015

Rasmei Kampuchea Editor Dead at 54

Pen Samithy, editor-in-chief of the Rasmei Kampuchea Daily newspaper and long-serving president of the Club of Cambodian Journalists, died in Phnom Penh on Monday. He was 54.

March 31, 2015

Activist Demands Plaintiffs Show Up in Court

A judge at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court suspended the trial of an opposition activist Monday after the defendant demanded that his alleged victims face him in court and declared that his trial was a politicized sham.

March 31, 2015

Hun Sen Meets With Nancy Pelosi, US Delegation

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday met with a visiting delegation of U.S. Congress members, including House of Representatives minority leader Nancy Pelosi, a government spokesman said.

March 31, 2015

King Sihamoni Approves Two New Election Laws

King Norodom Sihamoni signed off on the country’s two new election laws last week in an unpublicized action that entered the controversial pieces of legislation into legal force, an opposition lawmaker said Monday.

March 31, 2015

After Kampot Cockfight Raid, Police Fail to Seize Motorbikes

Police officers in Kampot province raided a cockfighting match on Sunday and confiscated fighting cocks and related equipment, but were thwarted in their attempt to seize dozens of motorbikes from the venue when angry villagers confronted them with weapons and water buffalos, police said Monday.

March 31, 2015

Thirty-Six Still Ill After Eating Tainted Sandwiches

Thirty-six villagers remained hospitalized Monday afternoon after about 800 fell ill on Saturday from eating tainted sandwiches distributed at a World Vision event in Siem Reap province’s Chi Kreng district, officials said.

March 31, 2015

‘Same Faces’ Protest Against PM’s Comments

Incensed by the prime minister’s assertion last week that the “same faces” always show up at protests, a group of Phnom Penh’s most prominent anti-eviction activists picketed City Hall on Monday to vent their anger.

March 31, 2015
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