Gov’t Requests Legal Action Against Social Media Users

Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan has written to the ministers of interior and posts and telecommunications requesting that they take legal action against Facebook users who post insulting or defamatory material about government leaders online.

May 23, 2015

Cambodia Could Shelter Stranded Migrants: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday said Cambodia would be prepared to offer temporary shelter to the thousands of Rohingya asylum seekers stranded in the Andaman Sea if the U.N. agrees to resettle them in another country, according to Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan.

May 23, 2015

UN Continues Campaign Against Draft NGO Law

Following a meeting on Thursday in which Foreign Minister Hor Namhong scolded four U.N. representatives for their public criticism of the drafting process of a new NGO law, the U.N. released a statement Friday doubling down on its concern over the law, the last draft of which was released in 2011.

May 23, 2015

EU Calls for Transparent Electoral Reforms

Silvio Gonzato, the director of democracy and human rights for the European Union, on Friday ended a four-day trip to Cambodia to assess the support that could be provided to electoral reform here by saying that many challenges lie ahead to ensure credible elections in 2017 and 2018.

May 23, 2015

Child-Welfare NGO Boss Guilty of Abusing Boys

The Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on Thursday sentenced former French judge and child-protection NGO director Philippe Broaly to 14 months in prison for sexually abusing five boys in his care, but will allow him to walk free within weeks after suspending five months of the sentence, officials said Friday.

May 23, 2015

One Arrested, Three On Run After Prison Escape

Police arrested one escaped prisoner and are seeking three others after the group ran away from guards outside the Koh Kong provincial prison on Thursday, according to officials. Tes Salath, deputy provincial prison director, said Friday that the four—all yet to face trial over theft charges—fled from guards who had brought them outside the prison to clear grass.

May 23, 2015

Communities Unite Over Land Rows in Siem Reap

Hundreds of villagers involved in 10 separate land disputes in Siem Reap province came together on Friday to submit a petition to the provincial hall asking for swift action to resolve their cases, according to local rights group Licadho.

May 23, 2015

After Crash, Travel Allowances for Textile Workers in Spotlight

Following one of the most deadly traffic accidents ever in Cambodia’s textile sector on Tuesday, the secretary-general of the industry’s main employers association said this week that unsafe transport was the fault of workers, who choose not to spend their income on travel.

May 23, 2015
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