The Court of Appeal on Friday ordered the release of four garment workers arrested during walkouts and riots at two special economic zones in Svay Rieng province in December, overruling a request by the Garment Manufacturers’ Association in Cambodia (GMAC) to deny them bail, officials said.
In response to the growing number of blind and disabled musicians who have set up makeshift karaoke stalls on Phnom Penh’s street corners so that they can sing for donations, City Hall announced this week that it would ban the practice.
“Disabled people who use the speakers to sing along public streets must stop and should take donations from us,” Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday, although he did not elaborate on what kind of donations the government would be willing to provide to the disabled.
Officials are attempting to secure the release of two Cambodian men who were sentenced to three months in a Thai prison on Thursday after being summarily convicted of attacking government inspectors at a market in Sa Kaeo province the day before, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a governor.
Cambodian diplomats in Thailand will review video footage of the attack and attempt to secure legal representation for the jailed duo, the ministry said in a statement on Friday.
Police from the Interior Ministry’s anti-terrorism department arrested 23 South Korean men in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok district on Friday on suspicion of running an online extortion ring using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, officials said.
The officers apprehended the suspects in simultaneous raids on two rented houses in Sen Sok’s Thmey commune at about 11 a.m. on Friday, according to Y Sok Khy, director of the anti-terrorism department, which also investigates other transnational crime.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday expressed frustration at the widespread perception that Cambodia was in thrall to China during its 2012 Asean chairmanship, and attacked a critic who suggested that his government had attempted to placate Beijing after the recent visit of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Phnom Penh.
An engineering university is not where you would imagine a multi-instrumental brass troupe forming.
However, upon meeting at the Ecole Centrale Paris in 2014, a group of 11 musicians bonded over their love of brass and formed the Soundtrek Project, a group that breaks the mold of more traditional bands in the genre.
The Appeal Court on Thursday upheld convictions of intentional violence and causing property damage against 13 unionists and workers who were arrested during a riot outside a Phnom Penh industrial park on January 3, 2014, at which military police shot dead at least five people.
The 13 were convicted by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in March, after what rights groups called a flawed trial, but were immediately set free on suspended jail sentences.
Garment workers were involved in more than 4,300 separate traffic accidents as they traveled to and from their factories last year, leading to 60 fatalities, according to a report released by the government on Thursday.
However, industry representatives, labor advocates and government officials were sharply divided over who bears responsibility for the safety of the country’s 700,000 garment workers.
The Ministry of Health on Thursday added testing for the mosquito-borne Zika virus—whose recent outbreak in Brazil has been linked to birth defects—to its biannual monitoring of malaria and dengue in Phnom Penh, officials said on Thursday.
Experts from the ministry on Thursday collected samples of mosquitos and larvae from fresh and stagnant water sources in Russei Keo, Chbar Ampov and Pur Senchey districts, said Huy Rekol, chief of the National Center for Parasitology and Entomology.