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GMAC Defends Use of Force Against Striking Workers

A senior member of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia on Sunday endorsed the use of deadly force by military police against striking garment workers, which left five dead and more than 20 with gunshot wounds.

After Clashes, Garment Workers Flee Veng Sreng Street

The few remaining residents of Phnom Penh’s garment factory-lined Veng Sreng Street, where government forces armed with assault rifles shot dead five striking workers on Friday, said Sunday that most workers had since fled in fear for their lives.

Vietnamese Shop Near Protest Site Looted by Demonstrators

Three days ago, Sok Min, 27, was the proprietor of a coffee shop in Pur Senchey district that earned him a comfortable income of $500 to $600 per month. Now he owns only an empty building filled with shards of glass and trash.

After Park Cleared, CNRP Leaders Called to Court

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, municipal security guards and men in plainclothes, wielding steel bars, metal pipes, batons, sticks and axes, forcibly cleared hundreds of demonstrators from Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park, where the opposition CNRP has been protesting against the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen for three straight weeks.

NGOs Call for Vote Reform, New Election

A re-election should be held in 2015 following the implementation of a comprehensive series of electoral reforms, an umbrella group of local rights organizations and independent election monitors said Friday.

Borei Keila Families Mark Anniversary Of Eviction

About 100 former residents of the Borei Keila community on Friday morning marked their violent eviction two years ago by authorities from their former neighborhood and demanded that their homes be rebuilt.

Official Says Logging-Related Deaths Down

The number of people shot dead while illegally logging luxury wood in Thailand decreased significantly in 2013 compared to 2012, although a Royal Cambodian Armed Forces official provided numbers much lower than provincial police officials, whose number also differed from human rights groups.

Clairvoyants Predict Mixed Fortunes for Cambodia in 2014

In 2014, Prime Minister Hun Sen will continue to rule, the CNRP will enter parliament and the discord between garment workers and employers will continue—like a man fighting with his wife about his mistress, fortune tellers predicted for the year ahead.

Police Kill 5 During Clash With Demonstrators

Five people were shot dead and more than 20 injured, most suffering gunshot wounds, when military police officers opened fire with AK-47 assault rifles during clashes with protesters armed with stones, sticks and crude Molotov cocktails on Veng Sreng Street in the heart of the garment factory zone in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district on Friday.

Court Charges Protesters as Supporters, Police Scuffle Outside

About 300 military police on Friday cleared demonstrators outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court who were demanding the release of 10 protest leaders detained since a bloody clash with paratroopers on Thursday.

Police Free Detained Monks, Rights Workers

Preah Vihear provincial police on Friday set free two prominent activist monks and three NGO workers who had been detained after joining ethnic Kuoy villagers in a land eviction protest in Tbeng Meanchey district.

Road Deaths Up Last Year, Number Likely to Rise

The number of fatalities from traffic accidents on Cambodia’s roads increased by just seven in 2013, according to data released Thursday, but traffic safety groups said the actual figure is likely to be higher.

Twenty Buddha Statues Stolen From Pagoda

Twenty statues of the Buddha were stolen Tuesday night from Odomraram pagoda in Ratanakkiri province’s Veun Sai district, according to monks and local police.

Rights Worker Claims Five Dead in Clashes

At least five people are dead after police opened fire on hundreds of protesters blocking a street at Canadia Industrial Park in Phnom Penh's Pur Senchey district, a human rights worker said Friday afternoon.

Paratroopers Deployed at Protest: 15 Detained, Injured

More than a dozen monks, striking garment workers and journalists were beaten Thursday by members of the elite 911 paratrooper unit armed with batons, steel pipes and even slingshots during a bloody clash outside a Phnom Penh factory where a few hundred protesters gathered to demand a hike in their monthly pay.

Rice Exports Rise by More Than 170,000 Tons

Rice exports increased from 205,717 tons in 2012 to 378,856 tons in 2013 as a result of high demand from the European Union as well as countries in Asia, according to figures released Thursday by the Ministry of Agriculture.

Wat Lanka Monks in Dispute With State Electricity Provider

About 200 monks from Phnom Penh’s Wat Lanka on Thursday called off a protest against the planned construction of an electricity distribution substation on the pagoda’s land by state electricity provider Electricite du Cambodge, pending negotiations with the company.

Activist Monks, NGO Workers Held After Preah Vihear Protest

Prominent activist monk But Buntenh, head of the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice, was arrested in Preah Vihear province on Thursday, along with another monk and three NGO staffers who had traveled to the province to support a group of ethnic Kuoy villagers protesting the loss of their farmland.

CNRP Calls Off Talks After Paratroopers Break Up Protest

The opposition CNRP on Thursday called off a meeting with the ruling CPP scheduled for today after members of an elite paratrooper unit violently broke up a protest by striking garment factory workers.

Village Chief Starts Petition to Remove Opposition Monk

A village chief in Kompong Thom province has begun collecting signatures on a petition to remove the opposition-aligned head monk of his local pagoda, whom he has accused of embezzling the pagoda’s money.

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Preserving The Victims’ Clothes At Tuol Sleng

The memory of the Khmer Rouge's many torture victims is being kept alive through a special conservation project. Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum holds the clothes of thousands who were killed in the Cambodian genocide in the late 1970's.

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