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Government Sold National Ship Registry Rights

Cambodia has no control over Cambodian-flagged ships complicit in illegal activities on the high seas as the government sold the authority to register ocean-going vessels, under Cambodia’s national flag, to a company in South Korea for $6 million, a Council of Ministers official claimed Thursday.

Phnom Penh Listed as NSA Collection Point

Phnom Penh acted as a U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) regional collection point for the interception of data obtained by malicious software placed on more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide by the U.S. spy agency, according to a new document released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Boeng Kak Activists Protest State Violence Against Women

Less than a week after she was released from prison pending a retrial on controversial criminal charges laid down last year, housing rights activist Yorm Bopha Thursday led a march of about 500 people to deliver a petition calling on the government to end its violent assaults on women.

Report Says More Than 10 Percent of Children Are ‘Laborers’

More than 10 percent of children in the country aged between 5 and 17 work as laborers, with more than 5 percent engaged in “hazardous labor,” a situation that must be addressed by the government, the International Labor Organization said in a report released Thursday.

New Association to Take on Illegal DVD Sales

The Motion Picture As­sociation of Cambodia, an independent body that aims to protect intellectual property, officially opened its doors Wednesday, vowing to put an end to the sale of pirated DVDs in Phnom Penh as its first order of business.

Police Guns to Be Tested After Civilian Shootings

As part of the investigation into the shooting of bystanders and unarmed protesters in Stung Meanchey two weeks ago, the weapons used by police officers at the protest will be collected and compared to the bullets extracted from victims’ bodies, municipal police chief Chuon Sovann said Wednesday.

More Khmer Krom Apply as KRT Civil Parties

The continued investigation of cases 003 and 004 by the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s international Co-Investigating Judge, Mark Harmon, is inspiring more Khmer Krom victims of the regime to apply to participate as civil parties in the proceedings, the Minority Rights Organization said Wednesday.

Labor Minister Proposes Annual Wage Rise

The government is considering raising the minimum wage for the country’s garment workers every year for the next five years, Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng said after a meeting Wednesday with manufacturers and unions on increasing the current monthly salary of $80.

Men Arrested in Battambang for Smuggling Cache of Air Guns

Police arrested two Vietnamese nationals and their Cambodian driver around midday Wednesday in Battambang province after searching their car and discovering that the men were transporting 31 air guns modeled on real battlefield weapons, police said.

New Report Highlights Strained NGO-Government Relationship

The relationship between Cambodia’s many NGOs and the government is suffering due to a number of government obstacles, such as bribery, when it comes to the registration of NGOs and the fact that officials regularly ignore civil society recommendations, a new report claims.

ACU Holds Meeting, Discusses Agreement With Coca-Cola

Officials from the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) and the National Council for Anti-Corruption held a closed-door meeting at the ACU on Wednesday to discuss a number of claims of corruption made this month, as well as an upcoming agreement with the Coca-Cola Company, according to a statement.

NGOs Reject Claim That Virachey Park Safe From Loggers

Non-government groups working in Ratanakkiri province on Wednesday said illegal logging across the province’s northern forests was still rife, a day after former Environment Minister Mok Mareth called reports of such activity exaggerated.

EU Fish Ban Blamed on Cambodian-Flagged Vessels

A ban on imports of Cambodian seafood proposed by the European Commission is in direct response to Cambodian-flagged vessels complicit in illegal fishing in international waters, Jean-Francois Cautain, European Union ambassador to Cambodia, said Wednesday.

Government Prepares Civil Service Pay Overhaul

The government is forming an inter-ministerial committee to investigate changes to the salaries of Cambodia’s tens of thousands of state employees, whose low pay is widely blamed for pervasive corruption and poor public services.

National Bank Governor’s Daughter Named New Director-General

Chea Serey, the daughter of National Bank Governor Chea Chanto, has been promoted to director-general of the central bank, she confirmed this week.

Kandal Police to Investigate Lawmaker’s Fatal Hit-and-Run

Kandal provincial police plan to investigate a fatal hit-and-run traffic accident in Kien Svay district on Friday in which an SUV transporting CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap drove away after colliding head-on with a young couple on a motorbike, killing the woman and seriously injuring her husband, a police official said Wednesday.

Cambodia and Burma to Come Together for Angkor Wat Show

The Royal Ballet of Cambodia and the Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra will team up for the first time next week for two nights of concerts at Angkor Wat.

Labor Ministry Says Brands Hold Key to Wages

The minimum wage for garment factory workers can only be raised if international clothing brands sourcing from Cambodia pay more for their products, a Ministry of Labor official said Tuesday.

Demining Rats Get All Clear to Begin Testing

The battle against landmines could soon have an unlikely new weapon after a pioneering Belgian NGO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government on Monday to begin testing teams of sharp-sniffing rodents in Cambodia, with the goal of pitching them into the ongoing battle to rid the country of its deadly wartime legacy.

Ministries to Embark on Project With Microsoft

Technology giant Microsoft is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Education as well as the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts to help build a free online Khmer-language database for users to translate documents between Khmer and other languages, a Microsoft representative said Tuesday.

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