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Demolition of Illegal Phnom Penh Buildings Delayed Again

More than a month after the deadline to partially demolish two buildings that violate height restrictions near the Royal Palace, a Phnom Penh City Hall official on Wednesday blamed the delay on opposition party and garment worker protests.

For Workers, Wage Rise Is Shift From Surviving to Thriving

Sous Sary, a 31-year-old garment worker, works two hours of overtime every day in order to earn enough to live even the most spartan of lifestyles on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

Clothes Made in Cambodia Are Tainted in Blood

I write in response to the unethical remarks made by the leadership of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) reported in your article published on Tuesday “Garment Strike Cost Industry $200 Million, GMAC Says."

GMAC Doesn’t Support Violence to End Industrial Disputes

I refer to the article “GMAC Defends Use of Force Against Striking Workers” published on Monday, which did not fairly reflect the views and position of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia.

Businesses Assess Damage From Clashes Along Veng Sreng Street

Owners of three businesses along Veng Sreng Street in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district, where clashes broke out between military police and striking garment workers last week, have submitted property damage complaints to local authorities totaling more than $250,000, police said Wednesday.

Twenty-Three Arrested Protesters Held in Kompong Cham Prison

After refusing for days to disclose the location of 23 protesters arrested last week and then charged in court, prison officials revealed Wednesday that the group is being held in a notorious jail in Kompong Cham province.

International Condemnation Grows in Wake of Deadly Clash

The U.N.'s Human Rights Office in Geneva on Wednesday said it was deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Cambodia in the wake of the government’s move on Friday to fatally crush garment workers’ calls for an increased minimum wage.

As Strikers Return to Work, Factories Sue Garment Unions

As garment workers continued to return to their factories Wednesday after several days of strikes that turned deadly last week, some of their employers have wasted no time in suing the unions behind the strikes, demanding compensation.

Crushing Protests, CPP Has Abandoned Constitution

King Norodom Sihamoni has not declared a state of emergency in Cambodia. But that hasn’t stopped the CPP government of Prime Minister Hun Sen from disregarding the Constitution in its effort to stamp out demonstrations and political dissent in Phnom Penh.

South Korean Embassy Denies Role in Strike Suppression

The South Korean Embassy on Wednesday denied a news report that it had lobbied Cambodian military authorities to “crack down on protesters” in a bid to shield Korean investments in the garment industry, prior to Friday’s killing of five protesters and the wounding of more than 40 others by military police officers.

Authorities Begin to Clamp Down on Striking Teachers

Authorities in Phnom Penh and at least three provinces have begun to clamp down on teachers conducting piecemeal strikes for higher wages, with one union representative being asked to sign an anti-strike agreement and another called in for police questioning.

Teenager Stabbed to Death; Poker Player Killed

A 17-year-old student was stabbed to death by a classmate Monday at a high school in Kompong Chhnang province, police said Tuesday.

Cambodia Listed as a Top Retirement Destination

Cambodia has for the first time made it onto the Global Retirement Index, a yearly list of the world’s top retirement locations.

‘Tsunami’ of Tobacco-Linked Deaths Predicted

The government must act now in order to avoid a “tsunami” of tobacco-related deaths in the coming years, according to the co-author of a new report on smoking that appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Wednesday.

Rights Groups Condemn Killing of Protesters

The International Federation for Human Rights, along with local rights groups Licadho and Adhoc, denounced the Friday shooting of protesting garment workers by police in a joint statement released in Paris on Monday.

Teachers to Recommence Strike for Higher Wage

Teachers around the country will recommence a labor strike today, demanding a raise in salary to $250 per month, teachers and the Cambodian Independent Teachers Union said Tuesday.

Lawyer to Assess Whether Government Crimes Worthy of ICC

The opposition CNRP announced Tuesday that it had engaged lawyer Richard Rogers, former head of the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s Defense Support Section, to analyze evidence of alleged crimes committed by the CPP government and decide whether they justify filing a complaint with the International Criminal Court.

Vietnamese Shops Worry Over Possible Violence

Vietnamese business owners and managers in Phnom Penh on Tuesday said they were concerned their shops could become potential targets of ethnically motivated violence as anti-Vietnamese sentiment among protesters increases, but added they would continue to operate as normal—for now.

Unions Tell Garment Workers to Suspend Strike

Unions behind last week’s garment factory strikes said their members had largely gone back to work this week, although they have not ruled out resuming protests for a higher minimum wage later this month.

Wounded Recount Rampage by Military Police

Military police first fired their assault rifles over the heads of protesters when they arrived at the Veng Sreng Street protest on Friday, before quickly shifting their lethal aim to be level with the stone-throwing strikers, according to interviews with almost 20 injured witnesses at three hospitals Tuesday.

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