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CMAC Claims Allegations of Ethical Transgressions Baseless

Concerning Thursday’s story “CMAC Closes Probe into Fire Amid Allegation of Corruption,” which contained groundless and misleading information, I would like to provide the following clarifications: The article mentioned that “the investigation closed and found no wrongdoing.” Actually, the investigation into the fire at the CMAC workshop is still in progress.

First Sentence Given for Facebook Comments

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday fined a 29-year-old hairstylist and make-up artist 2 million riel, or about $500, and ordered her to pay 5 million riel, or about $1,250, in compensation to a rival beauty parlor owner she defamed on Facebook.

Domestic Violence in Cambodia Has to Be Tackled By Law

Sadly, domestic violence against women is one of the nation’s most prevalent human rights abuses. The U.N.’s Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific found that 12 percent of 1,812 Cambodian men in the survey reported committing physical violence against women. About 21 percent of those who had been in a relationship said they had raped a partner.

UN Envoy Raises Assembly Ban Concerns

Maina Kiai, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on the freedom of assembly and association, met with a Foreign Affairs Ministry official Thursday and raised concerns about the government’s blanket ban on gatherings in Phnom Penh.

Trash Collectors Battling With Mounds of Garbage

Trash collectors were working overtime Thursday to clean the vast piles of garbage that had accumulated in Phnom Penh this week after their four-day strike for higher wages.

Government Acknowledges Critical IRI Public Opinion Poll

The government of Prime Minister Hun Sen has accepted the results of a recent public opinion poll carried out by the International Republican Institute, which found that fewer people support the direction the country is headed, the organization said Thursday.

Unions to March After Failure to Address Minimum Wage

Six garment worker unions and two general labor unions said Thursday that they will march on Monday along Phnom Penh’s Sisowath Quay and to various foreign embassies to protest the government’s inaction to address their calls for a higher minimum wage.

Military Police Asked to Answer for Protest Deaths

Richard Rogers, the lawyer retained by the opposition CNRP to potentially submit a case against Prime Minster Hun Sen’s government with the International Criminal Court at The Hague, said Thursday that letters were hand-delivered to two military police chiefs requesting information about the fatal shooting of garment strike protesters last month.

Phnom Penh Warms to New Buses on Second Day of Service

On the second day of Phnom Penh’s monthlong public bus experiment, there was a visible uptick in passengers Thursday traveling the single route along Monivong Boulevard.

Hun Sen in Laos For Two Days of Talks

Prime Minister Hun Sen left Phnom Penh on Thursday morning for a two-day trip to Laos at the invitation of Lao Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, where they will hold high-level talks and sign a series of agreements on cooperation in the fields of health, law, culture and education, according to a press statement from the Foreign Ministry.

Man Acquitted of 2007 Murder of Union Leader Hy Vuthy

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday acquitted Chan Sophon of the 2007 murder of union leader Hy Vuthy, overturning a 2012 conviction and an 18-year jail sentence that rights groups and Mr. Vuthy’s own union believe was cover for the real perpetrators.

Villagers Block Road, Demand Compensation

About 140 villagers in Koh Kong province set up a roadblock for the second consecutive day Thursday, demanding compensation from a Chinese company they say burned down their homes to make way for part of a multibillion-dollar tourist resort, according to a rights worker and the villagers.

Woman Gets 28 Years for Smuggling Drugs

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday sentenced a Vietnamese national to 28 years in prison and fined her $20,000 after she was found guilty of smuggling almost 2 kg of drugs from India to Cambodia.

Police, Vendors Face Off Over Pheloeu Eviction

Police failed in their attempt to keep an estimated 200 vendors from entering Kratie City’s Pheloeu market on Thursday, erecting barricades to keep the fish and vegetable seller out in a bid to force them to move to a newly-built market 50 meters away.

Sixty-One Families to Lose Homes in National Road 1 Extension

Municipal and Meanchey district authorities on Wednesday informed dozens of families living in small wooden houses along the side of National Road 1 in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov 1 commune that they will have to move in order to make way for a road expansion.

Funds Dry Up for Project Advancing Indigenous Land Rights

The International Labor Organization’s widely praised project to support communal land title registration for Cambodia’s ethnic minorities will end this month due to a lack of funding, a staff member said.

United Nations Envoy Visits After Protest Deaths

The U.N. special rapporteur on the freedom of peaceful assembly and association, Maina Kiai, began a three-day unofficial visit to Cambodia on Wednesday, just one month after military police shot dead five protesters in Phnom Penh and the government imposed a ban on public gatherings.

Khmer Krom Seeking Refuge Remain in a State of Limbo

Khmer Krom people fleeing persecution in Vietnam and denied refuge in Thailand are being sent to Cambodia, where the government does not ensure that their rights are protected, the Minority Rights Organization has said in a new report.

Philippine Airlines Warned Against Cambodia Deal

A report by the Center for Asia-Pacific Aviation says Philippine Airlines should abandon its joint venture with local conglomerate Royal Group to create Cambodia’s second national airline, Cambodia Air, and that establishing another carrier in the country would be “risky.”

Hundreds Pay Respects to Sam Bunthoeun

About 500 monks gathered Wednesday morning on Odong mountain in Kandal province for a two-hour ceremony commemorating the eleventh anniversary of the death of Sam Bunthoeun, the former president of the Buddhist Meditation Center of Odong.