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The Assassination of Union Leader Chea Vichea—A Decade On

Ten years after his assassination, friends and associates remember Chea Vichea, the founding president of the Free Trade Union, as a quiet man but a charismatic leader, passionate about labor issues and the right for workers to collectively bargain for higher wages and better conditions.

Rainsy Says Talks With CPP Stuck on Issue of Early Election

Talks between the CPP and the CNRP to end a nearly six-month post-election political impasse have stalled after the ruling party’s refusal to discuss the possibility of a mid-term election, CNRP President Sam Rainsy said Tuesday.

CNRP Cancels Meeting as CPP Supporters Turn Out in Force

Several hundred civilian supporters of Prime Minister Hun Sen, backed up by an equal number of military police and provincial police armed with automatic rifles, batons and tear gas launchers, forced opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha to cancel a meeting with party followers Tuesday.

11 Activists Arrested for Views That ‘Impact Public Order’

Eleven political activists were pulled off the street by helmeted security guards Tuesday morning during a peaceful march to foreign embassies to deliver petitions calling for an end to government violence and the release of 23 imprisoned activists and strikers.

Ministries Discuss New Appeal Courts, Judicial Reform

The Ministry of Justice is moving ahead with plans to expand the Appeal Court system around the country as part of inter-ministerial talks that began on Monday on the subject of judicial reform.

CPP Takes Steps to ‘Reform’ Human Rights Commission

Prime Minister Hun Sen passed a sub-decree late last year to expand the scope of his government’s Cambodian Human Rights Committee by creating new departments and placing rights monitors in villages, according to a copy of the Royal Gazette dated December 31 and distributed Tuesday.

EU Ambassador Distances Local Delegation From Resolution

European Union Ambassador to Cambodia Jean-Francois Cautain distanced himself Monday from a European Parliament resolution calling for an independent investigation into July’s disputed national election and the killing of five striking garment workers this month.

Public Warned of Traffic Delays Due to Drainage

Phnom Penh Municipality has warned the public to expect prolonged traffic disturbances around O’Russei market in Prampi Makara district after construction began in the area Monday as part of the ongoing Japan-funded drainage project, a statement from City Hall said.

11 Activists Arrested While Petitioning US, French Embassies

District security guards this morning arrested 11 political activists taking part in a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh against the imprisonment of 23 protesters who were beaten and arrested earlier this month.

Another Alleged Sorcerer Brutally Murdered

An elderly man suspected of sorcery was hacked to death on Sunday at his home in Kompong Speu province’s Odong district, police said. The murder was the second brutal killing of a suspected sorcerer in the province in two days.

Beyond Chea Vichea, Many Cases Lack Accountability, Justice

Ahead of the 10-year anniversary on Wednesday of the assassination of Free Trade Union President Chea Vichea, police said Monday that despite their inability to bring anyone to justice for the high-profile slaying, the case remains open.

Union Leader Released; ‘Free the 23’ Protests To Continue

Phnom Penh police released union leader Sok Chhun Oeung from custody Monday, a day after dragging him off the street at a peaceful protest he had organized along Phnom Penh’s riverside against the detention of 23 men still in jail for participating in demonstrations over garment factory wages earlier this month.

Brain Surgery for Teenager Beaten on Veng Sreng

Thet Theng has lost the use of his arm. For 18 days, his mother, a constant at his bedside in the Intensive Care Unit of the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh, has repeated the same process: lifting her son’s right arm into the air and hoping that he can muster the strength to keep it up there.

Report Finds Poor Implementation of Domestic Violence Law

Preliminary research has found that a lack of implementation of the domestic violence law means that women continue to suffer abuse and more needs to be done to ensure attitudes change and perpetrators are held accountable.

Malaria Deaths, Infections Drop Significantly

The number of people who died from malaria last year plummeted to 12, a significant drop from the 46 malaria deaths in 2012, according to the latest figures released by the Cambodia National Malaria Center.

Season’s Bountiful Fish Catch Means Prahok Will Be Plentiful

Last week marked the end of the annual fishing season and many who had gathered on the riverbanks to buy and sell fish in the Russei Keo district of Phnom Penh called it the best season in years.

Mob Decapitates 55-Year-Old Accused of Sorcery

A mob in Kompong Speu province’s Baset district on Saturday night decapitated a 55-year-old man accused of being a sorcerer, police said Sunday.

Governor Pledges to Help Evicted Families

Phnom Penh governor Pa Socheatvong on Friday visited evicted residents of the Borei Keila community, now living in a slum atop piles of garbage near their former homes, and promised, yet again, to build proper housing for the 150 families who refuse to move from the site of their former homes.

Obama Signs Off on Aid Cuts to Government

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday signed a spending bill that suspends some funding to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government until an independent investigation into last year’s disputed national election is carried out, or until the opposition CNRP ends its boycott of parliament.

Union Leader Grabbed Off Street After Peaceful Protest

Riot police and security guards arrested a union leader for organizing a small rally on Phnom Penh’s busy riverside Sunday afternoon to demand the release of a fellow union leader beaten and arrested by police at a protest earlier this month.

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China Mulls Purge of Foreign Content From Media, School Textbooks

The ruling Chinese Communist Party's media regulator is considering banning the broadcast of overseas-produced news during prime time on domestic channels, while the country's ministry of education has ordered a purge of foreign content from textbooks in primary and secondary education.

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