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Demonstrators Demand Release of 21 Detainees

About 60 monks and land rights activists from communities facing eviction in Boeng Kak, Borei Keila, and nearby Phnom Penh International Airport protested outside the Supreme Court building Tuesday for the release of 21 people arrested during strike demonstrations in January.

Sihanoukville Port Sees Cargo Increase Month-on-Month

The total weight of goods transported through the Sihanoukville Autonomous Port in January increased 26 percent compared with the same period in 2013, a port official said Tuesday.

Phnom Penh Governor Tells Officials to ‘Fix Frustrated People’

The Phnom Penh governor on Tuesday told city officials to halt corruption and work harder to provide public services in an effort to restore confidence among the people who were so frustrated with the ruling party that they voted for the opposition CNRP in last year’s national election.

Medical Staff Protest Phnom Penh Hospital Swap

Staff at the Phnom Penh Municipal Referral Hospital on Tuesday staged a protest against the municipal health department, alleging that it had given their building to a private company in another secretive “land swap” deal involving state property.

Ban on Ta An’s Case File Upheld at KR Tribunal

Ta An, a Khmer Rouge war crimes suspect in the case known as 004, will continue to not be allowed access to his case file, according to a new document published Tuesday by the court.

Hun Sen Lifts Protest Ban, Warns of Pro-CPP Rallies

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday said he would reinstate the constitutional right to freedom of assembly for all citizens, but said that any opposition demonstrations would be met by rival rallies by supporters of his ruling CPP.

CPP, CNRP Set Electoral Reform Meeting For Next Week

The first meeting of a joint CPP-CNRP commission to create a framework for electoral reforms, which the opposition CNRP asked to be convened on Thursday, will be held next week, according to senior members of both parties.

As Workers Boycott Overtime, CPP Goes on Counteroffensive

As thousands of garment factory workers continued to boycott working overtime in the first phase of a threatened nationwide strike, Prime Minister Hun Sen and CPP-aligned union leaders have launched their own campaign to keep the industry’s labor force at work.

Phnom Penh Governor on Crusade to Shut Down Shisha Cafes

Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong said Tuesday he would shut down the shisha bars—where customers smoke flavored tobacco through large Middle-Eastern style water pipes—that have recently sprung up around the city.

Case of Trafficked Deaf Girl to Be Reinvestigated

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday decided to send the case of two people charged with trafficking a 13-year-old deaf, mute and HIV-positive girl to a brothel back to the investigating judge so that he could examine video footage that one suspect claims provides her with an alibi.

Villagers File Complaint Over Chief Stealing Land

Five families from Oddar Meanchey province’s Samraong district have filed a complaint with district authorities and rights group Adhoc in a bid to reclaim more than 16 hectares of land they allege was sold to other villagers by their village chief without their permission.

UDG Accused of Farming Instead of Building

The Chinese-owned Union Development Group in Koh Kong province is bulldozing swaths of its land concession, originally intended for a massive tourist resort, to plant cassava and palm oil trees instead, a CNRP lawmaker-elect said Monday.

Rainsy Greets Supporters at ‘Russian Market’

Opposition CNRP leader Sam Rainsy paid a surprise visit to Phnom Penh’s Tuol Tompoung market in Chamkar Mon district Monday, chatting with vendors, purchasing fish and even giving $25 to an elderly peanut seller to help her small business.

Ranariddh to Re-Enter Politics With New Party

Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who became first prime minister of Cambodia after the 1993 U.N.-sponsored elections, will form a new party and re-enter the political arena, according to his cabinet chief.

Criticism Grows Over Australia’s Refugee Request

The Australian government continued to draw fire at home Monday for asking Cambodia, one of the poorest countries in the region, to make a home for some of the thousands of asylum seekers trying to reach Australia’s shores.

Hun Sen Meets Chinese Communist Party Official

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday met with Chen Fengxiang, a vice minister of the International Department of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee, to discuss ways to strengthen relations between the two countries.

IFC Ombudsman to Help Settle Phnom Penh Airport Land Dispute

Representatives for the hundreds of families facing eviction from homes around Phnom Penh International Airport have agreed to let the compliance ombudsman of the International Finance Corporation, the private investment arm of the World Bank, mediate a solution to the land dispute with the government and the airport’s private operator.

Garment Workers Begin Boycott of Overtime

Labor unions and garment factory owners gave opposing reports of the scale of an overtime boycott that began Monday as the first phase of a nationwide labor strike planned for next month.

Man Stabs Himself Before Police Arrest Him for Child Sex Offenses

A 70-year-old Canadian national stabbed himself multiple times with a pocketknife on Sunday in a rented room in Siem Reap City as police arrived at his guesthouse to arrest him for alleged child sex offenses, police said Monday.

Promises of Marriage in China Turn to Nightmare

After dolling up to look like the neat and obedient wives they were meant to become, the three new arrivals from Cambodia sat on a couch to await their future Chinese husbands.

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Big Drop Reported in Child Labor in Cambodia Fashion Factories

While the United Nations says child labor has fallen sharply in Cambodia's garment factories, many informal subcontractors using children are escaping scrutiny, activists said Tuesday. 

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