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ACU Drafting Whistleblower Protection Law

The head of the Anti-Corruption Unit said Thursday that the body’s jurist group had begun drafting a new law to protect witnesses and whistleblowers who come forward with information about graft and other crimes.

UN Envoy Makes First Address to Rights Council in Geneva

Rhona Smith, the U.N.’s new special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, on Tuesday addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva for the first time, telling the body that she planned to focus on marginalized people in the country.

UN Rights Envoy Calls For Stronger Rule of Law

Rhona Smith, the U.N.’s new special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, said at a press conference Thursday that she agreed with her predecessors’ calls for strengthened rule of law in the country, but added she had been impressed during her maiden visit by the government’s willingness to participate in reforms.

ADB Downgrades Country’s Economic Growth Projections

The Asian Development Bank on Tuesday lowered its growth forecasts for Cambodia, adjusting its projection for 2015 to 7 percent and its 2016 projection to 7.2 percent amid a slowdown in a number of the country’s key industries.

PM Tells Rights Envoy to Focus on Racism

Prime Minister Hun Sen met Monday with Rhona Smith, the U.N.’s new special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, asking the envoy to focus her efforts on racial discrimination, a spokesman for the prime minister said.

The Cycle of Rice: ‘Light Rice’

While farmers across the country finished transplanting rice seedlings in mid-August—painstakingly uprooting and replanting the seedlings in their paddies—some were also taking to their fields for the “light rice” harvest.

KR Survivor Recounts Horrors of Cham Purge

A civil party at the Khmer Rouge tribunal told the court Thursday that he could hear family members crying out to Allah in the moments before cadre executed them, while he and his wife hid in nearby bushes to avoid the same fate.

As UN Envoy Arrives, Rights Defenders Question Sway

As Rhona Smith, the U.N.’s new special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, began her first official visit to the country Wednesday, leading human rights activists were at odds over how much her position could influence the situation on the ground.

Witness Tells Tribunal of Mass Arrest of Chams

A day after the Khmer Rouge tribunal heard testimony describing the arrest and killing of hundreds of Cham people in Kompong Cham province in 1977, a witness told the court Tuesday that he saw the same group of villagers being led away for execution.

Witness at KR Tribunal Recounts Cham Massacre

A witness at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Monday recounted to the court how he helped guard hundreds of ethnic Cham people in Kompong Cham province before they were “smashed” during the Democratic Kampuchea period.

With Flashy Campaign, Military Seeks Officers

Against the sound of heavy drumming and chanting, the commercial quickly flips from scenes of elephant-mounted Angkorian warriors to the present day—young military cadets jogging in formation, performing calisthenics and playing football.

Ministry to Investigate Complaint From Seamen

The Interior Ministry’s anti-human trafficking department will investigate a complaint made against a local maritime school Tuesday by seven Cambodian seamen who fled from a pair of cargo ships last month after enduring what they described as slave-like conditions, an official said.

Master’s Work

Following months of painstaking efforts to document and build models of the works of one of Cambodia’s greatest architects, the Vann Molyvann Project concludes its summer school with a reception Saturday evening.

Documentary Hearing Resumes at KR Tribunal

A documentary hearing at the Khmer Rouge tribunal resumed Thursday, a week after it was postponed due to a walkout by the defendants’ lawyers.

Maritime School Official Questions Abuse Claims by Seamen

Two days after four men were repatriated to Cambodia following their escape from a cargo ship docked in the Philippines, an official at the maritime school where the group studied questioned the veracity of the reports of mistreatment.

Civil Society Groups Turning to Crowdfunding

In a bid to raise more money from within the country, civil society organizations are planning to launch a platform in November that will use crowdfunding via mobile phone credit to fund projects ranging from IT development to the arts.

Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan Blast Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Khmer Rouge tribunal defendants Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, in rare addresses to the court Thursday, both offered support to their defense teams while criticizing the Trial Chamber, a day after their lawyers walked out of a hearing in protest.

Starbucks to Enter Cambodian Market This Year

U.S. coffee giant Starbucks will enter the Cambodian market by the end of the year, with two outlets planned for Phnom Penh, the company said in a press release Thursday.

Defense Teams ‘Boycott’ Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Proceedings at the Khmer Rouge tribunal were halted Wednesday morning after defense teams for Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan walked out of the courtroom, with one lawyer calling the documentary hearing that was underway a “farce.”

Experts at Odds Over Effects of Yuan Devaluation

Economists and industry experts disagreed Tuesday on the effects that recent currency devaluations in China and Vietnam would have on the Cambodian economy.