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Government warns union leader for allegedly inciting Cintri strike

The Labor Ministry has warned a union federation president for allegedly violating the Labor Law, accusing him of inciting workers from trash collection firm Cintri to go on strike to pressure their employer into guaranteeing their benefits and final pay should they lose their jobs.

Cintri employees hesitant to return to work

Employees of trash collection company Cintri were hesitant to return to work after it was decided in an October 7 meeting between company management, workers, and government representatives that the employees would only receive benefits if they were fired.

Hun Sen challenges critics to name country that can match China’s aid

Prime Minister Hun Sen on October 7 posed a question to countries that have been critical of Cambodia’s acceptance of Chinese aid, saying he would consider stepping down from office if any of his critics can name a country that can replace China’s assistance in building infrastructure.

Waste collectors on strike as City Hall reviews Cintri’s contract

About 1,000 employees of trash collection company Cintri have been on strike for four days to demand benefits as City Hall reviews the company’s exclusive garbage collection contract for the capital, with the protest causing waste to pile up in the streets.

Waste collectors on strike as City Hall reviews Cintri’s contract

About 1,000 employees of trash collection company Cintri have been on strike for four days to demand benefits as City Hall reviews the company’s exclusive garbage collection contract for the capital, with the protest causing waste to pile up in the streets.

Journalist handed 18-month sentence for incitement

The director of online news outlet TVFB was sentenced to 18 months in prison on October 5 after he reported on advice from Prime Minister Hun Sen to motorbike taxi drivers, telling them to sell their vehicles if the Covid-19 crisis is causing them financial distress.

Despite low pay, garment workers settle for jobs in labor

Wearing a safety helmet and a bright orange construction worker’s vest, Tha Sreyroth was not alone as she left a jobsite near Wat Phnom on October 1. She was in the company of more than a dozen other women laborers, a sight that has become increasingly common this year in an industry usually dominated by men.

Cambodia’s representative to UN interrupts activist monk at rights council

Prominent activist monk Luon Sovath’s speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council on October 2 was repeatedly interrupted by Cambodia’s permanent representative in Geneva, who said Sovath is “not a real monk” and brought up the rape and defamation charges against him, which the monk has denied.

Court cases underway for nearly 70 ex-CNRP members accused of “plotting”

Cambodian courts are currently processing cases against nearly 70 former CNRP members for plotting, and have already convicted 12 this year for their alleged links to the attempted return of acting party leader Sam Rainsy in November 2019.

Journalists attacked after reporting forestry crime

Four local online news journalists were attacked on September 28 by a group of men who they say were timber traders seeking revenge after the reporters had singled them out to police for committing forestry crimes.

UN chief’s report addresses intimidation of NGOs

As part of his annual address to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, UN Secretary-General António Guterres on September 30 will present a report calling on member states including Cambodia to educate public servants on reprisals and intimidation, noting that local officials had previously harassed groups for engaging with the UN.

Security guards stop ongoing strikes at Siem Reap hotel

Le Meridien Angkor Hotel used private guards to prevent workers from holding a strike in the hotel’s compound on September 28 after a union representing staff filed a complaint to overturn an injunction issued by the Siem Reap Provincial Court to stop the ongoing strikes.

NGOs call for changes to draft law on access to information

A group of civil society organizations on September 28 called on the government to revise the draft Law on Access to Information, taking particular issue with an article that says confidential information can be withheld in certain unspecified cases, while the Information Ministry has maintained that the draft will move ahead without further revision.

Demonstrator files complaint over guard’s use of violence

The wife of a former council member of the Cambodia National Rescue Party on September 25 filed a lawsuit against a district security guard who hurled her to the ground during a protest calling for the release of her jailed husband.

Constitution Day marked by praise and criticism

The government on September 23 marked Constitution Day by touting the charter as a foundation of peace and stability, while civil society groups said basic rights and fundamental freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution were not being upheld.

Ratanakkiri court questions environmental activist

The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court questioned an environmental activist on September 22 over a lawsuit he filed against six local officials and 10 villagers for intimidation, using intentional violence, and issuing death threats against him.

Ministry refuses petition as 1,000 protest over land disputes

Officials at the Land Management Ministry declined to accept a petition from nearly 1,000 protesters who had gathered outside the building on September 21 to demand a resolution to their long-running land disputes in several provinces.

More migrants return from Jordan, criticize work conditions

As a second group of migrant workers returned from Jordan on September 17, employees of two garment factories there have recounted the strenuous conditions they faced, made worse after Covid-19 forced the companies to suspend operations and cut workers’ pay earlier this year.

Unions boycott discussion on Labor Law amendments

Several unions and federations boycotted a meeting with garment industry and government representatives on September 15 to discuss amendments to the Labor Law that the unions say will harm the interests of garment and footwear industry workers.

UN concerned over investigation into Thai activist’s abduction

A group of United Nations experts expressed concern in a letter to the Cambodian government over a lack of progress in the investigation into the disappearance of a Thai pro-democracy activist living in exile in Phnom Penh who was allegedly abducted on June 4.