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Monks banned from joining march to support Rong Chhun

Eight monks from Battambang province were prevented from joining activists and supporters in a protest in Phnom Penh on August 5 to demand the release of prominent union leader Rong Chhun, who was jailed last week over comments he made allegedly distorting information on Cambodia-Vietnam border issues.

Talks over labor dispute at Siem Reap hotel break down

Negotiations between Siem Reap’s Le Meridien Angkor Hotel and its employees over a labor dispute involving reduced wages and the termination of three union activists broke down on August 3 after the provincial labor department said it would address the two issues separately.

Government says activists have no right to ‘interfere’ in border affairs

A government spokesman has said that nongovernmental organizations and activists have no right to interfere in the nation’s border affairs after union leader Rong Chhun’s arrest on July 31 led to calls from civil society groups and his supporters that he be freed.

Police warn Rong Chhun’s supporters to cease protests

Phnom Penh Municipal police warned a group of Rong Chhun’s supporters on August 3 that they would face legal action if they continued to protest to demand the release of the union leader, who was charged days before for distorting information regarding the country’s border.

Rong Chhun charged with incitement over border comments

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has charged outspoken union leader Rong Chhun for incitement to commit a felony over comments he made about demarcation border posts between Cambodia and Vietnam, which the government has said is disinformation.

Families of jailed CNRP members vow to secure their release

Now in their seventh week of peaceful protests outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, family members of jailed former Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) members have said they will not rest until their relatives who were arrested for their alleged involvement in a plot to topple the government are released.

Cambodian migrant workers return from Jordan

Nearly 30 Cambodian migrant workers returned to Cambodia from Jordan on July 31 after they were stranded without employment or income in the country for more than three months.

Desperation mounts as garment workers await resolution

A 47-year-old-woman sat on a bamboo bed in front of her rented room in Sitbou commune’s Prek Tapring village recalling the growing difficulties in her daily life after the garment factory in which she was employed had failed to pay workers for months, eventually shutting down.

UN experts concerned over intimidation of rights defender

A groupof United Nations human rights experts have sought clarification from the government over the public intimidation of a human rights defender for Licadho following comments he made in the media that led to the threat of arrest.

Report shows persistent restriction of fundamental freedoms

A report released this week analyzing the state of fundamental freedoms in Cambodia showed the ongoing restriction of the freedom of association and freedom of expression between April 2019 and March 2020, noting a continued crackdown on political dissent and the silencing of free speech.

As EBA cuts near, groups appeal for respect of human rights

International civil society groups have called on foreign governments to demand that the Cambodian government address its deteriorating human rights record and restore democracy as the country’s “Everything but Arms” trade tariff breaks are set to be partially revoked next month.

Information Ministry to push ‘fake news’ education over draft law

The Information Ministry has decided not to prepare a draft law on fake news and disinformation despite requests from within the government, and instead will focus on educating journalists on how to strengthen the public’s access to reliable information, according to minister Khieu Kanharith.

Police block garment workers marching to Hun Sen’s house

Police and security guards blocked about 100 workers who attempted to march to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s house on July 23 to submit a petition seeking a resolution after their factory shut down without providing benefit payments.

Government surveying garment workers ahead of wage talks

The Ministry of Labor has launched a nationwide survey on living conditions and the effects of Covid-19 on garment workers to help determine the need for a minimum wage raise ahead of this year’s three-party talks,as union leaders questioned whether the results would be accurate.

Environmental activist lodges complaint over alleged beating, intimidation

An environmental activist in Ratanakkiri province filed a lawsuit on July 20 against six local officials and 10 villagers for allegedly committing acts of violence against him, intimidating him to withdraw a complaint and threatening his life.

Court reminds Kem Sokha of bail conditions after trip to provinces

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 20 sent a letter reminding former opposition party leader Kem Sokha to respect the terms of his court-supervised bail after he made his first trip to the provinces since he was released from house arrest late last year.

Doubts raised over plan to urge former migrants to farm

Pai Pun was excited when he was invited to join a meeting in May on a new work opportunity at Kantraing commune office in Siem Reap province’s Prasat Bakong district after returning to Cambodia from Thailand at the start of the Covid-19 lockdown there two months earlier.

Ratanakkiri officials face scrutiny for allegedly threatening activists

A local civil society group called on the Justice Ministry to investigate authorities in Ratanakkiri province for allegedly intimidating environmental activists to withdraw their complaint against corrupt officials related to the destruction of a community forest.

Amid Covid-19, thousands of garment workers protest for pay

Thousands of workers at 12 shuttered garment and footwear factories have protested this year after owners have failed to pay them the salaries and benefits they are owed as the global Covid-19 pandemic has caused hundreds of factory suspensions.

Supreme Court sends Rath Rott Mony’s case for retrial

The Supreme Court on July 15 sent the case of RT fixer Rath Rott Mony for retrial after finding that the Court of Appeal’s decision to uphold his conviction for incitement was incorrect.