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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.
The Labor Ministry on September 11 upheld the decision by Pactics garment factory management to fire a union leader and union activist in June, saying the dismissals were legal.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) in Geneva has called on the Cambodian government to immediately release the 12 activists who are currently being held on incitement charges and to end its intimidation of civil society organizations.
Preah Sihanouk provincial police on September 8 arrested six people, including four journalists, for allegedly threatening and extorting money from a Chinese national.
The government decided to increase the minimum wage for garment and footwear industry workers by $2 to $192 per month for 2021, a decision that has left unions and employers dissatisfied after the two parties failed to come to an agreement in talks that ended September 10.
The Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court on September 8 questioned two plaintiffs representing a group of families who filed a lawsuit against four officials and 13 local businessmen alleging that they engaged in bribery and forged documents to claim ownership of 100 hectares of land in a long-running conflict.
While hundreds of workers from the shuttered Violet Apparel factory submitted a petition to the European Union’s Delegation to Cambodia seeking help securing unpaid benefits, a ministry official has said that the factory’s owner has not filed the necessary paperwork exempting him from paying workers.
Four more activists were arrested and charged with incitement over the past two days for planning a peaceful rally at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park to seek justice for other demonstrators who have been detained in the past month, a move civil society groups say shows that the government is ramping up its restrictions of fundamental freedoms.
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged three environmental activists with incitement to disturb social security on September 6, a move civil society groups have said is meant as a threat to others who dare to criticize the government.
Several of Cambodia’s independent garment workers’ unions joined a global anti-union busting campaign this month as leaders and activists have said they are facing discrimination, with hundreds of members laid off in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The first three-party meeting to set the minimum wage for garment and footwear industry workers for 2021 was held September 3, with employer representatives seemingly looking to avoid a raise due to economic struggles in the wake of Covd-19, and unions proposing a nearly $12 increase.
Three environmental activists from the NGO Mother Nature were detained for questioning on September 3 over posts they made on social media saying they planned to march to the prime minister’s house to raise awareness on environmental issues caused by the filling in of Boeng Tamok lake.
Supporters and activists are continuing to protest for the release of prominent union leader Rong Chhun, calling on international communities, notably countries that are signatories to the Paris Peace Agreements, to pressure the government into securing the release of Chhun and other activists who were jailed last month.
Former opposition party leader Kem Sokha on September 2 took to social media to demand he be allowed to engage in politics and reiterated calls on the court to drop the treason charge against him, while three other ex-senior CNRP officials have also requested their political rights be restored.
Notorious Khmer Rouge prison commander Kaing Guek Eav, alias Comrade Duch, died in the early morning on September 2 at age 77 in a hospital in Phnom Penh.
About 400 workers at Pactics (Cambodia) factory in Siem Reap province entered their fifth day of strike action on September 1, demanding the reinstatement of two outspoken union activists and back pay and benefits for 80 employees who were laid off in April in the wake of Covid-19.
Unions have settled on a recommended minimum wage increase of almost $12 ahead of three-party discussions with factory and government representatives that will determine the base salary for Cambodia’s garment and footwear industry workers for 2021.
A recent initiative by a coalition of local and international nonprofits will focus on educating garment industry workers and collective transport drivers in a bid to prevent traffic accidents, which remain a major safety concern for factory employees as they travel to and from work.
A group of families in Banteay Meanchey province filed a lawsuit on August 5 against four officials and 13 local businessmen alleging they used forged documents to claim ownership of more than 100 hectares of land in a long-running conflict dating back nearly two decades.
Employees of the Cambodian Cultural Village tourism park in Siem Reap resumed strike action on August 23, demanding the company pay monthly wages and benefits that have been cut since April due to decreased tourism to the province.