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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.

Workers from shuttered factories petition Kandal court for pay

More than 200 workers from the shuttered Dignity Knitter and Eco Base factories in Kandal province’s Takhmao City marched to deliver a petition to the provincial court on July 13 after going without pay and benefits for nearly seven months.

Land activist tried in absentia on decade-old incitement charge

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on July 14 heard the case of a land rights activist charged with incitement for her involvement in a long-running dispute in Kampong Chhnang province, although she did not attend the trial for fear of arrest.

Four years after Kem Ley’s murder, justice still elusive

Traditional music drifted from loudspeakers and mixed with voices from the crowd at a ceremonial tent as two large, beaming portraits of slain social and political analyst Kem Ley beckoned supporters inside.

Unions appeal to Hun Sen’s cabinet to ensure seniority indemnity payments

More than 40 representatives from 21 unions and associations on July 13 submitted a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet asking that it intervene to urge employers to provide annual seniority indemnity payments to workers for 2019 and 2020.

Groups again call for impartial investigation into Kem Ley’s killing

Thirty international and local civil society organizations demanded the government establish an independent commission to investigate the killing of prominent political commentator Kem Ley, saying that authorities have failed to take steps towards an impartial inquiry.

Police block ceremony to mark anniversary of Kem Ley’s killing

Chamkar Mon district police officials and security guards on July 8 prevented youth activists and monks from marching and detained a man wearing a T-shirt with Kem Ley’s image during a gathering to commemorate the anniversary of the death of the prominent analyst who was killed on July 10, 2016.

Stranded migrant workers waiting on ticket home from Jordan

Factory owners have said they would buy plane tickets home for more than 20 Cambodian migrant workers who have been trapped in Jordan without employment or income for more than three months after a meeting this week.

Deputy governor, oknha face corruption charges in land dispute

A Phnom Penh Municipal Court prosecutor on July 7 charged Battambang Provincial Deputy Governor Sou Arafat and an oknha, Sorng Than, with corruption for their involvement in a land dispute with 200 villagers.

Amid ongoing restrictions, NGOs make final appeal for amendments to Lango

Civil society groups and NGOs claim that their freedom of assembly is being restricted by local authorities while final amendments to the Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations, or Lango, were discussed by a government working group this week.

NagaWorld to partially reopen as workers await financial support

NagaWorld is set to partially reopen this week after Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that casinos nationwide may restart operations, but only some of its staff will return to work with thousands still demanding emergency funding support.

Labor Ministry warns union leader for allegedly inciting workers

The Labor Ministry has warned a union president for engaging in activities that violate the Law on Trade Unions, accusing her of inciting garment workers to pressure and threaten their employers.

Supreme Court hears cases of jailed RT fixer, former RFA journalists

The Supreme Court on July 1 heard the appeal of jailed translator Rath Rott Mony who been sentenced to two years which is related to Moscow-based RT News’ sex-trafficking documentary.

Six months on, over 1,000 factory workers await compensation

More than 1,000 garment workers from two factories in Kandal province are waiting on a joint committee of Labor Ministry and local officials to decide their fate after going six months without pay.

Concerns raised over efficacy of new cash plan for impoverished families

Kampong Cham province’s Prey Chhor district: Sim Chreb, a recently-unemployed mother of two said late last month that her family has been waiting to receive more information on a cash transfer from the government after hearing about the plan to help impoverished families amid Covid-19 one week before.

Report shows effect of debt burden on garment workers

A report released by a group of labor rights organizations this week highlighted how the burden of debt on garment workers has grown in recent months in the wake of Covid-19, calling on microloan providers and the government to relieve the burden by suspending loan payments and interest accrual for at least three months.

Newspaper publisher charged over social media posts

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on June 28 charged the publisher of the Khmer Nation newspaper for incitement over social media posts he made last week in which he criticized Prime Minister Hun Sen, a police official confirmed.