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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.