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Activists demand Rong Chhun’s release despite Hun Sen’s arrest threat

A group of activists are continuing to protest for the release of prominent union leader Rong Chhun despite a warning from Prime Minister Hun Sen last week that there would be more arrests if the border issue is raised.

Unions’ campaign calls on government to guarantee benefit pay

More than 200 union leaders and activists from 17 unions and federations announced a social media campaign on August 14 to demand that the government hold factory owners accountable for paying benefits owed to employees.

Khmer Win Party leader arrested, two more charged with incitement

Police detained Khmer Win Party President Soung Sophorn on August 14 for allegedly distorting information related to border issues, bringing the total to 13 activists arrested while protesting for the release of imprisoned union leader Rong Chhun.

Land dispute activist handed suspended sentence

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on August 14 convicted a land rights activist of incitement to commit a felony and handed her a one-year suspended sentencefor her involvement in a long-running land dispute in Kampong Chhnang province.

Civil society groups call for draft Public Order Law to be scrapped

Civil society groups on August 13 called on the government to immediately discard the draft Law on Public Order, saying that it will lead to a crackdown on fundamental freedoms in the country as it grants overbroad powers to the government, allowing it to undermine human rights.

Villagers protest at ministries after land dispute arrests

About 30 villagers who fled their home villages in Tbong Khmum province on August 3 due to fear of arrest protested outside several ministries in Phnom Penh this week seeking a solution to a land dispute which led to more than 20 arrests.

Operator detained after crane collapse kills 5

Poipet city military police detained for questioning the operator of a crane that collapsed at a construction site on August 12, killing five people and injuring four who resided next to the site.

EBA suspension to take effect as industry unprepared to deal with fallout

The partial suspension of the European Union’s ‘Everything But Arms’ tariff-free agreement with Cambodia is set to take effect on August 12, as unions and civil society groups have said they are at a loss over how to deal with the impacts on the garment industry.

Ministry says peacekeeper with Covid-19 had no community interaction

A female Cambodian peacekeeper who returned from a United Nations mission to Mali in July tested positive for Covid-19 on August 8but has not been in recent contact with anyone outside of her family in Takhmao City, according to the Health Ministry.

Report shows 100,000 hectares of forest lost in Prey Lang

The Prey Lang Protected Area has lost more than 100,000 hectares of forest between 2000 and 2019, more than half of which became plantations, according to a report released August 10 by the NGO Jesuit Service Cambodia’s Ecology Program and the Cambodian Youth Network.

Siem Reap labor department warns hotel union leaders over protests

The Siem Reap provincial labor department on August 6 warned the leaders of two trade unions they had violated the union law by organizing protests at Le Meridien Angkor Hotel, which has been embroiledin a labor dispute since three union activist employees were terminated in July.

Entertainment workers feel strain as government support scarce

The government’s announcement that KTVs and clubs may reopen as restaurants amid the Covid-19 outbreak is not helping employees of the entertainment industry, as a vast majority have remained unemployed since March with no government support, according to a union leader.

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.