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Six face trial in Sihanoukville building collapse

The Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on June 25 and 26 tried four Chinese nationals, and one Vietnamese and Cambodian who were involved in a building collapse in Preah Sihanouk Province that killed 28 and injured 26 on June 22 last year.

Newspaper publisher arrested over Facebook posts

The publisher of the Khmer Nation newspaper was arrested on June 25 for criticizing Prime Minister Hun Sen in a post he made on social media, which officials have said are incitement to cause chaos.

Unions appeal for minimum wage talks to proceed as scheduled

Garment factory unions and workers have called on the government to adhere to its schedule to negotiate a minimum wage increase for workers this year after the garment industry’s representative group released a statement calling for annual wage negotiations to be delayed.

Memory of deadly building collapse lingers for Sihanoukville workers

Workers gathered this week to mark the one year anniversary of a building collapse in Preah Sihanouk province that killed 28, and spoke of their fears of returning to construction work as the provincial court is set to begin hearings on June 25 to try four men for manslaughter in the case.

Grand new CPP headquarters reflects party’s ambition to rule for ‘50 years, 100 years’

Prime Minister Hun Sen boasted this week that his party’s new $30-million headquarters was built to last a century, prompting criticism from the opposition that the CPP had no intention to ever give up power.

Demonstration for conservation of Koh Kong island shut down

Phnom Penh authorities shut down a demonstration on June 22 held by a group of activists from environmental NGO Mother Nature to raise awareness of a new development slated for Koh Kong Krao island, representatives of the group said this week.

Unions urge ministry to reverse severance payment delays

Representatives of 14 major trade unions submitted a petition to the Labor Ministry on June 22 calling for employers to provide annual severance pay owed to workers after the ministry said it would not require companies to make the payments until 2021.

Activist Kung Raiya seeks asylum in Thailand

Activist Kung Raiya is seeking political asylum in Thailand after he was handed a two-year sentence on charges of incitement for selling T-shirts bearing the image of slain political analyst Kem Ley last year.

Workers go unpaid as construction sector slows

More than 40 construction workers held a strike this week after going months without pay while working at the site of the DNC Mall in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kok district, in just one example of the toll that the recent economic slowdown is taking on construction laborers.

Hundreds block national road to demand return of pagoda land

Hundreds of local residents and monks blocked a national road on June 19 in a protest against a sand dredging company they say is illegally occupying pagoda land.

Man tests positive for Covid-19 upon return from Malaysia

A 21-year-old migrant worker has tested positive for Covid-19 after returning to Cambodia from Malaysia on June 16, according to the Health Ministry, marking the 129th recorded case of the virus in the country since January 28.

Factory says it did not unfairly terminate union members

A lawyer for QMI garment factory has denied claims made by union leaders and activists last month that the factory had unfairly terminated them due to their union involvement.

NagaWorld casino workers petition government for financial help

More than 200 NagaWorld employees submitted a petition at the Ministry of Labor to request a stimulus payment of $40 per month as entertainment venues remain closed in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Migrant workers home from Malaysia at last

More than 100 Cambodian migrant workers returned home on June 16 after being stranded in Malaysia for months amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Yet again, Phnom Penh residents say OCIC is snatching their land

Sixty-five families living on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva peninsula say their lives are in limbo with tycoon Pung Khieu Se’s Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation (OCIC) trying to seize their land to build a $3-billion satellite city.

Ratanakkiri journalist summoned to court for alleged incitement

The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court has summoned a local television journalist for questioning after a Banlung official filed a complaint against him alleging he had committed “incitement” by spreading disinformation in a report on land clearing at the site of the disused Ratanakkiri Airport.

Entertainment workers make fresh appeal for gov’t support

A group of more than 20 entertainment industry workers submitted a second petition to the Labor Ministry on June 10 appealing for financial assistance while KTVs and nightclubs remain closed amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

Thai Activist Abducted in Phnom Penh; Police Reluctant to Investigate

A Thai pro-democracy activist living in exile in Phnom Penh was allegedly abducted on June 4, according to Human Right Watch (HRW), with the group requesting that Cambodian authorities urgently investigate.

Number of Covid-19 Cases May Be Higher Than Recorded, Pasteur Institute Says

A doctor at the Pasteur Institute’s Virology Unit said on June 4 that the number of Covid-19 cases in Cambodia could be over 125 patients due to difficulties in carrying out comprehensive testing, and called on the Ministry of Health to join in new research on the virus.

Garment groups call for delay in implementation of EBA

Cambodian apparel and footwear sector groups and the EU’s business chamber in Cambodia have appealed to the European Union to postpone its partial suspension of duty-free trade with Cambodia due to the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on Cambodia’s economy.