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Police Deny Arrest of 36 Montagnards

The chief of police in Ratanakkiri province on Monday denied that authorities arrested 36 Montagnards, who the U.N. and local villagers say were deported to Vietnam last week while attempting to reach Phnom Penh to apply for asylum.

Authorities Seek Russian for Crimes in Cambodia, at Home

Police in Sihanoukville are seeking to arrest a Russian businessman who is wanted in his home country for possession of weapons and explosives as part of a criminal syndicate, according to Interpol.

Cambodia Offers to Assist Asean Peace Force Plan

Defense Minister Tea Banh on Monday agreed to support Malaysia’s proposal to establish a regional peacekeeping force by providing Cambodian deminers if the plan moves forward, according to Malaysian media.

Russians Arrested After Fight Over Kazantip Profits

Police arrested two Russian men at a rented villa in Sihanoukville on Saturday after a Moldovan man was injured in a fight that began when one side allegedly demanded a portion of the profits from the upcoming Kazantip music festival, officials said.

State-Secrets Law to Be Sent To Council of Ministers Soon

A draft law to protect state secrets has been in the works for more than two years and could be submitted to the Council of Minister for review in two months’ time, a senior police official said yesterday.

Latest Press Freedom Index Says No Gain for Cambodia

Press freedom in Cambodia showed no sign of improving last year, according to the 2015 press freedom index released on Thursday by Reporters Without Borders.

Nine Montagnard Asylum Seekers Join 23 Others in Ratanakkiri

Nine more Montagnard asylum seekers crossed into Ratanakkiri on Tuesday, bringing the total number hiding in the province’s O’Yadaw district to 32, a police official said Wednesday.

Gov’t Announces New Plan to Stop Violence Against Women

As violence against women remains pervasive throughout the country, the government on Tuesday launched a second action plan that it hopes will help give women greater protection.

Singaporean Bragged of Sex With Girl In Cambodia

A Singaporean man facing 140 counts of distributing child pornography, and who last week pled guilty to planning a trip to Cambodia to have sex with underage girls, in 2012 also boasted of intercourse with a 15-year-old, according to Singaporean media and court documents.

Four Montagnards Arrive in Capital After Evading Arrest

Four Montagnard asylum seekers, who narrowly escaped capture by police in Ratanakkiri province earlier this month, arrived in Phnom Penh on Monday, the U.N. said.

UN: Child Sex, Pornography Still Widespread

Cambodia has taken insufficient measures to combat child pornography and child sex abuse in the country, a U.N. watchdog said in a report Thursday.

Without Citizenship, Vietnamese Remain Adrift

Like many of his neighbors in Kompong Chhnang City’s Kandal village, Nguyen Van Hung, 59, settled on the Tonle Sap in the early 1980s when he came back to Cambodia after fleeing the Khmer Rouge a decade earlier. But on his return, he discovered that his Cambodian citizenship was no longer recognized.

Woman, Baby From HIV-Hit Commune Die

A 73-year-old woman and a 7-month-old girl—both of whom were among the more than 230 people in Battambang province’s Roka commune who tested positive for HIV—have died in the past week and a half, officials and an NGO worker said.

Three More Montagnard Asylum Seekers Arrive in Phnom Penh

Three Montagnard asylum seekers arrived in Phnom Penh last week and are applying for refugee status at the Interior Ministry’s refugee department, the U.N. and a rights group confirmed Monday.

Defense Ministry Denies Thai Report of Border Redraw

The Defense Ministry released a statement Friday denying Thai media reports that Cambodia had agreed to redraw a stretch of disputed border between Preah Vihear province and Thailand’s Ubon Ratchathani province.

Pair Charged Over Theft of 3-Star General’s Jewelry at 5-Star Hotel

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday charged two Sofitel employees with stealing more than $200,000 worth of jewelry from a three-star general’s locker at the hotel’s sports club, officials said.

Ratanakkiri Governor Suspects Montagnards Smuggled by Locals

The governor of Ratanakkiri province said Monday that he suspects 14 Montagnard asylum seekers hiding in the forests were illegally smuggled across the border from Vietnam by ethnic Jarai in the area.

UN Says Nine New Montagnards Add to ‘Urgency’ in Ratanakkiri

Two weeks after five Montagnard asylum seekers crossed into Ratanakkiri province from Vietnam, the U.N. said Sunday that reports of the arrival of nine more—including three children—added to the situation’s “urgency.”

Ministries Unclear Over Who Needs Work Permits

About three weeks after the interior and labor ministries announced a crackdown on foreigners without work permits, officials this week could provide few answers on how expatriates can comply with the country’s labor regulations.

UN Says Ratanakkiri Governor Unhelpful Over Montagnards

The governor of Ratanakkiri province is not cooperating with efforts by the U.N. to negotiate safe passage for five Montagnard asylum seekers who crossed the border from Vietnam nearly two weeks ago, a U.N. official said Thursday.