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Cambodia, Australia Ink Controversial Refugee Deal

Interior Minister Sar Kheng and Australia’s immigration minister, Scott Morrison, signed a memorandum of understanding in Phnom Penh on Friday sealing a deal to have refugees who sought asylum in Australia sent to Cambodia.

Cambodia, Australia Sign Refugee Deal

Interior Minister Sar Kheng and Australia’s immigration minister, Scott Morrison, signed a memorandum of understanding in Phnom Penh on Friday afternoon, finalizing a deal to have refugees who sought asylum in Australia sent to Cambodia from the South Pacific island of Nauru, where they are currently being held.

Subedi Calls for Independence of State Institutions

In his last appearance at the Human Rights Council in Geneva in his capacity as the U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia, Surya Subedi on Wednesday made a final plea to the government to embrace “independent institutions” in order to realize real reform.

Old Photos Shed New Light on Refugee Camps

An amateur photographer has handed over a remarkable collection of images from at least 13 Cambodian refugee camps on the Thai border to the Documentation Center of Cambodia.

Controversial Assembly Rules Put to the Test

In the first test of new, wide-reaching rules that give National Assembly President Heng Samrin the power to decide who is allowed to enter the assembly grounds, a prominent government critic was allowed to meet with the parliamentary Anti-Corruption Commission on Friday.

KR Case 002/02 to Begin Next Month

The Khmer Rouge tribunal is set to open evidentiary hearings in the second phase of Case 002 on October 17, a year and a day after closing statements began in the first portion of the trial.

Elderly Woman Loses Fight to Keep Land in Phnom Penh

A determined attempt by an elderly woman to hold onto a plot of land she says she has farmed since 1979 in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district proved futile on Thursday morning, when police and security guards demarcated the property for development by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cousin Dy Proem.

Foreign Minister to Address UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Hor Namhong is scheduled to address the U.N. General Assembly in New York a week after the country’s outgoing human rights envoy, Surya Subedi, delivers his account of the situation in Cambodia before the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

One Year On, No Justice for Shooting Victim Mao Sok Chan

One year after security forces shot and killed 29-year-old mo- torbike courier Mao Sok Chan, following an opposition protest in Phnom Penh, no one has been held accountable for his death, prompting fresh calls for his killer to be brought to justice.

OCIC Demolishes Villagers’ Shacks in Chroy Changva

Eight shacks were demolished as development giant Overseas Cambodian Investment Corporation pushed ahead with its $3-billion satellite city project in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva district on Friday, leaving the fate of another nine families hanging in the balance after they refused to take a compensation deal.

Don Sahong Protest Cruise Thwarted by City Hall

Plans for a protest cruise on the Tonle Sap river in Phnom Penh to highlight concerns over Laos’ Don Sahong hydropower dam were scrapped on Thursday after City Hall ordered the organizers to remain on land.

Corruption, Impunity Rule in Cambodia: Report

Rampant corruption has undermined the integrity of the judicial system and law enforcement agencies, making them the state’s weakest institutions, according to a wide-ranging report released Tuesday by Transparency International.

Proposal Aims to Bring Workers’ Voices to Negotiating Table

A proposed project hopes to channel the widespread use of mobile phones among factory workers to bring the voice of the 600,000 Cambodians employed in the crucial garment sector into future wage negotiations.

As Two Prisons Are Built, Use of Funds Is Questioned

In December, Kuy Bunsorn, director-general of the General Department of Prisons, announced that ground would be broken on two new prisons in Pailin and Oddar Meanchey provinces to alleviate chronic overcrowding. But while both prisons appear to have received equal funds for construction, there is a marked difference in how the projects have proceeded.

Migrant Children Tell of Detention in Thailand

The children of Cambodian migrant workers detained in Thailand spend weeks at a time in a squalid Bangkok detention center, where they face hunger, overcrowding and violence, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch.

Gov’t to Spend $56M on Childhood Development

The government on Monday launched a $56.5-million interministerial initiative to improve the nutrition, mental development and education of young children around the country.

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Appoints New Trial Chamber Judge

King Norodom Sihamoni on Monday formally appointed Austrian Judge Claudia Fenz to the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s five-person Trial Chamber.

Need to Improve Knowledge of Arrest Rights, Lessen Use of Force

On April 3, during a confrontation with security forces after she attempted to gain access to Phnom Penh’s cordoned-off Freedom Park, CNRP lawmaker Mu Sochua whipped out a small yellow card and began to read out loud her rights in the event of an arrest.

Gov’t Must Probe ‘Enforced’ Disappearance: UN

The UN and human rights groups called on the government Friday to honor its obligations as a party to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and thoroughly investigate the disappearance of 16-year-old Khem Sopath, who was last seen lying bloodied and injured during violent protests in January.

Researchers Probe Alleged KR Island Massacre

The attention of researchers at the Documentation Center of Cambodia has been sharply focused on Koh Tang since January, when a Vietnamese military official claimed it had been the site of a large-scale massacre of Vietnamese citizens at the hands of Khmer Rouge captors.