Associations and other membership groups
Ministry refutes impunity claims by journo coalition
The Ministry of Information has disputed a joint statement on impunity for crimes against journalists issued by the Coalition of Cambodian Journalists (CamboJA), Cambodian Centre for Independent Media (CCIM) and 32 other civil society organisations (CSOs). ...
Association disputes ‘crime haven’ tag as trafficking reports mount
The Federation of Khmer Chinese in Cambodia on Wednesday disputed international media characterizations of the country as a haven for criminal syndicates as attention grows on human trafficking at scam compounds. ...
Ministry: No unlawful protests
The Ministry of Interior is warning citizens not to take part in social justice protests. It issued a press release on Monday saying members of the groups Khmer Thavrak and Mother Nature Movement had been carrying out activities not registered at the ministry, which is required ...
Rainsy officially launches Cambodia National Rescue Movement, lays out five-point plan
Yesterday, Rainsy said the new Cambodia National Rescue Movement had a five-part plan, starting with appealing to the international community to take action. The next step is to work with “economic” partners to put financial pressure on the government.Next, Rainsy said the movement will encourage ...
Niem Chheng and Andrew Nachemson
NGOs told to file annual reports or face closure
The Ministry of Interior warned NGOs and associations yesterday to submit their annual financial reports or face legal action, including being shut down. ...
Smart backs Tech Startup projects
Leading mobile phone operator Smart Axiata has formed a partnership with The Asia Foundation, an international development NGO, to foster innovation and creativity among Cambodian tech startups. ...
Women’s Day plea for Vanny
Communities affected by land disputes have used the occasion of International Women’s Day today to urge the government to free activist Tep Vanny. They also called for the release of civil society organization officials and an NEC official who are being held in prison. ...
Opposition chooses its new leaders
The opposition CNRP decided to amend its internal regulations yesterday, paving the way for the political party to have three deputy presidents who will be announced and voted on at today’s party congress. ...
Protest violence as activist jailed
At least three women – one pregnant – and a man were hurt in a clash with security forces at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday after land rights activist Tep Vanny was jailed for two and a half years over a 2013 protest. ...
New tech hub for innovators
A new tech-centered co-working space is challenging the country’s young leaders to find practical ways technology can be utilized to create a positive impact on the day-to-day lives of people. ...
Post-Khmer Rouge PM dies
Pen Sovann, Cambodia’s first prime minister after the Vietnamese invasion in January 1979 that swept the Khmer Rouge from power and a serving opposition member of parliament, passed away at his home in Takeo province’s Duan Keo town on Saturday evening aged 80. ...
After five years, case against Boeung Kak activists has trial date
Four Boeung Kak lake activists, including recently jailed community leader Tep Vanny, will face trial next month for a five-year-old case of insulting and obstructing public officials during a 2011 protest at City Hall. ...
Teachers’ association condemned
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport issued a statement yesterday condemning the Cambodian Independent Teachers’ Association (CITA) for calling on the Kingdom’s teachers to strike or protest in support of opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Kem Sokha. ...
NGO under scrutiny has history of extortion
The environmental NGO at the center of an extortion scandal in Siem Reap province has a track record of using its employees as racketeers in order to enrich itself, according to officials who have previously dealt with the organization. ...
NGO cancels prison visit over government restrictions
Rights group Licadho says it is canceling its annual prison visits on international Human Rights Day, which this year falls on Thursday, for the first time in two decades in protest over what it says are new government restrictions. ...
Zsombor Peter and Mech Dara
Minister instructs incoming UNICEF director not to comment on NGO law
Human rights groups say the Foreign Affairs Minister was wrong to demand the incoming representative of Unicef not comment on controversial legislation to govern NGOs. In a statement Tuesday, the civil society groups said Minister Hor Namhong’s demands constitute a narrowing of democratic ideals. ...
Simple on purpose
Noun Phymean is an executive director at the People Improvement Organization (PIO). Born in Kampong Cham province, she spent over 12 years with the United Nations and other international organizations. Now, the hardworking humanitarian is focusing on helping some of the country’s most impoverished children. ...
Srey Kumneth and Nou Sotheavy
Koh Kong court protesters told to leave or be forced to move
Khemara Phoumint City deputy governor Pen Bunchhouy on Tuesday issued a letter to a group of protesters demanding that they vacate the area in front of the Koh Kong Provincial Court by Wednesday, threatening “action” if they refused. ...
Civil Society groups turning to crowdfunding
In a bid to raise more money from within the country, civil society organizations are planning to launch a platform in November that will use crowdfunding via mobile phone credit to fund projects ranging from IT development to the arts. ...
Court denies bail to activists as more protesters head to Koh Kong
The Koh Kong Provincial Court on Monday denied bail to three jailed activists from environmental NGO Mother Nature who were charged last mo nth with threatening to destroy barges operated by a sand dredging company, their lawyer said. ...