Child Protection Unit forms online group to fight cyber exploitation

The Child Protection Unit (CPU) has established Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) – an online group created to combat any form of online child sexual exploitation and abuse. In a Facebook post on Saturday where he made the announcement, ICU operations director James McCabe said ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/child-protection-unit-forms-online-group-fight-cyber-exploitation

NGOs note children’s rights achievements

The Joining Force Alliance, a coalition of six large organisations focusing on children’s rights, issued a report yesterday praising Cambodia’s achievements in defending children’s rights over the past three decades. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50661318/ngos-note-childrens-rights-achievements/

Cambodia feared lagging behind predators in cybersex trafficking crackdown

U.S. and Australian crime fighters are preparing Cambodia for a spike in online child sex abuse cases but local officials fear that predators are a step ahead of police due to narrow laws.​​​​ The spread of cheap, high-speed internet and the rise in mobile phone ...

Matt Blomberg
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-sexcrimes-children/cambodia-feared-lagging-behind-predators-in-cybersex-trafficking-crackdown-idUSKCN1VW00B

New joint committee to tackle child abuse

Ministries and child protection NGOs have jointly established a committee on the Implementation of an Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation spokesman Touch Channy said. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-joint-committee-tackle-child-abuse

Some 30K child workers saved

A senior official of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training said on Wednesday that around 30,000 Cambodian children had been rescued from the most serious forms of hard labour in the Kingdom over the past five years. A further 180,000 had been prevented from ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/some-30k-child-workers-saved

Japan donates $2M to child violence project

The governments of Cambodia and Japan, along with Unicef, on Tuesday jointly launched a project to prevent violence against minors. It aims to accelerate action to end all forms of it in the Kingdom, with more than one million vulnerable children increasingly protected. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/japan-donates-2m-child-violence-project

Cambodian children still vulnerable to sex abuse by foreigners: NGO

Samleang Seila, executive director of APLE, yesterday during a workshop said that developing countries do not yet have concrete means to discourage and prevent the sexual abuse of children. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50563914/cambodian-children-still-vulnerable-to-sex-abuse-by-foreigners-ngo/

Boost child rights: Hun Sen

As International Children’s Day and the World Day Against Child Labour draw near, Prime Minister Hun Sen has called on ministries, institutions and local authorities to prevent violations of children’s rights and to take action to protect children from all forms of violence while promoting ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50494033/boost-child-rights-hun-sen/

Child protection plan rolled out

The government unveiled a long-awaited national plan to combat violence against children yesterday, four years after a countrywide survey revealed that more than half of children in Cambodia are physically abused. ...

Daphne Chen
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/child-protection-plan-rolled-out

Street children miss school

The Alliance for Conflict Transformation on Saturday published a report into the challenges faced by children working on the streets of Phnom Penh, many of whom are unable to attend school and suffer multiple health problems. ...

Sen David
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5081248/street-children-miss-school/

United Nations envoy to probe children’s rights

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia will pay her fourth visit to the country from August 8 to 18 to examine children’s rights, among other issues. ...

Mom Sophon
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5076543/united-nations-envoy-probe-childrens-rights/

Gaps persist in laws protecting kids: UN

A draft United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report released at a workshop on Monday praises efforts to crack down on sexual abuse of children but calls for measures to curb child pornography.​​ ...

Martin de Bourmont and Kong Meta
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gaps-persist-laws-protecting-kids-un

Laws failing young sex exploitation victims

Child sex tourism is continuing to damage the lives of young Cambodians, while the internet is enabling perpetrators to carry out abuse, the Justice Minister has warned.​ ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/40172/laws-failing-young-sex-exploitation-victims/

Poipet children face abuse

The trend of Cambodian workers flocking to Thailand can have a devastating ripple effect on children living on the margins in the border town of Poipet, where they face a litany of risks such as drug use, sexual abuse and physical violence, according to a ...

Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/poipet-children-face-abuse

Over 35,000 kids still in care

A staggering 35,000 Cambodian children and young people continue to be housed in a range of residential care facilities, with many of them flying under the government’s radar, according to a new report released by the Ministry of Social Affairs yesterday. ...

Touch Sokha and Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/over-35000-kids-still-care

PM calls out US again for bombs

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday used a speaking slot at a children’s rights conference to once again castigate the United States, urging the UN to “increase its volume” in condemning the US for dropping bombs that maimed and killed children.​ ...

Touch Sokha and Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-calls-out-us-again-bombs

Child torturer won’t be extradited, mother says

Despite initial hopes that the man who tortured her 2-year-old son last year would face trial in Cambodia, the child’s mother said on Tuesday that Vietnamese police have informed her that the abuser would not be extradited from Vietnam. ...

Phan Soumy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/child-torturer-wont-be-extradited-mother-says-125580/

Child-rescuing maverick now hunting pedophiles

Even by his own admission, it is an extraordinary change in fortunes for Adam Whittington. Eight months ago, the so-called “child recovery agent” was languishing in a stark Lebanese jail facing kidnapping charges after a failed attempt to snatch two children from the streets of Beirut ...

George Wright
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/child-rescuing-maverick-now-hunting-pedophiles-124529/

As surrogacy trade grows, government charts course

The government will meet this month to begin addressing concerns that the lack of regulation for the surrogacy trade could lead to a proliferation of brokers working in Cambodia and foreign couples traveling to the country to take advantage of their services. The Ministry of ...

Sonia Kohlbacher
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/surrogacy-trade-grows-government-charts-course-117169/

Justice system failing child victims: experts

Cambodia’s justice system often fails to support children who are victims of and witnesses to crime, many of whom are so terrified to appear in court that they’re unable to give testimony, children’s rights experts said yesterday. ...

Cristina Maza and Bun Sengkong
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/justice-system-failing-child-victims-experts

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