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Factory conditions improving: BFC

Better Factories Cambodia has found that more and more factories in the country are complying with its standards when dealing with critical worker issues after it began conducting studies on factory compliance. These critical issues include child labour, discrimination, forced labour and freedom of association. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50556414/factory-conditions-improving-bfc/

Kem Ley foundation registered

The Ministry of Interior has officially registered a newly created “Kem Ley Foundation Association” after months of processing the application. Chhim Kan, director of the Interior Ministry’s Department of Associations and Political Parties, yesterday confirmed the association’s registration had been successful. ...

Yon Sineat and Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kem-ley-foundation-registered

Government looks to make controversial amendments to Constitution

The Constitutional Council is planning to meet later this week to discuss amendments to the Constitution, including changes to an article guaranteeing the right for citizens to form organisations and political parties. The document, a letter of invitation to local media, outlines an agenda for the ...

Andrew Nachemson and Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/government-looks-make-controversial-amendments-constitution

Handful of protesters arrested at US Embassy

Around six people were arrested outside the United States Embassy in Phnom Penh yesterday for attempting to stage a small protest, but were released later in the afternoon after agreeing to not demonstrate again without a City Hall permit. ...

Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/handful-protesters-arrested-us-embassy

Weekly check-in rejected by NGOs in Oddar Meanchey

An annual reporting requirement under the contentious Law on Associations and NGOs, or LANGO, is being intentionally misinterpreted by local police, according to a group of NGOs in Oddar Meanchey province. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/weekly-check-rejected-ngos-oddar-meanchey

Tension builds before next ‘black Monday’

Security forces including riot police were deployed to Phnom Penh’s Borei Keila neighborhood on Tuesday to keep a watchful eye over activists in the area, as rights groups, undeterred by arrests of eight protesters on “Black Monday,” began planning next week’s demonstration.   ...

Ben Sokhean and George Wright
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/tension-builds-before-next-black-monday-112432/

Eight arrested over ‘black Monday’ protests

Eight human rights officers and activists clad in black were arrested on Monday during “Black Monday” protests in Phnom Penh, the first in a campaign to free four fellow rights workers and an election official who were jailed late last month on charges widely believed ...

Ben Sokhean and George Wright
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/eight-arrested-over-black-monday-protests-112371/

UN rights office voices concern at clampdown on political activism in Cambodia

The United Nations human rights office expressed concern today over a worsening climate for opposition politicians and activists in Cambodia, and stressed that the right to peaceful assembly and to freedom of expression belongs to all. ...

Big News Network Staff
http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/238122383/un-rights-office-voices-concern-at-clampdown-on-political-activism-in-cambodia

U.N.’s new rights envoy to make official visit to Cambodia tomorrow

The U.N.’s new special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith will make her first official visit eight-day in Cambodia. ...

The Cambodia Herald​ News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/un%E2%80%99s-new-rights-envoy-to-make-official-visit-to-cambodia-tomorrow-8955

Koh Kong police releases 17 protesters

Police in Koh Kong province on Wednesday late evening set free 17 people, including for local rights workers who were arrested over a protest in the province. ...

The Cambodia Herald​ News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/koh-kong-police-releases-17-protesters-8919

Rights group activists are detained for monitoring protests in Cambodia's Koh Kong

Seventeen members of a Cambodian rights group and environmental NGO were briefly detained by authorities in Cambodia’s southeastern Koh Kong province Wednesday as they observed protests calling for the release of three activists held for interfering with sand-dredging operations, sources said. ...

Den Ayuthea
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/onitoring-09022015170304.html

Protesters clash with authorities in Koh Kong

A group of protesters demanding the release of three jailed environmental activists in Koh Kong province clashed with authorities on Tuesday, as they attempted to file a petition to the residence of the provincial governor. ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/protesters-clash-with-authorities-in-koh-kong/2940836.html

Rural organizer runs afoul of impending NGO law

Not long ago, Sim Pov, a representative of 69 families from Kratie province, came to Phnom Penh to meet with urban housing rights protesters. He wanted to learn from them how he could organize his own community, which is locked in a land dispute with ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/rural-organizer-runs-afoul-of-impending-ngo-law/2925542.html

Cambodia: UN expert urges authorities to reject bill that 'threatens' free society

United Nations human rights expert Maina Kiai on Wednesday urged Cambodia to reject a draft law that would allow authorities to shut down and criminalize any group advocating for human rights, basic freedoms and good governance, saying it is not too late to reverse the ...

India Blooms News Staff
http://indiablooms.com/ibns_new/world-details/F/3866/cambodia-un-expert-urges-authorities-to-reject-bill-that-threatens-free-society.html

LANGO changes ‘too little’

The government yesterday confirmed four changes to the controversial NGO law in response to widespread criticism; opponents, however, say the edits are insignificant and the legislation remains a “severe violation” of Cambodia’s constitution. ...

Taing Vida and Shaun Turton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/lango-changes-too-little

ASEAN parliamentarians call on Cambodia to abandon restrictive, undemocratic NGO law

ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) today called on the Cambodian government to abandon its proposed Law on Associations and Non-governmental Organizations (LANGO), arguing that the ruling party has pursued a fundamentally undemocratic course in attempting to secure the passage of a law that threatens ...

Asian Tribune News Staff
http://www.asiantribune.com/node/87314

Demonstration and riot up, but crime down

In the first semester of the year, the number of demonstration and riot up but crime down, said a report of the Phnom Penh Police Commissariat. During that period, there were 236 cases of demonstrations and riots, up 55 cases compared to the same period of ...

The Cambodia Herald​ News Staff
http://thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/demonstration-and-riot-up-but-crime-down-8740

Cambodian activists, monks urge lawmakers to save endangered forest

Around 100 activists, including Buddhist monks, gathered in front of Cambodia’s parliament Monday to demand that lawmakers and the country’s Forestry Administration take action against illegal logging in endangered Prey Lang forest. ...

Prach Chev
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/forest-07062015163702.html

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