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Human rights

Cambodia rejects UN rights claim

Cambodia’s Permanent Mission to the UN Office in Geneva on Friday hit back at David Kaye, the UN special rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression after he raised concerns over the repression of free speech and ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/cambodia-rejects-un-rights-claim

NGO report: Gov’t wrong to evict poor

Prek Pnov district authorities have denied a report by NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) which claims that it continued to evict poor families from their homes over the past three months while they struggled financially due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngo-report-govt-wrong-evict-poor

Road impacts addressed

Addressing the economic and environmental impacts from two major road projects, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport on Tuesday said issues related to the renovations of National Road 2 are 98.5 per cent resolved while for National Road 22, it is 100 per cent ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/road-impacts-addressed

New independant human rights centre to be launched in Kingdom

Cambodian Human Rights Committee spokesman, Chin Malin, said the government is set to launch a new national independent human rights centre following recommendations from the UN. ...

Va Sonyka
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50736343/new-independant-human-rights-centre-to-be-launched-in-kingdom/

Government rejects NGO report on “war on drugs”

The government criticised a report released by Amnesty International on their website yesterday. The report speaks about human rights violations committed over the government’s “war on drug” campaign. It has resulted in tens of thousands of people being arrested since it started in 2017. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50722895/government-rejects-ngo-report-on-war-on-drugs/

Court releases forest activists accused of trespassing

The Kratie provincial court on Monday released four forest activists after protesters outside the court demanded their release. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-releases-forest-activists-accused-trespassing

Organisations denounce arrest of activists for alleged trespassing

The winner of the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize along with three other forestry activists were sent to the Kratie provincial court yesterday after Korean-owned Think Biotech Cambodia Co Ltd accused them of trespassing on company premises. ...

Pech Sotheary
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50702058/organisations-denounce-arrest-of-activists-for-alleged-trespassing/

Sweden pledges $3 million aid for human rights education

The Embassy of Sweden yesterday inked an agreement with Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law to strengthen human rights education in the Kingdom’s academic institutions.   ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50701266/sweden-pledges-3-million-aid-for-human-rights-education

National Police arrests three over COVID-19 social media hoaxes

The National Police yesterday said it will strengthen its campaign to clamp down on individuals spreading fake news about the COVID-19 outbreak on social media.​ ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50700785/national-police-arrests-three-over-covid-19-social-media-hoaxes

Ministry justifies wiretapping for national security

The law enforcement officers have the right to tap private communications when it is deemed to be jeopardising national security, officials said.​ ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50700265/ministry-justifies-wiretapping-for-national-security

MRC story on livelihoods of fishing communities along the Mekong

The Mekong River Committee (MRC) today released a report on safeguarding livelihoods for fishing communities in Mekong countries, including Cambodia. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50698419/mrc-story-on-livelihoods-of-fishing-communities-along-the-mekong

Information Ministry asks police to take measures against fake news spreaders

Information Ministry yesterday asked national police to take measures against several Facebook accounts which have allegedly accused the Kingdom of contracting COVID-19.​ ...

Khuon Narim
http://khmertimeskh.com/50696894/information-ministry-asks-police-to-take-measures-against-fake-news-spreaders

Ministry trains journos on Covid-19

In a bid to tackle the spread of misinformation, the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) will on Friday trained journalists on reporting correctly about Covid-19. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-trains-journos-covid-19

Ministry supports ‘sexy’ ban

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs plans to form an inter-ministerial working group soon to monitor, disseminate, educate and take action against those who spread and share pornographic pictures or videos on social media. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-supports-sexy-ban

ANZ compensates Cambodian families forcibly evicted to make way for sugar plantation

ANZ has agreed to compensate hundreds of Cambodian families who were forcibly evicted from their land to make way for a controversial sugar plantation and refinery. ...

Erin Handley
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-27/anz-compensates-cambodian-families-forcibly-evicted-sugar-plant/12006382

CamboJA pushes for further press law amendments

Some 20 journalists gathered on Tuesday at the Corner of Media Landscape in a meeting organised by the Cambodian Journalists Alliance (CamboJA) and the Cambodia Center for Independent Media (CCIM).​ The journalists held discussions on the challenges faced in the sector, including the difficulty in obtaining ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/camboja-pushes-further-press-law-amendments

Fifty houses bulldozed overnight as S’ville land dispute escalates

Fifty families claiming ownership of 5ha in Koki village, Bit Traing commune, in Prey Nop district, Preah Sihanouk province, on Monday protested on the site over claims that Ouk Sineth and his associates illegally encroached on their land, bulldozing their homes and crops during the ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fifty-houses-bulldozed-overnight-sville-land-dispute-escalates

Review of information law to be completed by month’s end

The ministries of Information, and Justice, will complete reviewing the penalties section of the draft law on access to information by the end of this month at the latest. Once the section is finalised, it will be submitted to the Council of Ministers early next month ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/review-information-law-be-completed-months-end

EU partially withdraws EBA

The EU Commission on Wednesday announced the partial withdrawal of the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme, citing a serious and systematic violation by Cambodia of principles in the four core human and labour rights. The suspension affects one-fifth or €1 billion ($1.08 billion) of Cambodia’s ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/eu-partially-withdraws-eba

Still no word about EBA but rice likely unaffected

Officials on Monday said the government had not received an official statement regarding the EU’s potential withdrawal of Cambodia’s Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme. The EU launched the EBA withdrawal procedure on February 12, citing “a deterioration of democracy [and] respect for human rights” in ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/still-no-word-about-eba-rice-likely-unaffected

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