Law and judiciary

Legal aid

Bar association builds room for lawyer, client consultation

The Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC) has set up a legal office in all 25 municipal-provincial prisons to make it easier to maintain confidentiality between lawyers and clients in preparation for court proceedings. ...

Kim Sarom
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bar-association-builds-room-lawyer-client-consultation

CHRC marks notable achievements in providing free legal aid

The Cambodian Human Rights Committee  on Tuesday underlined three notable achievements made by its legal team, which it created last year to provide free legal services to the underprivileged. ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50698246/chrc-marks-notable-achievements-in-providing-free-legal-aid

Human rights committee’s legal hotline receives praise

Civil societies on Tuesday applauded the Cambodian Human Rights Committee’s (CHRC) new legal hotline meant to promote access to justice and empower financially vulnerable people.​​ CHRC spokesman Chin Malin told The Post on Thursday that a 35-strong legal team is to be placed on standby ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/human-rights-committees-legal-hotline-receives-praise

Legal policy on marginalised groups finished by gov’t, EU

Ministry of Justice and the European Union (EU) experts have finalised the draft policy to provide legal aid to marginalised groups in rural areas in the Kingdom. The ministry and the EU completed the draft during their Technical Support for Legal Aid Policy Development workshop ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/legal-policy-marginalised-groups-finished-govt-eu

Legal aid budget to rise by half

The government is to give the Bar Association a 50 percent boost in the legal aid budget by 2018 to pay lawyers who defend the poor for free. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5080576/legal-aid-budget-rise-half/

Japan Provides US$1.22 Million to ECCC

The Government of Japan has recently disbursed an amount of US$1,221,818 as its 2017 Fiscal Year contribution to the United Nations component of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). ...

Khan Sophirom
http://www.akp.gov.kh/?p=106960

UN envoy offers help with surrogacy laws

Visiting U.N. envoy Rhona Smith on Tuesday offered to help Cambodia draft its first laws on surrogacy, a ministry spokesman said. The special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, who arrived on Monday for a 10-day visit, met with Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana to discuss ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/un-envoy-offers-help-surrogacy-laws-119167/

NGOs targeted over mistress’ lies

Police will investigate a number of NGO workers who government officials say were involved in the false testimony of Khom Chandaraty, the alleged mistress of opposition acting president Khem Sokha, after Ms. Chandaraty published an open letter accusing the officials of encouraging her to lie ...

Taing Vida
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/24168/ngos-targeted-over-mistress----lies/

US seeks to continue funding for Khmer Rouge tribunal, ambassador says

The new US ambassador to Cambodia, William A. Heidt, says the US is currently looking at how much it can contribute to the Khmer Rouge tribunal. ...

Pin Sisovann
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/us-seeks-to-continue-funding-for-khmer-rouge-tribunal-ambassador-says/3188530.html

IBA denies political influence claims

The Cambodian Bar Association has refuted a scathing critique of its independence and ethics by the International Bar Association (IBA) that questioned Cambodia’s membership in the global group, calling the assessment an unfounded “insult.”Following a visit to the country by a team of legal experts, ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/bar-association-denies-political-influence-claims-95607/

Legal group urges review of Cambodia’s bar

The human rights arm of the International Bar Association (IBA) is recommending that the membership of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC) in the IBA be reviewed, raising the prospect of ejection in a scathing new report on the country’s judicial system. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/legal-group-urges-review-of-cambodias-bar-94684/

Crackdown on visas, work permits

A long-expected crackdown on foreign nationals lacking valid visas and work permits has arrived in the coastal region with a jolt that includes late-night raids on guesthouses, followed by arrests of those found overstaying their visas. ...

Jack Laurenson
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/12398/crackdown-on-visas--work-permits/

‘Khmer for Khmer’ group says no party plans

Attendees at a conference of a new political reform association called “Khmer for Khmer,” which met for the first time Sunday, hit back Monday at claims made by a CNRP public affairs officer that the group plans to form a new party to divide the ...

Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/khmer-for-khmer-group-says-no-party-plans-70407/

Cambodian court charges French organization director with rape, sexual molestation

A Cambodian court on Friday accused Philippe Broaly, 49, director of Enfants du Cambodge, of rape and sexual molestation after he has allegedly sexually exploited seven boys living in his organization, a senior police officer confirmed. “The Preah Sihanouk provincial court formally charged the French ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/euruope/2014-10/17/c_133724839.htm

Rights group claims continued harassment in Oddar Meanchey

NGO workers interviewing evictees in Oddar Meanchey province said police pulled their car over without cause on Saturday and tried to seize one of their cameras, the third reported case of authorities in the area harassing the group’s staff in the past month. ...

Mech Dara and Zsombor Peter
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/rights-group-claims-continued-harassment-in-oddar-meanchey-69650/

Lawyer who paid for sex with boy avoids jail

The Siem Reap Municipal Court on Tuesday sentenced Cambodian lawyer Mao Tan Eam to two-and-a-half years in prison for purchasing child prostitution, but he will not spend a single day in jail after the court suspended the entire custodial sentence, an official said. Deputy provincial prosecutor ...

Khy Sovuthy
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/lawyer-who-paid-for-sex-with-boy-avoids-jail-58293/

Cambodian judge sued for threatening to shoot villagers in land disputes

Over 100 families, who live in Kampong Chhnang, filed complaints against a provincial court judge and his group for allegedly threatening to shoot them in land disputes. The residents sued San Sophat, a judge at Kampong Chhnang Provincial Court, his bodyguard, and Hem Dara, a lawyer, ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=15&token=ZWY2MTI3MmE0YmV

Bar Association Requests Set Price for Copies of Case Files

The Bar Association of Cambodia has written to Justice Minister Ang Vong Vattana requesting that an official price be set for photocopies of court case files, claiming that court clerks are taking advantage of the current system by charging lawyers extortionate amounts. The letter, dated October ...

Kuch Naren
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/bar-association-requests-set-price-for-copies-of-case-files-46689/

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