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More illegal buildings to be demolished in Sihanoukville

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall is warning residents the authorities will begin demolishing  nearly 30 illegally built houses along canals and sidewalks in Sihanoukville’s Buon commune after Provincial Governor Kuoch Chamroeun ordered them to do so this week. “Provincial authorities have sent a letter to 29 ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50682045/preah-sihanouk-authorities-to-clear-homes-for-flood-reduction

Gov’t slams UN rapporteurs over Sokha trial statement

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the UN Office in Geneva deplored the statement of three UN special rapporteurs who claimed that Kem Sokha’s trial was “tainted” due to irregularities. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-slams-un-rapporteurs-over-sokha-trial-statement

Authorities dismantle stalls on Otres Beach

Some 62 Otres Beach stall owners plan to petition Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Ministry of Interior for a resolution after the Preah Sihanouk provincial authority dismantled their stalls on Wednesday, with some having been owned for more than 20 years. Preah Sihanouk Provincial ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/authorities-dismantle-stalls-otres-beach

Banteay Meanchey governor, five others sued for manslaughter, torture

Three of five land dispute victims, representing 150 families in Banteay Meanchey province’s Slakram commune, on Tuesday sued provincial governor Um Reatrey and five others for manslaughter, and the use of intentional violence against them while they were detained for protesting outside the provincial hall ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/banteay-meanchey-governor-five-others-sued-manslaughter-torture

PM: Media is gov’t development partner

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday commended three ministers for being open to journalists. Addressing some 6,000 attendees during the 4th media correspondents’ gala at the capital’s Koh Pich Convention and Exhibition Centre, he said Minister of National Defence Tea Banh, Minister of Interior Sar ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-media-govt-development-partner

Families’ evictions to be reviewed

Phnom Penh Municipal Council chairman Pa Socheatvong said the Municipal Hall has decided to temporarily suspend administrative action against eight families involved in a land dispute at the Russey Keo development area. Officials will be sent to investigate whether demolishing the houses of the eight ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/families-evictions-be-reviewed

CHRC highlights outcome of mission in Russia

The Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) today issued a statement highlighting the outcome of the three-day visit in Russia where a memorandum of understanding on the cooperation in the field of human rights between the two countries was inked.​ ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50672564/chrc-highlights-outcome-of-mission-in-russia

Europe expected to consider EBA efforts, impact

The government said it expects the European Commission to consider its efforts to comply with the “Everything But Arms” (EBA) regulations and the impact on one million workers should access to the agreement be suspended in February. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/europe-expected-consider-eba-efforts-impact

PM reminds Cambodians of freedoms on Human Rights Day

Prime Minister Hun Sen took to Facebook on the 71st International Human Rights Day on Tuesday to remind Cambodians that the rights and freedoms they currently enjoyed came from liberation from the genocidal Pol Pot regime on January 7, 1979. He said under the Khmer ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/pm-reminds-cambodians-freedoms-human-rights-day

PM praises media for efforts on ‘fake news

Prime Minister Hun Sen praised journalists and a large number of local press institutions for making efforts to prevent the spread of fake news propagated by “rebels” and opportunists who intended to incite social unrest against the government. Hun Sen’s statement was made through a ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-praises-media-efforts-fake-news

Human Rights Day celebration to focus on the role of youths

The United Nation Human Rights in Cambodia will mark this year’s Human Rights Day by focusing on the leadership roles of youths, which some civil society claim remains restricted. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50667615/human-rights-day-celebration-to-focus-on-the-role-of-youths/

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

Prison department dismisses rights violations report

The General Department of Prisons has dismissed a report made by rights group Licadho which claimed there are violations of basic human rights in the Kingdom’s prisons. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50664743/prison-department-dismisses-rights-violations-report/

Inter-ministry committee clears draft access to information bill

The inter-ministry committee finalised its review of the draft bill on access to information on Friday and plans to submit it to the Council of Ministers in January before it is sent to the National Assembly. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/inter-ministry-committee-clears-draft-access-information-bill

Everything But Arms: EU close to suspending Cambodia’s trade preferences

The EU slammed the government for the dire human rights situation in the Southeast Asian country, giving it a one-month deadline to respond to a preliminary report on suspending trade preferences before deciding whether to go ahead with the plan. Brussels has warned Phnom Penh ...

EU Bulletin
https://www.eubulletin.com/10398-everything-but-arms-eu-close-to-suspending-cambodias-trade-preferences.html

Voice of America planning to discuss buying air-time

Voice of America (VOA) has contacted Beehive Radio FM 105 and Radio FM 102 to discuss buying air-time to broadcast again, they said. VOA had recently received approval from the Minister of Information to go on air. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/voice-america-planning-discuss-buying-air-time

Officials demolish 49 illegal huts in Siem Reap

After the authorities on Friday and Saturday dismantled 49 of some 1,000 huts which had been built illegally on forest land in Siem Reap’s Phnom Kulen National Park, Banteay Srei district governor Khim Finan said on Sunday that a hunt was on for a group ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-demolish-49-illegal-huts-siem-reap

Sokha charge calls are ‘judicial interference’

A Ministry of Justice spokesman and Cambodia’s Permanent Mission to the UN Office at Geneva (Unog) have described demands for the treason charge against Kem Sokha to be dropped as tantamount to interference in the judiciary. Rhona Smith, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/sokha-charge-calls-are-judicial-interference

Government studying EU’s preliminary report on EBA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Wednesday said the government was studying the EU Commission’s preliminary report on the human rights situation in the Kingdom that could lead to a suspension of access to its “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement.The EU launched ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/government-studying-eus-preliminary-report-eba

Smith expresses concerns over Cambodian situation

Rhona Smith, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia on Friday issued a statement expressing “grave concerns” over the “heightened political crackdown across Cambodia”. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/smith-expresses-concerns-over-cambodian-situation

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