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Hun Sen proposes law to punish anyone denying Cambodia’s genocidal past

Senate President Hun Sen proposed drafting a law against people who claim that Cambodia did not experience a genocide and wanted to start a “color revolution”. A political analyst has said the law would further shrink citizens’ freedom of expression in relation to historical events. ...

Khuon Narim and Ly Rosslan
https://cambojanews.com/hun-sen-proposes-law-to-punish-anyone-denying-cambodias-genocidal-past/

Chinese mango processing factory in Battambang warned for discharging sewage into stream

Battambang provincial authorities have issued a warning letter to a Chinese owner of a mango processing factory that allegedly discharged sewage into O’ Treng stream in Svay Sar Village of Treng commune in Rattanak Mondul district. ...

Sovann Sreypich and Hel Komsan
https://cambojanews.com/chinese-mango-processing-factory-in-battambang-warned-for-discharging-sewage-into-stream/

STT report: urban poor communities fear forced evictions, no land titles

Sahmakum Teang Tnaut Organization (STT) has published a report, titled Land Security of Urban Poor Communities, detailing land insecurity issues plaguing urban poor communities in Phnom Penh, who have expressed fear of eviction and inadequate compensation. ...

Pou Soreachny and Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/stt-report-urban-poor-communities-fear-forced-eviction-no-land-titles/

Thirty villages in Kampong Speu lack clean water after stream dries up

Clean water supply by Veal Pong water station has been disrupted as the river in Snampuk Village, Veal Pong Commune in Udong District, Kampong Speu province dried up for the first time since operations began four years ago. ...

Runn Sreydeth
https://cambojanews.com/thirty-villages-in-kampong-speu-lack-clean-water-after-stream-dries-up/

Youths cycle 1,000km to promote environmental protection from Ratanakiri to Kep

Twenty-five youths set off on a 1,000-kilometer cycling campaign in conjunction with World Environment Day on June 5 to raise awareness on the protection of natural resources and prevention of deforestation. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/youths-cycle-1000km-to-promote-environmental-protection-from-ratanakiri-to-kep/

Authorities Nab NPP President Sun Chanthy at Phnom Penh Airport upon his return from Japan

On Thursday morning, Phnom Penh authorities arrested Sun Chanthy, leader of the Nation Power Party (NPP), at the Phnom Penh International Airport just as he arrived from Japan. The arrest was witnessed by his party members. ...

Va Sopheanut
https://cambojanews.com/authorities-nab-npp-president-sun-chanthy-at-phnom-penh-airport-upon-his-return-from-japan/

Restore civic, political space and release Kem Sokha, UN member states urge Cambodia

Some United Nations member states called on the Cambodian government to restore civic and political space and the right to freedom of expression, with Cambodian officials responding that civilians are allowed to exercise their right to “public opinion with no limitations”. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/restore-civic-political-space-and-release-kem-sokha-un-member-states-urge-cambodia/

Union leader Morm Rithy convicted for criticizing Chinese-owned Jin Bei Casino two years ago

Union leader Morm Rithy was arrested after being convicted on charges of incitement to commit a crime following a lawsuit by Chinese-owned Jin Bei Group and has been sent to Prey Sar prison where he will serve an 18-month sentence. ...

Khuon Narim and Ly Rosslan
https://cambojanews.com/union-leader-morm-rithy-convicted-for-criticizing-chinese-owned-jin-bei-casino-two-years-ago/

Dams and climate change choke the Mekong: livelihoods and ecosystems are at stake

The Mekong River, a lifeline for millions in Southeast Asia, is facing an ecological crisis. Unpredictable water levels, declining fish stocks, and the disappearance of the iconic Irrawaddy dolphin threaten the livelihoods and traditions of communities along the river. ...

Sovann Sreypich
https://cambojanews.com/dams-and-climate-change-choke-the-mekong-livelihoods-and-ecosystems-are-at-atake/

“Release wing star shoes union leader Chea Chan”, CATU pleads with Kampong Speu court

The Cambodian Alliance of Trade Unions (CATU) demands that Kampong Speu Provincial Court drop the criminal charge against Chea Chan, union president of Wing Star Shoes, and release him. ...

Sovann Sreypich
https://cambojanews.com/release-wing-star-shoes-union-leader-chea-chan-catu-pleads-with-kampong-speu-court/

Garment workers request for water mist fans as rising temperatures affect health and productivity

Garment workers in Phnom Penh and Kandal, Takeo and Kampong Chhnang provinces have asked their companies to install water mist fans in the factory amid rising temperatures. ...

Runn Sreydeth and Phon Sothyroth
https://cambojanews.com/garment-workers-request-for-water-mist-fans-as-rising-temperatures-affect-health-and-productivity/

Cambodia’s ambitious Funan Techo canal project sparks concerns near and far

Heang Nang Eng, 60, had a bad feeling when she first heard rumors about a canal project that would impact the Prek Ta Hing stream near where she lives. ...

Seoung Nimol and Ly Rosslan
https://cambojanews.com/cambodias-ambitious-funan-techo-canal-project-sparks-concerns-near-and-far/

Resounding call to release human rights defender Koet Saray charged for incitement in Preah Vihear

About 50 civil society groups and unions called for the release of human rights activist Koet Saray, president of Khmer Student Intelligent League Association (KSILA), who has been placed in pre-trial detention. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/resounding-call-to-release-human-rights-defender-koet-saray-charged-for-incitement-in-preah-vihear/

Thai court fixes May 9 hearing for Oddar Meanchey villagers versus global sugar producer case

Three villagers from Cambodia traveled to Thailand to file documents against one of the world’s largest sugar manufacturers, Thai-owned Mitr Phol Sugar Co Ltd, at a Thai court on Wednesday. ...

Eung Sea
https://cambojanews.com/thai-court-fixes-may-9-hearing-for-oddar-meanchey-villagers-versus-global-sugar-producer-case/

“There’s A Lot of Data, but Limited Access”- NGOs Call For Improved Access And Quality Data Sharing

Non-state actors have raised concerns about the limited sharing of public data by the government due to a lack of trust, as well as zero quality or standard of data. ​ ...

Khuon Narim and Ly Rosslan
https://cambojanews.com/theres-a-lot-of-data-but-limited-access-ngos-call-for-improved-access-and-quality-data-sharing/

European Union and Cambodia launch $53 million technical education initiative

On Tuesday the European Union and the Cambodian government launched four new programs designed to promote sustainability and energy efficiency in the country, including a $53.1 million initiative to improve technical education. ...

Seoung Nimol and Pou Soreachny
https://cambojanews.com/european-union-and-cambodia-launch-53-million-technical-education-initiative/

Royal gendarmerie arrests 11 Pursat residents in wildlife crime crackdown

Cambodia’s Royal Gendarmerie arrested 11 Pursat province residents Tuesday after the military force deployed nearly 300 of its officers to crack down on natural resource crimes. ...

Eung Sea
https://cambojanews.com/royal-gendarmerie-arrests-11-pursat-residents-in-wildlife-crime-crackdown/

CSOs continue to press authorities to allow banned STT photo exhibition to resume

Some 62 civil society organizations (CSOs) including Licadho, Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), and local communities have urged the authorities to allow Sahmakum Teang Tnaut’s (STT) photo exhibition to resume after it was shut down two weeks ago. ...

Phon Sothyroth
https://cambojanews.com/csos-continue-to-press-authorities-to-allow-banned-stt-photo-exhibition-to-resume/

Teenager rescued after trafficked to China for marriage, police search for ringleader

Interior Ministry police are searching for the ringleader in a human trafficking case following the rescue of a 16-year-old who was trafficked to China. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/teenager-rescued-after-trafficked-to-china-for-marriage-police-search-for-ringleader/

HRW: rights of Indigenous Chong residents violated in Southern Cardamom carbon offset project

A new report alleges that conservation NGO Wildlife Alliance forcibly evicted, arrested and mistreated members of the Indigenous Chong community who live in the Cardamom Mountain National Park in the name of a carbon offset scheme. ...

Leila Goldstein and Soeung Nimol
https://cambojanews.com/hrw-rights-of-indigenous-chong-residents-violated-in-southern-cardamom-carbon-offset-project/

Low revenue forces Cambodia’s oldest newspaper ‘Phnom Penh Post’ to end print publication by March 29

The Phnom Penh Post will cease publication by March 29 following a significant fall in advertising revenues since the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn, although the paper will continue operating online. ...

Khuon Narim and Sovann Sreypich
https://cambojanews.com/low-revenue-forces-cambodias-oldest-newspaper-phnom-penh-post-to-close-march-29-final-print/

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