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Advocacy Group Slams Murder Case 'Hush Up'

Reporters Without Borders has joined mounting criticism of the government’s handling of the April 26 murder of environmental activist Chut Wutty. On Monday, a security guard was convicted of accidentally killing the officer officially blamed for the activist’s death. “How convenient,” the Paris-based advocacy group said in a ...

Global Witness Adds to Criticism of Chut Wutty Murder Case

Environment rights group Global Witness yesterday joined the call for an independent investigation into the April 26 murder of conservation activist Chut Wutty following the conviction of a security guard in the case. On Monday the Koh Rong Provincial Court sentenced Rann Boroth, a security guard ...

Wutty Case wraps with sentencing

At the close of a case that remained shrouded in controversy until the end, Koh Kong Provincial Court yesterday found former security guard Ran Boroth guilty of the unintentional killing of military police officer In Rattana, the man on whom authorities pinned the murder of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012102359367/National-news/wutty-case-wraps-with-sentencing.html

Rights Workers in Court Over Intimidation

The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court has summoned for questioning two human rights workers who have lodged court complaints against local officials for disrupting their land-rights workshop in July. Pen Bonnar, provincial coordinator for Adhoc, and Chhim Savuth, a project coordinator for the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), filed ...

Rights Activist Denies Phnom Penh Move Is Due to Charges

A Ratanakkiri-based human rights worker charged by the Ratanakkiri Provincial Court with inciting ethnic minority villagers to protest during a 2009 land dispute with a private agro-industry company has been transferred to work in Phnom Penh. Pen Bonnar, Ratanakkiri provincial coordinator for Adhoc , said yesterday ...

Backers ask King to set Sonando free

Members of the Association of Democrats, the group led by jailed activist and Beehive Radio owner Mam Sonando, rallied in front of the Royal Palace yesterday to deliver petitions appealing for his release. Huon Phannary, the deputy secretary-general of the association, said yesterday that nearly 100 ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100959177/National-news/backers-ask-king-to-set-sonando-free.html

'Outsider' criticism of verdict blasted by NGO

In a bluntly worded statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has shot back at critics of the Mam Sonando verdict, stressing that there were no political motivations to the case and accusing “outsiders” of trying to pressure a sovereign court. “Mr. Mam Sonando is the mastermind of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012100859148/National-news/criticism-of-sonando-verdict-blasted-by-government.html

'Outsiders' Accused of Interference in Sonando Case

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has fired back at criticism over the conviction of independent radio station owner Mam Sonando on insurrection charges, accusing “outsiders” of seeking to interfere in the judicial system. Supporters say the case against Mr. Sonando for allegedly leading an anti-government movement ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/outsiders-accused-of-interference-in-sonando-case/

Court Drops Investigation Into Killing of Activist Chut Wutty

The Koh Kong Provincial Court yesterday said it had dropped its investigation into the killing of environmental activist Chut Wutty, allegedly by a now-deceased military police officer in April. The court made the surprise announcement during the tril of Rann Boroth, who took the stand yesterday for the ...

Activists Stage Flash “Faint-Ins” at H&M, Gap to Protest Sweatshop Conditions

Dozens of human-rights activists are staging flash “faint-ins” at high-street retailers across Europe to illustrate the high incidence of mass fainting in Cambodia’s apparel factories. Protestors from the Clean Clothes Campaign, an alliance of organizations in 15 European countries dedicated to improving working conditions in ...

http://www.ecouterre.com/activists-stage-flash-faint-ins-at-hm-gap-to-protest-sweatshop-conditions/

Cambodian Activists Call for International Sugar Boycott

Human rights monitoring groups and Cambodian activists are calling for an international boycott of Tate & Lyle and Domino Sugar, who do business with sugar suppliers accused of participating in government-sanctioned land grabs and illegal evictions throughout rural Cambodia. According to the Cambodian League for the ...

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=15782

Court Detains Two More Land Activists

Protesters from both neighborhoods gathered in front of the Phnom Penh Court on Wednesday to demand the release of the three. Phnom Penh Municipal Court is holding two more land protesters, following the detention of one woman on Tuesday. The two activists, from the Borei Keila neighborhood, ...

http://www.voacambodia.com/content/court-detain-two-more-land-activists/1502315.html

Landless Cambodians see nothing sweet in EU sugar deal

An EU scheme to boost trade with developing nations is fuelling land grabs in Cambodia, activists say, with thousands evicted from their property to make way for a booming sugar industry. Campaigners are taking their fight to European supermarkets, encouraging a boycott of Cambodian sugar, which ...

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1211528/1/.html

Hundreds Protest Lao Dam Project

The Venerable Sann Leang, executive director of NGO Environmental More than 500 villagers held a march in eastern Cambodia Friday to protest a controversial dam project on the Mekong River in Laos they say is undergoing construction despite a pledge to halt progress while officials ...

http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/dam-06292012165509.html

Cambodian villagers protest controversial Laos dam

Cambodian villagers demonstrated on Friday against a controversial Lao hydropower dam that activists say is being built in defiance of an agreement to assess its potentially damaging impact on millions of people first. About 200 villagers whose livelihoods depend on the Mekong River urged a halt ...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/29/us-cambodia-laos-idUSBRE85S0FX20120629

Global death toll of environmental activists rising, report says

In April, Chut Wutty was shot to death in the Cambodian forests he was so outspoken in defending, a slaying that outraged human rights activists suspicious of the conflicting explanations given by police. His death appears to be part of a chilling trend. Growing numbers of activists ...

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/06/growing-number-of-environmental-defenders-killed-report-says.html

Rated X for content: TEDxPP

The grand finale at Phnom Penh’s much-ballyhooed TEDx event on Saturday was intended to send a message. Several activists, among them Loun Savath and the son of the late Chut Wutty, would stand before an audience of 600 and read accounts of violent land disputes. Images from ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012061156729/National-news/rated-x-for-content.html

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