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Ministry dismisses NGO report on fundamental freedoms

The government yesterday dismissed as being inccurate a joint report by three NGOs claiming that fundamental freedoms in the Kingdom continue to be restricted. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50750444/ministry-dismisses-ngo-report-on-fundamental-freedoms/

‘Anarchic’ cottage residents agree to relocate willingly

Forty-five families from Commune IV in Preah Sihanouk province’s Mittapheap district on Thursday said they would willingly dismantle their makeshift homes and relocate in exchange for 5m by 20m plots of land in Kbal Chhay district. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/anarchic-cottage-residents-agree-relocate-willingly

Ministry orders demolition of Sihanoukville building

The Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction ordered a nine-storey building in Sihanoukville’s Mittapheap district to be demolished after deeming it technically inadequate and of poor quality. ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-orders-demolition-sihanoukville-building

Sihanoukville buildings encroaching on pavement demolished

Sihanoukville authorities demolished two buildings on Wednesday that encroached on the pavement, dismantled seven canvas structures and dug up five stone terraces after their owners failed to comply with repeated instructions to remove the obstructing structures themselves. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sihanoukville-buildings-encroaching-pavement-demolished

Unlicensed doctors called by court

The Tbong Khmum provincial court on Monday summoned the first 17 medical practitioners, out of a total of 148, for questioning over allegations they were operating without permission from the provincial health department or the Ministry of Health. The remaining 131 have been summoned for ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unlicensed-doctors-called-court

Unlicensed doctors to face legal action

Some 393 unlicensed doctors who dispensed medical treatment in Svay Rieng province will face legal action, the head of the provincial Health Department Ke Rotha said on Sunday. He said he had sent their names to the provincial court last week for illegally providing health ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unlicensed-doctors-face-legal-action

Report: Sihanoukville crimes increase 25%

Crimes in Preah Sihanouk province rose by 21 cases to 105 last year compared to 84 in 2017 – a 25% increase – said a report revealed at the closing ceremony of the annual achievement and goal setting by Preah Sihanouk provincial police on Wednesday. ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/report-sihanoukville-crimes-increase-25

Adhoc 5 key witnesses absent

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday postponed the hearing of five human rights activists dubbed the “Adhoc 5” due to the absence of key witnesses. Four officials from rights group Adhoc – Nay Vanda, Ny Sokha, Yi Soksan and Lim Mony, and Ny Chakrya, ...

Kim Sarom
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/adhoc-5-key-witnesses-absent

Ratanakkiri villagers accuse authorities of land grab

Tumpuon ethnic minorities residing in Seda commune, in Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat district, on Monday accused authorities of colluding to sell 100 hectares of protected land in the Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary  that they say belongs to the community ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ratanakkiri-villagers-accuse-authorities-land-grab

Four villagers charged, while two freed in land clearing case

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Court on Sunday charged four out of six villagers over the clearing of land in Stung Hav district, a rights worker said yesterday. Cheap Sotheary, Adhoc’s provincial coordinator, said military police officers arrested six people who were on disputed land owned by ...

Pav Suy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50487673/four-villagers-charged-while-two-freed-in-land-clearing-case/

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/

Tax Department reaches out to NGOs

At least three local NGOs have been called for questioning by the Ministry of Economy and Finance’s Taxation Department to clarify their tax payments, amid an aggressive tax collection campaign that has recently gone after media outlets the Cambodia Daily, Voice of America and Radio ...

Leonie Kijewski and Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tax-department-reaches-out-ngos

Reeling From Detention, Adhoc 5 Stay Defiant

After 427 days behind bars, the Adhoc 5 have been enjoying their first weekend of liberty after being released from prison on bail on Thursday night. ...

Van Roeun
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/reeling-from-detention-adhoc-5-stay-defiant-132052/

‘Adhoc 5’ released on bail in case widely seen as political

In a surprise move, four human rights workers and an election official, collectively known as the “Adhoc 5”, were released from pretrial detention yesterday evening, 427 days after they were taken into custody on bribery charges relating to an opposition sex scandal. ...

Yon Sineat, Ananth Baliga and Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/adhoc-5-released-bail-case-widely-seen-political

‘Adhoc 5’ investigation concluded; trial awaits

The 13-month investigation into five current and former human rights workers known as the ‘Adhoc 5’ has ended, a court spokesman said on Wednesday, paving the way for a trial in a case widely condemned as being unjust and politically motivated. ...

Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/adhoc-5-investigation-concluded-trial-awaits-131614/

Government denounces US,EU criticism of Adhoc 5 detention

The government has lashed out at the U.S. and E.U. over their criticism of the detention of five current and former rights workers in Cambodia for more than a year, adopting the language of its critics by calling their statements “politically motivated.” ...

Matt Surrusco
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/govt-denounces-us-eu-criticism-of-adhoc-5-detention-129201/

Adhoc accuses Ratanakkiri official of OK’ing sale of sanctuary land

Some 200 hectares of forest in Ratanakkiri’s Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary have been cleared and sold for up to $400 per hectare – allegedly with an official’s blessing – while an additional 700 hectares around the protected area face clearing. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/adhoc-accuses-ratanakkiri-official-oking-sale-sanctuary-land

Top court upholds decision to deny bail for Adhoc officials

Four senior officials for rights group Adhoc will remain behind bars after the Supreme Court on Monday upheld the Court of Appeal’s ruling that they should be held in detention while awaiting trial, but gave no reason for the decision. ...

Sek Odom
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/top-court-upholds-decision-to-deny-bail-for-adhoc-officials-126486/

Dozens of civil society groups sign statement on jailed Adhoc 5

Nearly 80 international and Cambodian civil society groups have signed a joint statement urging the government to halt its crackdown on activists and release five current and former senior officials of rights group Adhoc who have been awaiting trial since May. ...

Hannah Hawkins
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/dozens-of-civil-society-groups-sign-statement-on-jailed-adhoc-5-126137/

PM to consider the release of rights officials

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he would consider releasing four human rights officers and an election official – who have been detained since April – after the verdicts in their cases, but he said two members of the opposition will receive no such consideration. ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/34982/pm-to-consider-the-release-of-rights-officials/

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