Khmer Krom vow more protests, again

Kampuchea Krom activists are planning yet another round of demonstrations to protest remarks made by a Vietnamese embassy spokesman in June, demanding Prime Minister Hun Sen cut diplomatic ties with Vietnam until a public apology is issued. ...

Pech Sotheary

Rights groups continue push to stop faulty judicial reform laws

Cambodia’s human rights groups are continuing to seek ways to prevent three draft judicial reform bills from becoming law. The drafts have already passed the National Assembly, but they have not been signed by the king. ...

Heng Reaksmey

Groups seek audience with Senate over Judicial Reform Drafts

Human rights groups and other members of civil society on Tuesday submitted a letter to Senate President Chea Sim, requesting a meeting over their concerns for three draft judicial reform laws passed last month in the National Assembly. The three drafts must be approved by ...

Suy Heimkhemra

Kampuchea Krom forum banned by city

Phnom Penh City Hall on Monday banned Wat Samakki Raingsey from hosting a public forum on Wednesday to mark the 65th anniversary of the official granting of Kampuchea Krom to the State of Vietnam. The Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community (KKKC), which advocates for the ethnic minority ...

Mech Dara and Matt Blomberg

Assembly passes first of three contentious laws on judicial reform

Ruling party lawmakers at the National Assembly pass the first of three draft laws in judicial reform, defying an opposition boycott and ignoring calls for further review by outside legal experts. The Law on the Organization of the Courts will put more power within the Ministry ...

Suy Heimkhemra

Judges required to explain reasons behind pre-trial detention

Judges are now required to write a reasoned explanation when placing citizens in pre-trial detention, instead of simply checking a box as was previously practiced, Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana said Tuesday. But the Ministry of Justice is also considering amending the criminal procedure code to ...

Lauren Crothers

Detainee speaks out online

As lawyers for 21 defendants denied bail by the Court of Appeal last week wait for the Supreme Court to respond to their appeals, the most high-profile of the detainees is speaking out via social media. On Friday night, Prak Sovannary, wife of Vorn Pov – ...

Sean Teehan and Chhay Channyda

Ministries Discuss New Appeal Courts, Judicial Reform

The Ministry of Justice is moving ahead with plans to expand the Appeal Court system around the country as part of inter-ministerial talks that began on Monday on the subject of judicial reform. The talks, which are expected to wrap up today, focus on a long-awaited ...

Khuon Narim and Lauren Crothers

NGOs push for more international pressure

Civil society groups yesterday urged the international community to put more pressure on the government to ensure the safety of prisoners arrested in recent crackdowns and to prevent further police and military violence against civilians. At a press conference yesterday morning, images of soldiers beating and ...

Sean Teehan and May Titthara

Police Guns to Be Tested After Civilian Shootings

As part of the investigation into the shooting of bystanders and unarmed protesters in Stung Meanchey two weeks ago, the weapons used by police officers at the protest will be collected and compared to the bullets extracted from victims’ bodies, municipal police chief Chuon Sovann ...

Mech Dara

Where truth often gets ignored

On Friday morning, two sources quoted in a report on illegal logging will face questioning at the hands of a Kandal province prosecutor over allegations that they defamed Cambodian tycoon Try Pheap. Under the Cambodian penal code, the legal definition of defamation is much like that ...

Stuart White and Buth Reaksmey Kongkea

Prosecutors Meet to Discuss Treatment of Incarcerated Minors

The judiciary has signed off on a new set of guidelines designed to regulate the work of prosecutors in many areas, including the rights of minors in the judicial system. Ouk Savuth, general director of the Court of Appeal, signed off on the guidelines on August ...

Khy Sovuthy

Thumbprint dubious: court

The legitimacy of a lawsuit filed by prominent businesswoman Chhin Sokountheary, also known as “Crocodile Grandmother”, accusing Phnom Penh Governor Kep Chuktema of abusing his power by stealing some 34 hectares of privately owned land is being called into question by the Phnom Penh Municipal ...

Lawyers Instructed to Seek Approval Before Speaking to Media

Lawyers must now obtain permission from the Cambodian Bar Association before speaking to television and radio media in order to ensure that they do not speak out of turn, the association’s president said in a meeting on Friday. “First, we want to ensure a high quality ...

Court Completes Investigation of Svay Rieng Triple Shooting

The Svay Rieng Provincial Court has wrapped up an investigation of February’s triple shooting of female garment workers in Bavet City, a case in which the city’s former governor, Chhouk Bundith, is still the only suspect, a court official said yesterday. The court has charged ...

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