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Sugar company says no child labor; workers say otherwise

Phnom Penh Sugar, among the most high-profile companies accused of using child labor in an industry beset by the practice, attempted to polish its image Thursday by hosting its third annual anti-child labor seminar here. ...

Hul Reaksmey and Alex Consiglio
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/sugar-company-says-no-child-labor-workers-say-otherwise-78766/

Election reform sticking points sent to leaders

The electoral reform working groups from the CPP and CNRP on Monday sent 10 points of disagreement in the drafting of a new national election law to their top party leaders to discuss. ...

Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/election-reform-sticking-points-sent-to-leaders-78567/

Opposition leader courts Muslim vote in new eastern province

Drawing on the majority-Muslim nations of Indonesia and Malaysia as examples for Cambodia to emulate for better government, opposition leader Sam Rainsy led a group of lawmakers stumping for votes in Cham Muslim villages in Tbong Khmum province on Saturday. ...

Hul Reaksmey and Alex Willemyns
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/opposition-leader-courts-muslim-vote-in-new-eastern-province-78504/

CNRP defector slams reports on departure

Opposition party defector Van Sam Oeun yesterday slammed reports that his recent move to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party was due to alleged bankruptcy and that he had been “bought” by Prime Minister Hun Sen. ...

Meas Sokchea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/cnrp-defector-slams-reports-departure

Government standing by decision to not renew activist’s visa

The Ministry of Interior on Wednesday said it was standing by its decision to not renew the visa of outspoken environmental activist Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson in the face of mounting pressure from fellow activists, NGOs, unions, students and monks—even opposition leader Sam Rainsy—to reverse course. ...

Khuon Narim and Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/government-standing-by-decision-to-not-renew-activists-visa-78270/

Electoral reform talks stuck on issue of Assembly seats

The CPP and CNRP again returned to the issue of the number of National Assembly seats in their twice-weekly reform talks on Friday, but appeared to be further apart than ever, with the ruling party demanding that parliament continue to have 123 seats “forever.” ...

Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/electoral-reform-talks-stuck-on-issue-of-assembly-seats-77550/

Insult ban won’t affect free speech, parties say

The electoral reform working groups from the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP resumed talks Monday after canceling their meetings last week, with officials from both parties again defending their controversial push to ban NGOs from “insulting” parties during election campaigns. ...

Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/insult-ban-wont-affect-free-speech-parties-say-77262/

Sar Kheng says parties must ‘reorient’ to save deal

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said Thursday that the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP must “reorient” and meet regularly to ensure they are not straying from the terms of last year’s July 22 political deal. In a joint press conference following a meeting with opposition lead­er Sam ...

Hul Reaksmey
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/sar-kheng-says-parties-must-reorient-to-save-deal-77002/

Cambodia fights to balance Vietnam, China

When an ethnic Vietnamese crashed his motorcycle into an ethnic Khmer’s car in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district last Saturday night, he was attacked by Khmers shouting the racially charged term for Vietnamese — “yuon” — and beaten to death. That an ordinary traffic accident turned into ...

The China Post News Staff
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/commentary/the-china-post/special-to-the-china-post/2014/02/24/401368/Cambodia-fights.htm

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