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EU warned as delegation lands

Civil society groups and associations released a public statement on Tuesday expressing concern over the EU starting the process to withdraw Cambodia’s access to its preferential “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement, as a delegation from the bloc landed in Phnom Penh the same day. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eu-warned-delegation-lands

King signs Article 45 amendment paving way for opposition return

The change to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties has gone into effect after King Norodom Sihamoni signed off on the amendment on Sunday. It gives the prime minister the power to request the return of political rights to those banned by the ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/king-signs-article-45-amendment-paving-way-opposition-return

Government to address prison issues

Prime Minister Hun Sen will allow the ministries of Interior and Justice, and relevant institutions to convene with the aim of solving the problem of prison overcrowding. Interior Minister Sar Kheng requested the meeting due to the rapid increase in convicted felons, according to Chin ...

Soth Koemsoeun
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-address-prison-issues

NGO: Use bail to tackle ‘appalling’ overcrowding

The number of people being held in Cambodian prisons has reached epidemic proportions, leading to overcrowding and corruption, and causing families to suffer unnecessarily, claims a report by local NGO Licadho. However, Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin rejected the findings, saying the rise in ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngo-use-bail-tackle-appalling-overcrowding

Release of Sokha on bail ‘amounts to house arrest’

Former president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha was released from prison on Monday on court-supervised bail due to unspecified health conditions, with one of his lawyers saying the conditions set were so strict they amounted to house arrest. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/release-sokha-bail-amounts-house-arrest

Women lack full rights at Appeal Court

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) has released an observational report on the rights of woman defendant’s at the Appeal Court, claiming that many weren’t granted due process. Having monitors attend 453 trials from December 2016 to June this year, CCHR found that there ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/women-lack-full-rights-appeal-court

Sokha laywers snub questions

Jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha’s lawyers yesterday boycotted the questioning of their client on “treason” charges at Trapaing Phlong Prison to protest the judge’s decision not to question him at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.​ ...

Ben Sokhean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sokha-laywers-snub-questions

Kem Ley’s brother brands official’s comments ‘insulting’

After an Interior Ministry spokes­man last week suggested that an investigation into the murder of Kem Ley had been slowed by his wife fleeing the country, the slain analyst’s friends and family on Sunday blasted the government’s slow and secretive response over the past two ...

Ouch Sony
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/kem-leys-brother-brands-officials-comments-insulting-117879/

Justice ministry praises UN rapporteur

Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin sang the praises of UN Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith on Saturday, following a report in the Post on Friday that she had lost the confidence of many in the human rights community.   ...

Amnesty mobilizes for Adhoc five

Amnesty International has designated four human rights officers and an election official who were jailed earlier this month as “prisoners of conscience” and will call on millions of members around the world to petition the government for their release.   ...

Colin Meyn
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/second2/amnesty-mobilizes-for-adhoc-five-112985/

Officer convicted of fraud still employed at Defense University

A military officer convicted of fraud and sentenced to one year in prison in October is still em­ployed by the National Defense Uni­versity (NDU), the school con­firmed this week, despite the fact that the officer’s co-conspirator is now behind bars.   ...

Buth kimsay and Taylor O'connell
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/officer-convicted-of-fraud-still-employed-at-defense-university-112874/

Another commercial arbitration center planned

The Cambodia Chamber of Commerce has discussed the possibility of establishing arbitration and a mediator to solve commercial conflicts in Cambodia’s business community, where every conflict now ends up in the court system. ...

Chea Vannak
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/24705/another-commercial-arbitration-center-planned/

Offshore holdings are up for grabs, justice minister jokes

Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana quipped over the weekend that anyone who can find his offshore financial holdings—revealed earlier this month as part of the “Panama Papers” leak—can keep the money, according to Information Minister Khieu Kanharith. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/offshore-holdings-are-up-for-grabs-justice-minister-jokes-111464/

‘Advice’ for judiciary questioned

A transparency advocate yesterday cautiously greeted a plan for consultation between judges, prosecutors and Justice Ministry officials handling land dispute and other controversial cases, though an international lawyer said it could compromise judicial independence.   ...

Bun Sengkong
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/advice-judiciary-questioned

UN rights envoy to visit in wake of ‘color revolution’ case

The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia will arrive for her second fact-finding mission today, following the U.N.’s censure of the government over the widely-criticized conviction of a political science student for calling for a “color revolution” on Facebook. ...

Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/un-rights-envoy-to-visit-in-wake-of-color-revolution-case-110152/

Cambodia, Vietnamese pledge crime cooperation

The Justice Ministries of Cambodia and Vietnam will sign agreements regarding inmate transfers and mutual assistance, according to Cambodian Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin. The agreements will make it easier and more efficient for the Justice Ministries to crack down on border crimes, particularly ...

Taing Vid
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/22028/cambodia--vietnamese-pledge-crime-cooperation/

Ministry of Justice to propose official salary increases

The Ministry of Justice will request a salary raise for all of its judges, clerks and prosecutors, and has plans to create mobile court hearings, according to court officials yesterday. They will need the approval of Prime Minister Hun Sen as well as King Norodom ...

Ven Rathavong
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/20734/ministry-of-justice-to-propose-official-salary-increases/

NGOs call for amendment to nation’s domestic violence law

A decade after the country’s domestic violence (DV) law was passed, the government continues to fail victims of abuse, a coalition of NGOs said in a statement released Friday, calling for the law to be amended. ...

Aria Danaparamita
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/ngos-call-for-amendment-to-nations-domestic-violence-law-102905/

More than 100 prisoners in Cambodia receive royal pardons for Water Festival

More than 100 prisoners in Cambodia have received royal pardons and hundreds more have seen their sentences reduced under King Norodom Sihamoni’s traditional Water Festival clemency, a local English newspaper reported Wednesday. ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-11/25/c_134852762.htm

Three more ‘terrorists’ pardoned

The government has pardoned and released three men convicted alongside self-exiled dissident Sourn Serey Ratha in January on terrorism charges that were characterized by rights groups as baseless and politically motivated. ...

Zsombor Peter and Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/three-more-terrorists-pardoned-95004/

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