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Structures by Phnom Penh canal flattened

A collection of houses and other structures belonging to nine families living alongside a canal in the capital’s Russey Keo district was destroyed yesterday by a large group of men sent by local authorities.   ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/structures-phnom-penh-canal-flattened

Areng mapped in hope ecotourism can save valley from dam

A group of university students from Phnom Penh opposed to a proposed hydropower dam in Koh Kong province entered the project’s construction site on Sunday for a 10-day study aiming to highlight the area’s alternative potential for ecotourism. ...

Hul Reaksmey and Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/areng-mapped-in-hope-ecotourism-can-save-valley-from-dam-78006/

Mondolkiri drivers say officials extort bribes

A group of minivan drivers blocked a highway in Mondolkiri province Tuesday in protest of what they claim is ongoing extortion by government officials of vehicles transporting ready-made furniture. “There are four to five checkpoints and we have to pay between 10,000 to 20,000 riel ...

Khuon Narim
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/mondolkiri-drivers-say-officials-extort-bribes-71331/

Garment wage talks fall apart

The tripartite working group set up to negotiate and advise the Ministry of Labour’s Labour Advisory Committee (LAC) on next year’s minimum wage in Cambodia’s garment sector has stopped meeting after reaching a stalemate. Made up of 27 members – nine each from employers, the government ...

Sean Teehan and Mom Kunthear
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/garment-wage-talks-fall-apart

Evictees sign payout deal they can’t read

Some of the families in a protracted land dispute with a pair of Thai-owned sugar plantations in Koh Kong province say they were pressured over the weekend into signing compensation deals with the firms they could not read, because they were written in Thai, and ...

Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/evictees-sign-payout-deal-they-cant-read-without-lawyers-70997/

Wage talks remain in deadlock

The third day of negotiations between members of a working group trying to reach a consensus on the minimum monthly garment wage remained stagnant yesterday, as manufacturers refused to budge from their $110 offer. ...

Mom Kunthear and Sean Teehan
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/wage-talks-remain-deadlock

S Korean farming industry slammed

Long considered the friendlier and less exploitative option for overseas Cambodian migrants, South Korea is now being slammed by Amnesty International for a number of abuses afflicting its migrant-dominated agriculture sector. The 20,000 foreign workers fuelling South Korea’s farming industry regularly encounter intimidation, violence, excessive working ...

Laignee Barron
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/s-korean-farming-industry-slammed

Cambodia factories snub workers arrested in January strikes

While the smoke has long cleared on January’s violent garment strikes, for many of the 23 workers and unionists arrested and tried on charges widely considered to be baseless, the ordeal is far from over. Nine months after security forces used deadly violence to end strikes ...

Alice Cuddy, Chhay Channyda & Mom Kunthear
http://www.ucanews.com/news/cambodia-factories-snub-workers-arrested-in-january-strikes/72213

Another wage body to form

Following a meeting with parliamentarians at the National Assembly yesterday, Minister of Labour Ith Sam Heng announced the ministry would form a 27-member committee to study technical aspects of raising the minimum wage in Cambodia’s garment sector. The new committee will comprise nine representatives each from ...

Pech Sotheary and Sean Teehan
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/another-wage-body-form

Cambodia arrests 11 in China dam protest

Authorities in western Cambodia have detained 11 activists after they tried to stop further studies for a planned Chinese-built dam. About 30 local villagers and environmental activists in the Areng Valley went to the area Monday to protect barricades they had erected earlier this year to ...

Kimseng Men
http://www.voanews.com/content/cambodia-arrests-11-in-china-dam-protest/2450828.html

Delay on maid deal: ministry

The Ministry of Labour plans to delay signing off on a controversial agreement to reopen a pipeline of Cambodian maids to Malaysia until a deal is reached on a second agreement regarding other migrant workers, a ministry official said yesterday. Labour Ministry spokesman Heng Sour told ...

Alice Cuddy
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/delay-maid-deal-ministry

In China, nowhere to run

In yet another case of Cambodian women facing abuse in China, a 19-year-old told the Post yesterday that she has taken to living on the streets after the consulate in Shanghai refused to pay for her repatriation. Kim Sophea*, who claims she has been forced into marriage in ...

Sen David and Laignee Barron
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/china-nowhere-run

Citizen Journalists Move To Establish Wider Network

Around 80 citizen journalists from around Cambodia held a meeting in Phnom Penh Wednesday, in a first-ever networking event for a new kind of reporter in the country. Professional journalists and other media professionals joined the event, sponsored by the Cambodian Center for Independent Media and ...

Suy Heimkhemra
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/citizen-journalists-move-to-establish-wider-network/2422037.html

UK urged to help improve Cambodia’s factories

A group of unions in the U.K. is urging its government to make sure British brands sourcing clothes from Cambodian factories respect their workers’ rights, and to ask the European Union to negotiate a deal with the Cambodian government to improve factory conditions. In a July ...

Zsombor Peter
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/uk-urged-to-help-improve-cambodias-factories-65704/

Officials raid villager’s home in KDC dispute

Police and court officials on Wednesday searched the home of villager Oum Sophy, who has been outspoken opponent of the well-connected KDC company as it has tried to push her and dozens of her neighbors off their land in Kompong Chhnang province. The raid came after ...

Kuch Naren
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/officials-raid-villagers-home-in-kdc-dispute-64802/

Citizen-led media gets new blog

In a bid to highlight abuses in the workplace, an NGO today will officially launch a website and hotline, allowing people to post stories as citizen journalists. The Community Legal Education Center (CLEC) will hold a ceremony this morning promoting their new project, Voice of the ...

Sean Teehan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/citizen-led-media-gets-new-blog

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