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CNRP pegs 424 voter names as ‘suspicious’

The Cambodia National Rescue Party plans to ask the National Election Committee to investigate the citizenship status of more than 400 people who have recently logged their names in the new digital voter lists. ...

Bun Sengkong
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cnrp-pegs-424-voter-names-suspicious

China to foot bill for new National Assembly offices

Just days after Cambodia was accused of watering down an ASEAN statement on the South China Sea, China promised to pay for a $16 million, 12-floor administration building for the National Assembly during a visit of delegates to the country led by Assembly President Heng ...

Vong Sokheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/china-foot-bill-new-national-assembly-offices

CNRP to oppose lifting of members’ immunity

The opposition plans to attend the National Assembly’s Standing Committee meeting today to debate the lifting of immunity for two of its lawmakers.   ...

Meas Sokchea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cnrp-oppose-lifting-members-immunity

Capital police vow to keep order as activists prepare to deliver petition to King

Opposition activists from across Cambodia are expected to descend on Phnom Penh today, bringing a petition for CNRP lawmakers to deliver to the King, even as the National Assembly’s permanent committee determines whether to allow a criminal case against the party’s acting president, Kem Sokha, ...

Meas Sokchea, Chhay Channyda and Shaun Turton
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/capital-police-vow-keep-order-activists-prepare-deliver-petition-king

Justice minister, opposition talk pretrial detention, Khaou case

Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana met on Friday with the National Assembly’s opposition-led human rights commission to discuss issues related to judicial independence and court procedure, including government interference in the court system and abuse of the pretrial detention system.   ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/justice-minister-opposition-talk-pretrial-detention-khaou-case-110444/

Lawmakers hit road over land disputes

A bipartisan commission of National Assembly lawmakers arrived in Battambang province yesterday to investigate three unresolved land disputes before going on to Banteay Meanchey to investigate six more over the next two days. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/lawmakers-hit-road-over-land-disputes

Lawmaker asks minister to intervene over Kampot arrests

The chairman of the National Assembly’s human rights commission on Thursday requested that Land Management Minister Im Chhun Lim intervene on behalf of two villagers who were arrested upon returning to Kampot province on Tuesday after protesting in Phnom Penh. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/lawmaker-asks-minister-to-intervene-over-kampot-arrests-93945/

Parties at impasse over rules for 2017 commune elections

The ruling CPP and opposition CNRP are deadlocked in their ongoing negotiations over new rules for commune elections, according to party officials, with the length and scale of election campaigns at the center of the dispute. ...

Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/parties-at-impasse-over-rules-for-2017-commune-elections-93692/

Families cry foul over CNRP TV

Thirty-five families from Kandal province have written to the opposition CNRP requesting the return of more than $1,300 they say they donated to the party to support the establishment of its television station, citing concerns about embezzlement. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/families-cry-foul-over-cnrp-tv-92925/

CNRP abandoned Military, Court reforms in July 22 deal

Opposition negotiators were demanding last year’s July 22 political deal include concrete vows to depoliticize the military and courts in a comparable fashion to the National Election Committee (NEC) but suddenly abandoned the demands in the final days, those involved have said. ...

Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cnrp-abandoned-military-court-reforms-in-july-22-deal-90750/

Parties meet over commune election law

Officials from the CPP and CNRP met Tuesday at the National Assembly to discuss making changes to the Law on Commune Council Elections before the next poll in February 2017. ...

Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/parties-meet-over-commune-election-law-87000/

Families renew call for help in land dispute

Representatives of 29 families involved in a land dispute with the Defense Ministry in Phnom Penh visited the National Assembly on Thursday, seeking a response to a petition they submitted last month asking for intervention. ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/families-renew-call-for-help-in-land-dispute-82538/

In old enemy Hun Sen, Sam Rainsy sees hope

After years of bitter rhetoric and violence, a freshly pardoned opposition leader Sam Rainsy returned from exile in France to announce the end of Cambodia’s zero-sum political culture and a new start in his relationship with Prime Minister Hun Sen. ...

Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/in-old-enemy-hun-sen-sam-rainsy-sees-hope-82211/

Justice minister seeks briefing over years-old land dispute

The justice minister on Wednesday wrote to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court requesting that the judge in charge of a case surrounding a long-running land dispute report to the ministry, following intervention from the National Assembly’s human rights commission. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/justice-minister-seeks-topic-over-years-old-land-dispute-81308/

Lawmakers ask ministry to halt UDG eviction

Parliament’s Human Rights Commission has asked the Ministry of Justice to suspend a court verdict that could see 20 Koh Kong families, who are holding out against giant Chinese firm Union Development Group, lose their homes. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/lawmakers-ask-ministry-halt-udg-eviction

NA commission sides with Memot disputants

The National Assembly’s Human Rights and Complaints Commission has asked the government to grant land titles to more than 500 families in Tbong Khmum whose land is claimed by a rubber plantation. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/na-commission-sides-memot-disputants

Lawmaker asks minister to aid K Kong villagers

Opposition CNRP lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang on Thursday wrote to the environment minister urging him to ensure security guards for a Chinese firm building a $3.8-billion tourist complex in Koh Kong province do not evict some 30 families clinging to their homes in the areas. China’s ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/lawmaker-asks-minister-to-aid-k-kong-villagers-75711/

Lor Peang protesters demand commission chair step down

More than four months after first taking their complaint over a land dispute to the National Assembly’s human rights commission, 50 villagers from Kompong Chhnang province on Thursday protested in front of the assembly, calling for the commission’s head to resign for failing to resolve ...

Kuch Naren
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/lor-peang-protesters-demand-commission-chair-step-down-75704/

CNRP lawmaker plans to visit controversial detention center

Opposition CNRP lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang says he will visit Phnom Penh’s Prey Speu social affairs center today to investigate its controversial treatment of detainees following the death of a recent charge. ...

Ouch Sony and Zsombor Peter
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cnrp-lawmaker-plans-to-visit-controversial-detention-center-74001/

Commission calls for review of land concessions in Koh Kong

Three parliamentarians from the National Assembly’s human rights commission, led by CNRP lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang, returned Tuesday from a two-day visit to four communities in Koh Kong province locked in land disputes with companies holding private land concessions. Following the trip, the lawmakers said ...

Khuon Narim and Hul Reaksmey
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/commission-calls-for-review-of-land-concessions-in-koh-kong-73100/

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