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Australian Senate Pushes for Fair Elections in Cambodia

The Australian Senate yesterday urged the Cambodian government to run free and fair national elections next year without the “harassment or intimidation” of opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who remains in self-imposed exile avoiding an 11-year jail sentence. The appeal comes only days after the European Parliament ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/australian-senate-pushes-for-fair-elections-in-cambodia-4930/

Civil servants' union dilemma

The American Center for International Labor Solidarity has set its sights on the Herculean task of unionizing Cambodia’s civil service, a move that, were it successful, could have profound implications for the country’s political landscape. The term civil service in Cambodia has unusually broad application, referring to bureaucrats, ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012103059469/National-news/civil-servants-union-dilemma.html

US Donates IT Equipment To Ministry of Defense

The U.S. Embassy donated more than 300 laptops and other assorted equipment valued at over $250,000 to the Ministry of Defense on Saturday, according to an embassy statement. The equipment will go to the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ priority units, which already receive training from the ...

'Outsiders' Accused of Interference in Sonando Case

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has fired back at criticism over the conviction of independent radio station owner Mam Sonando on insurrection charges, accusing “outsiders” of seeking to interfere in the judicial system. Supporters say the case against Mr. Sonando for allegedly leading an anti-government movement ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/outsiders-accused-of-interference-in-sonando-case/

Sonando Verdict a Tough Test for KRT Legacy

When the international community hammered out a hard-fought deal with the government in 2001 for a war crimes tribunal to try the most senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, they hoped their efforts would also set an example for local court system riddled with ...

Oxfam urges freeze of land investments

Global development group Oxfam on Wednesday called on the World Bank to suspend financing for large-scale land acquisitions to ensure that its practices do not encourage foreign land grabs in developing countries. Oxfam urged Jim Yong Kim, the lender’s new president, to announce a six-month moratorium ...

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/04/worldbank-oxfam-land-idUSL1E8L2LKF20121004

Donors Criticize Sonando Sentence

Three of the Cambodia’s most important donors have now condemned the 20-year jail term handed down to independent radio station owner Mam Sonando for alleged insurrection activities-a verdict branded as politically motivated by many local and international human rights groups. Despite the tough words from the normally very ...

Policing, Free Expression Raised at Donor Meeting

Amid a recent spike in police violence against land protesters, Cambodia’s foreign donors yesterday together called on the government for “responsible policing” and expressed “concern” over the trend. The relative candor from aid donors toward the end of the high-level but long-delayed meeting with top government ...

ELCs on mind at donor meet

While protesters demonstrated outside, urging land and human-rights reform, members of the donor community met with the government yesterday at the Council for the Development of Cambodia in Phnom Penh to sign off on a series of development targets that bore only a faint resemblance to those ...

Ahead of aid meet, NGOs urge reform

More than 100 NGOs and human rights groups yesterday urged foreign donors to flag issues regarding land policies, democratic processes and human rights during today’s Government-Development Partner Coordinating Committee (GDCC) meeting.   Intended as a preparatory meeting for Cambodia’s main government and donor summit, the GDCC is generally ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012092658913/National-news/ngos-urge-reform-ahead-of-aid-meet.html

Anti-Eviction Activists Ask EU, World Bank for Help

Residents of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak and Borei Keila communities delivered petitions to the offices of the European Union and World Bank yesterday in their ongoing attempts to enlist Cambodia’s aid donors in their efforts to have jailed anti-eviction activists released from Prey Sar prison. ...

'Disappointed' donors still await government meeting

Government Palace, the imposing gray headquarters of the Cambodia Development Council next to Wat Phnom, should be buzzing this morning with the country’s top foreign diplomats and government officials discussing aid and reform. Instead, with the government’s decision to indefinitely postpone this year’s Cambodian Development Cooperation ...

Cambodia's debt to China grows to $4 billion, official says

Cambodian debt to China now stands at $4 billion, 35 percent of last year’s gross domestic product and more than half of the country’s total outstanding debt to foreign donors, according to a senior government official. The amount of money Cambodia owes China has been growing ...

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