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Shots fired as families evicted

Police, military police and forestry officials evicted 100 families in Koh Kong province’s Smach Meanchey district yesterday, shooting into the air during the forcible removal to disperse villagers with the threat of violence. It was the second day of evictions in an area authorities say ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013030761809/National/shots-fired-as-families-evicted.html

Cambodian Economy Hurt by Land Evictions

Kratie province – Cambodia’s transformation from war-torn basket-case to one of Asia’s most promising emerging economies is being overshadowed by a backwards lurch in human rights and land policies that critics say are entrenching poverty. Next week’s visit by Barack Obama, the fist by a U.S. ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Chea Vichea Murder Case Back in Court

The two men convicted of – and widely believed framed for – the 2004 assassination of union leader Chea Vichea are set to appear at the Appeal Court for their retrial today, nearly four years after the Supreme Court released them and ordered a reinvestigation ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

New Draft Law Could Legalize Land Grabbing

A law on the management of farmland currently being drafted by the Ministry of Agriculture is a threat to private landowners as it imposes criminal penalties for farmers who do not abide by new powers the government would have to demarcate land, a human rights ...

Migrant abuse trending up

Human rights group Adhoc released a report on the state of Cambodian migrant workers yesterday, saying that tales of abuse from migrant workers and their families have increased five-fold compared to the same period last year. Seventy per cent of this year’s 141 complaints concerned domestic ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012061556814/National-news/migrant-abuse-trending-up.html

Maids’ families seek answers

The families of six maids from Kampong Chhnang province who left to work in Malaysia have filed complaints with human rights group Adhoc after losing contact with the women for more than two years, rights workers said yesterday. Soum Chankea, Adhoc’s provincial co-ordinator, said the complaints ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012061456795/National-news/maids-families-seek-answers.html

Violent crackdowns decried

Violent land evictions, unlawful prison sentences, shooting deaths and crackdowns on peaceful protests are all on a list of allegations a human rights group is voicing concerns about this week. The Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee condemned the incidents in a statement released on Tuesday, calling ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012053056473/National-news/violent-crackdowns-decried.html

Koh Kong judge queries reporter in Wutty case

One of the journalists on the scene when environmentalist Chut Wutty was gunned down last month appeared in a Koh Kong provincial court yesterday to answer questions about the shooting incident, which also led to the death of military police officer In Rattana. According to human ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012051856240/National-news/koh-kong-judge-queries-reporter-in-wutty-case.html

Shooting Victims’ Lawyers Denied Site Visit

Lawyers for the three women injured in a Feb. 20 shooting at a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Svay Rieng province were prevented from visiting the site of the shooting, allegedly on orders from the Council for the Development of Cambodia (CDC), a lawyer and ...

Roadblock ends as protesters succumb to drivers' demands

It took angry motorists rather than government officials or police officers to persuade more than 200 protesting villagers to clear road 48 in Koh Kong province yesterday morning after they blocked it for almost 24 hours, a human rights group representative said. The villagers, involved in ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012051456153/National-news/roadblock-ends-as-protesters-succumb-to-drivers-demands.html

90 Garment Factory Workers Faint Over Two-Day Period

About 90 garment factory workers fainted over a two-day period last week at Zhen Tai garment factory in Sen Sok district’s Phnom Penh Thmei commune, union officials and police said yesterday, though accounts of what caused the mass fainting differed. Thirty workers first fainted on ...

B’bang Protesters Seek Help in Land Dispute

About 60 villagers from Battambang province’s Sampov Loun district gathered in Phnom Penh’s Wat Botum Park yesterday to prtotested against a 4,065-hectare land concession granted to a company for agriculture development. Korng Sokheng, a representative for 1,850 families, said villagers submitted a petition to Prime ...

Mass Evictions Loom for Wildlife Sanctuary

Ms Sam On, 37, has already lost her house. It was one of three homes razed in April by Kratie provincial military police, environment officials and workers of the Sovannvuthy rubber company, after a tense stand-off with about 100 villagers that villagers said ended with ...

Villagers Seek Premier’s Intervention for Land Titles

Villagers from Battambang province have submitted petitions to Prime Minister Hun Sen asking that land management officials grant them the titles to the land they claim to have lived and worked on for 30 years. Apparently they were previously granted the right to construct homes ...

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