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Ministry slams HRW over report on acid victims

The Justice Ministry yesterday hit back at US-based Human Rights Watch over a report accusing the government of failing to provide free medical treatment for victims of acid attacks or take action against perpetrators. HRW on Monday issued a 48-page report titled “What Hell Feels Like: ...

Taing Vida
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50575560/ministry-slams-hrw-over-report-on-acid-victims/

Acid attacks: Cambodia victims 'denied government aid'

Survivors of acid attacks in Cambodia are being denied free government treatment that they are legally entitled to, Human Rights Watch says. Its report focused on 17 survivors, none of whom are said to have received government aid for their injuries. ...

BBC News
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47133728

US to ramp up sanctions after ‘flawed’ national polls

At a press conference on Wednesday, the US State Department announced that it would expand visa sanctions on the Cambodian officials and individuals it deems responsible for “undermining democracy” in Cambodia. At the briefing, spokesperson Heather Nauert reiterated that the department regarded the July 29 ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-ramp-sanctions-after-flawed-national-polls

Cambodia to probe election boycott call

Cambodia’s election organizers said on Monday they will investigate a complaint against about 30 former opposition party members for calling for a boycott of Sunday’s general election. ...

Chan Thul Prak
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-election/cambodia-to-probe-election-boycott-call-idUSKBN1KD0OH

Defence Ministry hits back at rights report

Human Rights Watch yesterday issued a scathing report alleging that 12 army and police leaders close to Prime Minister Hun Sen have committed serious human rights violations. The report drew the ire of the Defence Ministry and government, which issued a retort saying that it ...

Khmer Times
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50506298/defence-ministry-hits-back-at-rights-report/

Australia’s ‘dance with dictators’: Country expected to stay mum on rights abuses with Asean leaders in town

While calls from all corners have demanded Australia take Cambodia to task – not only for its political crackdown but also for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s threats to beat up protesters on Australian soil – observers say any such confrontation is unlikely to materialise during ...

Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/australias-dance-dictators-country-expected-stay-mum-rights-abuses-asean-leaders

The State of Human Security in Cambodia

Violence in Cambodia has escalated in recent months with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s attempts to quash competition ahead of the upcoming elections on July 29, 2018. Security and surveillance measures have been strengthened, media outlets have been closed down, protests have been met with violence and mass ...

Pascale Hunt
https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/the-state-of-human-security-in-cambodia/

Fishermen still abused in Thailand

Forced labour remains rampant on Thai fishing boats more than three years after an international outcry, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released yesterday, with Cambodian fishermen reporting that Thai reforms designed to safeguard them from abuse are being used as tools to ...

Erin Handley and Yon Sineat
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fishermen-still-abused-thailand

Hun Manet talks colour revolution

Senior military official and son of the prime minister Hun Manet yesterday joined his father in using an event to commemorate the overthrow of the Khmer Rouge as an opportunity to voice authorities’ commitment to thwarting any attempts to topple the current government through a ...

Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-manet-talks-colour-revolution

PM defends minister, slams US and Human Rights Watch

Prime Minister Hun Sen defended Social Affairs Minister Vong Sauth on Thursday, confirming that he had advocated using force against protesters in a closed-door CPP strategy meeting that Mr. Sauth later retold to reporters. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/pm-defends-minister-slams-us-and-human-rights-watch-133224/

Human rights watch calls for loose-lipped minister’s firing

Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said he did not believe Social Affairs Minister Vong Sauth would face any disciplinary action after he repeated the gist of a seemingly confidential CPP meeting, including an alleged threat by Prime Minister Hun Sen to beat protesters with ...

Ben Paviour
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hrw-calls-for-loose-lipped-ministers-firing-133176/

PM offers Myanmar a ‘win-win’

During the inauguration of a pagoda in Prey Veng on Friday, Prime Minister Hun Sen announced he will send several advisers to Myanmar to share lessons from his “Win-Win” policy, which he credits with ending Cambodia’s civil war. ...

Touch Sokha and Cristina Maza
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-offers-myanmar-win-win

170 Vietnamese asylum seekers given two weeks to leave

Almost two years since the latest wave of Montagnard asylum seekers began crossing into Ratanakkiri province claiming to be fleeing persecution in Vietnam, an immigration official said on Wednesday that the 170 remaining in Phnom Penh had two weeks to return home or face forcible ...

Aun Pheap and George Wright
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/170-vietnamese-asylum-seekers-given-two-weeks-leave-119215/

Minister tells UN ‘perfect democracy’ not realistic

Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn defended the government before the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Saturday, saying that the ruling party was being held to unrealistic expectations of a “perfect democracy” while the opposition was “committing very serious crimes.” Delivering his first major address to ...

Colin Meyn
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/minister-tells-un-perfect-democracy-not-realistic-118422/

Families affected by land disputes in Cambodia tripled in 2014: rights group

A surge in land disputes in Cambodia affected more than three times as many families last year as in 2013, a local rights group said Thursday, urging Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government to address the issue with “long-term lasting solutions” instead of making empty promises. Rights ...

Joshua Lipes
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/families-02192015114159.html

KNLF remains on police radar

With 10 alleged members of the “terrorist” Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) facing charges of treason, police yesterday threatened further arrests in Cambodia and abroad. The KNUF, or Tiger Head Movement, was accused of attempting to bomb the Cambodia-Vietnamese Friendship Monument in 2007, and the ...

Taing Vida
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/knlf-remains-police-radar

High-level officials to get raises

Prime Minister Hun Sen is set for a monthly salary hike of more than $900 as part of sweeping changes to senior government and high-ranking civil servant bonuses, according to a new sub-decree. The document, dated October 13 and obtained by the Post yesterday, states that ...

Pech Sotheary and Shane Worrell
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/high-level-officials-get-raises

A busy week at court expected for union leader Ath Thorn

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court will be seeing a lot of union leader Ath Thorn next week. From next Monday through Thursday, it has summonsed the president of the country’s largest independent union to three rounds of questioning over three separate cases in which Mr. Thorn ...

Mech Dara
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/a-busy-week-at-court-expected-for-union-leader-ath-thorn-67650/

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