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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

Union leader re-elected despite deputy’s protest

Vorn Pao was re-elected president on Thursday of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA), a labor group comprised mostly of tuk-tuk drivers and moto-dops, in an uncontested ballot after his vice president withdrew from the race over allegations of irregularities. Sok Chhun Oeung, who ...

Ben Sokhean
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/union-leader-re-elected-despite-deputys-protest-68223/

After jail, Pov gains following

Before he was arrested in January, Vorn Pov and the union he created were not widely known outside of activist circles. But when he emerged from Phnom Penh’s CC1 prison on Friday, he walked away as one of the highest-profile unionists in the country, and a ...

Kevin Ponniah, May Titthara and Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/after-jail-pov-gains-following

New charges as trial wraps

Despite presenting no hard evidence against defendants throughout the two trials of 23 men arrested during a strike that turned deadly in early January, a prosecutor used his closing statement yesterday to up the charges against union leader Vorn Pov. The final day of two trials ...

Sean Teehan, Buth Reaksmey Kongkea and May Titthara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-charges-trial-wraps

Defendants cut off as 23’s trial goes on

When union leader Vorn Pov was finally allowed to give testimony yesterday on the third day of the trial of 23 men arrested during a garment strike in January, he found himself cut off by an attorney ordering him to answer only the exact question ...

May Titthara, Buth Reaksmey Kongkea and Sean Teehan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/defendants-cut-23%E2%80%99s-trial-goes

Garment protest trial defendants deny charges

Defendants in a mass trial of 25 men and teenagers accused of joining a string of violent garment worker protests continued to profess their innocence during the second day of hearings at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday. Twenty-three of the men were arrested in ...

Khy Sovuthy and Eang Mengleng
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/garment-protest-trial-defendants-deny-charges-58166/

Twenty-one men detained after strikes seek bail for fifth time

Union activist Vorn Pao and 20 other workers and activists who have been jailed since the violent suppression of garment protests in early January had their request for bail heard for the fifth time on Friday, this time by the Supreme Court. Mr. Pao, the president ...

Khuon Narim
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/twenty-one-men-detained-after-strikes-seek-bail-for-fifth-time-58004/

Concerns ahead of trial for 23

One the eve of the trial of 23 people arrested during a garment strike in January, their supporters yesterday expressed concern that politics, rather than the facts, may determine the verdict. Nearly four months after their arrests at protests on January 2 and 3 – the ...

Sean Teehan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/concerns-ahead-trial-23

Bail request for Pov as union seeks property

A union leader among 21 workers and activists arrested in January demonstrations will appear in the Court of Appeal to argue for bail next week, despite the same court denying his request last month. Vorn Pov, president of Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA), and ...

Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bail-request-pov-union-seeks-property

‘Like animals in a cage’

A day after union leader Vorn Pov was violently arrested during garment strikes in early January, he was driven to an unknown location and told by armed officers to get out of the vehicle. The union leader said his group of co-accused share a cell ...

May Titthara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/%E2%80%98-animals-cage%E2%80%99

New Futuristic Tuk-Tuks Arrive on the Streets of Phnom Penh

Most tuk-tuk drivers have to continuously vie with each other to attract tourists’ attention, but Oung Hour gets it without even trying. As he stands on the sidewalk near the riverside, groups of tourists point at his bright mustard-yellow tuk-tuk, its smooth fiberglass body shaped like ...

Emily Wilkins and Sek Odom
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/new-futuristic-tuk-tuks-arrive-on-the-streets-of-phnom-penh-52616/

Detainee speaks out online

As lawyers for 21 defendants denied bail by the Court of Appeal last week wait for the Supreme Court to respond to their appeals, the most high-profile of the detainees is speaking out via social media. On Friday night, Prak Sovannary, wife of Vorn Pov – ...

Sean Teehan and Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/detainee-speaks-out-online

Bail denied for 21 detainees

Defence attorneys will now turn to the Supreme Court after a Court of Appeals judge denied bail this morning for all 21 people still detained from clashes with authorities during garment strike demonstrations last month. The presiding judge said he decided not to allow bail based ...

Sean Teehan and May Titthara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/bail-denied-21-detainees

Supporters of 21 to march to embassies

Activists may find themselves in a showdown with police this morning during a planned vigil on Phnom Penh’s riverside and a march to several embassies. National Military Police spokesman Kheng Tito said yesterday that people supporting the release of 21 people detained during a garment strike ...

Mom Kunthear and Sean Teehan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/supporters-21-march-embassies

Witnesses speak for CC3 detainees

Four witnesses appeared at Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday to testify on behalf of 13 of the 23 men detained in Kampong Cham’s Correctional Centre 3 since crackdowns on striking garment workers at the beginning of this month, a lawyer representing the 13 said. ...

Meas Sokchea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/witnesses-speak-cc3-detainees

Untrained guards rule at protests

Security guards that have forcibly detained protesters in the capital in recent weeks include large numbers of men who have received no government security training, Phnom Penh municipal spokesman Long Dimanche said yesterday. In an effort to recruit civilian “public order” officers, Dimanche told the Post, the ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Shane Worrell
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/untrained-guards-rule-protests

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