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Court draws more into Sabrina case

Eight people allegedly involved in a worker demonstration that devolved into a violent clash with authorities at a Kampong Speu-based Nike supplier have been summonsed to court. Another eight arrested at the scene already await trial. The clash resulted in significant property damage and left ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/court-draws-more-sabrina-case

Worker applications eased

Candidates for a government program that sends Cambodians to work in South Korea can file paperwork closer to home this year, as applications will now be distributed in 13 provinces. Applications will be available until Friday in provincial labour offices in Battambang, Kampong Cham, Kampong ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/worker-applications-eased

Sales of palm sugar not so sweet

Sales of Cambodia’s World Trade Organization-certified palm sugar from Kampong Speu province dipped to 12 tonnes at the end of the harvest season this year, about a 30 per cent decline from 2012. Two districts with palm trees in Kampong Speu province were granted geographical indication ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/sales-palm-sugar-not-so-sweet

No bail for Sabrina unionists

According to defence lawyer Kao Ty, the court decided to uphold the decision of the provincial court in a closed-door hearing last Friday. “They said if those eight members and workers were released on bail, they would cause a problem again,” he said, adding that ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/no-bail-sabrina-unionists

Cambodia and S Korea aid workers

Cambodia and South Korea signed a memorandum of understanding yesterday, agreeing to work together to ensure worker protection. Last month,  a Kampong Speu shoe factory collapse killed two workers. The incident inspired the Ministry of Labour to implement a Health and Safety Network for workers here ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013061266215/National/cambodia-and-s-korea-aid-workers.html

Bail Requests Denied for All Eight Unionists

The Kampong Speu Provincial Court has denied bail for eight unionists accused of instigating violence at the Sabrina Garment factory last Monday. Kampong Speu Provincial Court judge, Cheum Rithy said yesterday that he had not approved the bail request because significant work remained in questioning ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013061066173/National/bail-requests-denied-for-all-eight-unionists.html

Trade Deal Threat Still On Table

The European union’s executive arm has responded to its parliamentarians’ concerns over rights abuses stemming from Cambodia’s economic land concessions, maintaining that, should the need arise, it “will be ready” to withdraw from its preferential trade agreements with the Kingdom. In a joint letter to concerned ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013052065716/National/trade-deal-threat-still-on-table.html

The canes of wrath

Satiating the demands of the global sugar industry is big business for Cambodia’s sugarcane plantations. Yet accusations of human rights abuses and land grabs in the Kingdom have left a bitter aftertaste for many on the ground as companies vie for a larger slice of ...

http://sea-globe.com/sugar-cambodia/

‘Power cuts just a transitional problem’

Recurring power cuts and power shortages draw sharp complaints from Cambodia’s public, the political opposition and business owners. Keo Ratanak,  director-general of Electricite du Cambodge (EDC), talked to the Post’s Sarah Thust. What is EDC doing to reduce electricity cuts here? The issue of power shortage is ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013051065532/Business/power-cuts-just-a-transitional-problem.html

Police seize illegal rosewood; suspect escapes

Nearly a tonne of rosewood was uncovered in a raid yesterday in Kampong Speu in which the suspect successfully fled after injuring an officer, police officials said. “According to the quality assessment, I can say a rough value of that rosewood is $300,000,” he [Keo ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2013050665423/National/police-seize-illegal-rosewood-suspect-escapes.html

The price of land development in Cambodia

Phnom Penh, a city once fabled for its stately colonial buildings and boulevards, and its serene riverside setting, is becoming a city of glaring contrasts. An economy left in ruins by the years of war and violent revolution in the 1970s and 80s grew at a ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21973412

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