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Jarai File Complaint Over Firm Filling In Lake

Etnhic Jarai families living in Ratanakkiri province’s Kakeo district yesterday filed a complaint with the provincial court, accusing a Vietnamese rubber company of clearing their ancestral land and filling in a lake they use for fishing and irrigation. Local officials say the company intends to ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

UN Report Says Law Marginalizes Sex Workers

Police targeting of sex workers for arrest has made them vulnerable to contracting or spreading HIV, according to a U.N. report released yesterday. The U.N. report, Sex Work and Law in Asia and the Pacific-Laws, HIV and human rights in the context of sex work, states that ...

Hun Sen Alludes to Mam Sonando in Warning Message

Journalists, NGO workers and politicians are not immune to the long arm of the law if they flout it, Prime Minister Hun Sen said yesterday as he distributed land titles in Kampot province. Mr. Hun Sen’s comments come 10 days after independent radio station owner Mam ...

Cambodia: Mandatory Internet Surveillance Cameras

The Cambodian government is enforcing a circular drafted earlier this year which requires internet cafes to set up surveillance cameras and to register callers. Based on an unofficial translation made by Jinja, the government said the circular was made in response to the rising number ...

http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/09/09/cambodia-mandatory-internet-surveillance-cameras/

Land Rights Worry UN

A mission to examine political rights in Cambodia has been increasingly overshadowed by the Kingdom’s dire land rights situation, the 2012 report from Cambodia’s UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights, published yesterday, shows. Cambodia’s rapporteur, Surya Subedi, conducted two fact-finding missions to Cambodia ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012082858327/National-news/human-cost-of-land-concessions-high-un-special-rapporteur.html

Cambodia to enhance laws on intellectual property

Francis Gurry, director-general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), on Monday pledged to continue helping Cambodia in formalizing and strengthening laws on intellectual property Meanwhile, Hun Sen highly appreciated the WIPO for its assisting Cambodia in the sector, saying that since Cambodia became a member ...

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/729325.shtml

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 ...

Property rights threatened, NGOs claim

A draft agricultural land law threatens to eliminate property rights and effectively remove all limitations on the size of economic land concessions, a coalition of civil society groups said in a statement released.The draft of The Law on the Management and Use of Agricultural Land, ...

David Boyle and May Titthara, P. 1
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012072457586/National-news/property-rights-threatened-ngos-claim.html

Officials Urge NGOs to Respect Rule of Law in Sonando Case

As criticism continues to mount over the arrest of outspoken Beehive Radio owner Mam Sonando, a government spokesman shot back yesterday, accusing NGOs of undermining the country’s rule of law. “NGOs are not a judge and [the] rule of law reflects from the people,” said ...

Court rules Nautisco solvent

Nautisco Seafood Manufacturing, once Cambodia’s premier seafood-processing company, will not undergo government-brokered restructuring after a Cambodian appeals court yesterday declared the company solvent. The ruling was a first test for the law on corporate restructuring and insolvency. The decision sounds positive for the company. But now the ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012061556808/Business/court-rules-nautisco-solvent.html

US Official Meets Asean Leaders Over Corruption

U.S. Ambassador to Asean David Carden met with judges and Justice Ministry representatives from all 10 Asean countries in Phnom Penh yesterday to discuss the importance of fighting against corruption and upholding the rule of law for foreign investors. “Cambodia will prosper if outside investment comes ...

Integration for ASEAN legal eagles discussed

More than 70 judges and judicial officials from ASEAN member states attended a US-supported ASEAN workshop in Phnom Penh yesterday to discuss legal and judicial cooperation, the protection of investors and the state of the rule of law in the region.   ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012061356766/National-news/integration-for-asean-legal-eagles-discussed.html

Court Accuses Advocate Monk of Incitement

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has accused the well-known monk and human rights advocate Loun Sovath of incitement for unspecified actions committed in Cambodia and abroad, according to court documents obtained Friday. The court documents, signed by Investigating Judge Duch Kim on Feb. 14, were sent ...

Alleged Secessionists in Kratie Charged With Insurrection

Eight villagers arrested in connection with an alleged uprising in Kratie province in which government security forces shot one girl dead have been charged with inciting insurrection, rights workers said yesterday. “All eight have been charged by the prosecutor already of committing insurrection against public authority. According ...

Act on environment, UN urges

The government needs to enforce legislation on protecting the environment, even as it gives away masses of land and resources in concessions, or risk jeopardising its economic future, the UN assistant secretary-general for disaster risk reduction said yesterday. “The most critical impact of disasters today is ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012042755821/National-news/act-on-environment-un-urges.html

Kingdom relieved after US internet law fails to pass

The postponement of two US internet piracy bills last week was met with relief by human rights and media experts in Cambodia, who say the overreaching grasp of the proposed legislation would hinder the internet’s progress and growth in the Kingdom. The US House of Representative’s ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012012454103/Business/kingdom-relieved-after-us-internet-law-fails-to-pass.html

Assembly votes for first pesticide law

The National Assembly yesterday passed Cambodia’s first law on pesticide and chemical fertiliser control, which the government hopes will regulate the use and sale of dangerous chemicals on agricultural products. Currently, hazardous pesticides are sold with little regulation and often without proper labeling that instructs farmers ...

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