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Call for female bail review after prisoner’s baby dies

The Ministry of Interior’s General Department of Prisons spokesman Nuth Savna announced that it is conducting investigations into the death of a five-month-old baby who had been living with her mother in Correctional Centre II (Prey Sar). ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/call-female-bail-review-after-prisoners-baby-dies

Prison department dismisses rights violations report

The General Department of Prisons has dismissed a report made by rights group Licadho which claimed there are violations of basic human rights in the Kingdom’s prisons. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50664743/prison-department-dismisses-rights-violations-report/

The macro challenges in Cambodia’s microfinance sector

In August, two local Cambodian organizations, Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) published Collateral Damage: Land Loss and Abuses in Cambodia’s Microfinance Sector, a report about the dangerous growth of the country’s microfinance sector. It spotlighted an issue that researchers have been warning about for years. A report ...

David Hutt
https://thediplomat.com/2019/10/the-macro-challenges-in-cambodias-microfinance-sector/

NGOs slammed over retraction refusal

The government yesterday slammed rights group Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut for refusing to attend a scheduled meeting and make a public statement retracting a critical report on the negative impacts of microloans. Last week, the two NGOs defended their research during a meeting with the ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50642142/ngos-slammed-over-retraction-refusal/

NGOs ordered to retract MFI report

The government yesterday ordered two NGOs to retract a critical report on the negative impacts of microloans after summoning their representatives for a meeting to defend their research. The report, published last month by Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut, featured seven case studies of abuse chosen ...

Khuon Narim
http://Khuon Narim

NGOs invited to discuss MFI report

Officials of NGOs Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut will attend a closed-door meeting at the Council of Ministers on Wednesday to explain the findings of their recent report claiming that increasing levels of debt at microfinance institutions (MFIs) has resulted in human rights violations. ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngos-invited-discuss-mfi-report

National Bank of Cambodia slams NGOs’ lending report

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) on Thursday slammed a report on predatory lending in the Kingdom by local human rights NGOs Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT), which was released on Wednesday, as “flawed”. The report, entitled Collateral Damage, claimed that increasing levels of ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/national-bank-cambodia-slams-ngos-lending-report

Report: MFI loans force land sales, increase in child labour

A report from local human rights NGOs Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) claimed that the increasing levels of debt caused by taking loans from microfinance institutions (MFIs) is forcing rural families to sell off land. The study also claimed that the sharp rise in debt ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/report-mfi-loans-force-land-sales-increase-child-labour

NGO: Use bail to tackle ‘appalling’ overcrowding

The number of people being held in Cambodian prisons has reached epidemic proportions, leading to overcrowding and corruption, and causing families to suffer unnecessarily, claims a report by local NGO Licadho. However, Ministry of Justice spokesman Chin Malin rejected the findings, saying the rise in ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngo-use-bail-tackle-appalling-overcrowding

Ministry addresses child labour

The Labour Ministry has reminded business owners not to employ minors, while also noting that it has not come across any cases of child labour so far this year. Labour Minister Ith Samheng on Friday said employers must respect and follow labour laws and directives ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50540410/ministry-addresses-child-labour/

Tipster hotline ineffective, says Licadho

Rights group Licadho said yesterday that a forestry crime reporting mechanism set in place by Koh Kong provincial Governor Mithona Phouthorng to protect tipsters is ineffective as residents fear repercussion from powerful figures. ...

Pav Suy
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50522226/tipster-hotline-ineffective-says-licadho/

Officials deny hiring indigenous villagers to clear state forests

Ratanakkiri provincial authorities yesterday denied accusations by a group of villagers that the authority of O’Yadav and Andong Meas districts hired ethnic minority villagers to cut the forest along the Cambodia-Vietnam border. ...

Pav Suy
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/50114122/officials-deny-hiring-indigenous-villagers-to-clear-state-forests/

Government looks to make controversial amendments to Constitution

The Constitutional Council is planning to meet later this week to discuss amendments to the Constitution, including changes to an article guaranteeing the right for citizens to form organisations and political parties. ...

Andrew Nachemson and Mech Dara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/government-looks-make-controversial-amendments-constitution

Koh Kong families protest tycoon’s land concession

More than 30 families living in Koh Kong province’s Kiri Sakor district yesterday protested against the work of a Special Economic Zone company owned by tycoon Ly Yong Phat. ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5093921/koh-kong-families-protest-tycoons-land-concession/

Tax Department reaches out to NGOs

At least three local NGOs have been called for questioning by the Ministry of Economy and Finance’s Taxation Department to clarify their tax payments, amid an aggressive tax collection campaign that has recently gone after media outlets the Cambodia Daily, Voice of America and Radio ...

Leonie Kijewski and Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tax-department-reaches-out-ngos

Outbreak hits 24 at Kampong Speu prison

Twenty-four inmates in Kampong Speu’s provincial prison – where five prisoners escaped earlier this week – are reportedly experiencing a combination of respiratory difficulties, coughing, skin rashes and swollen legs.   ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Martin de Bourmont
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/outbreak-hits-24-kampong-speu-prison

Activists ask court to arrest real perpetrators

Two human rights activists, who were summoned to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday over allegations that they incited an attack on two Daun Penh district security guards in October, asked the court to have the real perpetrators arrested. ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35277/activists-ask-court-to-arrest-real-perpetrators/

Beaten activists accused

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court issued a warrant yesterday summoning human rights activists Am Sam Ath and Chan Puthisak to court today on charges that they incited an attack on two Daun Penh district security guards during a World Habitat Day protest on October 10. ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/35233/beaten-activists-accused/

No evidence of child labor at brick factories, gov’t says

The Labor Ministry says that it is investigating fresh allegations of widespread child labor at the country’s brick-making factories, but claims to have found no evidence as of yet. The ministry made the announcement on Friday, hours after the release of a new report by local ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/no-evidence-child-labor-brick-factories-government-says-121475/

UN rapporteur to visit Kingdom

Rhona Smith, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia, will start her 10-day visit to the Kingdom today, with plans to meet government officials, opposition party activists and civil society workers. Am Sam Ath, a senior coordinator for rights group Licadho, said he was ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30568/un-rapporteur-to-visit-kingdom/

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