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Public warned of online loan scams

The Ministry of Interior’s Anti Cybercrime Department has warned individuals seeking online loans to exercise caution and thoroughly vet lending institutions. ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/public-warned-of-online-loan-scams

NGO Licadho finds child labor, debt bondage in Cambodia’s brick factories

Child labor and debt bondage continue in Cambodia’s brick factories, according to a report published Monday by the human rights group Licadho. The organization also found garment waste from international brands such as Reebok, Old Navy and Adidas fueling kilns in brick factories. ...

Leila Goldstein and Seoung Nimol
https://cambojanews.com/ngo-licadho-finds-child-labor-debt-bondage-in-cambodias-brick-factories/

Sar Kheng: Joint efforts needed in drugs fight

Sar Kheng, former interior minister and currently a lawmaker for Battambang province, implored stakeholders to redouble their commitment to combat drug trafficking in the country. ...

Post Staff
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-joint-efforts-needed-drugs-fight

Ministry renew pledge with Wildlife Alliance on environment policy

The Ministry of Environment and Wildlife Alliance have reaffirmed their commitment to intensify collaborations, working towards bolstering environmental protection through the implementation of a circular strategy. ...

Bor Pich Zelin
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-renew-pledge-wildlife-alliance-environment-policy

Ministry intensifying efforts in fight against child labour

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training is intensifying its efforts to disseminate labour laws and legal documents related to child employment across Cambodia, with an emphasis on five provinces. ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-intensifying-efforts-fight-against-child-labour

NGOs want government, Italy to halt reopening of intercountry adoptions

Reopening intercountry adoptions will put Cambodian children and their families at risk, a group of NGOs said in a statement Wednesday, urging the Cambodian government to stop the process. ...

Sovann Sreypich
https://cambojanews.com/ngos-want-government-italy-to-halt-reopening-of-intercountry-adoptions/

Manet: ‘Suit’ for any corrupt use of name

Hun Manet, designated as the future prime ministerial candidate for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), urged the authorities to take legal action against anyone who used his name to commit illegal acts. ...

Samban Chandara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/manet-suit-any-corrupt-use-name

CENTRAL advises migrant workers of rights

The Centre for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights (CENTRAL) is carrying out an awareness campaign among the public about the potential risks of migrating to find work in Thailand. The organisation warned that many Cambodians were continuing to use the services of brokers to ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/central-advises-migrant-workers-rights

Government approves new economic land concession despite moratorium, conflict ensues

The government awarded a new Economic Land Concession (ELC) in March 2022 for the first time in nearly a decade and despite an existing moratorium on ELCs, government documents show. ...

Jack Brook and Sorn Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/government-approves-new-economic-land-concession-despite-moratorium-conflict-ensues/

‘Provocative’ music video taken down by CSOs

A controversial video, which features a “provocative” song and graphic footage of a violent clash between protesting garment workers and authorities nine years back, has been removed from the official websites and social media pages of four civil society organisations (CSOs). ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/provocative-music-video-taken-down-csos

Authorities start sealing off land for project in Koh Rong city

Preah Sihanouk Provincial Administration yesterday started putting up boundary posts to build a fence around a 350,000-square-metre site of a private company to develop tourist sites at two villages in Koh Rong city. ...

Tith Kongnov
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50996049/authorities-start-sealing-off-land-for-project-in-koh-rong-city/

Ministry to study Licadho report on rape by relatives cases

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs yesterday said it is studying a Licadho report that found that nearly one in three cases of rape or attempted rape of a woman were perpetrated by a relative of the victim. ...

Buth Sela
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50793601/ministry-to-study-licadho-report-on-rape-by-relatives-cases/

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/

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