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Gov’t must help homeless: UN

The United Nations yesterday called on the government to do more to protect its homeless after years of so-called street sweeps and a lack of social care have left destitute Cambodians vulnerable to health risks and violence. ...

Cheng Sokhorng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-must-help-homeless-un

New orphanage sub-decree aims to protect children

The Ministry of Social Affairs yesterday issued a new sub-decree ordering all orphanages to get a permit, submit to inspections and limit the conditions under which children can be admitted.According to many experts, including Social Affairs Minister Vong Soth, orphanage care does more harm than ...

Igor Kossov
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-orphanage-sub-decree-aims-protect-children

Disabled ‘excluded from vote’

Disabled people in Cambodia may frequently be excluded from the election process, according to a new study that is to be released next week that indicates local authorities consistently refuse to issue identity cards to the physically and developmentally disabled. ...

Taing Vida
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/disabled-excluded-vote

Child centre’s chief arrested

Four children were removed yesterday from Bethel Children’s Home of Cambodia and the centre’s director was arrested in Chhbar Ampov following a complaint alleging child abuse and neglect, including forced labour and sexually inappropriate conduct.​ ...

Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/child-centres-chief-arrested

Disability benefits to be broadened by gov’t

A Ministry of Social Affairs official yesterday announced that, starting next year, the government would offer regular payments of 20,000 riel (about $5) to all disabled Cambodians, a benefit that so far has only been available to retired disabled soldiers. In an announcement that coincided with ...

Sen David
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/disability-benefits-be-broadened-gov%E2%80%99t

A tragic cycle of abuse

Social worker Nong Socheat is well-acquainted with the ugly scope of child abuse. As a counsellor for First Step Cambodia (FSC), a local NGO that focuses on supporting male survivors of sexual assault, she regularly provides support for boys dealing with the aftermath of molestation. ...

Bennett Murray and Taing Vida
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tragic-cycle-abuse

University dorm for orphans

Ol Sok Hour, a keen and promising student, had his life turned upside down two years ago when his parents died of AIDS. Yesterday, the NGO celebrated the launch of its Graduation House, a facility that will offer accommodation and support for orphaned tertiary students. ...

Sen David and Alice Cuddy
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/university-dorm-orphans

Payments made to retirees rise

The government is upping the payments made to retired and disabled civil servants, according to a July 31 subdecree by Prime Minister Hun Sen. Mut Khiev, secretary of state at the Ministry of Social Affairs, said the payments stand between 200,000 and 300,000 riel per month ...

Vong Sokheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/payments-made-retirees-rise

Working ‘mother’ kept child chained

A day after Prime Minister Hun Sen pointed out the need for more effective child protection in Cambodia, police in Koh Kong arrested and released a woman who admitted to chaining her 4-year-old “adopted daughter” inside their house eight hours a day for the past ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/working-%E2%80%98mother%E2%80%99-kept-child-chained

Help for the elderly extended

The government has approved a second phase of a pilot project in Battambang and Banteay Meanchey provinces that will this time see professional caregivers rather than volunteers visit the homes of the elderly to assist with domestic work, hygiene needs and general companionship. “Families are the ...

Amelia Woodside and Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/help-elderly-extended

Acid services reduced

With acid attacks in steep decline – not a single attack has been recorded so far this year – the only organisation working directly with acid survivors on the ground is scaling back its services by 75 per cent. Cambodian Acid Survivors Charity (CASC) is no ...

Amelia Woodside
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/acid-services-reduced

Path toward adoptions progressing

Marking the next step to the Kingdom’s resumption of international adoptions, the Ministry of Social Affairs distributed for the first time copies of all adoption-related prakases, or edicts, to international representatives and adoption agencies in the capital yesterday. ...

Amelia Woodside and Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/path-toward-adoptions-progressing

Officials to head to US for adoption training

Cambodia’s long-awaited resumption of international adoptions will soon take another tenuous step forward with a US State Department program that will see local adoption officials flown to the United States for training. The initiative, pegged an “informational visitor’s program”, follows on the heels of a January ...

Amelia Woodside
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/officials-head-us-adoption-training

Government Expects 14.5 Percent Rise in State Revenue

The government plans to raise $3.51 billion in state revenue in 2014 in order to finance a $3.4 billion draft budget, an increase of about 14.5 percent compared to the previous year, when the government raised $2.98 billion in revenue, according to a draft of ...

Hul Reaksmey
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/government-expects-14-5-percent-rise-in-state-revenue-46807/

Electronic banking to ‘Help fight corruption’

Civil servants living in Phnom Penh will have wages paid into Canadia Bank accounts starting this week, Moth Kiev, secretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs, said on Friday. The children of retired and disabled civil servants who have died will receive payments directly from ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/electronic-banking-%E2%80%98help-fight-corruption%E2%80%99

Five More Years For Hun Sen; Some Ministers Reshuffled

A day after its opening session and still devoid of the 55 lawmakers-elect of the opposition CNRP, the country’s new, one-party National Assembly voted Prime Minister Hun Sen in for yet another five-year term Tuesday and approved an extensive re­shuffle of his Cabinet. In a ...

Hul Reaksmey and Zsombor Peter
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/elections/five-more-years-for-hun-sen-some-ministers-reshuffled-43133/

Workers Say Large Military Police Presence at SL Factory

More than 100 military police officers stood guard outside a garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district on Monday and prevented workers from returning to work, employees and local officials said. Workers from Singaporean-owned SL Garment Factory—which makes clothing for U.S. brands Levi’s and Gap—have been ...

Aun Pheap
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/workers-say-large-military-police-presence-at-sl-factory-43060/

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