Europe to discuss Kem Sokha’s detention
The European Parliament is set to hold urgent debates on selected human rights, democracy and rule of law topics on Thursday in Strasbourg, France, a briefing released by the body said last week. Discussion on Cambodia will centre on the imprisonment of court-dissolved Cambodia National ...
NEC registers 500k voters in first four days
The National Election Committee claims to have signed up more than half a million people in its first four days of voter registration. The registration period, which began on Thursday and ends on December 1, requires more than 100,000 Cambodian citizens to be registered each day. ...
As voter registration nears, fears of exclusion
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday appealed to Cambodia’s 9.6 million eligible voters to register to cast their ballots when enrollment opens next month, as the opposition CNRP expressed concerns that a million migrant workers could be disenfranchised. ...
Kuch Naren and Alex Willemyns
Opposition MP urges govt to use returning skilled laborers
A leading opposition lawmaker has urged the government to make better use of skilled migrant labor returning from overseas in a bid to encourage more Cambodians to stay in the country. ...
Lawmaker urges more cooperation to prevent force fishing labor
Cambodian authorities must cooperate with Thailand to reform illegal fishing practices there, a lawmaker says. The governments of Cambodia and Thailand “have not been talking seriously to put strict conditions” on labor practices, she said. “They tend to deal with the problem case by casewith ...
Recruitment companies for migrant labor poorly regulated, lawmaker says
Cambodian laborers continue to be deceived by dishonest recruitment companies, which are poorly regulated, a lawmaker says. Mu Sochua, a National Assembly legislator for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, told “Hello VOA” such companies should bear responsibility for their workers, not only in Cambodia but ...
Migrant workers deserve fair conditions abroad, lawmaker says
Cambodian migrant workers working legally or illegally in neighboring Thailand and other countries in the region have remitted more than $1 billion dollars annually, which contributes significantly to the economy, an opposition lawmaker says. But their emigration has affected local farming as well, emptying rural villages, ...
Women’s Caucus meets UK rep
Female members of the National Assembly sat down with a representative of the UK Parliament yesterday to discuss female participation in politics, on the final day of a consultative meeting hosted by the British Embassy. ...
Cambodian soldier caught fishing illegally shoots forestry official
Two soldiers in northwest Cambodia’s Battambang province fired assault rifles at two local forestry officials on Friday after the officials reported them to a local opposition party lawmaker for illegal fishing. ...
First lady’s visit could inspire attitude change, lawmaker says
The impending visit of First Lady Michelle Obama to Cambodia will serve as an opportunity for people and officials to revisit their attitude towards girls’ education, a lawmaker says. ...
Shortfalls noted for women in politics
At a celebration of International Women’s Day yesterday, Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) vice president Kem Sokha said women play key roles in the Kingdom’s development, but noted that women in his own party still lack total equality. About 200 people came to LyLa restaurant in ...
Gov’t announces new plan to stop violence against women
As violence against women remains pervasive throughout the country, the government on Tuesday launched a second action plan that it hopes will help give women greater protection. The National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women 2014-2018 focuses on preventing gender-based violence and aims to provide ...
CNRP to screen banned film on slain union leader Chea Vichea
The opposition CNRP plans to screen the banned documentary film “Who Killed Chea Vichea?” this week to mark the 11th anniversary of the Free Trade Union (FTU) leader’s assassination in front of a newspaper stall in Phnom Penh on January 22, 2004. CNRP public affairs director ...
Court ejects CNRP lawmakers from hearing
Lawyers for 11 opposition CNRP activists facing insurrection charges Thursday walked out of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in protest after the judges refused to let three CNRP lawmakers facing the same charges observe what was supposed to be the first full day of hearings. ...
CNRP lawmakers visit prisoners on hunger strike
Opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua said a group of 10 convicted anti-eviction activists on hunger strike at Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison were in a weak state during her visit to the facility Monday. ...
Vote held in contempt
The National Assembly yesterday appointed a ruling Cambodian People’s Party stalwart to fill the final seat of the judicial body that oversees the Kingdom’s judges and prosecutors and whose political independence is already a target of criticism. A majority of 66 parliamentarians voted Ith Rady, an ...
Meas Sokchea and Kevin Ponniah
CNRP youth: we’ll fight ISIS
At least 50 opposition party youth members and supporters are asking for permission to join the US-led fight against Islamic State militants, a leading activist said yesterday. In return, they hope the US will help them fight Vietnamese encroachment in Cambodia and take back the island ...
Cambodia's elderly receive inadequate support
For 70-year-old Chan Shay, the choice between working through old age and a retirement in poverty is an obvious one. Shay, a cyclo taxi driver in Phnom Penh, said that while he dreams of retiring to his home in Takeo province, in reality he can see ...
Alice Cuddy and Khouth Sophak Chakrya
Don’t judge census: Sar Kheng
A day after the first results of the countrywide census of foreigners were revealed, Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday called on politicians to reserve judgement. ...
Sam Rainsy expresses disappointment after Mu Sochua, Yim Sovann fail in votes
Opposition party leader Sam Rainsy on Wednesday expressed disappointment after his two leading lawmakers failed in votes for the posts of chairpersons of the National Assembly’s eighth and tenth commissions. He said he would push for proper solution in accordance with July 22 agreement. “It is rights ...
The Cambodia Herald News Staff