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 ...

Niem Chheng

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. ...

Bun Sengkong

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. ...

Men Kimseng

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 ...

Men Kimseng

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 ...

Men Kimseng

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, ...

Men Kimseng

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. ...

Charles Parkinson

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. ...

Hum Chamroeun

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 ...

Taing Vida

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 ...

Chris Mueller

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 ...

Kuch Naren

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. ...

Khy Sovuthy

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. ...

Mech Dara

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 ...

Meas Sokchea

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. ...

Phak Seangly

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

Cambodia's 2 prominent opposition lawmakers fail in votes for key parliament posts

Yim Sovann and Mu Sochua, both prominent lawmakers of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), failed in votes for the posts of chairpersons of the National Assembly’s commissions in confidential votes on Wednesday. The CNRP nominated male-lawmaker Yim Sovann as the head of the National ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

National Assembly to vote for new leadership next Tuesday

123 lawmakers from ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) will vote on August 26, 2014 to elect new leadership of the National Assembly. According to the general commissariat of the National Assembly, the agenda will include: Vote for Nguon Nhil ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

CNRP to probe organ claims

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party plans to launch an investigation into organ trafficking in Cambodia following the mysterious case of an alleged kidney ring operating out of a military hospital in Phnom Penh. Mu Sochua, a CNRP lawmaker and head of the newly formed National ...

Alice Cuddy and Phak Seangly

Lawyer says court won’t question lawmakers

The charges of “leading an insurrection” brought against seven CNRP lawmakers-elect after a violent protest last month now appear dead in the water, with their lawyers saying a Phnom Penh judge has told them he cannot question them over the case because they have sworn ...

Kuch Naren

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