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Union Representative Beaten, Arrested by Police

A union representative was beaten with electric batons and arrested by police in Phnom Penh yesterday after more than 20 garment workers marched to submit a petition to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cabinet. The petitioners, workers at the Tai Yang garment factory who belong to the ...

Court frees 13 Cambodian land eviction protesters

An appeals court Wednesday ordered the release of 13 women who were jailed for protesting being evicted from their homes without adequate compensation, in a case that had critics had highlighted as an example of injustice. The women cheered in the courtroom, their supporters applauded and ...

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In Poipet, Motorcycle Taxi Drivers Protest Police Abuse

More than 35 motorcycle taxi drivers protested in front of military police headquarters in Poipet City yesterday, calling for military police to protect them from an immigration police officer who has allegedly been shocking them with an electric baton, police and protesters said. Proem Sareom, one of the drivers protesting ...

Boeung Kak tale resonates in Washington

In Washington yesterday, Sam Rainsy Party lawmaker Mu Sochua lobbied US government officials to withhold military funding to the Cambodian government if it does not meet two political demands ahead of her meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday. Mu Sochua said she would ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012060856674/National-news/boeung-kak-tale-resonates-in-us-capital-mu-sochua.html

‘Outsiders’ denied right to vote

Just under three weeks ago, residents in Pro Ma village were running for their lives as security forces opened fire on them with automatic weapons, killing a 14-year-old girl. About 1,000 police, military police and soldiers stormed their village, fired at them indiscriminately, evicted hundreds of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012060456570/National-news/outsiders-denied-right-to-vote.html

Ahead of Vote, Hun Sen Breaks Silence to Make Land Promises

Just days ahead of Sunday’s commune elections, Prime Minister Hun Sen again broke his pledge to remain silent during his party’s campaign period and sought to ease the concerns of communities whose livelihoods have been threatened by land disputes. Speaking to villagers through a mobile telephone, ...

Children of Jailed 15 Make Plea for Parents

Relatives and neighbors sang, cried and pleaded outside the Ministry of Justice yesterday for the release of the 14 women and one man arrested last week for protesting against CPP Senator Lao Meng Khin’s controversial Boeng Kak real estate project. Worried by reports that the World ...

Int’l Groups Urge Gov’t To Free Boeng Kak 15

Freedom House and several other international human rights groups condemned the conviction of 13 Phnom Penh women last week who are locked in a land dispute with CPP Senator Lao Meng Khin and called for their release in a joint statement issued Tuesday. The women were arrested ...

Protesters Call For Release of Boeng Kak 15

About 100 residents from Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak community rallied in front of the National Assembly yesterday to demand the release of 13 women sentenced to jail last week and two others now in pretrial detention for opposing evictions resulting from a real estate project ...

Activist monk detained at Wat Botum

Senor members of the monastic community yesterday detained Buddhist monk Loun Savath, an award-winning human rights activist, after he took photos of protesting Boeung Kak lake villagers outside Phnom Penh municipal court. Monks, police and unidentified men in plain clothes violently forced Loun Savath into a ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012052556389/National-news/activist-monk-detained-at-wat-botum.html

Clash erupts at SL factory

Security guards clashed yesterday with workers from two SL Garment factories that supply Levi’s, Gap and H&M, as the number of employees protesting exceeded 5,500 – or more than 90 per cent of the staff. Protester Kim Voeun, 32, said security guards, in the presence of ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012052456366/National-news/clash-erupts-at-sl-factory.html

Workers at Factories Supplying Major Brands Continue Protests

About 3,000 garment workers from two factories that supply clothes to international brands Levi Strauss, H&M and Gap continued protesting for higher wages yesterday in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district, before marching to the Ministry of Social Affairs. Upon arriving at the ministry, workers employed by the ...

Protesters End Roadblock Empty-Handed

Srey ambel district, Koh Kong province – A roadblock by locals in a long-running land dispute with CPP Senator Ly Yong Phat petered out after several hours in the dying rain on Saturday without the protesters winning any concessions from either the senator’s firm or ...

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