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Finance Minister Lauds Boeng Kak's Tax Bill

The Finance Ministry has sent a letter to well-known businesswoman Choeung Sopheap thanking her for paying her taxes on the highly controversial filling in of Phnom Penh’s Boeng Kak lake, and holding her firm up as an example of corporate professionalism. Though Shukaku Inc., which is ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/finance-minister-lauds-boeng-kaks-tax-bill-11863/

Logger Reported Dead as Rosewood Trade Directive Announced

Amid reports that a second Cambodian has been killed this year by Thai armed forces while illegally logging in Thai border territory, officials had little detail yesterday on a government directive that is aimed at ending the international demand for rosewood from Cambodia. Prime Minister Hun ...

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2012 Sees Jump in Land Disputes and Grants

Economic land concessions remain a major concern, with more than 230 people arrested in 2012, an increase of more than 150 percent from the year before, according to an annual report by the rights group Adhoc. That means land conflicts have increased, Thun Saray, president ...

http://www.voacambodia.com/content/two-thousand-two-land-dispute-jump/1604014.html

Adhoc Requests Cancellation of 2 Vietnamese Land Concessions

Rights group Adhoc has requested that the government cancel economic land concessions held by two Vietnamese companies in Ratanakkiri province’s O’Yadaw district, on the grounds that the firms are logging and exporting wood illegally. “Adhoc calls on the Royal Government of Cambodia to immediately cancel the ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Regional Workers Need More Protection, Advocate Says

With Thailand threatening to oust undocumented workers, Asean must do more as a region to protect its migrant workers, a leading rights advocate says. More and more workers are crossing the borders between Asean countries, and the region looking to lower trade barriers, so workers need ...

http://www.voacambodia.com/content/regional-workers-need-more-protection-advocate-says/1574026.html

Families May Lose Farmland To Social Land Concessions

More than 100 families face the loss of their rice fields over a social land concession that was granted to the families of military veterans in Stung Treng province, local authorities and villagers said yesterday. Seven families, who depend on their rice and mango harvest in ...

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Kratie Protest Puts Brakes on Land Demarcation

More than 100 people in Kratie province staged a peaceful protest on Sunday after excavators mobilized by a South Korean timber firm tried to clear and demarcate concession land, a commune official said yesterday. The company, Think Biotech, was granted 34,000 hectares of land on May ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Two Soldiers Shot Dead by Thai Military After Crossing Border

The Thai military shot dead two Cambodian soldiers from Preah Vihear province on Friday after they crossed illegally into Thai territory to log for luxury rosewood, officials said yesterday. Three soldier based in Choam Ksan district’s Sra Em commune crossed into Thailand’s Sisaketh province to search ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com

Last link in Wutty case freed

The only man convicted in relation to a murder case that made global headlines, the killing of environmentalist Chut Wutty and military police officer, In Rattana, walked free on Friday, less than two weeks after his sentencing, rights group Licadho said. Ran Boroth, who was ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012110559571/National-news/last-link-in-wutty-case-freed.html

Protected forest reclassified as private land

The entirety of three protected forests are now classified as private land, an investigation from rights group Adhoc has found, along with tens of thousands of additional hectares of what has once been state public land In three cases, Adhoc’s findings show that entire protected forests ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012110159519/National-news/protected-forest-reclassified-as-private-land.html

Reported Cases of Land Grabbing Decrease

The number of new land disputes reported in the first six months of this year decreased by 38 percent compared to the same period in 2011, according to data released by rights group Licadho last week. According to the figures, which represent 15 of the country’s ...

Migrant abuse claims skyrocket five fold

Complaints of rights violations of migrant workers had increased more than 500 per cent in the first four months of 2012 compared with the same period last year, rights group Adhoc said yesterday. The number of individual victims of rights violations, mainly migrant workers in Malaysia ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012070657258/National-news/migrant-abuse-claims-mount.html

Migrant Worker Complaints Rise as Families Lose Touch

Rights group Adhoc yesterday said it had seen a spike in complaints from families of migrant workers since last year’s government-ordered freeze on recruitment agencies sending maids to Malaysia. At a press conference in Phnom Penh, Adhoc said it had received 141 complaints from the relatives ...

Women flee from Thai karaoke parlor slavery

Two Cambodian women escaped Thailand on Friday a week after being trafficked across the border and sold into sex slavery in a Thai karaoke parlour, according to the rights group Adhoc and Anti-Human Trafficking and Juvenile Protection officials. Tan Kimrany, an officer for Adhoc’s Women’s Rights ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012061256744/National-news/women-flee-from-thai-karaoke-parlour-slavery.html

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