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NGO report: Gov’t wrong to evict poor

Prek Pnov district authorities have denied a report by NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) which claims that it continued to evict poor families from their homes over the past three months while they struggled financially due to the Covid-19 pandemic. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngo-report-govt-wrong-evict-poor

Phnom Penh Lakes ‘on the Brink of Elimination’: Report

Every lake in Phnom Penh has been damaged by development and its wetlands decimated, leading to severe flooding, loss of livelihoods and disappearance of fish species, a new report says. ...

Khut Sokun and Newsroom Cambodia
https://vodenglish.news/phnom-penh-lakes-on-the-brink-of-elimination-report/

NGOs slammed over retraction refusal

The government yesterday slammed rights group Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut for refusing to attend a scheduled meeting and make a public statement retracting a critical report on the negative impacts of microloans. Last week, the two NGOs defended their research during a meeting with the ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50642142/ngos-slammed-over-retraction-refusal/

National Bank of Cambodia slams NGOs’ lending report

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) on Thursday slammed a report on predatory lending in the Kingdom by local human rights NGOs Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT), which was released on Wednesday, as “flawed”. The report, entitled Collateral Damage, claimed that increasing levels of ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/national-bank-cambodia-slams-ngos-lending-report

Open spaces ‘fail capital’s residents’

Research from Cambodian urban NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) has found that Phnom Penh is failing a large number of its inhabitants by falling far below minimum UN standards for open public spaces. SST warns that the situation “will have negative consequences” unless planners begin ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/open-spaces-fail-capitals-residents

Number of capital slums down

The number of slums in Phnom Penh has dropped to 277 from 340 in 2013, a survey conducted by Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) and released on Tuesday said. While its data showed positive progress, it noted remaining challenges in places where residents don’t have land ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/number-capital-slums-down

Environment Ministry rolls out plastic bag fee

Customers at shopping centres and supermarkets will be charged 400 riel per plastic bag beginning April 10. Heng Nareth, the director of environmental protection at the Ministry of Environment, said the aim is to reduce wasteful use of plastic bags. ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Daphne Chen
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/environment-ministry-rolls-out-plastic-bag-fee

NGO accused of plotting revolution

A senior Ministry of Defence official yesterday claimed that housing rights group Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) had received close to half a million dollars a year from the United States to foment “colour revolution” among the land dispute groups it worked with – a claim ...

Niem Chheng and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ngo-accused-plotting-revolution

NGO: development hurting residents

An NGO is taking aim at development companies in a new report detailing the troubling tactics of construction companies forcibly evicting residents of Phnom Penh. The study, released yesterday, showed that among 77 sites since 2011 throughout Phnom Penh where residents were evicted so their building ...

Pech Sotheary
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/33111/ngo--development-hurting-residents/

Local chiefs still key to registration, study finds

Despite having access to other sources of information about the election process, including television and smartphones, Cambodia’s urban poor remain heavily reliant on potentially biased village-level officials when it comes to voter registration, according to a new report. ...

Ananth Baliga and Kong Meta
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/local-chiefs-still-key-registration-study-finds

UN rapporteur to visit Kingdom

Rhona Smith, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia, will start her 10-day visit to the Kingdom today, with plans to meet government officials, opposition party activists and civil society workers. Am Sam Ath, a senior coordinator for rights group Licadho, said he was ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30568/un-rapporteur-to-visit-kingdom/

Poor ‘lack voice’ amid urban growth

Phnom Penh’s lack of a clear master plan for development has hurt its communities and allowed private developers to collude with authorities to push out poorer residents, speakers at a land rights conference said yesterday.  ...

Phak Seangly and Igor Kossov
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/poor-lack-voice-amid-urban-growth

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