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UN releases memos on concerns

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday published a batch of communications held with the Cambodian government since June last year, showing that the international body has voiced its concern about a range of issues from the arrest of ...

Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-releases-memos-concerns

Government rights head meets envoy

The interim representative of the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia met yesterday with the head of the Cambodian government’s rights body, voicing concerns about the threatened closure of a prominent outspoken local NGO. ...

Ben Sokhean and Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/government-rights-head-meets-envoy

UN officials blocked from visiting villages near dam

Since Sunday, Military Police and provincial police officials have been stopping outsiders from entering Sesan district’s Srekor and Kbal Romea villages as 200 people – mostly ethnic minorities from all over Cambodia – continued to gather in defiance of the blockade for a series of events, including ...

Phak Seangly and Martin de Bourmont
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-officials-blocked-visiting-villages-near-dam

Montagnards may get asylum-seeker status

The government may recognize the more than 100 Montagnard asylum seekers in the capital as refugees, a senior official at the Interior Ministry has said. ...

Donald Lee and Nov Sivutha
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/12288/montagnards-may-get-asylum-seeker-status/

Prey Speu detention centre still going strong

Almost 450 people were rounded up from the capital’s streets last year and sent to the notorious Prey Speu social affairs centre, where in November a man died after being denied medical treatment, according to an annual report from Phnom Penh’s Social Affairs Department. ...

Sen David and Alice Cuddy
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/prey-speu-detention-centre-still-going-strong

Three new refugees file claims

Three Montagnards, including a 10-year-old girl, arrived yesterday morning at the government’s Refugee Department in Phnom Penh to process their asylum claims. ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/three-new-refugees-file-claims

Khmer Krom monks, activists petition NA, UN as protest enters fourth day

Khmer Krom monks, youth and activists marched on Tuesday to present a petition to the National Assembly President Heng Samrin as their protest against Vietnam entered the fourth day. The protesters will also submit a petition to the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/khmer-krom-monks-activists-petition-na-un-as-protest-enters-fourth-day-7449

UNICEF slams street sweeps

Following the detention this week of homeless children as young as 1 year old at Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Speu vocational training centre, UNICEF yesterday called for an end to street sweeps and arbitrary detentions. Three people rounded up on Sunday said in separate accounts this ...

Alice Cuddy
http://phnompenhpost.com/national/unicef-slams-street-sweeps

Minister meets NGOs over ongoing UDG dispute

Environment Minister Say Sam Al on Thursday met with U.N. and NGO representatives to discuss the ongoing dispute between the powerful Chinese-owned Union Development Group (UDG) and villagers in Koh Kong province who say they were kicked off their land and had their shelters torched. In ...

Khuon Narim
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/minister-meets-ngos-over-ongoing-udg-dispute-64952/

Evictees abandon new land

About half the Koh Kong province villagers relocated to make way for a Union Development Group resort project have abandoned the new homes provided for them, citing poor conditions and an inconvenient location, a village representative said yesterday. More than 1,000 families living in the province’s ...

Phak Seangly
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/evictees-abandon-new-land

KDC families want compensation deal revoked

Twenty-two families who have been locked in a bitter, seven-year dispute over 145 hectares of land in Kompong Chhnang province with a company owned by the wife of Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem claim they were illegally pressured into accepting compensation and filed a ...

Kuch Naren
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/kdc-families-want-compensation-deal-revoked-62215/

Tate & Lyle Defends Sugar Plantation Deal In Koh Kong

A U.K. firm being sued by 200 Cambodian farmers over the loss of their land to two sugar plantations has defended its business dealings, claiming that the affected families were dealt with legally and were properly compensated for the loss of their properties. Local farmers ...

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/18834-18834/

UN calls for independence in killing probe

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights yesterday called on the government to ensure its investigation into the deaths of forestry activist Chut Wutty and military police officer In Rattana remained independent, and raised concern over an apparent increase in attacks on ...

Activists, Journalist Summoned Over Incitement

Ratanakkiri Provincial Court has summoned for questioning two rights group activists and a journalist over charges that they incited ethnic minority villagers in Lumphat district to violence in 2009, a court official said yesterday. The case against the three men – Adhoc provincial coordinator Pen ...

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