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Veng Sreng tolls to go into effect on Dec 1

A $10.5 million toll road along Veng Sreng Boulevard will start charging drivers as of December 1, according to a Wednesday announcement by the Phnom Penh Municipality.The toll road, built by private contractor Phnom Penh Tollway, will aim to reduce congestion in one of the ...

Sen David
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/veng-sreng-tolls-go-effect-dec-1

Sar Kheng agrees to questioning

Interior Minister Sar Kheng has agreed to answer questions about last year’s fatal crackdown on striking garment workers but has called on opposition and NGO leaders who “incited” the violence to do the same. Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said yesterday that Kheng was willing to ...

Meas Sokchea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-agrees-questioning

On the march: Days-long strike shifts to district HQ

After striking for more than a week, employees at Phnom Penh’s Sun Well Shoes yesterday marched to Por Sen Chey district hall, demanding their voices be heard. Some 300 people marched from their Veng Sreng Boulevard factory with a list of seven demands, including the ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/march-days-long-strike-shifts-district-hq

Six months on, no justice for shootings

Six months ago today, security forces opened fire on garment workers protesting for a doubling of their minimum wage on Phnom Penh’s factory-lined Veng Sreng Boulevard. At least five people were killed in what rights groups called the worst state violence against citizens in 15 ...

Vong Sokheng and Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/six-months-no-justice-shootings

Strike continues as T&K rejects lunch allowance

Union representatives stormed out of negotiations and continued a strike yesterday when managers at T&K Garment factory said workers would never receive the 2,000 riel ($0.50) daily lunch allowance allegedly promised to them. A week after they walked off the job, T&K workers at Por Sen ...

Mom Kunthear and Koam Chanrasmey
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/strike-continues-tk-rejects-lunch-allowance

Out of jail, garment worker sees uncertain future

When Pang Vunny walks around his rented room just off of Veng Sreng Boulevard, he waves his hand from side to side in front of him, like a man feeling his way in the dark. Ever since he was arrested and badly beaten on January 2 ...

May Titthara
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/out-jail-garment-worker-sees-uncertain-future

Medical trips await 9 of 23

Nine of the group of 23 workers and labour activists who were released from custody and given suspended sentences on Friday over January’s garment employee protests will receive medical care in Thailand, rights group Licadho said yesterday. A number of the men were beaten by security ...

Meas Sokchea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/medical-trips-await-9-23

Activist says remains are of missing teen

Human remains that an opposition activist claims are those of missing teen Khim Saphath, who disappeared after a crackdown on Veng Sreng Boulevard on January 3, will be brought to the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s headquarters in the capital today. Although no tests have been carried ...

Meas Sokchea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/activist-says-remains-are-missing-teen

Phnom Penh warehouse demand increases

Demand for warehouse space rose over the first five months of 2014, according to local property experts. The managing director of Town Real Estate Company, Van Chanthorn, said demand for warehouse space increased in some areas compared with the same period last year, adding that his ...

Sum Manet
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/real-estate/phnom-penh-warehouse-demand-increases

Trial continues: Workers to gather at court house

Observers expect the trial of 23 people arrested during early January strike demonstrations will not be completed today, due to the number of witnesses who may testify. “I think the trial would take more than the time [available today],” Ham Samrith, senior lawyer for the Community ...

Sean Teehan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/trial-continues-workers-gather-court-house

Concerns ahead of trial for 23

One the eve of the trial of 23 people arrested during a garment strike in January, their supporters yesterday expressed concern that politics, rather than the facts, may determine the verdict. Nearly four months after their arrests at protests on January 2 and 3 – the ...

Sean Teehan
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/concerns-ahead-trial-23

Lawyer has hopes Veng Sreng clients will be freed

A lawyer representing three of the 23 people arrested during garment strike clashes on January 2 and 3 hopes the capital’s court will drop charges against her clients when it hears their case on April 18, she said yesterday. ...

Shane Worrell
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/lawyer-has-hopes-veng-sreng-clients-will-be-freed

Tea Banh 'hurt' by calls for PM to step down

A day after a bipartisan election reform committee put the neutrality of the armed forces into a list of proposed areas of reform, Defence Minister Tea Banh reiterated that the armed forces would not tolerate opposition supporters calling for Hun Sen to step down. ...

Vong Sokheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/tea-banh-hurt-calls-pm-step-down

Detainee speaks out online

As lawyers for 21 defendants denied bail by the Court of Appeal last week wait for the Supreme Court to respond to their appeals, the most high-profile of the detainees is speaking out via social media. On Friday night, Prak Sovannary, wife of Vorn Pov – ...

Sean Teehan and Chhay Channyda
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/detainee-speaks-out-online

Fate of teen still a mystery

The fate of Khim Saphath, the 16-year-old boy missing since clashes between striking garment workers and security forces erupted on Veng Sreng Boulevard on January 3, continues to differentiate fatality lists compiled by rights groups. He was last seen lying on the ground with a bloody ...

Phak Seangly and Khouth Sophak Chakrya
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fate-teen-still-mystery

Ministry to ‘examine’ probe results

Officials from the Ministry of Interior will meet tomorrow to review the results of an investigation into a crackdown that left four dead on Veng Sreng Boulevard in Phnom Penh last month, a police spokesman said. After saying on Tuesday that a report on the investigation’s ...

Meas Sokchea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-%E2%80%98examine%E2%80%99-probe-results

Ministry to ‘examine’ probe results

Officials from the Ministry of Interior will meet tomorrow to review the results of an investigation into a crackdown that left four dead on Veng Sreng Boulevard in Phnom Penh last month, a police spokesman said. After saying on Tuesday that a report on the investigation’s ...

Meas Sokchea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-%E2%80%98examine%E2%80%99-probe-results

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