Human Rights

Beer Company Agrees To Compensation for Fired Workers

Former beer promoters on August 5, 2015 staged a strike in front of Anco Brother Co., Ltd by showing banners demanding that the company compensate them for their dismissal which allegedly was illegally by Cambodia's Labor Law. (Courtesy of Cambodian Food and Service Federation)

29 August 2015
A former Budweiser beer promoter confirmed she had received $500 in compensation from the company. More

Anti-Trafficking NGO ‘Disappointed,’ as Cambodia Remains on US Watch List

Cambodia remains on a US watch list for what the State Department says is insufficient efforts to combat underage sex trafficking.

Police Raid Headquarters of Arrested Environmentalists

Koh Kong provincial police on Friday raided the headquarters of Mother Nature Cambodia, three activists of which the courts have detained for leading a campaign against sand dredging.

Journalists Frequently Harried, in Actions That Hurt Press Freedom

Freedom House says Cambodia is a country where the press remains not free, and Reporters Without Borders ranks Cambodia’s press freedom 144th out of 180 countries.

Constitutional Council, Rescue Party To Meet Over Draft NGO Law

The meeting between the council and members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party will focus on whether the bill is constitutional.

Some Wonder Why Former Governor Who Shot Workers Is Now Jailed

The victims of the shooting, who had feared for their safety while the former governor was at large, said they were relieved to hear he was in jail.

Beer Promoters Stage Demonstration, as Labor Official Barred From Company

Laid-off workers of Anco Brother beer company have won the right to severance but the company has so far refused to pay.

More Opposition Activists Arrested for 2014 Demonstrations

Opposition officials strongly oppose the arrests, claiming the charges are disproportionate to the events.

Lawmakers Urge Constitutional Council To Amend NGO Law

Rescue Party parliamentarian Son Chhay told reporters Thursday he hoped the Council would consider the request, despite criticism it is biased toward the ruling party.

Cambodia Remains on US ‘Watch List’ for Trafficking

In its annual Trafficking in Persons report, the State Department kept Cambodia a “tier 2” country.

Draft NGO Law Reaches Sent to Constitutional Council for Review

The National Assembly passed the draft earlier this month, and the Senate approved it last Friday without any changes.

Victims of Shooting Petition for Arrest of Their Assailant

Three victims injured in a public shooting in early 2012 have called on the prime minister to intervene and find the former governor convicted of the crime.

New Political Environment Should Focus on Land Disputes, Advocate Says

Adhoc issued a new report on land disputes for all of 2014 and the first half of 2015, detailing 140 complaints involving nearly 10,000 families and nearly 25,000 hectares.

Activist Calls on Citizens, Donors, to Stop Enactment of “Groups Law”

In an interview with VOA Khmer, Naly Pilorge, director of LICADHO says the effects of the measure would discourage any form of citizen mobilization.

Labor Leaders Request Changes to Draft Law on Unions

An estimated 600,000 people are employed by garment manufacturing, a major economic driver for the country.

Cambodia Tycoon Arrested After Alleged Attack of Actress

Sok Bun was charged with intent to commit violence and will be held at a Phnom Penh prison pending trial.

UN Envoy Calls on Senate To ‘Reject Entirely’ Law on NGOs

The National Assembly passed the bill earlier this month despite widespread opposition from pro-democracy and rights groups and the international community.

Cambodia Passes Controversial NGO Law

The ruling Cambodian People's Party, or CPP, passed the measure Monday after the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party, or CNRP, boycotted the vote.

Law on NGOs Passes, Despite Protests and an Opposition Boycott

Critics fear the law will be used to shut down or curtail the activities of organizations critical of the government.

Gov’t Official Defends Draft Law on NGOs

According to a draft of the law obtained by VOA Khmer, NGOs not registered with the Ministry of Interior will have to cease their activities or face fines up to $2,500.

40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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Border Committee Says Official Maps Remain Legitimatei
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20 August 2015
Having reviewed a number of map’s from the UN, Cambodian officials announced Thursday that the map Cambodia currently uses for border demarcation and negotiation is legitimate. The new claim casts doubt on accusations from critics that the government is using outdated maps that make it easier for Vietnam to encroach on Cambodian territory. Var Kimhong, head of the Cambodian Border Committee, said he had reviewed 18 maps, one by one, which show “the map being used for border demarcation with Vietnam is the same.” He called for an end to false claims about other maps that might be used and for critics to “let the border committee work freely.” VOA Khmer's Neou Vannarin has the report from Phnom Penh,Cambodia.

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