Human Rights

21 Labor Activists Moved to Phnom Penh Ahead of Trial

Activists are crying after court of appeals has denied bail to 21 detained labor protesters, file photo.

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23 April 2014
Supporters gathered outside Prey Sar prison on Wednesday, holding a Buddhist celebration to pray for the detainees’ release. More

Cyber-Crime Law Could Engender Self-Censorship, Group Warns

The draft law, which was leaked to the public recently, imposes major fines and jail time for vague offenses and has many online users concerned.

Video Union Leader in West Seeking Release of Jailed Activists

Rong Chhun, head of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, is making a trip through the US, seeking support to help free 21 labor activists who have been in jail since deadly crackdowns on demonstrations in January.

Union Leader in West Seeking Release of Jailed Activists

Rong Chhun told VOA Khmer Tuesday the US is a major market for garments produced in Cambodia and a major donor to Cambodia.

Man Says Home Was Attacked by ‘Thugs’ Loyal to Head of the CPP

Seven families in at the site, in Boeung Kak 1 commune, Tuol Kork district, are embroiled in a land dispute with the Khun Sear Import & Export Company.

Report Says Half a Million Cambodians Affected by Land Disputes

More than half a million people have been affected by land disputes over the last 14 years, according to a report by the rights group Licadho.

Video US Seeking Lessons of 1994 Rwanda Genocide

Two decades have passed since hundreds of thousands of people were killed in the Rwanda genocide, and Western powers were accused of standing by and allowing it to happen.

Video 17 Years On, No Suspects in Deadly Grenade Attack

In 17 years, Cambodian authorities have failed to find a single suspect in a grenade attack on an opposition rally that killed 16 people and wounded more than 100 others.

Beehive Radio Protesters Injured in Clashes With Police

The ministry has refused to grant Beehive permission to expand its radio network or to add a television station to its operations.

Detention of Activists of Little Benefit to Authorities, Labor Advocate Says

Two were subsequently released, but the other 21 have remained in jail, despite public and international condemnation.

Video Bail Denied for 21 Labor Activists​

The Court of Appeals on Monday denied the release of 21 labor activists who have been detained since brutal demonstration crackdowns in January.

Bail Denied for 21 Labor Activists

Critics say the 21 are being held without bail as a tactic to intimidate other would-be protesters.

Video Suspected Uighur Asylum Seekers Staying Mum in Thai Detention

In southern Thailand, some 200 unidentified Muslim migrants seeking resettlement in Turkey are being held by Thai authorities.​

Video Evictees Doubtful on Promises for a Court Hearing

Phnom Penh Municipal Court says it will open a case filed by ousted residents of a Phnom Penh community within the next three weeks. But residents of the Borei Keila neighborhood say they have little faith the court.

EU Delegation Discusses Trade Linked To Rights Abuses

Sugar plantations along the coast have been linked to land disputes, forced eviction and violence, making them potentially ineligible for preferential trade deals with Europe.

ILO Reports Improved Factories from December to February

In a new report, the ILO says 30 of those factories showed signs of compliance improvement in 21 categories from December 2013 to February 2014.

Rights Groups Want Protection for 220 Uighurs Detained in Thailand

Thai immigration officers said they would press charges against the group for illegal entry to Thailand and call for their deportation.

Democracy, Rights NGOs Face Tough Conditions, Report Finds

NGOs working in democracy, human rights and transparency all say they face a lack of cooperation from Cambodian authorities, especially in the provinces, a new report finds.

Video Phnom Penh Denies Unions Permission for Demonstration

Workers have continued to call for a raise in the minimum wage, to $160 per month, and for the release of 21 people arrested in the Jan. 2 and Jan. 3 crackdowns.

State Department Reports

In its annual rights report, the State Department said Cambodia’s rights problems have become more politicized, following flawed elections last year.

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Ancient Sculptures From Myanmar on Display in New Yorki
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10 April 2014
For the first time ever, ancient sculptures from Myanmar are on diplay outside of the once-repressed country. The art is part of an exhibition called "Lost Kingdoms" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Reuters)