Floodwaters in Cambodia continues to rise on Tuesday in the provinces along the Mekong river and in Phnom Penh, killing at least 30 people. Meteorology officials have voiced concerns that floods in some parts of the country could reach the levels of the ones in 1996, which claimed almost 170 lives and affected more than a million Cambodians nationwide. (Reuters)
Vital Voice award winner and land activist Tep Vanny is in Washington DC to attend a World Bank meeting. International community, including World Bank, should pressure Cambodia to end widespread land grabbing and human rights abuses, she said. Tep Vanny told VOA Khmer Kimseng Men that her latest peaceful protest on Sunday was violently cracked down by police and government thugs.
Thousands of garment factory workers in Cambodia held demonstrations Friday to demand higher wages. The group of mostly women, marched from their factory to the Prime Minister's house in Phnom Pehn to present him with a petition. The workers want a higher salary- right now, they get the equivalent of about $80 U.S. dollars a month. They want $150 dollars a month. Garment factory workers in Bangladesh are also demanding higher wages. (Reuters)
Two men widely seen as innocent in the 2004 killing of a Cambodian labor leader have been released, following a case that saw them jailed for years. Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun walked out of prison on Thursday, following a Supreme Court order on Wednesday. Both men were serving 20-year prison sentences for the killing of labor leader Chea Vichea, but their conviction was widely criticized for a lack of evidence. Say Mony, Phnom Penh.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Wednesday told reporters that this week’s National Assembly session, held by the ruling party without the participation of the opposition, was a “constitutional coup” that did not reflect the will of the people. “We will not cooperate in any manner with the present National Assembly and with the present government unless there are guarantees that there will be an investigation committee to investigate the election irregularities and to find justice for the voters, whose wills have been distorted, and provided also that there is a program of reforms that both parties can agree upon,” he said. Sam Rainsy’s remarks come a day after the ruling Cambodian People’s Party voted in a block measure to install its own members into the Cambodian cabinet, despite the absence of the opposition. (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)