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  • Koh Kong's Chorng Indigenous People Struggle With Arrests and Lawsuits in REDD+Zone
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    Chorng indigenous people continue to face arrests and lawsuits after carrying out rotational farming on the land which do not have clear protected and REDD+ boundaries yet. The indigenous community, who live around Cardamom Mountain National Park, experienced difficulties obtaining forest products or practicing rotational farming near their village as they have been informed that those areas are in the REDD+ zone, although there was no clear boundary.
  • Separate Imprisonment of Mother Nature Activists In Five Provincial Prisons Is Worrying, Families Say
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    Families' of five environment activists, who were sentenced to six to eight years' imprisonment, have expressed concern for the defendants' safety and health after they were sent to five different provincial prisons. On Tuesday, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court convicted 10 environmental activists for insulting the king and plotting to overthrow the government.
  • Cambodia environmental group slams 'politically motivated' trial
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    Ten activists from the Mother Nature group have been accused of plotting against the government, charges that carry a maximum penalty of 10 year in jail. Three are also charged with violating Cambodia's lese majeste laws, which carries a maximum five-year sentence, with the court expected to deliver verdicts on Tuesday.
  • Cambodia jails 10 environmentalists in ‘crushing blow to civil society’
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    Ten activists from a prominent youth-led environmental group in Cambodia have been sentenced to between six and eight year in jail in a case human right experts have widely condemned.
  • Interior Ministry Orders CENTRAL To Furnish Bank Details in 30 Day After Criticism Over Report
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    The Ministry Interior has ordered Center for Alliance of Labor and Human Right (CENTRAL) to disclose its bank account details within 30 days of the date of the letter, failing which they cloud face non-compliance and legal action in accordance with Article 30 of the Law on Association and Non-Governmental Organizations.
  • Cambodia now has its own version of WhatsApp Critics fear it could be used for surveillance
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    Cambodia strongman leader Hun Sen has thrown his weight behind a new homegrown messaging app, which critics say is a way for the government to monitor and undermine political discussion in the country. CoolApp, launched this month to rival WhatsApp and Telegram, will make it "difficult for foreigners to interfere with our information," the former prime minister wrote in a post on his official Facebook page this week, adding that he was mindful of "national security."
  • Threat of Legal Action An Obstruction To Young Activists To Participate in Politics And Social Issues
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    In 2023, Cambodia Human Rights Watch said the government had “stepped up harassment and arbitrary arrests of opposition party members and activists”, while urging the release of those who were wrongfully detained. Article 495 of the Cambodian Criminal Code stipulates that incitement to commit a felony or disturb social security is punishable by imprisonment from six months to two years whereas Article 453 states that plotting involves a resolution agreed by two or more persons to commit an attack. This can result in a jail term of five to 10 years.
  • Report Was To Improve Workers' Condition , CENTRAL Clarifies, Interior Ministry Investigates
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    The Center of Alliance of Labor and Human Rights(CENTRAL) clarified that its report, which highlighted restrictions on freedom of association, was aimed at improving workers' conditions and ensuring respect for the rights of trade unions and leaders. The Ministry of Interior is currently investigating the allegations by unions and federations against the organization. At the same time, Cambodia Worker's Right Protection Union Confederation (CWPUC) has filed a complaint against CENTRAL program manager Khun Tharo in the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday.
  • Thailand Frees Six Cambodian Refugees Six Months After Detention At Paris Peace Agreement Training
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    Six refugees who were arrested during a Paris Peace Agreements (PPA) training on December 29 last year and detained at the Suan Plu Immigration Detention Center in Thailand were released from mid-June to June 25. Three of them have arrived in a third country.
  • U.S. Reprimands Cambodia’s Trafficking, Online Scam Response:  Report
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    Cambodia was ranked lowest for its response to human trafficking by the U.S. for the third year in a row, with a new report saying that Cambodian officials have not done enough – and in some unnamed cases, have been complicit – in human trafficking to feed the online fraud businesses within Cambodia’s borders.
  • Trial of Mother Nature Activists Concludes at Phnom Penh Court, Verdict on July 2
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    The trial against 10 environmental activists, including Spanish national Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, co-founder of Mother Nature, who were charged with insulting the King and plotting to overthrow the government, at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court has ended after the fifth session on Monday. The verdict will be delivered on July 2.
  • Subcontracting in Cambodia’s RMG sector threat to UN targets: OXFAM
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    The widespread existence of subcontracting facilities with limited labour rights enforcement in Cambodia poses threat to the progress made towards achieving decent work and social protection targets for female workers in the country’s garment sector, according to a recent policy brief by OXFAM.
  • NGOs, Domestic Workers Urge Government to Ratify Labor Conventions To Safeguard Their Rights
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    Oxfam Cambodia and the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA) paid tribute to the rights of domestic workers’ on the 13th International Domestic Workers’ Day, themed “Valuing Care Givers and Domestic Workers”, on June 16. It urged the government to ratify the labor convention to ensure the rights and protection of workers.
  • LGBTIQ+ Welcomes Universal Decriminalization of Homosexuality; Continues Push For Same-Sex Marriage Law
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    The Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) participated in a joint statement with France on the universal decriminalization of homosexuality, viewed as “good progress” by the LGBTIQ+ community, though it will continue pushing for the legalization of same-sex marriages. The CHRC announced that the Cambodian government decided to join France in supporting the joint statement which would be issued on Thursday during the 56th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Wing Star Shoes Union Leader Sentenced to One Year Imprisonment by Kampong Speu Court
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    Kampong Speu provincial court sentenced Wing Star Shoes union leader Chea Chan, who was charged with conspiracy to commit theft, to one year imprisonment, on Thursday. He will serve six months in jail with another six months suspended. Chan was arrested without a warrant in February just a few weeks after he was elected union leader following a complaint filed by the factory owner that he was involved in a theft, which occurred two years ago
  • Navigating Challenges To Pave the Way for Youths To Participle in Policy Discussions
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    Some problems, if they are being solved using the same approach, cannot be solved, said 26-year-old Ses Aronsakda of Future Forum. Young people with innovative ideas have lots of potential and are important for policy participation, said the researcher who focuses on urban planning and development. Aronsakda believes in the potential of young people to influence policies that shape the future as they are brave and always have new ideas, which means that they do not use the same method to solve problems.
  • Rights group slams 'politically motivated' cases against activists
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    A global rights body has accused the Cambodia government of leveling politically motivated charge against 10 environment activists and prosecuting them to muzzle criticism of government policies, says a report. New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned the trial of member of Mother Nature, an award-winning, youth-led Cambodian environmental group, in a statement on its website on June 16.
  • Phnom Penh Municipal Court Shows Video Evidence Against Mother Nature Activists
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    The clips mostly involved Spanish national Alejandro Genzalez-Davidson, co-founder of Mother Nature, who gave interviews to Radio Free Asia, Voice of America and Cambodia Daily Khmer, criticizing former Prime Minister Hun Sen's leadership.
  • Garment Waste From Walmart, Disney, Other Major Brands Continues to Fuel Cambodian Brick Kilns
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    Here in Kandal province, about an hour’s drive from Phnom Penh, strips of factory textile off-cuts – the unused cloth and scraps left over from producing clothes – spill out of trash bags stacked up along the length of the kilns, each with a set of soot-covered chimneys peeking out above a metal roof. On the other side of the kilns, rows and rows of unfinished bricks wait to be baked.
  • Prosecutors play videos of environmental activists at Cambodian trial
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    Prosecutors on Monday played video and audio depicting environmental activists the government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and talking about their efforts to preserve Cambodia's natural resources.

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