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The National Election Committee holds a meeting in September.

Breaking: CNRP-nominated elections officials resign from NEC

Mon, 20 November 2017

Three National Election Committee members, all Cambodia National Rescue Party nominees, have quit the electoral body, intensifying the fallout from the Supreme Court’s dissolution of the opposition party last Thursday.

Garment workers stage a protest over unpaid wages in Kandal province this morning.

Garment workers renew strike over unpaid wages at Korean factory

Mon, 20 November 2017

Hundreds of garment workers blocked a road outside the Gawon Apparel Co factory in Kandal province today in yet another demonstration over unpaid wages. Employees at the Korean-owned garment factory, located in Takhmao town, have protested several times over the last year over lack of payment. Garment worker Seam Sokeang, 25, said the company is late on its promises to pay workers and has been suspending work in different sections of the company for one week at a time. According to Sokheang, who has worked at the factory for more than five years, the factory also suspended workers for three months earlier this year. “We have been calm as the factory keeps promising from time to time but they never keep their promise,” Sokheang said.

Prominent alleged timber trader Nguyen Thimay (left), also known as ‘Grandma May’ is questioned after a bust in July in Kampong Thom province. Photo supplied

Timber trader arrested, again

Mon, 20 November 2017

“We arrested Grandma May based on the warrant. The judge decided to detain her temporarily at the provincial prison,” he said.

Rohingya refugees walk with relief materials last week at the Thankhali refugee camp in Bangladesh’s Ukhia district. Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Cambodia votes against UN Rohingya resolution

Mon, 20 November 2017

Cambodia was among just 10 countries to vote against a “contentious” United Nations draft resolution on the persecution of Rohingya in Myanmar on Thursday. In all, 135 countries voted in favour of the draft resolution, while only Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Philippines, Belarus, Myanmar, China, Russia, Syria and Zimbabwe voted against it. The draft calls on the Myanmar government to protect the rights of Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic group. More than half a million have poured over the border into Bangladesh since August 25, fleeing what they describe as coordinated assaults on Rohingya villages. Prime Minister Hun Sen has gone back and forth on the Myanmar refugee crisis. He has addressed the issue publicly several times, seemingly taking varying sides on the issue.

Cambodian loggers reportedly in Thai jail

Mon, 20 November 2017

Fifteen Cambodians and one Thai national were arrested in Thailand’s Pang Sida National Park for allegedly logging rosewood and opening fire on authorities with homemade guns, Thai media reported over the weekend.

CNRP signs come down and local officials booted from offices as government implements dissolution ruling

Mon, 20 November 2017

Local authorities across the country have begun barring commune-level Cambodia National Rescue Party officials from working and erasing all visible reminders of the nation’s largest opposition party, which was

National Assembly members vote in favour of the Kingdom’s budget for 2018 on Friday in Phnom Penh. Photo supplied

National Assembly passes $6 billion 2018 budget

Mon, 20 November 2017

The National Assembly, with only ruling party lawmakers in attendance, voted on Friday to pass the national budget for 2018 and to add two additional positions to 10 parliamentary committees, a day after a Supreme Court ruling

A ‘one-party dictatorship’: World reacts to CNRP decision as PM says China will fill gaps left by sanctions

Mon, 20 November 2017

As international condemnation of the Supreme Court decision to dissolve the main opposition party continued to pour in yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen invited the United States and its allies to withdraw aid to the Kingdom, citing

Siem Reap governor warns businesses flouting Siem Reap moto rental ban

Mon, 20 November 2017

Siem Reap Governor Kim Bunsong reminded business owners late last week to obey a long-standing, and often flouted, ban on motorcycle and scooter rentals to tourists.

Government to give tax break to subsidise garment wage

Mon, 20 November 2017

The government will offer garment manufacturers hefty tax breaks – incurring losses of more than $40 million in government revenue – to subsidise the increase to the sector’s minimum wage, Prime Minister Hun Sen told workers yesterd