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Tep Vanny—From Boeng Kak Protests to Globe-Trotting Advocate
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 , Written by « By Mech Dara and Ben Woods »   

October 8, 2013

On the morning of September 23, anti-eviction champion Tep Vanny was grappling with a legion of security guards blocking the entrance of the Daun Penh district offices while fellow protesters dismantled a razor-wire barricade nearby. The next day, she was on a plane to Washington to meet with representatives of the World Bank and U.S. State Department.

For 32-year-old Ms. Vanny, a wife and mother of two young children, fighting for justice has never been a choice.

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Red Cross Criticized Over Slow Response to Floods
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 , Written by « By Aun Pheap and Denise Hruby »   

October 8, 2013

With thousands of families evacuated from their homes due to flooding, the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC), the largest and best-funded humanitarian organization in the country, has yet to provide flood aid to many struggling communities, local officials said Monday.

Families living in some of the worst hit areas said they are still waiting for the CRC to make an appearance while foreign aid groups such as Caritas and Ox­fam have delivered supplies of water and rice to the displaced.

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Tougher Laws on Recruiters
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 , Written by « Sean Teehan »   

Wed, 9 October 2013

A new set of prakases tacked onto a law that regulates overseas employment recruitment agencies is a “step in the right direction” towards protecting some of Cambodia’s most vulnerable citizens from scams and abuse, local and international NGOs said yesterday.

But some remain unconvinced that the laws will lead to stricter enforcement against recruitment agencies and overseas employers who have continued engaging in human trafficking, forced labour and a host of other human rights violations since the Ministry of Labour passed the original regulatory decree two years ago.

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NEC Admits 270,000 Names Were Duplicated on Voter List
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 , Written by « Kuch Naren »   

2 October 2013

Just two months after the contested national election, commune officials across the country on Tuesday began the annual 20-day process of registering voters, while the National Election Committee (NEC) announced that 270,000 duplicated names would be removed from the voter list used in July.

NEC Secretary-General Tep Nytha said an estimated 337,000 people would have turned 18 since the July 28 election, meaning that they are now eligible to register to vote, even though the next time the public votes will not be until the 2017 commune council elections.

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Politics suspected in murder
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 , Written by « Phak Seangly »   

Wed, 2 October 2013

 

Police have yet to find any leads in a Kandal murder case that a rights group said could be politically motivated, local authorities said yesterday.

Nhem Panha, 19, was found floating in a fishing net on the morning of September 17 in Ponhea Leu district’s Kampong Os commune.

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