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Areng Valley Dam Activist Given Marching Orders
Corruption / Free Speech / Hydropower / News

Areng Valley Dam Activist Given Marching Orders

by Kevin Ponniah and Chhay Channyda / The Phnom Penh Post Interior Minister Sar Kheng has ordered immigration authorities not to renew the visa of Spanish environmental activist Alejandro Gonzalez-Davidson, which expires on February 20, senior immigration department officials said yesterday. Gonzalez-Davidson, of Mother Nature, an NGO, has led a campaign against the controversial Stung … Continue reading

Rights Group Calls Death of Cambodian Activist ‘Politically Motivated’
CNRP / News / Prison

Rights Group Calls Death of Cambodian Activist ‘Politically Motivated’

by Hum Chamroeun and Hang Savyuth / Radio Free Asia An activist who campaigned for Cambodia’s opposition party was found dead over the weekend as a result of what police said was an accident, but a local human rights group on Monday refuted the claim, suggesting he had been murdered for political reasons. Bun Borin, … Continue reading

China’s Appetite for Luxury Rosewood Fuels Illegal Timber Trade in Cambodia
Corruption / Logging / News

China’s Appetite for Luxury Rosewood Fuels Illegal Timber Trade in Cambodia

by Roseanne Gerin / Radio Free Asia China’s voracious demand for luxury furniture is driving a multimillion-dollar illegal trade in rosewood in Cambodia, supported by a tycoon who controls an illegal logging network that exports the timber, according to a report by an environmental advocacy group. Cambodian tycoon Okhna Try Pheap, the kingpin of the … Continue reading

New Group of Eighteen Montagnards From Vietnam Seek Refugee Status in Cambodia
Human Rights / News

New Group of Eighteen Montagnards From Vietnam Seek Refugee Status in Cambodia

from Radio Free Asia A new group of 18 asylum-seeking Montagnards from Vietnam have taken refuge in the jungles of northeastern Cambodia’s Ratanakiri province amid fears they could be forcibly repatriated, a rights group and an ethnic Charai villager who is assisting them said Thursday. The 18 Montagnards—Christian indigenous people from Vietnam’s Central Highlands—crossed the … Continue reading

Fashion Bloggers Work In Cambodian Sweatshop, Learn ‘We’re Rich Because They’re Poor’
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Fashion Bloggers Work In Cambodian Sweatshop, Learn ‘We’re Rich Because They’re Poor’

by Eleanor Goldberg / Huffington Post When three sprightly fashion bloggers from Norway agreed to star in a month-long reality show in Cambodia, they were probably expecting more “Project Runway,” and less human rights violations in a series produced by their country’s largest newspaper, Aftenposten. But once Anniken Jorgensen, Frida Ottesen and Ludvig Hambro touched … Continue reading

UN, Embassies Attend Hearing Of Boeung Kak Activists
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UN, Embassies Attend Hearing Of Boeung Kak Activists

by Khuon Narim / The Cambodia Daily Eleven activists convicted in November of blocking traffic and obstructing the work of public officials all professed their innocence Thursday at a high-profile Appeal Court hearing attended by the U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia, Surya Subedi, and members of several foreign delegations. Seven of the activists, including … Continue reading