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Friday, March 7, 2014

Cambodia Opposition to Resume Demonstrations Following Ban Lift

Cambodia Opposition to Resume Demonstrations Following Ban Lift
Radio Free Asia
2014-02-26

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy vowed Wednesday that his party will resume mass demonstrations against Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government now that a ban on public protests imposed amid a violent crackdown last month has been lifted.

Sam Rainsy made the remarks at a rally of his Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Kandal province, which went ahead undisturbed despite warnings from Hun Sen of ruling party counter-protests at opposition gatherings.

Thousands of supporters flocked to Wednesday’s rally—the party’s first since Hun Sen lifted the ban a day earlier—where Sam Rainsy called on them to join renewed protests over disputed July elections. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Poverty Wages Unraveling Cambodia’s Garment Industry - Inter Press Service

Poverty Wages Unraveling Cambodia’s Garment Industry - Inter Press Service

By Minh Le

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 6 2014 (IPS) - Cambodia’s garment industry is regularly plagued with strikes and protests. But when armed security forces opened fire on striking workers in the capital city of Phnom Penh on Jan. 3, killing five and injuring dozens, it suddenly became clear that this was not just another protest.
With the situation left unresolved since, advocacy groups are urging clothing brands to review their purchasing practices and take action to ultimately end low wages, which are at the root of the bloody demonstrations in Cambodia.

Cambodia, a Paradise for NGOs and Trade Unions

Cambodia, a Paradise for NGOs and Trade Unions

AKP Phnom Penh, March 05, 2014 –
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen said here yesterday at the 17th Government-Private Sector Forum (G-PSF) at the Peace Palace that Cambodia is a paradise for NGOs and trade unions.
This comment came forward after Mr. Van Sou Ieng, Co-Chair of the Working Group on Export Processing and Trade Facilitation and also Chairman of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) complained that Cambodia has too many unethical union and union multiplicity.
“Industrial harmony has been damaged by unethical union and union multiplicity,” he underlined at the 17th G-PSF.
“There are 2,891 trade unions in just about 600 enterprises. It is like each family having 1 husband but 4 wives,” he added.
In response to this concern, Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said this is a voice from the employers’ side, therefore we have to listen to all sides before taking any action.
By Khan Sophirom
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