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Land dispute victims in Preah Sihanouk province gather in front of the provincial hall on December 9, 2019 to deliver a petition, a day ahead of a rejected rally for International Human Rights Day. (CCFC)

Sihanoukville Denies Communities’ Request to Rally on Human Rights Day

The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration rejected a request from land dispute communities to hold a rally in Sihanoukville to mark International Human Rights Day on Tuesday, with a spokesman explaining that the communities are already given three days a year to air their concerns.

A hearing at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court (UNOHCHR)

Government to Offer Digital Legal Advice to the Poor

A newly launched government service for free legal consultations could be part of the solution to the country’s judicial woes, experts said, though they also cautioned that the committee overseeing it would need to be transparent and take further steps in the future.

Prime Minister Hun Sen meets with Federica Mogherini, then-high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy and vice president of the European Commission, in Brussels on October 18, 2018. (European External Action Service)

EU’s EBA Concerns Span Press, Politics, Unions

The European Union has called on Cambodia to protect labor and human rights associated with land titling, press freedom, political participation, trade union organizing for teachers and informal workers, and other areas of concern, in order to keep its duty-free trade access to the bloc.

Garment workers in a factory in Cambodia on December 9, 2014. (ILO)

EU Submits EBA Report to Government

The E.U. on Tuesday sent the Cambodian government its preliminary report on the possible suspension of duty-free trade over political and human rights concerns, the bloc said in a statement.

American Danny Lee Pope, 60, was arrested in relation to human trafficking on March 2, 2019, in Phnom Penh. (Facebook)

Cambodia Downgraded in US Human Trafficking Report

Cambodia was downgraded to the “Tier 2 Watch List” in the latest U.S. human trafficking report, criticized for failing to act on debt slavery at brick factories and for using anti-trafficking laws against political opposition figures.

The four Montagnards sent back to Vietnam on Friday morning. Image: Supplied

Four Montagnard Asylum Seekers Returned to Vietnam

Four Montagnard ethnic minority asylum seekers were sent back to Vietnam by Cambodian officials on Friday, leaving nearly 30 others remaining in stateless limbo in Phnom Penh.