Workers appeal back pay ruling

Source : The Phnom Penh Post

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Garment workers from Co-Seek factory protest outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in 2016. Nearly 100 workers are still fighting a court case for unpaid wages, two years later.

Ninety-eight garment workers fighting a legal battle for wages owed to them after their employer fled the country appealed a judge’s decision to award the vast majority of proceeds from an auction of the company’s equipment to the factory’s landlord on Wednesday.

The appeal is just the latest development in the nearly two-year saga of Chinese-owned Co-Seek Garment Co, Ltd, whose former workers say they are each still owed between $200 to $300 in unpaid salary as well as roughly $800 in severance.

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City Hall considering two new overpasses

Source : The Phnom Penh Post

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A proposed plan for a network of overpasses at Phnom Penh’s Choam Chao roundabout is being considered by City Hall.

Phnom Penh Governor Khoung Sreng on Wednesday discussed the construction of two overpass projects, one at the Choam Chao roundabout near the airport and another at the Kbal Thnal intersection near Monivong Bridge.

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Boeung Trabek residents to get land titles

Source : The Phnom Penh Post 

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A view of villagers’ homes at the Boeung Trabek lake in Phnom Penh.

Nearly 300 families in Phnom Penh’s Boeung Trabek area will be granted land titles, a surprise move punctuated with a reminder to residents to cast a vote for the ruling party in July’s elections.

The area in Chamkarmon district has been the site of land disputes for several years. Deputy Municipal Governor Suy Serith said on Wednesday morning that 271 families would receive “systematic land titling” following land measurement beginning next week. The city has said it will try to restore the area as a reservoir to prevent flooding.

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US Forest Service to train Cambodian rangers

Source : The Phnom Penh Post 

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Patrollers with the Prey Lang Network and environmental rangers confiscate illegal timber earlier this year. Ministry of Environment rangers will soon receive training from experts with the US Forestry Service to improve their capacity to crack down on forestry crimes.

Ministry of Environment rangers will soon receive training from experts with the US Forest Service in a bid to improve their ability to crack down on forest crimes and protect conservation areas.

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Villagers protest Kandal airport development

Source : The Phnom Penh Post

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Villagers from Kandal province’s Ampov Prey commune on Wednesday protest a massive airport development on land that they say was stolen from them by private developers.

Hundreds of villagers living near the site of a massive new airport project protested Wednesday against what they said were excavators slowly encroaching on their land.

Phok Vanny, a representative for the villagers, said three excavators and a bulldozer appeared over the Khmer New Year holidays on communal wetlands that the villagers share.

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Land titles issued on Koh Rong

Source : Khmer Times

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Provincial Governor Yun Min speaks to villagers before handing out land titles.

The Preah Sihanouk provincial authority is now distributing land titles to nearly 300 families in Koh Rong and Koh Rong Sanloem communes after the government decided to reallocate more than 520 hectares of state land to people living there.

On April 4, the government issued a sub-decree that provided 528.37 hectares of land in the two communes to 298 families living in the area, while also allocating some plots of land for schools, administration offices, commune halls, village headquarters, military units and pagodas.

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Police crack down on trucks carrying timber in Mondulkiri

Source : Khmer Times

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Police confiscate timber being transported from a wildlife sanctuary.

The police and court prosecutor have cracked down on two trucks allegedly attempting to transport more than ten pieces of timber from the Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary in Mondulkiri province into Ratanakkiri province on Friday night.

Morm Vanda, deputy prosecutor of Ratanakkiri Provincial Court who led the operation, said the crime was committed in Lumphat Wildlife Sanctuary, but no one was arrested.

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