Ratanakkiri River Itching Probe Draws a Blank

Source: Khmer Times

Health officials in Ratanakkiri province have moved to quash reports of ill-effects from Sesan river water.

Officials said some local media had reported that villagers in Veun Sai district complained of unusual itching of their hands.

However, health department officials who went to the place where the itching was reported found no such cases.
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Koh Kong land dispute to be reinvestigated

Source: Khmer Times

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The Land Management Ministry on Friday announced that it will solve a land dispute in the province following a weeks-long demonstration by hundreds of villagers who descended upon the ministry’s office in Phnom Penh.
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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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