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PM orders Lawyers for Poor Women

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the establishment of a volunteer group of 30 lawyers to defend poor women who cannot afford to pay for representation, the government’s chief lawyer said on Tuesday.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Kampong Speu Court releases Self-Proclaimed Okhna

Kampong Speu Provincial Court on Tuesday temporarily released So Sarim, the self-proclaimed okhna who allegedly refused to repay money belonging to villagers who sold their land through him, on condition that he must find ways to pay off his debt.
Date: 20 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Pension closer as Government creates Draft Law on Social Security Funds

Pensions for those in the private sector moved closer after the National Assembly and ministries of Economy and Finance, and Labour and Vocational Training created a draft law on social security funds.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

EU starts EBA withdrawal

The EU on Monday announced that it has begun the 18-month process of withdrawing the Kingdom’s access to its preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement over “a deterioration of democracy [and] respect for human rights”.
Date: 12 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Ministry approves New Party

The government on Thursday announced its recognition of the new “People Purpose Party”, with Ith Sarum as its president and founder, while civil society organisations expressed disapproval at the move, saying more political parties does not mean more quality.
Date: 08 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

VN Prime Minister approves Plan to implement CPTPP

VIETNAMESE Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has approved a plan to implement the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
Date: 01 February 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Man’s Jail Sentence for Rape upheld

The Supreme Court on Wednesday delivered a verdict against a 72-year-old man who was sentenced in September 2014 to seven years behind bars for raping a minor in Kampong Chhnang province the previous year.
Date: 31 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Supreme Court sends 2016 ‘Drug Dealer’ Case Back to Appeal Court

The Supreme Court on Monday sent the case of a man convicted in absentia in 2016 for drug dealing back to the Appeal Court after the defence lawyer said a fake document was used to implicate his client.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Appeal Court decreases Brothel Owner Sentence

Follwing a court hearing on January 15, the Appeal Court on Monday lowered the prison sentence of a woman from six years to five for running a brothel from her Phnom Penh massage parlour.
Date: 29 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

‘All Media Outlets must pay Tax’

Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith on Friday said Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA) would be allowed to reopen their offices only after fulfilling their tax obligations.
Date: 28 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Ministry issues Fresh Land Dispute Directive

Minister of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction Chea Sophara on Wednesday issued a directive to improve the ability of provincial governors to effectively manage and protect state land from land disputes.
Date: 18 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Factories begin New Wage Plan

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training issued an announcement on Wednesday indicating that 81 per cent of garment and footwear factories have implemented the government’s new requirement to pay workers’ wages twice a month.
Date: 18 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Former Chief Bodyguard receives Royal Pardon

The former chief bodyguard of late Senate president Chea Sim has received a royal pardon nearly eight years after he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on several charges, according to a royal decree dated November 12, last year, and obtained by The Post on Wednesday.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

Government Offers Massive Tax Break to CSX Firms

The government has granted a huge tax incentive to companies listed on the Cambodia Securities Exchange (CSX) - a 50 per cent reduction on income tax and eliminating all tax debt if the firms are listed on the CSX within three years from now.
Date: 17 January 2019; Type: Legal News; Source: Phnom Penh Post

National Bank to embrace Industry 4.0

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) will continue to promote the development of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Kingdom’s financial sector, according to its Macro-economic and Banking Sector Development in ...

Draft Law on monitoring Transactions passed more

Man’s Jail Sentence for Rape upheld

The Supreme Court on Wednesday delivered a verdict against a 72-year-old man who was sentenced in September 2014 to seven years behind bars for raping a minor in Kampong Chhnang province the previous year.

Appeal Court decreases Brothel Owner Sentence Former Chief Bodyguard receives Royal Pardon Teenager’s Drug Charge reduced by Appeal Court more

Pension closer as Government creates Draft Law on Social Security Funds

Pensions for those in the private sector moved closer after the National Assembly and ministries of Economy and Finance, and Labour and Vocational Training created a draft law on social security funds.

Factories begin New Wage Plan Two Officers demoted for Misconduct more

Government approves 4186 Trademarks

The Ministry of Commerce increased 269 business trademarks this year, bringing the total number of such registrations at the ministry to 4,186 - and 3,917 last year, its annual report said.

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Ministry institutes New Permanent Secretariat to prevent Forest Crimes

A forestry administration spokesman on Thursday said the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries had recently created a new permanent secretariat to prevent all types of forestry crimes, with a particular focus o ...

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‘All Media Outlets must pay Tax’

Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith on Friday said Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Asia (RFA) would be allowed to reopen their offices only after fulfilling their tax obligations.

Government Offers Massive Tax Break to CSX Firms Double Taxation Accord set to be implemented more

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Justice Ministry: US Claims ‘baseless’

The Ministry of Justice on Tuesday reacted to recent “baseless” claims by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh regarding the case of former opposition leader Kem Sokha, urging the embassy to stop spreading misinformation regarding the implementation of the law in Cambodia.

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Court adjourns Tony Pua's Appeal against Interim Injunction over RUU355 Video Clip

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 20 (Bernama) - The Federal Court today adjourned the appeal hearing by Damansara Member of Parliament Tony Pua Kiam Wee against an interim injunction order over his alleged video clip relating to the tabling of Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Bill 2016 or RUU355.

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DOJ urged to Act on Murder Raps vs PNP Men in Lawyer's Death

MANILA, Feb 19 (PNA) - A former Cebu City councilor asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Monday to charge policemen implicated in the killing of his brother, lawyer Noel Archival, five years ago.

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Laos, Japan celebrate 20 Years of Legal, Judicial Cooperation

The Lao and Japanese governments have highlighted 20 years of achievement in cooperation to strengthen the legal and judicial sectors in Laos, especially with regard to human resource development.

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Sarawak Lawyers wants Government to set up RCI over Judge Allegations

MIRI, Feb 19 (Bernama) - The Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) has proposed to the government to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) over the allegation of judicial interference in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer recently.

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MACC meets Judge Hamid Sultan over 63-Page Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 18 (Bernama) - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today met with Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Baker over his recent 63-page affidavit, filed last week, on allegations of judicial interference.

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CBM headed in Right Direction, Bank Development expected: Experts

The Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) has begun taking the initial steps to stand as an independent body, local financial experts and economists say.

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Retired SC Justice Azcuna 'Selfless Government Worker': Palace

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang wished retired Supreme Court (SC) Associate Justice Adolfo Azcuna the best as he celebrates his 80th birthday on Saturday.

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Rule of Law followed in Ressa Arrest

MANILA, Feb 15 (PNA) - Malacañang on Friday said the rule of law was followed in the arrest of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa for cyberlibel amid criticisms of suppressing press freedom.

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Rebuilding ASEAN’s Financial Safety Net

Singapore and Indonesia signed a US$10 billion (K15.23 trillion) bilateral swap agreement last October, allowing the two countries to assist each other during times of financial stress through US dollar loans. The move signalled a willingness by ASEAN countries to play a bigger and more direct role in strengthening the region’s financial stability, but there is still much more to do.

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Judiciary lodges Police Report over Allegations in Affidavit

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 15 (Bernama) - The Judiciary has lodged a police report over allegations made against unnamed judges and the institution in the affidavit made by a sitting Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer.

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Blind Woman's Persistence to become Lawyer bears Fruit

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, this proverb illustrates the determination and diligence of a visually impaired young woman who has achieved her dream of becoming a lawyer.

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Lawyer urges Government and CJ to address Justice Hamid's Revelations

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 (Bernama) - Lawyer Sangeet Kaur Deo has called on the government and Chief Justice to immediately look into the claims by Court of Appeal judge Datuk Dr Hamid Sultan Abu Backer, contained in his affidavit which revealed misconduct of top judges and judicial interference.

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Decision on Minimum Wage Increases due in March

BANGKOK, Feb 13 (NNT) - The final decision on Minimum Wage increases will be made in March, with new rates to vary in accordance with economic conditions in each province.

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No Violation of Ressa's Civil Rights: DOJ

MANILA, Feb 14 (PNA) - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Thursday assured full protection of the civil rights of online news website Rappler's publisher Maria Ressa, who was arrested on Wednesday in connection with a cyber libel complaint filed against her and the media firm by a private individual.

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DOTr inks Deal on Common Station Construction

MANILA, Feb 13 (PNA) - The Department of Transportation (DOTr) on Wednesday signed a contract with a private consortium for the construction of Area A of the Unified Grand Central Station (UGCS) or the common station which is located between SM North Edsa and Trinoma in Quezon City.

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Men too face Sexual Harassment at Workplace

SUNGAI PETANI, Feb 14 (Bernama) - Men too have been recorded as being victims of sexual harassment at the workplace, said Women, Family and Community Development Deputy Minister, Hannah Yeoh.

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LHDN launches eProcurement System, Suppliers' Portal

CYBERJAYA, Feb 13 (Bernama) - The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has launched the eProcurement (eP) system and the Suppliers’ portal as a continuous effort to improve service delivery to suppliers or tenderers dealing with the agency.

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