Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Additional complaints dog Licadho’s director

Additional complaints dog Licadho’s director

Additional complaints dog Licadho’s director

THE executive director of rights group Licadho is the subject of two complaints set to be filed with the Ministry of Labour today, both from former employees who argue that their dismissals were not carried out in accordance with either their contracts or the Labour Law.

The complaints – from Sin Chenda, a nurse, and Sar Bopha, a former advocacy worker for the rights group – both demand US$5,000 in compensation for mental health damage allegedly resulting from the loss of their jobs.

Earlier this month, Pek Vannak, a lawyer formerly employed by Licadho, filed a lawsuit at Phnom Penh Municipal Court requesting that the group’s executive director, Naly Pilorge, pay him $5,112 as an indemnity for lost wages and $6,000 to compensate for mental damage arising from his dismissal last November.

Sin Chenda, the nurse, said Monday that she had worked for the rights group since 1993, and that she had done nothing to warrant her January dismissal.

“This Licadho director has decided because of her personal views to fire me from the position, and she at last fired me by saying that they need only doctors,” she said.

Sar Bopha, the advocacy worker, said she had been a worker since 1994, and that her contract, which was set to end in June, had been terminated prematurely last month.

Asked to comment on Monday, Naly Pilorge wrote in a text message: “I confirm that both employees, Chinda and Bopha, were given three months’ notice, full severance pay and benefits in late 2009 and early 2010 for ending their contract due to budgetary constraints. No one from the Ministry of Labour or [the municipal court] has informed me of any complaint.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Reuters: US Embassy fired 32 staff members for sharing pornography

    The United States Embassy in Phnom Penh has fired 32 non-diplomatic staff members who were allegedly caught exchanging pornographic images and video, including of minors, according to the news agency Reuters. Four sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the content was shared in

  • Our 2018 guide to spending Khmer New Year in Phnom Penh

    Khmer New Year festivities are upon us. For the next few days, travellers will be making their way to their home provinces to eat, celebrate, play traditional games and visit a pagoda with offerings. If you will be staying put in Phnom Penh for the

  • US think tank warns of China's 'ulterior motives'

    A US think tank on Tuesday warned that spreading Chinese investment in the Indo-Pacific follows a pattern of leveraging geopolitical influence at the expense of the nations receiving investment, including Cambodia. The report looks at a sample of 15 Chinese port development projects, noting that the

  • More than three tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia seized in Mozambique

    A total of 3.5 tonnes of ivory reportedly bound for Cambodia was seized by authorities in Mozambique late last week, according to the NGO Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES' information was based on a report from the