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Gov’t begins easing Covid-19 restrictions as cases plummet

Cambodian citizens returning from abroad will be exempt from the government’s requirement that travellers entering Cambodia bring a certificate proving that they tested negative for a Covid-19 infection, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Flock of journalists nabbed over illegal cock fight

Thirteen journalists were among 27 people arrested for attending a cock fight in Phnom Penh on Sunday, with police saying that they did not believe the group was only there to gather information for news stories on the illegal activity.

Banned from flight, Cambodian migrant in Malaysia begs to come home

Like so many other migrants around the world, 38-year-old Cambodian construction worker Tuloh Saith rushed to return home as soon as possible once it became clear the Covid-19 crisis would not just be a passing nuisance.

Garment factories accused of union busting under cover of Covid-19

Garment factory owners have been accused of attempting to cull union representatives and members from their workplaces under cover of widespread Covid-19 terminations, with one official even arrested after criticizing lay-offs.

New justice minister pledges to clear criminal case logjam

New Justice Minister Koeut Rith pledged on Monday to prioritize clearing the growing backlog of cases before Cambodia’s courts, blaming campaigns against minor drug and environmental crimes for putting offenders into the legal system at a faster rate than prosecutors and prisons can handle.

Radio station owner charged over alleged fake news

The owner of the Rithysen radio station and website was on Thursday provisionally charged with “incitement to commit felonies” after being accused of broadcasting false news about a land dispute.

Six detained for protesting microfinance repayments

Six people were detained by the Battambang provincial police last week after protesting outside microfinance institution (MFI) branches that they accused of failing to heed requests for loan repayment holidays amid Covid-19.

Officers jailed for 16 years for fake military recruitment scheme

A former major general and a former captain in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) were on Thursday sentenced to 16 years in prison for recruiting soldiers without authorization and taking $100,000 in bribes in return.

Football officials banned for life over corruption

One former and three current administrators at the Football Federation of Cambodia (FFC) have been banned from organizing professional sports for life after being accused of pocketing tournament sponsorship money.

Jailed journalists at risk of ‘death sentence’ amid Covid-19

Asian governments including Cambodia have been called upon by a group of 74 human rights and media organizations “to release every jailed journalist” amid the growing fears of Covid-19 infections spreading in overcrowded prisons.

Nearly 100,000 garment workers ‘suspended’ as orders halved

More than 130 garment factories in Cambodia have suspended operations amid the global coronavirus economic slowdown, leaving nearly 100,000 workers without work and reliant on a modest and temporary government-supported stipend of $70 per month, Labor Ministry spokesman Heng Sour told reporters Monday.

Garment workers say coronavirus isolation funds needed

Garment factory workers forced to isolate without pay for 14 days due to coronavirus concerns say they fear running out of money for basic daily expenses like food if they do not receive financial assistance from factory owners or the government.

30,000 workers forced to self-isolate over factory no-shows

Almost 30,000 garment workers who failed to show up to work during last week’s cancelled Khmer New Year holiday will be forced into quarantine or self-isolation for 14 days amid fears of coronavirus, a Labor Ministry official said on Monday.

China dam claims should be studied, says rivers official

A new report that found China’s upstream dam management is responsible for dangerously low water levels and drought conditions along the Mekong River needs to be “studied”, according to a Cambodian National Mekong Commission official.

In cramped factories, garment workers fear coronavirus

With the cancellation of Khmer New Year due to fears about the spread of coronavirus, Cambodia’s garment workers have been forced back into their factories this week during a time they would typically be in their hometowns celebrating.

Journalist charged and jailed for relaying Hun Sen’s coronavirus advice

According to an order from investigating judge Key Manera, Rithy was charged under articles 494 and 495 of the Criminal Code and sent to Phnom Penh’s P.J. prison for pre-trial detention.

Gov’t bans provincial travel for Khmer New Year

Cambodia’s government has banned travel in and out of Phnom Penh and between any districts across the 24 provinces for a week amid fears people would ignore an official cancellation of the coming Khmer New Year break.

Journalist arrested for repeating Hun Sen’s advice to motorbike taxi drivers

The director of online news outlet TVFB, Sovann Rithy, was arrested Tuesday night for reporting on advice from Prime Minister Hun Sen to motorbike taxi drivers to sell their vehicles if the coronavirus crisis leaves them broke.

Hun Sen cancels Khmer New Year, but says no ‘emergency’ yet

Cambodia will most likely not be placed into a state of emergency for the coronavirus using the government’s new powers, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen, but next week’s Khmer New Year holiday will be indefinitely postponed.

Garment factories flag money issues as workers go without pay

Cambodia’s garment and footwear factories say they might not be able to continue paying workers even reduced wages beyond this year’s Khmer New Year, as foreign orders for clothing dry up amid the global coronavirus crisis.