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About 50 former employees of Phnom Penh’s old InterContinental Hotel, which was sold and then shuttered last year and is now being kept as a hospital ward for Covid-19 victims, protested outside the Labor Ministry on Friday to demand unpaid benefits.
Special flights chartered by the Swiss and French governments to help citizens stranded due to the coronavirus crisis are leaving from Phnom Penh International Airport, with some embassy officials saying that the flights would likely be the last to head back to Europe from Cambodia for the foreseeable future.
People who violate Cambodia’s extensive new state of emergency powers set to fast-tracked into law from Friday face up to 10 years in prison, according to a leaked draft of the pending legislation championed by Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Cambodia’s government has drafted a law to put the country in a state of emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Prime Minister Hun Sen, who said details would be made public on Friday but may allow authorities to “use military forces for control.”
Eight journalists were earlier this month detained by police overnight after they “unknowingly” entered a private plantation in Ratanakiri province.
The National Assembly approved Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet reshuffle on Monday, replacing four ministers who were in turn appointed as “senior ministers” without portfolio.
Authorities are disseminating coronavirus warnings across the countryside and say they are prepared to quarantine entire villages as tens of thousands of migrant workers return from Thailand.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Cambodia has climbed to 86, including a cluster of 29 French tourists in Preah Sihanouk province, according to the Health Ministry.
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday sentenced business tycoon Kith Theang to four years in jail in connection with a drug raid at his Phnom Penh nightclub last year.
Fifty garment factories suspended their operations — affecting the jobs of more than 20,000 workers — amid global challenges, the Labor Ministry said.
The government has ordered the closure of all karaoke clubs and cinemas in the country amid a further surge in coronavirus cases, sparking fears of jobs losses among workers in the entertainment sector.
All public and private schools, institutes and universities of all levels across the country have been ordered to temporarily close as the number of coronavirus cases climbed to 24 late Monday.
The Kratie Provincial Court on Monday released four forestry activists — including internationally recognized environmentalist Ouch Leng — who were arrested on Friday for trespassing a company’s property.
All public and private schools have been temporarily closed in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap until further notice and citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.S. have been banned from entering the country amid coronavirus fears.
U.S. Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy attended the trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha in Phnom Penh on Thursday and told reporters outside the court that he was troubled by “fabricated conspiracy theories” involving the U.S.
Two more British nationals on a river cruise in Kampong Cham province tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday night.
The Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court has summoned two journalists for questioning, apparently in relation to a land dispute between tycoon Lach Bunlim and local residents in Poipet city.
A 65-year-old British woman on a river cruise in Kampong Cham province tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, with the boat’s 64 other passengers and crew members now barred from disembarking.
The number of Cambodian workers migrating abroad declined by 80 percent last year, the Labor Ministry’s annual report says — though spokesman Heng Sour rejected the comparison that was made in his ministry’s report.
The number of strikes and demonstrations increased significantly in 2019, according to a Labor Ministry report, but unions said the rise occurred despite ongoing repression against workers who are prevented from organizing freely.