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Staff of ex-hotel used for coronavirus quarantine protest for pay

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.

European Nations Charter Flights for Citizens Stranded in Cambodia

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.

Gov’t to claim extensive new powers under emergency laws

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.

Hun Sen Hints ‘Military Forces’ to Oversee Coronavirus State of Emergency

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.”

Journalists complain of detention after trespassing

Eight journalists were earlier this month detained by police overnight after they “unknowingly” entered a private plantation in Ratanakiri province.

National Assembly approves gov’t cabinet reshuffle

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 on alert for coronavirus spreading in rural provinces amid migrants’ return

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.

Coronavirus cases in Cambodia hit 86

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.

Tycoon Kith Theang sentenced to four years in prison in drug case

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.

50 factories suspended operations amid coronavirus-driven supply shortage

Fifty garment factories suspended their operations — affecting the jobs of more than 20,000 workers — amid global challenges, the Labor Ministry said.

Fears of loss of livelihoods grow as coronavirus lockdown tightens

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.

Coronavirus cases in Cambodia climb to 24

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.

Forestry activists investigating Think Biotech released by Kratie court

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.

Schools closed, travel restricted as two coronavirus cases detected in Phnom Penh

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.

US ambassador speaks out against ‘fabricated conspiracy theories’ in Kem Sokha case

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 river-cruise passengers test positive for coronavirus

Two more British nationals on a river cruise in Kampong Cham province tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday night.

Two journalists summoned for questioning in Banteay Meanchey

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.

British river cruise passenger tests positive for coronavirus in Kampong Cham

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.

Spokesman disputes his ministry’s report that shows migration dropping 80 percent

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.

Strikes, demonstrations rise, but unions say restrictions remain

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.