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200 factories could suspend operations: Labor Ministry

Two-hundred factories could suspend their production this month due to a lack of raw materials imported from China, a Labor Ministry spokesman said.

Garment factories cut overtime hours for workers

Garment factory workers are seeing their working hours cut amid China’s coronavirus scare and the EU’s announcement that it will partially withdraw Cambodia’s trade privileges.

Groups ‘appalled’ after ministry bars conservationists from protecting forests

NGOs on Tuesday criticized the Environment Ministry for its actions to block community members from entering the Prey Lang protected forests.

Coronavirus fears spread after cruise ship passenger tests positive

Cambodia is facing heat for possibly inflaming the global coronavirus outbreak when a woman tested positive for the virus after the country allowed her and 1,200 passengers to disembark a cruise ship and many of them to fly to other countries.

Government pledges to ‘remain firm’ after EBA decision

The government this week reiterated that the EU was interfering in domestic affairs after the bloc announced a partial suspension of duty-free trade with Cambodia over political and human rights concerns.

Dutch man tested for coronavirus in Sihanoukville

A Dutch man was quarantined at the Preah Sihanouk provincial referral hospital this week after arriving on a cruise ship with a high fever.

Workers fear fallout of EBA deadline: ‘We will not keep quiet’

Garment factory workers are facing this week’s EU decision on trade sanctions with trepidation: Most are in debt; they are being squeezed by new government policies to reduce costs for employers; and business at their factories seems to be slowing.

Hun Sen’s lawyers will defend journalists in court

Journalists taken to court can receive legal representation from Prime Minister Hun Sen’s lawyers, the Information Ministry announced this week.

Rights Restricted by Court’s Withholding of IDs, Ex-RFA Reporters Say

Two former Radio Free Asia journalists accused of espionage said on Monday that their rights and livelihoods were restricted by a court decision to continue withholding their passports and ID cards following their release on bail.

Hun Sen says the real disease is fear, not coronavirus

The real disease in Cambodia is fear — not coronavirus, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday.

Authorities tracking down travelers who shared flight with coronavirus patient

The Health Ministry has been tracking down travelers who shared a flight with the country’s first coronavirus patient and testing them for the novel virus.

Coronavirus reaches Cambodia as airports, border crossings put on alert

The first case of a new coronavirus has been confirmed in Cambodia as scanners have been installed at the country’s airports and land borders and the public has been told to take precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.

Kem Sokha says Melbourne speech aimed to dispel ‘CPP puppet’ talk

Former opposition leader Kem Sokha said at his trial on Thursday that his 2013 speech in Australia was an attempt to dispel a notion among overseas opposition supporters that he was a puppet of the ruling party.

At 16th anniversary, unions criticize stalled investigation into labor leader Chea Vichea’s murder

Unions on Wednesday criticized the lack of action by a governmental committee set up in 2017 in part to investigate the murder of labor leader Chea Vichea, as gathered unionists and rights workers marked 16 years since his death.

Two words the only difference in edited Kem Sokha video, government lawyer says

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday showed the full video of Kem Sokha’s 2013 speech that is at the heart of his treason trial, according to lawyers present.

Appeal Court holds ‘inconclusive hearing’ into RFA case’s reinvestigation

The Appeal Court on Monday heard an appeal from two former Radio Free Asia journalists contesting the reinvestigation of their espionage case more than two years after they were charged.

Sokha faces more questioning over past activities

Former opposition leader Kem Sokha told the court on Thursday that he did not bring foreigners to invade Cambodia’s territory, nor did he make Cambodia lose any land, according to his lawyers.

Kem Sokha trial begins amid criticism over lack of transparency

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday began the trial of former opposition leader Kem Sokha on a charge of treason, with rights groups and journalists barred from the proceedings and the government seeking the suppression of the names of foreign states allegedly involved.

Hun Sen orders arrests of officers who beat land activists

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday ordered national military police commander Sao Sokha to find and arrest the people who beat five land activists in detention in Banteay Meanchey, leading to the death of one man on Jan 1.

Journalists, NGO monitors could be kept out of Kem Sokha trial

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has capped the number of observers for opposition leader Kem Sokha’s treason trial on Wednesday at 30, raising concerns that no journalists or NGO officers will be allowed to monitor the proceedings.