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Contractor Says Senior Official Approved Siem Reap Land Swap

The head of a construction firm that was involved in a massive land swap with Siem Reap’s provincial government in 2010 defended the deal on Friday saying orders for the move of government offices and civil servants—which is now being reversed—came directly from the national government.

One Year After Journalist’s Slaying, Still No Justice in Sight

One year ago today, Hang Serei Odom, a journalist in Ratanakkiri province, received a fateful phone call. After telling his wife he was going to meet a military police officer, he bid her goodnight. He left his house in Banlung City at about 7 p.m. and never returned.

Activists Blame Short Contracts for Strikes

Labor activists at the bi-annual Buyers Forum in Phnom Penh on Thursday said that short-term contracts in Cambodia’s garment industry were fueling the high number of strikes affecting the industry.

Forest Cleared for Stung Treng Dam Construction

Logging has officially begun in Stung Treng province in preparation for the construction of a massive hydropower dam, but local authorities and villagers said Wednesday that the clearing of forest is going unchecked outside the official dam concession area.

Anti-Terrorism Police Question Suspects in Online Gambling Ring

More than 60 Cambodians and foreigners from around the region remained in custody at the Interior Ministry on Monday for questioning over an alleged online gambling operation they ran in Phnom Penh.

Blood Bank Says More Stocks Are Needed to Meet Demand

The National Blood Transfusion Center will launch a website this month aimed at encouraging more people to donate blood as stocks at the center are still critically low and hundreds of units short of meeting demand, the center’s director said Monday.

Rights Groups Condemn Verdict of Murdered Journalist

The verdict issued Wednesday by the Ratanakkiri Provincial Court dropping the charges against a military police officer and his wife who were allegedly involved in the murder of an investigative journalist is a travesty of justice and a sign of impunity in the country, rights groups said Thursday.

Charges Against Couple Accused of Journalist’s Murder Dropped

The Ratanakkiri Provincial Court yesterday dropped the charges against a military police officer and his wife who were alleged to have been involved in the murder of an investigative journalist, and ordered their release, a lawyer said Wednesday.

Truck Accident Injures Dozens of Svay Rieng Factory Workers

More than 50 factory workers were injured, one of them seriously, in Svay Rieng province on Monday when a flatbed truck transporting them to an industrial zone overturned, local officials said.

Still at Large, Chhouk Bundith Has Case Sent to Appeal Court

The Appeal Court has received the case of former Bavet City governor Chhouk Bundith, who was convicted in June for shooting and injuring three female garment workers but remains at large despite an 18-month sentence, court officials said Monday.

After Deadly Factory Collapse, Safety Improvements Scarce

Almost three months after the ceiling of a shoe factory in Kompong Speu province collapsed, leaving two people dead, only a fraction of the country's 400 exporting factories are making structural improvements despite advise to do so from the International Labor Organization.

Garment Workers Told to Come to Work, Not Fear Conflict

The Ministry of Social Affairs on Tuesday told the country’s 600,000 garment workers not to believe rumors of war and to continue with work as usual in the wake of a national election that has seen disputed results and threats of instability.

DC-Cam to Help Burma Record Rights Abuses

Prominent Khmer Rouge research organization the Documentation Center of Cambodia is collaborating with a network of Burmese groups seeking to create an archive of human rights abuses in Burma as the country transitions from a military regime to a fledging democracy.

‘The Missing Picture’ in Filmmaker’s Personal History

Rithy Panh’s latest film, “The Missing Picture,” is both a historical documentary about the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge and a chapter out of the Cambodian filmmaker’s own personal diary.

Phnom Penh’s Chief Monk Visits Scene of Election Violence

Phnom Penh’s chief monk, the Venerable Khim Sum, visited a pagoda in Meanchey district Tuesday where rioting broke out during Sunday’s election and told monks there to refrain from engaging in political protests.

Military Police Stoned, Trucks Torched During Voter Violence

Voters rioted Sunday in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district after a daylong demonstration against voting irregularities, destroying and burning two military police pick-up trucks and throwing rocks at police officers.

Come Election Time, Xenophobia Proves Expedient

When opposition leader Sam Rainsy stepped in front of tens of thousands of supporters in Siem Reap on Wednesday and said that Khmers must take back control of Angkor Wat from Vietnam, it was not the first time the country’s most iconic temple was thrust into the partisan political fray.

Climate Change Will Adversely Affect Economy

Cambodia’s manufacturing and tourism sectors will face adverse effects from climate change due to the country’s focus on hydropower, according to a report produced jointly by British and Cambodian think tanks.

In Break With Past, CPP, CNRP Youths Trade Taunts Not Blows

As mobile rallies of the ruling CPP and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party have passed each other on the streets during the lead-up to Sunday's election, their confrontations could be taken from the script of "West Side Story."

ILO Says Cambodia’s Factories Are ‘Chronically Non-Compliant’

Half of Cambodia’s garment factories monitored between November and April are “chronically non-compliant” with the Labor Law and the industry has experienced deteriorating working conditions and fire safety records in the past three years, ac­cording to the latest report from the International Labor Organization’s (ILO) factory monitoring program.