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Undaunted by Obstacles, Women Across Generations Seek Change

As a young girl, Srun Keavatey would spend her days working in her mother’s grocery store, and at night, under the glow of a diesel lamp on the floor of their small thatch-roofed home, she would sit down to basic arithmetic and alphabet lessons taught by her parents.

Surrogacy Ban Separates Sons, Devastated Dad

James’ baby sons are growing up without him. He’s missing all of their first milestones: the gurgles, the smiles, the kicking legs.

Government Officials Reconsider Amnesty for Parents, Surrogates

When the government announced a ban on surrogacy last year, foreign parents who had hired Cambodian women to carry their babies received assurances from officials that they would be allowed to safely take their children from the country.

Authorities Investigate Whale Shark’s Capture

Posing with the carcass of an endangered whale shark, a fisherman on a trawler grins and makes a peace sign while holding up one of the dead fish’s fins, in an image that caused outrage when it circulated online over the weekend.

Surrogates Identified, Summoned to Court as Parents Left in Limbo

Cambodian women identified as surrogate mothers hired by a jailed Australian nurse have been summoned to testify against their employer in court, but have failed to turn up partly out of fear of what might happen, according to a judge.

Burmese President to Make First State Visit

In what will be his first state visit since a 2015 landslide election victory in Burma ended 50 years of military rule, Burmese President Htin Kyaw will arrive in Cambodia for a three-day trip on Friday.

Trump’s Ban on Funding Abortion Puts Women at Risk, NGO Says

A sweeping directive banning U.S. funding for international NGOs that provide abortion services is expected to reduce Cambodian women’s access to abortions and could lead to a rise in unsafe procedures, an international NGO said on Wednesday.

Facing Stigma, Many Divorcees Enter Abusive Relationships

Beating his wife was part of a daily routine for a 31-year-old rice farmer from Kampot province, police said.

Rights Group Calls on Government To Protect Migrant Workers

While the government says it helped more than 90,000 Cambodian migrants in Thailand obtain legal status in the country last year, a leading labor rights group is calling for measures to protect hundreds of thousands who are still working off the radar.

Rise in Deadly Diabetes Hitting Poor the Hardest

Doctors providing critical care services to Cambodians with diabetes and kidney disease are struggling to meet the needs of a growing number of patients who require lifelong treatment for chronic conditions.

Woman Accused of Acid Attack on Ex-Boyfriend, His Fiancee

A 25-year-old woman accused of dousing her ex-boyfriend and his fiancee with acid as they gave her a ride home, sending both to the hospital with severe burns, has been arrested in the first reported acid attack of the year, Phnom Penh police said on Tuesday.

Divorced Women More Likely to Report Abuse

Women who are sexually abused or otherwise harmed by their hus­bands or ex-husbands are more likely to report such violence to authorities when they are separated or divorced, a new governmental study has found.

Court Finds British Businessman and Associates Guilty

After more than more than 100 court appearances over three years, British businessman Gregg Fryett and three of his business associates were handed five- to eight-year prison sentences on Wednesday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Judgment Day for British Businessman Fryett

After 106 court appearances over the course of more than two years, a judge is finally set to hand down a verdict today against six defendants involved with a failed biofuel venture headed by British entrepreneur Gregg Fryett.

Rape Cases Break With Trend of Families Staying Silent

Recent rape cases in Cambodia are symptomatic of one trend in the country—a high rate of sexual violence against children—and antithetical to another—the tendency of families to deal with such attacks without involving officials.

Imprisoned Surrogacy Broker Is Innocent, Son Says

The son of Australian surrogacy broker Tammy Davis-Charles said this week that his mother was an in­nocent victim of a government set-up and parents were continuing to remove babies conceived via surrogacy from the country.

Gender-Based Violence Data Monitoring System Set Up

Authorities and NGOs will commence a six-month trial to test their ability to coordinate their collection of gender-based violence data by recording incidents using simple paper forms, experts said at a meeting on preventing family violence on Wednesday.

Research Uncovers Regime’s Kill Methods, Tribunal Hears

Decaying skeletal remains blemished by even the slightest discoloration and scarring have been used by researchers to identify the cause of death for thousands of men, women and children killed by Pol Pot’s forces, the Khmer Rouge tribunal heard on Tuesday.

Protesters Anticipate Human Rights Day Clash

Thousands of protesters were on a collision course with authorities ahead of International Human Rights Day on Saturday, with Phnom Penh’s City Hall warning would-be marchers to celebrate their human rights at home.

Pedophile Sentenced to 22 Years in US Prison

Almost seven years after his arrest in Cambodia, American Erik Peeters was sentenced this week to 22 years in a U.S. prison for abusing Cambodian boys.