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Government Repatriates More Maids From Malaysia

Four Cambodian women who claim they were tricked into taking grueling domestic jobs in Malaysia and two others who were jailed for passport violations are being repatriated this month after seeking help from the Cambodian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced on Monday.

Dutch Court Probing 2013 Child Abuse Case

Authorities in the Netherlands said they were investigating a Dutch pedophile facing child sex abuse charges in Siem Reap province in a probe that local investigators say extends to a 2013 case that was thrown out by the provincial court.

Ministry to Expand Sex Education Nationally

A sex education program that has been taught in classrooms across nine provinces will be rolled out nationwide by 2019 in an effort to reduce a teenage pregnancy rate that has been ticking upward.

Briton’s Trial Nears End, Judge Says

After languishing for more than three years in a Cambodian prison, British businessman Gregg Fryett was again denied bail by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Tuesday, although a judge alluded to an end of his long-running trial.

Debt and Drought

After a long dry spell, farming families struggle to stay afloat.

Controversial Domestic Abuse Law Under Government Review

A domestic violence law long criticized by human rights and gender advocacy NGOs for inadequately protecting abuse victims is being reviewed by the government in a renewed effort to reduce violence against women.

As Surrogacy Trade Grows, Government Charts Course

The government will meet this month to begin addressing concerns that the lack of regulation for the surrogacy trade could lead to a proliferation of brokers working in Cambodia and foreign couples traveling to the country to take advantage of their services.

Resisting Forced Marriage Led to Rape, Woman Tells Tribunal

After being forced to marry a man she disliked in almost every way, the latest civil party to testify at the Khmer Rouge tribunal said on Tuesday that the man who officiated at her wedding raped her after she rejected her husband’s advances to consummate their vows.

Dutch Pedophile in Prison After Third Arrest

Twice acquitted of child sex abuse charges in Cambodia, Dutch pedophile Sebastiaan Reuijl has again been arrested and jailed, ac­cording to officials in Siem Reap province, this time for allegedly mo­lesting a 4-year-old boy.

Phnom Penh Rated One of the World’s Least Livable Cities

Widespread corruption, poor health care and a lack of adequate infrastructure continue to make Phnom Penh one of the least livable major cities in the world, according to the annual Global Livability Ranking, released on Thursday by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Bailed Russian Tycoon Back In Business—Often Overseas

Nikolai Doroshenko, a wealthy Russian property developer facing fraud charges in Sihanoukville, has been freely traveling abroad in the 14 months since he was released from prison on the condition that he remain in Cambodia.

Telemedical Center Opens Amid Organ Probe

A private Indian hospital group that has been under investigation since authorities uncovered illegal organ harvesting at its New Delhi facility in June is opening a tele­medical center in Phnom Penh this weekend that will refer Cambodians abroad for transplants and other services.

Arrested Barbershop Staff and Owner Confess to Selling Sex

Eleven women working at a Phnom Penh barbershop—including the owner—confessed on Wednesday to having sex with patrons after the establishment was raided by anti-trafficking police on Tuesday, officials said.

Authorities Investigating Two Cases of Child Sexual Assault

A man suspected of luring a 6-year-old girl into a field in Battambang province with a can of fruit juice and sexually assaulting her on Tuesday has been arrested and is being questioned by court officials, police said on Friday.

Divers Recover Aircraft Bomb From Flooded Quarry

Members of the Cambodian Mine Action Center’s (CMAC) Salvage Dive Unit recovered a U.S.-made MK-82 aircraft bomb from a flooded rock quarry in Kompong Speu province, according to the Golden West Humanitarian Foundation, which trained the divers.

Animal Deaths From Pesticide Spark Fears

Evidence that a deadly pesticide is being used to kill wildlife at watering holes in two provinces has raised fears of widespread poisoning that could jeopardize biodiversity and the health of rural communities, according to a new report.

EU Considers Union Appeals, Urges Government to Respect Human Rights

The E.U.’s ambassador to Cambodia said he would weigh appeals from pro-government unions critical of a call by opposition party leader Sam Rainsy to push the government to improve its human rights record through increased economic pressure.

Criticism Heaped on Rainsy After Garment Industry Threat

The Labor Ministry, nine independent unions and an industry group representing Cambodia’s garment factories expressed sharp criticism on Wednesday for opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s call for the E.U. to reconsider the country’s duty-free access to European export markets.

Unions Blast Rainsy Over Remarks on EU Garment Trade

Pro-government unions have threatened mass protests against the opposition CNRP after party leader Sam Rainsy called on the E.U. to increase pressure on the Cambodian government by targeting the country’s economy.

US Congress Presses CPP On ‘Thuggish’ Behavior

Ramping up diplomatic pressure on Cambodia’s ruling CPP, the U.S. Congress has called for Prime Minister Hun Sen to end the harassment of opposition figures and drop all politically motivated charges against CNRP lawmakers.