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Laid off due to virus, Cambodian garment workers compete for factory shifts

For three hours, Cambodian seamstress Em Thy waited in a crowd with hundreds of other laid off garment workers on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, desperate to be selected for a one-off shift.

Closed borders give rise to trafficking in Cambodia

Cambodia is facing a new wave of human trafficking as desperate workers use illegal means to cross closed borders in the hope of finding work in Thailand, officials have warned.

Cambodia to lift partial ban on rice exports on May 20

Cambodia will lift a partial ban on rice exports that had been put in place to ensure local food security during the coronavirus crisis, the finance minister told exporters of the grain on Wednesday.

As loggers exploit virus, Cambodian forest protectors defy state ban

A Cambodian conservation group has warned that logging in the protected Prey Lang forest has ramped up during the coronavirus pandemic, vowing it would continue to monitor the destruction despite government threats of legal action to stop that work.

As fashion sales fall globally, big brands leave Asia’s garment workers in limbo

The livelihoods of millions of Asian garment workers are in jeopardy after cancellations by top fashion brands, with unions, researchers and campaigners warning coronavirus could lead to a rollback of labour rights in an industry often accused of abuse.

Facebook vendor gets 6 months’ prison for ‘pornographic’ adverts

A Cambodian woman was sentenced to six months in prison on Friday after a court ruled that her Facebook live streams selling clothing and cosmetics while wearing skimpy outfits amounted to pornography, women’s rights groups said.

‘Please, we are not animals’: virus fears weigh on Cambodia’s garment workers

Climbing onto a crowded truck each morning, Cambodian seamstress Sim Samphor cannot help but worry about catching the coronavirus that has closed down most of the country in recent weeks.

Cambodia’s coronavirus curbs leave karaoke workers in limbo

Thousands of Cambodian women are heading home to the countryside after karaoke clubs and beer gardens were banned to curb the spread of coronavirus with the loss of about 80,000 jobs, labour rights groups have said.

In Cambodia, I underwent a ceremony to ward off coronavirus

As foreigners like me came under increasing suspicion of carrying the virus, I was told the ceremony would appease locals - and the spirits.

How we uncovered child labour in Cambodia’s brick kilns

The Thomson Reuters Foundation investigated child labour at Cambodia's brick kilns after the government said all furnaces were free of underage workers.

Cover up or be censored: Cambodia orders women not look sexy on Facebook

A crackdown in Cambodia on women who wear provocative clothing while selling goods via Facebook live streams was slammed by women’s rights groups on Wednesday as dangerous and baseless.

Cambodia enlists tuk-tuk drivers in fight against trafficking

Thousands of tuk-tuk drivers in Cambodia are to join the fight against human trafficking under a plan by the ride-hailing app Grab to train drivers to spot and report signs of exploitation.

A dose of feminism – the YouTuber tackling taboos in Cambodia

Shortly after midnight each Sunday, Catherine Harry takes her place in front of a camera at her home in Phnom Penh.

Labor unions criticize Cambodia over fresh blow to workers’ rights

Workers making clothes in Cambodia for global fashion brands face increased risk of abuse due to an amended law, trade unions said, as they criticized the government for sidelining them.

Cambodia to teach LGBT+ issues in schools to tackle discrimination

Children in Cambodia will receive lessons on LGBT+ issues from 2020 in a bid to wipe out bullying and discrimination in the socially conservative country, an official said on Tuesday.

Built to scale? Growing pains hit Cambodia’s businesses for good

A snippet of Leakena’s life is written on a pair of jeans.

Malaysia, Thailand criticized for preventing Cambodian politicians from returning home

The United States on Friday expressed concern over Cambodia's crackdown on opposition to authoritarian leader Hun Sen, which has seen dozens of activists arrested and opposition leaders abroad prevented from returning.

Cambodia feared lagging behind predators in cybersex trafficking crackdown

U.S. and Australian crime fighters are preparing Cambodia for a spike in online child sex abuse cases but local officials fear that predators are a step ahead of police due to narrow laws.

Thailand: New rules, new debts – Slavery fears for migrant workers

When Leng Lyda swapped Cambodia for a fishing town in Thailand hoping to find a job in the seafood industry, he was ready for hard work. But he wasn't prepared for the delay, or the debt.

Indigenous people need a say on water rights, U.N. rapporteur urges

Indigenous knowledge, which could be key in making smart decisions about water, is being left out, an indigenous expert warns.