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International advocates and human rights groups said that while the monetary settlement offered to some Kampong Speu villagers by ANZ Bank last week was a welcome development, challenges remain for thousands of land disputants in light of continued government-private sector impunity.
A Japanese businessman living in Siem Reap tested positive for the novel coronavirus after he reported symptoms and was tested in Nagoya, Japan, triggering the Cambodian Ministry of Health to put 44 people in isolation.
The Ministry of Economy and Finance announced on Thursday that it was working with the Health Ministry to allocate $30 million to finance Cambodia’s screening and monitoring efforts, as the novel coronavirus outbreak reached more than 70 countries.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Wednesday told provincial officials that the absence of an opposition party did not mean they could ignore serving the average Cambodian and they needed to address citizens’ needs.
Researchers have suspected that the coronavirus originated in bats and transmitted to humans at a wildlife market in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak.
Cambodian Health Minister Mam Bunheng said Monday that there were no new cases of COVID-19 in light of increasing public concern and apprehension over the Cambodian government’s response to the viral outbreak.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday mocked rights advocates for criticizing the recent arrest of a woman who dressed too “sexily” while selling products on Facebook, challenging them to post similar “sexy” photos and videos of their wives and daughters.
The government’s unprecedented crackdown in 2017 saw the jailing of opposition leader Kem Sokha, disbanding of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), harassment and surveillance of civil society groups and members, and closure of independent media organizations.
In a landmark decision for the rights of smallholders, a leading Australian bank has agreed to pay more than 1,000 Cambodian families displaced by a sugar company it granted a loan to in 2011, even though the loan violated the bank’s stated human rights standards.
The prosecution and defense spent all of Thursday morning debating whether the former could introduce new evidence during the trial, with Kem Sokha’s lawyer arguing prosecutors were restricted to evidence uncovered during the investigation period.
Cambodia consistently questioned the positive COVID-19 result, with a representative for the U.S.’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seemingly backing Cambodia’s claims in a USA Today interview.
The treason trial entered its seventh week on Wednesday, after hearings were cancelled last week because the defense walked out of court on February 13 alleging irregularities with evidence.
Government lawyers spent the afternoon of Wednesday’s hearing trying to impeach Kem Sokha’s character by linking him to multiple Sam Rainsy speeches, where the exiled opposition leader called for an overthrow of the government.
Prime Minister Hun Sen asked Chinese producers on Wednesday to air freight critical raw materials, as garment manufacturers in Cambodia prepare to face raw material shortages on account of the coronavirus outbreak.
The government and garment manufacturers have maintained that work suspensions were only linked to raw material shortages as China deals with the COVID-19 outbreak, though Monday’s announcements clearly reveal the EBA to be another concern for authorities.
Four lawyers representing Kem Sokha, who walked out during his treason trial on February 13, said on Tuesday they will rejoin the proceedings and hoped the hearing will proceed smoothly.
Civil society groups and grassroots organizations condemned the Environment Ministry’s decision to block Prey Lang community members, monks and human rights monitors from the annual tree blessing ceremony last week, calling the restriction “indefensible.”
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen says he is looking forward to meeting U.S. President Donald Trump in Las Vegas and taking part in a scheduled March 14 US-ASEAN special summit.
The Cambodian Ministry of Education launched a program for nearly 400,000 primary school students, after observing that third and seventh grade students were unable to read and write proficiently and performed poorly at math.
Malaysian health authorities on Saturday said an American passenger of a cruise liner docked in Cambodia has now tested negative for the novel coronavirus, a week after she had been declared the country’s 22nd confirmed virus case.