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As Boeng Tamok Is Carved Up, Lake Residents Ask for Land Titles

About 30 people gathered in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Phnom Penh residence on Thursday seeking his help to secure titles for land on Boeng Tamok, one of Phnom Penh’s “last lakes,” which in recent years has been divvied up for development on reclaimed land.

Pandemic, Support for Banned CNRP Swell Ranks of ‘Political Prisoners’

Yim Sareth’s crime was posting a photo of himself online wearing a mask, says his wife, Ouk Chanthy.

Voices From the Garbage Strike: Sanitation Workers Speak Out

In the morning, hundreds of striking workers from garbage collector Cintri gather inside and outside the company’s garages in Phnom Penh’s Dangkao district. Some sit, some stand. Most wear green Cintri vests, while others are in T-shirts and other casual clothing — all of them far cleaner than on a typical working day, they say.

Nearly 60 Contacts of Man With Covid-19 in Siem Reap Found Negative

The Health Ministry on Thursday said 57 people who had some form of contact with a French man, who tested positive with coronavirus 13 days into his supposed self-quarantine, had tested negative, while one new imported case was also announced.

600 Hectares of State Forest Handed to Tycoons in Preah Sihanouk

The government has allocated 600 hectares of state forests in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nob district to two tycoons linked to sugar plantations and other businesses.

Some 1.3M in Cambodia May Fall Back Into Poverty, UNDP Estimates

The number of Cambodians experiencing poverty this year could nearly double to 17.6 percent of the population — sending some 1.3 million people back into poverty — with the unemployment rate increasing almost seven-fold, a new U.N. report says.

Dozens Tested for Covid-19 in Siem Reap After Positive Man Was ‘Everywhere’

Dozens of people are getting tested for Covid-19 in Siem Reap after a French man visited bars and attended a pool party during supposed self-quarantine before testing positive over the weekend, on his 13th day of mandatory isolation.

Ex-CNRP Commune Councilor Arrested Over Years-Old Forestry Charge

A former opposition commune councilor in Pursat province was arrested on Tuesday over an old warrant related to the clearing of forests, police said.

Religion Ministry Requires Pagoda Land Titles, Monks Fear Suppression

The Religion Ministry will now require pagodas to have hard land titles as part of an effort to better regulate religious institutions in the country, a move some monks said would tighten authorities’ control of monks who participate in social work.

Capital Governor Offers Rice to End Garbage Strike, Workers Decline

Confusion reigned after the latest round of negotiations over a garbage collectors’ strike, with workers applauding a speech by Phnom Penh governor Khuong Sreng before later realizing, according to a unionist, that “none of their demands were accepted.”

Authorities Release 15-Year-Old Who Illegally Entered CNRP Headquarters

A 15-year-old boy who illegally entered the outlawed CNRP’s former headquarters over the weekend was released by authorities on Tuesday morning after questioning.

Court Interviews Villagers Over Arrests of Leasing Company Repo Men

Four villagers have been interviewed by the court over the arrests of four men from leasing company Akchalnak Trop LOD, who allegedly brought an ax to the Kampong Chhnang village to repossess a motorbike with overdue monthly payments.

Senator Apologizes Over Land Grab, Still Protected by Immunity

A senator accused of land grabbing in Mondulkiri province has written an apology to Prime Minister Hun Sen about his “mistakes in the past,” promising to “learn and practice following Samdech’s wisdom for the rest of my life.”

Talks Continue in ‘Garbage City’ as Labor Ministry Seeks End to Strike

Workers and authorities are set to continue negotiations on Wednesday over a garbage collectors’ strike that has led to major trash pile-ups around Phnom Penh and to some residents calling the capital “Garbage City.”

Two More People Test Positive on 13th-Day Covid-19 Samples

Two new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed from people taking their 13th-day test during self-quarantine, the Health Ministry reported on Monday, setting off another round of contact tracing.

Journalist Who Quoted Hun Sen Receives Suspended Sentence, Freed

The jailed editor-in-chief of popular online news outlet TVFB was freed on Monday after being handed a suspended 18-month sentence.

Police Question 3 People Over T-Shirts That Urge to ‘Respect Article 2’

Tbong Khmum police brought in three residents for questioning on Saturday over a T-shirt emblazoned with the slogan: “Thank you for peace, but respect Article 2 of the Constitution.”

Kem Sokha Lawyers Ask for Trial to Resume

Lawyers for former CNRP president Kem Sokha have applied to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to resume his trial, more than six months after it was suspended out of concerns for Covid-19.

Trash Piles Up as Workers Fear Cintri Restructuring, Go on Strike

Piles of garbage are growing across the city as more than 2,000 Phnom Penh trash collectors strike to secure severance guarantees ahead of a major restructuring of waste management operations by City Hall.

Men Arrested for Repossession Attempt Without Court Approval

Kampong Chhnang province’s military police commander said companies must first go through the courts before confiscating any debtors’ possessions, after authorities arrested four leasing company officers for breaking a lock as they tried to take away a motorbike with overdue payments.