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Ministry to Add Covid-19 Testing Labs as Foreign Arrivals Increase

The Health Ministry on Friday said it would establish three new laboratories that can test samples for Covid-19 as international arrivals to Cambodia have risen to up to 900 people per day following a drastic drop in tourist entries amid the global pandemic.

Labor Ministry Warns Union Leader Over “Incitement” of Workers

The Labor Ministry this week warned a labor leader and her union that it could be dissolved over her allegedly illegal incitement of workers to protest over a garment factory closure that left workers without contracts and compensation.

Three Officers Warned Over Beating of Man Recorded in Viral Video

Three unnamed police officers in Phnom Penh received a written warning from the capital’s police chief this week after they were seen kicking and hitting a man in a widely shared social media video, which rights experts said warranted further investigation and potential consequences for the officers.

Supreme Court Hears Appeals From RT News Fixer, Ex-RFA Journalists

Cambodia’s highest court heard two appeals on Wednesday from media professionals who were seeking remedies to judicial decisions that they have described as unjust.

Garment Workers Pressed by Piling Microfinance Debt, Report Says

Tens of thousands of garment workers, who are facing slashed work hours and wages amid the global pandemic and economic downturn, will struggle to repay mounting microfinance debt, a new civil society report says.

Garment Workers Demand Payout Amid Pandemic Factory Closures

Employees of the New Best Global Textile factory in Kampong Speu province urged the Labor Ministry on Monday to compel the company to compensate workers as they said the factory building’s owner had already rented out the property.

‘Worse Than Covid-19’: Kampong Cham Farmers Fear Impact of Droughts

With a half hectare of land in Batheay district’s Troap commune, 55-year-old farmer Hing Heng can usually grow rice for his family and raise about 4,000 ducks to sell their eggs for profit.

Prey Lang Lost 7,500 Hectares of Forest Cover Last Year, Satellites Show

Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary lost a record-breaking amount of tree cover last year, shedding patches of forest larger than the size of Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium football pitch for every hour of 2019, data compiled from satellite images shows.

Nightlife Venue Closures Mean Longer Days, Less Income for Workers

Since Cambodia turned off the neon lights of its nightlife venues in March, as the nation’s Covid-19 cases rose, Ouk Sothea said she has struggled to find a new job with the same stability as her nightly waitress shifts in a beer garden in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov district.

Hun Sen Urges Lenders to Seize Property of Loan-Payment Refuseniks

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he encouraged banks and microlenders to confiscate property from any borrowers who participate in debt repayment refusal movements and purposefully fail to pay back loans.

UN Committee Calls on Cambodia to Search for Missing Thai Dissident

The U.N. Committee on Enforced Disappearances has called on Cambodia to “urgently search” for a Thai pro-democracy activist who went missing nearly three weeks ago in a suspected abduction outside his Phnom Penh condominium complex.

Government to Dole Out $25 Million to Identified Poor, Hun Sen Says

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said the government would distribute about $25 million per month to assist families registered in the IDPoor social benefits system as the country struggles through the pandemic-driven economic downturn.

When a Unionist Took Her Grievances Online, Police Came Knocking

At Kampong Speu province’s Superl garment factory, Soy Sros does not just make handbags for international buyers. She has led her union branch for years, speaking up for members and tracking working conditions and labor violations on behalf of the 700 unionized workers at Superl, about half of the factory’s total employees.

Wine Drink Manufacturer at Large, One Man Remains in Hospital

The producer of a wine drink that authorities have linked to seven deaths and more than 30 other people falling ill remains at large, while one man who consumed the methanol-laced beverage remains in hospital, officials said on Friday.

Activist Kung Raiya Receives Suspended Sentence in Kem Ley Shirt Trial

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday handed down a suspended sentence to dissident Kung Raiya, finding him guilty on charges related to his printing of T-shirts with murdered political analyst Kem Ley’s image and words.

Long-Haired Traffic-Cop Parody Prompts Police Complaint

Claiming damage to officers’ “prestige and dignity,” the country’s national police union has asked the Information Ministry to step in and regulate a series of comedic videos depicting traffic-police imposters in an “inappropriate” way — including having long hair.

Phnom Penh Governor Blames Politicians for Long-Lasting Land Disputes

Phnom Penh city governor Khuong Sreng blamed long-running land conflicts in the capital on interference from politicians and supposedly paid protesters, but some civil society members dismissed his claims as a frame-up and deflection.

NagaWorld Casino Workers Protest After Suspension Pay Cut

About 200 NagaWorld employees demonstrated at the Labor Ministry on Tuesday after Phnom Penh’s sole licensed casino operator stopped offering workers suspension pay while casinos remain closed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Maker of Wine Product Linked to Seven Deaths on the Run, Officials Say

The manufacturer of a locally-made wine product has eluded authorities after seven people died and another 36 fell ill, including two who remain in serious condition, after drinking the methanol-laced beverage, officials said on Monday.

Seven Dead, Over 30 Hospitalized After Drinking Methanol-Laced Wine

Seven people died and more than 30 others were hospitalized this week in Banteay Meanchey province after drinking a methanol-laced, locally-made wine product, which officials have blamed for the spate of apparent poisonings.