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Provincial Traffic Police Chief Suspended After Alleged Drunk Driving

The traffic police chief in Kampong Thom province has been suspended after allegedly driving drunk and crashing his vehicle into roadway barricades last week, police officials said.

Meth Is More Cheap, Pure and Widely Available in Cambodia, UN Reports

Methamphetamine, long one of the nation’s most abused drugs, has become more affordable, pure and available in Cambodia as organized crime groups move precursor chemicals across borders and flood the region with cheap synthetic drugs, according to a new U.N. report.

Journalist Jailed, Media License Revoked Over ‘Exaggerated’ Coverage

A journalist and radio station owner in Kampong Chhnang province was jailed on Friday on incitement charges in relation to his “exaggerated and inciting” news coverage and comments on a land dispute, officials said.

Appeal Court Upholds Decision to Allow New Evidence in Kem Sokha Trial

The Appeal Court has upheld a lower court’s decision to accept new evidence from the prosecution in Kem Sokha’s stalled treason trial, although a lawyer for the opposition leader on Thursday expressed doubt that the evidence would incriminate him.

‘Failed’ Anti-Drug Campaign Breeds Rights Violations, Amnesty Says

The government’s anti-drug crusade since 2017 has resulted in “serious and systematic” human rights violations against drug users rather than achieving its goal of reducing drug use in the country, rights watchdog Amnesty International said in a new report.

Great Duke Labor Dispute Continues Following Protests, Arbitration

The owner of the closed Great Duke Hotel in Phnom Penh has until Friday to settle a monthslong dispute with former employees, a Labor Ministry official said after the ex-staff resumed protests this week and were earlier awarded compensation by arbiters.

Ministry Urges Covid-19 Precautions as Restaurants Reopen

The Health Ministry on Monday warned citizens to follow hygienic practices and avoid restaurants that fail to take precautions against the spread of Covid-19 as Cambodia nears a month without identifying a single new coronavirus infection.

Close-Quarter Commutes, Covid-19 Risks Leave Garment Workers Worried

For the past seven years, Moeung Lida, a 32-year-old assembly line supervisor, has climbed into the bed of a truck with 30 to 40 other workers to travel to and from the Quantum Clothing factory in Phnom Penh’s Choam Chao commune.

EU Lists Cambodia Among ‘High-Risk’ Nations for Money Laundering

The E.U. has listed Cambodia as one of 12 “high-risk” countries with deficient anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing efforts, but the government on Friday said officials were working hard to get the nation off international watch lists.

Svay Rieng Garment Factory Suspends 2,000 Workers

More than 2,000 garment workers have been suspended from a factory in Svay Rieng province for two months, with the company saying it cut employees because the factory had received no orders from buyers amid the Covid-19 economic downturn.

Indigenous People Protest Over Farmland in Keo Seima Sanctuary

More than 200 indigenous people in Mondulkiri province’s Keo Seima district protested on Tuesday for access to farmland inside a wildlife sanctuary, which the Environment Ministry banned them from last month, citing conservation laws.

Observers Raise Concerns Over New, Higher Traffic Fines During Downturn

New, higher fines for traffic violations and stricter enforcement by authorities will place undue strain on motorists who are already losing income due to the pandemic-related economic downturn, civil society members and other observers said this week.

Appeal Court to Hear Petition From Kem Sokha Lawyers

The Appeal Court will hear arguments next week from Kem Sokha’s lawyers, who are opposing a decision by lower court judges to accept new evidence submitted by the prosecution in the opposition leader’s stalled treason trial.

Covid-19 Testing Drops by Half as No New Cases Reported for 22 Days

About 800 samples were tested for Covid-19 in Cambodia last week — less than half of the number tested the week before — while Health Ministry and WHO representatives on Monday said that the country remains at risk for outbreaks and needs to adjust to a “new normal.”

With Tourism Declines, Tuk-Tuk Drivers Are Down and Out in Phnom Penh

Poeun Da abandoned his job at a Phnom Penh garment factory to drive a tuk-tuk last year, and the $3,000 investment in his vehicle seemed to pay off.

Medical Waste Collectors: Cambodia’s Unseen Front-Line Workers

There is an audible crunch underfoot — the distinct sound of a syringe shattering — but Nguon Sokheng pays it no mind.

Garment Orders Expected to Fall by Half in Second Quarter, Official Says

Nearly 100,000 workers’ jobs are in danger as garment factories suspend employees amid the ongoing economic fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, with a Labor Ministry official predicting garment exports will nosedive this year.

Lenders’ ‘Case-by-Case’ Debt Relief Too Slow, Civil Society Groups Say

Weeks after the National Bank suggested financial institutions cut struggling borrowers a break, microlenders say they are relieving customers affected by the Covid-19 economic downturn on a case-by-case basis.

Health Ministry, WHO Urges Precautions as Active Covid-19 Cases Drop

Health authorities and experts on Monday warned citizens to remain vigilant and keep up precautions against Covid-19, despite no new cases being reported in the country for 15 consecutive days and only three patients remaining in quarantine.

Workers Isolate in Dorms After Stay-at-Home Order

While waiting for a health screening certification document last week, garment worker Si Sophy sipped iced tea and chatted with friends from the Grand Textiles factory in Phnom Penh’s Choam Chao commune.