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Cambodia’s Orphan Business: The Dark Side of ‘Voluntourism’

Tourists volunteering in Cambodian orphanages may be unwittingly fuelling an industry that exploits children for profit.

Are Chinese companies using Cambodia to evade US tariffs?

China’s exports to Southeast Asian country have been rising steadily since start of trade war.

Despite Seasonal Floods Now, Experts See Risk of Mekong Drying Up

Two leading experts on water issues in Asia warn that parts of Vietnam’s fertile southernmost areas bordering Southeast Asia’s longest river, the Mekong, are in danger of drying up.

Hun Sen Gains Laos’ Support in Preventing Sam Rainsy Return to Cambodia

In a meeting of prime ministers Wednesday, Cambodia’s Hun Sen appeared to eliminate neighboring Laos as a potential route by which self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy could return to Cambodia as he has pledged to do in November.

Lawyer for Cambodian Opposition Leader Kem Sokha Disputes Government Claim of ‘Release’

A lawyer for arrested Cambodian opposition chief Kem Sokha on Wednesday rejected government claims this week that his transfer by authorities from prison to house arrest last year while waiting to be tried was a humanitarian gesture representing “release.”

State Department Calls for Cambodian Opposition Leader’s Release From House Arrest

The United States called for the immediate release of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha Tuesday in a statement issued one week after the second anniversary of his arrest.

Start of Latest Mekong Dam Draws Fears of River’s ‘Tipping Point’

Some 50 million people downstream rely for a living on river's waters, along with fish and sediment it washes their way; researchers and environmental advocates say dam could block both.

Potential Loss of EU Trade Benefits for Cambodia, Could Impact Borrowers

This matters to Cambodia’s MFI borrowers because so many of them now count on money they earn in the nation’s apparel, footwear and sporting goods manufacturing sectors, direct EBA beneficiaries.

Mekong: When the river runs dry

Both drought and upstream water releases again challenge the control of the Mekong River.

CNRP Activist Arrested in Cambodia, Held on Unknown Charge

Cambodian authorities arrested a former opposition party activist on Thursday, taking him into custody in northwestern Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province where he had gone to work as a taxi driver, sources told RFA’s Khmer Service as the government of Hun Sen continued legal action against the party it banned nearly two years ago.

CNRP three charged with insulting PM

Three Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) activists have been placed in pre-trial detention after their arrests over the weekend, a...

Hun Sen, Mahathir criticise placing of sanctions

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad on Tuesday criticised sanctions placed by the UN Security Council and powerful countries on smaller states as unjust and impacting nations not involved in disputes.

Two years on, Cambodia opposition leader held without trial

Lawyers for Cambodia's detained opposition leader Kem Sokha called on Monday for treason charges against him to be dropped and for his release from house arrest, two years after he was first arrested ahead of national elections.

Rainsy’s vow to return to Cambodia reignites rivalry with Hun Sen

Cambodia’s exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy says he will return from France on Nov. 9 to his Southeast Asian homeland, where he faces jail time of 15 years or more.

Novel Bond Aims To Boost Livelihoods Of Women In South And Southeast Asia

Low-income women in South and Southeast Asia face a series of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Cambodia’s Postponement of RFA Reporters’ Verdict, And Its Explanation, Disappoint

A Cambodian court’s last-minute postponement Friday of the announcement of a verdict in the trial of two former Radio Free Asia journalists left the reporters disappointed, and the government’s explanation for the delay failed to satisfy them or their supporters in the human rights community.

Verdict set for 2 Cambodian journalists accused of espionage

A Cambodian court is scheduled to issue a verdict Friday in the case of two journalists who worked for the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Asia who are charged with espionage.

NGO Urges Tightened Restrictions on Influx of Chinese Nationals to Cambodia

Cambodia should tighten restrictions on the influx of Chinese nationals to the country, according to a local rights group, which says the community is responsible for rampant violent crime and loose ethics that are contributing to the downfall of society.

Fact Sheet: Cambodian Government Routinely Infringes on Right of Assembly

Cambodian authorities routinely infringe on the people’s right to assembly, especially in protests about land disputes, according to a fact sheet released this month by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR).

Rainsy claims independence lost, government calls him ‘crazy’

Sam Rainsy “the acting president” of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), told supporters in Australia at the weekend that the Kingdom had lost its independence to China, while outlining plans for his announced return.


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Media urged to publicise road traffic, drugs issues

The Ministry of Information has urged all media outlets to disseminate educational messages on drug and traffic issues during the Pchum Ben festival from September 14-29.