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Cambodia Gives Green Light to Reopening Casinos

Shuttered since April 1, casinos in Cambodia are finally returning said the country’s prime minister Hun Sen through a spokesperson on Friday.

Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam alarmed by Laos project

Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam have urged Laos to better assess transboundary impacts, and strengthen proposed measures to reduce any negative effect as it moves ahead with the construction of a dam.

Cambodia’s Use of Incitement Law Chills Press Freedom

Cambodia’s use of incitement laws to jail journalists sends a threatening message to news outlets and could result in self-censorship, media experts say.

Cambodian Arrest Video Draws Comparisons to Police Excesses in George Floyd Case

A police arrest video from Phnom Penh, where an officer places his knee on the suspect’s neck, has drawn sharp criticism from some Cambodians, who are comparing it to the alleged murder of George Floyd by U.S. police 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.

NGO Report Shows Little Improvement in Handling of Land Evictions

Urban land rights NGO Sahmakum Teang Tnaut released a research document on Monday showing a slowdown in land evictions in the capital, but said there was little evidence the process was improving or following human rights standards.

Cambodia: Schools to remain closed until end of 2020; govt reports 2 new virus...

Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport will delay school openings and high school graduation examinations until the end of the year to prevent a second wave of Covid-19, reports VNA.

‘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.

Newspaper publisher arrested over Facebook posts

The publisher of the Khmer Nation newspaper was arrested on June 25 for criticizing Prime Minister Hun Sen in a post he made on social media, which officials have said are incitement to cause chaos.

Hun Sen Tempers Speculation Son Will Be Next Cambodian Leader

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has groomed his eldest son as a potential successor ever since that son, Hun Manet, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point almost 20 years ago, and is confidently predicting his ruling Cambodian People’s Party will remain in power for another 100 years.

Grand new CPP headquarters reflects party’s ambition to rule for ‘50 years, 100 years’

Prime Minister Hun Sen boasted this week that his party’s new $30-million headquarters was built to last a century, prompting criticism from the opposition that the CPP had no intention to ever give up power.

A Year on, Workers Still Haunted by Sihanoukville Building Collapse

Construction workers, their families and civil society groups on Sunday commemorated the collapse of a building in the coastal city of Sihanoukville last June, with some workers refusing to resume work in the sector.

Cambodia PM says ruling party to dominate for up to 100 years

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday his ruling party would be a dominant force in politics for as long as a century, telling the opposition it should wait until the next life if it wants to take power.

Activist Kung Raiya seeks asylum in Thailand

Activist Kung Raiya is seeking political asylum in Thailand after he was handed a two-year sentence on charges of incitement for selling T-shirts bearing the image of slain political analyst Kem Ley last year.

Workers go unpaid as construction sector slows

More than 40 construction workers held a strike this week after going months without pay while working at the site of the DNC Mall in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kok district, in just one example of the toll that the recent economic slowdown is taking on construction laborers.

Families Demand Cambodia Court Drop Charges, Free Detained Opposition Activists

Around 20 family members of opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) activists detained in Prey Sar Prison on charges of “incitement to commit a felony” held a rare protest in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court Friday demanding their immediate and unconditional release.

Action needed now to reduce Phnom Penh’s floods

Climate change, rapid development and poor planning have all contributed to the flooding problem.

A Thai Dissident Was ‘Kidnapped’ in Cambodia. Protesters and the UN Want Answers.

On June 3, self-exiled Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit posted a scathing video on Facebook lambasting Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha.

Cambodia says ‘no clues so far’ on disappearance of Thai political activist

Cambodian authorities have not found any clues on the disappearance of Thai pro-democracy activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, 37, who was abducted from his apartment in Phnom Penh on June 4, the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

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Cambodian casinos to reopen pending COVID-19 safety measures

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has given the green light for almost 200 casinos across the country to reopen, provided they meet certain COVID-19 safety measures as approved by the Ministry of Health.