Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Today’s Top News

$5 million apartment a launchpad to London high society for niece of Hun Sen

Moving to the English capital has allowed Hun Chantha to overhaul her public persona from ‘klepto-brat’ into respectable socialite.

Labor unions criticize Cambodia over fresh blow to workers’ rights

Workers making clothes in Cambodia for global fashion brands face increased risk of abuse due to an amended law, trade unions said, as they criticized the government for sidelining them.

How the scramble for sand is destroying the Mekong

A crisis is engulfing the Mekong River, its banks are collapsing and half a million people are at risk of losing their homes.

Hungry for change: Cambodian farming faces fraught future

In the third installment of our eight-week series looking at Cambodia in 2040, we examine how the next two decades will see the Kingdom's food production and farming face a mix of challenges posed by technology, drought and trade. How will a country so reliant on its agricultural sector manage to adapt and survive?

The grass is never greener: As Phnom Penh booms, green spaces are cut back

As Phnom Penh’s construction sector booms, communities suffer as public recreational areas are sacrificed for never-ending new developments. In an economic environment where money trumps all, who will preserve vital green spaces for the capital's residents?

Cambodia sees 34 pct rise in rice export to China in 11 months

Cambodia exported 205,358 tons of milled rice to China during the first 11 months of 2019, up 34 percent over the same period last year, said an official report Sunday.

Christmas Lights Shine A Light On Shifting Trade Patterns

If you are looking for a product that illuminates the shift in manufacturing taking place in Asia as a result of the U.S.-China tariff war, Peter Sand, the chief shipping analyst for BIMCO, suggests looking at U.S. imports of Christmas tree lights.

‘Beautifying Phnom Penh’: Muslim Cham face eviction in Cambodia

Future of minority group living along Mekong River unclear as government seeks to 'beautify' city before world summit.

In Cambodia, ‘Rule of Law’ Means Hun Sen Rules

The prime minister uses a shroud of democracy to counter dissatisfaction and thwart the opposition.

Cambodia PM dismisses EU sanctions threat, says Brexit will limit impact

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday dismissed a threat from the European Union (EU) to halt special trade privileges with the Southeast Asian country over human rights, saying Britain’s exit from the bloc will ease the pain of sanctions.

Cambodian Government Dismisses U.S. Treasury Sanctions Against Try Pheap and Kun Kim

The Cambodian government on Tuesday called the announcement of U.S. Treasury sanctions against General Kun Kim and logging tycoon Try Pheap “groundless” and based on “accusations.”

Cambodia’s symbolic shunning of Human Rights Day

This year will be the last in which Human Rights Day will be marked in Cambodia after the government's decision to remove it from its list of public holidays. Chak Sopheap, Executive Director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, reflects on this symbolic gesture and what it means for rights in the Kingdom.

Rights Day forum denied in S’ville

The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration last Saturday denied the request of land communities for a public location in the province to celebrate International Human Rights Day 2019 as the administration had already held forums to discuss land issues.

Unstoppable Vietnam brush aside Cambodia to reach SEA Games 2019 final

Vietnam enhanced their gold-medal credentials at SEA Games 2019 on Saturday after cruising to a 4-0 semi-final win over Cambodia at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

Former Elected Opposition Official Beaten Unconscious in Cambodia’s Capital

A former elected official from the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was beaten unconscious by unknown assailants in Cambodia’s capital on Friday, bringing to 13 the number of opposition members assaulted since the party’s leader Sam Rainsy announced plans to return home from exile in August.

Online Freedoms Weaken in Cambodia, Analysts Point to Regional Trend

Increasing government online surveillance and targeting of free speech on social media saw Cambodia’s record of protecting internet freedoms follow a downward trend, as seen across Southeast Asia, according to watchdog and think tank Freedom House.

Cambodia Grasps at Diplomatic Lifeline from Trump Administration

In August 1969, the United States reopened its embassy in Phnom Penh, restoring bilateral ties between the two countries, four years after a diplomatic cut-off initiated by the Cambodian government led by the late King Norodom Sihanouk.

Two die, 246 hospitalised after consuming contaminated cucumbers in Cambodia

Two people have died and 246 others have fallen ill in Cambodia after eating cucumbers reportedly contaminated with pesticide residues.

Three killed as building collapses at Cambodian pagoda

More than a dozen others seriously injured in construction accident at temple dining hall. Structure fell in on itself as workers laid concrete on first floor of building.

HIV/AIDS kill more than 1,300 Cambodians in 2018, down 48 pct in 9 years

HIV/AIDS had killed more than 1,300 people in Cambodia in 2018, down 48 percent from over 2,500 deaths in 2010, Ieng Mouly, chairman of the National AIDS Authority, said Sunday.


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Ministry says peacekeeper with Covid-19 had no community interaction

A female Cambodian peacekeeper who returned from a United Nations mission to Mali in July tested positive for Covid-19 on August 8but has not been in recent contact with anyone outside of her family in Takhmao City, according to the Health Ministry.