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Cambodia launches probe after prison inmate dies of alcohol poisoning

Prison authorities in Cambodia are investigating a case of alleged alcohol poisoning which recently left an inmate dead and 15 others ill at the M4 prison in the Talou Sen Chey district, Pursat.

Cambodia, Thailand discuss border reopening to recover economy

Cambodia and Thailand have discussed the possibility to reopen international border gates to lift the economic deadlock caused by travel restriction measures to curb the COVID-19 spread.

Vietnam, Cambodia resolve to prevent community spread of COVID-19: spokesperson

Vietnam appreciates Cambodia’s decision to annul diplomatic note 698 MFA.IC/API on restricting cross-border travel between the two countries, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang said at the ministry’s regular press briefing on July 2.

Ministry wants brain trust in Cambodia to boost education and research

Cambodian Minister of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation Cham Prasidh wants to create a national brain trust by forming a team of scholars dedicated to sharing knowledge.

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.

Cambodian Fixer Appeals Conviction Linked to Controversial RT Documentary

The Supreme Court will deliver a verdict on July 15 in relation to an appeal filed by media translator Ratt Roth Mony, who has been convicted for his involvement in a Russian documentary about sex trafficking in Phnom Penh.

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.

Concerns raised over efficacy of new cash plan for impoverished families

Kampong Cham province’s Prey Chhor district: Sim Chreb, a recently-unemployed mother of two said late last month that her family has been waiting to receive more information on a cash transfer from the government after hearing about the plan to help impoverished families amid Covid-19 one week before.

Cambodian banks told to seize assets of delinquent borrowers

As Cambodia suffers from the Covid-19 economic fallout, Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked financial institutions to confiscate the property of borrowers who refuse to pay loans.

WFP distributes food to poor households in Cambodia amid COVID-19

The World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS), has been distributing food to poor households in Cambodia who have been acutely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, said a joint press statement on Wednesday.

Road accidents kill 861 people in Cambodia in H1, down 17 pct

The number of road fatalities in Cambodia declined to 861 people in the first half of 2020, a drop of 17 percent from 1,033 over the same period last year, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said on Wednesday.

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.

Drug arrests in Cambodia up 20 pct in H1: report

Cambodia had arrested 10,512 drug-related suspects in the first half of 2020, up 20 percent from 8,750 over the same period last year, said an Interior Ministry's anti-drug department report on Wednesday.

Taiwan to allow return of international students from Laos, Cambodia

Taipei, July 1 (CNA) Taiwan on Wednesday announced a further easing of its border restrictions to allow students from Laos and Cambodia who are due to graduate this year to return to the nation, according to the Ministry of Education (MOE).

Report shows effect of debt burden on garment workers

A report released by a group of labor rights organizations this week highlighted how the burden of debt on garment workers has grown in recent months in the wake of Covid-19, calling on microloan providers and the government to relieve the burden by suspending loan payments and interest accrual for at least three months.

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.

On negative journalism

It would be nice if journalists didn’t have to focus on the negatives so often, but it is more important to inform than to feel good.

Cambodian National Police Blocks Six Online Gambling Sites

Neth Savoeun, the National Police Chief of Cambodia, has ordered the Central Security Department (CSD) to hunt down operators of online gambling sites and bring them to justice.

New Report Shows Garment Workers Eating Less, Selling Land to Repay Debt

Almost all the respondents to a garment worker survey said they were indebted and had to eat less food, take another loan, or sell their land to repay their debts, according to findings released by a local union and two rights groups.

Cambodian journalist Ros Sokhet detained, charged with incitement

Cambodian authorities should immediately release journalist Ros Sokhet and drop all pending charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Labor Ministry warns union leader for allegedly inciting workers

The Labor Ministry has warned a union president for engaging in activities that violate the Law on Trade Unions, accusing her of inciting garment workers to pressure and threaten their employers.