Social development

Family, children and youth

Human Rights Day celebration to focus on the role of youths

The United Nation Human Rights in Cambodia will mark this year’s Human Rights Day by focusing on the leadership roles of youths, which some civil society claim remains restricted. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50667615/human-rights-day-celebration-to-focus-on-the-role-of-youths/

Child Protection Unit forms online group to fight cyber exploitation

The Child Protection Unit (CPU) has established Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) – an online group created to combat any form of online child sexual exploitation and abuse. In a Facebook post on Saturday where he made the announcement, ICU operations director James McCabe said ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/child-protection-unit-forms-online-group-fight-cyber-exploitation

NGOs note children’s rights achievements

The Joining Force Alliance, a coalition of six large organisations focusing on children’s rights, issued a report yesterday praising Cambodia’s achievements in defending children’s rights over the past three decades. ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50661318/ngos-note-childrens-rights-achievements/

Ministry, 13 NGOs ink $14M project for children’s welfare

The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Monday with 13 NGOs for a three-year project which aims to promote the wellbeing of children across Cambodia. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-13-ngos-ink-14m-project-childrens-welfare

Cambodia feared lagging behind predators in cybersex trafficking crackdown

U.S. and Australian crime fighters are preparing Cambodia for a spike in online child sex abuse cases but local officials fear that predators are a step ahead of police due to narrow laws.​​​​ The spread of cheap, high-speed internet and the rise in mobile phone ...

Matt Blomberg
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-sexcrimes-children/cambodia-feared-lagging-behind-predators-in-cybersex-trafficking-crackdown-idUSKCN1VW00B

Cambodia launches campaign to end child labor in brick industry

Cambodia has launched a campaign to end child labor in the brick industry by 2020, a move industry observers cautiously welcome while expressing doubts the goal will be achieved, and calling for more structural changes. ...

Leonie Kijewski
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/cambodia-launches-campaign-to-end-child-labor-in-brick-industry/5074617.html

GNC: Youths ‘forced’ into drugs

NGO Good Neighbours Cambodia (GNC) has released a report which said that 3.4 per cent of youths had tried drugs and another 4.9 per cent were enticed or forced into using narcotics by friends and neighbours. GNC said a survey of 283 youths from 13 ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/gnc-youths-forced-drugs

Report: MFI loans force land sales, increase in child labour

A report from local human rights NGOs Licadho and Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) claimed that the increasing levels of debt caused by taking loans from microfinance institutions (MFIs) is forcing rural families to sell off land. The study also claimed that the sharp rise in debt ...

Thou Vireak
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/report-mfi-loans-force-land-sales-increase-child-labour

Unesco: Teacher education to benefit 130,000 children

Some 130,000 children, particularly the vulnerable, will benefit from the Strengthening Teacher Education Programme in Cambodia (STEPCam), Unesco said on Tuesday. The UN agency said the initiative focuses on the role of teachers in building foundations in early learning, with the Ministry of Education, Youth ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unesco-teacher-education-benefit-130000-children

Ministry requests ADB aid for the most needy

Cambodia on Tuesday requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to consider providing aid – especially to the elderly, people with disabilities and orphaned children. In the meantime, the bank is studying the country’s social welfare system before announcing a raft of technical assistance as part ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-requests-adb-aid-most-needy

New joint committee to tackle child abuse

Ministries and child protection NGOs have jointly established a committee on the Implementation of an Action Plan to Prevent and Respond to Violence Against Children, Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation spokesman Touch Channy said. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-joint-committee-tackle-child-abuse

Sar Kheng: Have five kids to double size of population

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Saturday encouraged people to have five children per family so the Kingdom’s population can double to more than 32 million. He said the recent census found that Cambodia has a population of 15.2 million, but the country is large ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-have-five-kids-double-size-population

Some 30K child workers saved

A senior official of the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training said on Wednesday that around 30,000 Cambodian children had been rescued from the most serious forms of hard labour in the Kingdom over the past five years. A further 180,000 had been prevented from ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/some-30k-child-workers-saved

Violence against kids raised

Some 200 children and youths from 13 provinces gathered in the capital on Monday to express their concerns over ongoing use of violence against children. Civil society organisations, meanwhile, called for more collaboration with local communities and authorities to address the issue. The concerns were ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/violence-against-kids-raised

Fewer school hours to beat the heat

With temperatures reaching more than 40 degrees Celsius, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport announced on Thursday that it was amending school study hours to lessen the risk of illness for teachers and students, particularly those at kindergarten. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/fewer-school-hours-beat-heat

Save The Children launches EU-funded welfare project

Save the Children launched an EU-funded project on Wednesday – Responsive and Effective Child Welfare Systems Transformation (React) – which aims to ensure proper legal protection and quality services for children, the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s diplomatic service said. The launch of ...

Long Kimmarita
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/save-children-launches-eu-funded-welfare-project

Koica, Childfund in rural education drive

ChildFund and Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) on Monday announced a new drive to improve primary education in rural Kratie province. “Koica has made $1.6 million in funding commitments over the next three years to expand the ‘Easy to Learn’ project in remote communities in ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/koica-childfund-rural-education-drive

PM mulling referendum over death penalty for ‘beasts’ who rape children

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Sunday that he was considering introducing the death penalty for people who rape children, but he said it would only happen after a nationwide referendum. He was speaking during a meeting in the capital’s Dangkor district with 44 staff ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/pm-mulling-referendum-over-death-penalty-beasts-who-rape-children

NGO launches $1.5 million nutrition project

Plan International Cambodia yesterday launched its 1,000 Days Nutrition project in Stung Treng province for which it will spend $1.5 million for five years to provide better nutrition to children and women.​ ...

Sen David
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50573204/ngo-launches-1-5-million-nutrition-project/

Japan donates $2M to child violence project

The governments of Cambodia and Japan, along with Unicef, on Tuesday jointly launched a project to prevent violence against minors. It aims to accelerate action to end all forms of it in the Kingdom, with more than one million vulnerable children increasingly protected. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/japan-donates-2m-child-violence-project

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