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Thailand frees six Cambodian refugees six months after detention at Paris Peace Agreement training

Six refugees who were arrested during a Paris Peace Agreements (PPA) training on December 29 last year and detained at the Suan Plu Immigration Detention Center in Thailand were released from mid-June to June 25. ...

Seoung Nimol and Tep Suokeany
https://cambojanews.com/thailand-frees-six-cambodian-refugees-six-months-after-detention-at-paris-peace-agreement-training/

U.S. reprimands Cambodia’s trafficking, online scam response: report

Cambodia was ranked lowest for its response to human trafficking by the U.S. for the third year in a row, with a new report saying that Cambodian officials have not done enough – and in some unnamed cases, have been complicit – in human trafficking ...

Mech Dara and Danielle Keeton-Olsen
https://cambojanews.com/u-s-reprimands-cambodias-trafficking-online-scam-response-report/

Official: “No child labour found at brick kilns”

Prime Minister Hun Manet and many government ministries celebrated this year’s June 12 World Day Against Child Labour, held under the theme “Let’s act on our commitments: End Child Labour!” ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/official-no-child-labour-found-at-brick-kilns-

Cambodia: Hundreds of Indians rescued from cyber-scam factories

The Indian government has so far rescued 250 citizens in Cambodia who were forced to run online scams. ...

Cherylann Mollan
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-68705913

Teenager rescued after trafficked to China for marriage, police search for ringleader

Interior Ministry police are searching for the ringleader in a human trafficking case following the rescue of a 16-year-old who was trafficked to China. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/teenager-rescued-after-trafficked-to-china-for-marriage-police-search-for-ringleader/

Human rights watch: Cambodian government’s claims of democracy do not reflect reality

Cambodia’s 2023 election year was marked by attacks against government critics and independent media, according to a 2024 global Human Rights Watch (HRW) report published Thursday. ...

Khuon Narim and Leila Goldstein
https://cambojanews.com/human-rights-watch-cambodian-governments-claims-of-democracy-do-not-reflect-reality/

Seven Cambodian refugees nabbed by Thai police await UNHCR help

Thai authorities arrested 10 Cambodian refugees while attending the Paris Peace Agreement course in Bangkok on December 29, with seven of them being held at Suan Plu Immigration Detention Center while awaiting intervention by the UNHCR. ...

Pok Ponlue and Seoung Nimol
https://cambojanews.com/seven-cambodian-refugees-nabbed-by-thai-police-await-unhcr-help/

New visa stamps aim to curb trafficking, illegal employment

The government has introduced a new measure in its fight against human trafficking, with tourist visas now specifically indicating that the bearer is unable to work legally in Cambodia. ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/new-visa-stamps-aim-to-curb-trafficking-illegal-employment

Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos commit to fight transnational crimes

Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos (CVL) have committed to join forces to fight human trafficking, drug offenses, transnational crime, forest crime and cross-border crime, said a senior Defence Ministry official. ...

Tith Kongnov
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501403247/cambodia-vietnam-and-laos-commit-to-fight-transnational-crimes/

PM calls for protecting beaches from transnational criminals

Prime Minister Hun Manet urged the coastal authorities of four provinces to take adequate measures in order to protect their beaches from becoming a safe haven for drug users and transnational criminals. ...

Hang Punreay
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501401844/pm-calls-for-protecting-beaches-from-transnational-criminals/

Anti-Trafficking Initiatives in Southeast Asia with Key Events in Thailand and Cambodia by A21

A21, a global nonprofit organization committed to eradicating human trafficking through awareness, intervention, and aftercare, is proud to announce two landmark events in Pattaya, Thailand, and Cambodia. These initiatives underscore A21’s ongoing dedication to fortifying and expanding anti-trafficking efforts across the Southeast Asia region. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501401880/anti-trafficking-initiatives-in-southeast-asia-with-key-events-in-thailand-and-cambodia-by-a21/

NGO Licadho finds child labor, debt bondage in Cambodia’s brick factories

Child labor and debt bondage continue in Cambodia’s brick factories, according to a report published Monday by the human rights group Licadho. The organization also found garment waste from international brands such as Reebok, Old Navy and Adidas fueling kilns in brick factories. ...

Leila Goldstein and Seoung Nimol
https://cambojanews.com/ngo-licadho-finds-child-labor-debt-bondage-in-cambodias-brick-factories/

28 Indonesian human trafficking victims repatriated

The Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh repatriated 28 Indonesian citizens yesterday who were rescued from a human trafficking operation in Cambodia, thanks to cooperation between the embassy and Cambodian authorities. ...

Taing Rinith
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501371572/28-indonesian-human-trafficking-victims-repatriated/

Thai-Cambodian ties entering ‘a new era’

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s decision to visit Cambodia this week measures the solid relationship between the two countries. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501368946/thai-cambodian-ties-entering-a-new-era/

Ministry intensifying efforts in fight against child labour

The Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training is intensifying its efforts to disseminate labour laws and legal documents related to child employment across Cambodia, with an emphasis on five provinces. ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-intensifying-efforts-fight-against-child-labour

PM calls for serious action against human trafficking, drugs

In a meeting with all the 25 governors at the Peace Palace yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Manet urged them to take serious action against drugs and human trafficking in line with the government’s Pentagonal Strategy. ...

Hang Punreay
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501359844/pm-calls-for-serious-action-against-human-trafficking-drugs/

Cambodia, Thailand unite to combat transnational crime

The National Police forces of Cambodia and Thailand have solidified their commitment to enhance cooperation in tackling transnational crimes. The pledge aims to bolster peace and order in both nations by fostering a stronger collaborative initiative. ...

Bor Pich Zelin
https://phnompenhpost.com/national/cambodiathailand-unite-combat-transnational-crime

UN estimates 100,000 trafficked into Cambodian scam operations, officials ask “Where are they?”

At least 100,000 people have been forced to carry out online scams in Cambodia, according to a UN Human Rights report released Tuesday, but Cambodian government officials say they want to see more evidence for the estimate. ...

Seoung Nimol and Leila Goldstein
https://cambojanews.com/un-estimates-100000-trafficked-into-cambodian-scam-operations-officials-ask-where-are-they/

Investigation to be launched into trafficking of disabled performers for street begging

The meeting to deliberate on measures to curb exploitation of vulnerable people and children. The Department of Social Affairs, Veterans, and Youth Rehabilitation of Phnom Penh have called for a thorough investigation into the activities of brokers who exploit disabled people for financial gain. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501353528/investigation-to-be-launched-into-trafficking-of-disabled-performers-for-street-begging/

Taipei’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs censured over human trafficking to Cambodia

The Control Yuan has censured the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors’ Office over the handling of cases involving Taiwanese who were imprisoned in Cambodia after being caught up in human trafficking job scams. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501349330/taipeis-ministry-of-foreign-affairs-censured-over-human-trafficking-to-cambodia/

Cambodian police contradict Indonesian officials, claim repatriated Indonesians are not victims

The Indonesian Embassy in Phnom Penh repatriated 41 Indonesian citizens in the last month from online scam operations, it announced Monday, but Cambodian police officials say that these people were not victims. ...

Phon Sothyroth and Leila Goldstein
https://cambojanews.com/cambodian-police-contradict-indonesian-officials-claim-repatriated-indonesians-are-not-victims/

IOM reaffirms commitment to Kingdom’s migrant workers

International Organisation for Migration (IOM) Asia-Pacific regional director Sarah Lou Ysmael Arriola on May 3 reaffirmed her commitment to assist Cambodia in protecting the rights of migrant workers and improving governance, employment, human resource and migration system development, according to a labour ministry statement. ...

Post Staff
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/iom-reaffirms-commitment-kingdoms-migrant-workers

CENTRAL advises migrant workers of rights

The Centre for Alliance of Labour and Human Rights (CENTRAL) is carrying out an awareness campaign among the public about the potential risks of migrating to find work in Thailand. The organisation warned that many Cambodians were continuing to use the services of brokers to ...

Chea Sokny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/central-advises-migrant-workers-rights

UNICEF, government hold forum on child rights

UNICEF and the NGO Save the Children jointly hosted a forum in Phnom Penh marking the 10th anniversary of the global launch of the “Children’s Rights and Business Principles”. These principles offer guidelines for businesses as they embed children’s rights into their business strategies and ...

Sok Raksa
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unicef-government-hold-forum-child-rights

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