Social development

Human rights

Civil society groups call on government to add more inputs on access to information law to reduce corruption

Civil society organizations and indigenous peoples’ representatives call on the government to disclose information to the public and include additional elements in the “Right to Information Law” to reduce corruption while they still face some challenges in obtaining sensitive information from government. ...

Nat Sopheap
https://www.vodkhmer.news/2022/09/28/civil-society-to-add-elements-to-information-law-to-reduce-corruption/

Over 10 Phnom Penh condos, hotels raided over trafficking, online ‘services’

Hundreds of foreign nationals have been removed from Phnom Penh compounds as police acknowledged detention, torture, extortion and human trafficking in several arrests. ...

Mech Dara
https://vodenglish.news/over-10-phnom-penh-condos-hotels-raided-over-trafficking-online-services/

Teacher’s association seeks permission for march with petitions

The Cambodian Independent Teacher’s Association (CITA) plans to celebrate this year’s Teachers’ Day on October 5 with a public display, with Phnom Penh authorities saying that permission may be granted depending on the circumstances. ...

Eng Reachny
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/teachers-association-seeks-permission-march-petitions

43% of children under 14 physically disciplined at home, study says

Nearly half of Cambodian children aged 1 to 14 years old are disciplined in their homes using physical violence, a new government study says, with social norms remaining a key factor in why adults hit their kids. ...

Ngay Nai
https://cambojanews.com/43-of-children-under-14-physically-disciplined-at-home-study-says/

Press freedom groups, donors tout benefits of a national press council

Press freedom groups and foreign donors on Friday discussed the potential benefits and goals of establishing a national press council, including developing a standardized code of ethics for journalists nationwide and promoting public trust and self-regulation in the industry. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/press-freedom-groups-donors-tout-benefits-of-a-national-press-council/

Women from 6 poor communities in Phnom Penh face online restrictions: report

The August report from Sahmakum Teang Tnaut (STT) was released yesterday and revealed that social media rights for women in six poor communities in Phnom Penh were restricted by threats and intimidation from local authorities after they shared information on the challenges they face in ...

Torn Vibol
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501146254/women-from-6-poor-communities-in-phnom-penh-face-online-restrictions-report/

Communities claim that they are often threatened when they post information on land disputes on social media

Communities from different provinces claim that they are often threatened under various guises by local authorities when they report community land disputes on social media to find the solution from relevant authorities. ...

Sovann Sreypich
https://khmer.cambojanews.com/communities-claim-to-be-under-threat-from-local-authorities-when-they-post-information-on-land-disputes-on-social-media/

Gov’t tallies 4.6K ‘fake news’ articles since 2020

From the start of 2020 through the end of the first semester of this year, the Ministry of Information has documented the publication of 4,657 fake news articles online and 170 of those cases were serious enough to merit being brought to the attention of ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-tallies-46k-fake-news-articles-2020

Preah Vihear journalist assaulted by military commander

 A journalist in Preah Vihear province says he was beaten up by an army commander after he accidentally witnessed what he suspected to be the illegal transportation of timber. ...

Seoung Nimol and Try Thaney
https://cambojanews.com/preah-vihear-journalist-assaulted-by-military-commander/

Hundreds from bodyguard unit take over Phnom Tamao reforestation efforts

The military personnel — primarily in charge of protecting the Cambodian prime minister — were seen to be managing the outflow of trees being transported by workers but also blocking access to the cleared forest. They detained five VOD journalists and four activists in the ...

Keat Soriththeavy, Danielle Keeton-Olsen and Pa Sokheng
https://vodenglish.news/hundreds-from-bodyguard-unit-take-over-phnom-tamao-reforestation-efforts/

UN agency warns of Cambodian threats to journalists

Journalists in Cambodia are facing increasing threats and being prevented from doing their jobs amid growing restrictions on press freedom and civic and political rights, the U.N human rights office there said this week. The U.N. agency’s report, issued August 3, describes press freedom in ...

Lisa Schlein
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/un-agency-warns-of-cambodian-threats-to-journalists-/6689900.html

CSOs calling for prompt info access law drafting

A group of 33 civil society organisations (CSOs) urged the intervention of Prime Minister Hun Sen to expedite the draft law on “access to information”. ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/csos-calling-prompt-info-access-law-drafting

CHRC, OHCHR discuss human rights situation in Cambodia

The Cambodian Human Rights Committee (CHRC) yesterday met Roeuida El Hage, Representative of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to Cambodia to assess the human rights condition in Cambodia and to strengthen the cooperation between the two human rights organisations. ...

Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501089869/chrc-ohchr-discuss-human-rights-situation-in-cambodia/

Gov’t committed to promoting child rights

Prime Minister Hun Sen has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to promoting child rights, urging all state institutions and relevant authorities to make every effort to increase the power of children, especially girls. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/govt-committed-promoting-child-rights

Media a key RCEP information source: CEO

The media will remain a vital source of “accurate and timely” news on developments concerning the world’s largest trade pact for policymakers, think-tanks, businesspeople, investors and the general public. ...

May Kunmakara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/business/media-key-rcep-information-source-ceo

Verdicts, sentences upheld in Adhoc ‘witness bribery’ case

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court of Appeal on May 23 delivered a ruling in the cases of four ADHOC officials and one former official of the local rights group, upholding the lower court’s guilty verdict in all of their cases. ...

Kim Sarom
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/verdicts-sentences-upheld-adhoc-witness-bribery-case

Candlelight Party congress issues official policy plans

The Candlelight Party has decided to adopt a seven-point policy plan in the run-up to the June 5 commune council elections. The decision came at the May 15 extraordinary congress of the party in Khmuonh commune’s Anlong Kgan village of the capital’s Sen Sok district. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/candlelight-party-congress-issues-official-policy-plans

Hun Manet says press freedom is alive and well in Cambodia

The likely prime ministerial successor Hun Manet has downplayed worsening restrictions on press freedoms, as civil society groups continue to warn of a deteriorating space for civil rights. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/hun-manet-says-press-freedom-is-alive-and-well-in-cambodia/

Overarching problems hinder search for justice for abused women: BAKC

Despite the implementation of provisions to defend abused women and girls in 2021, the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC) noted some challenges due to the lack of cooperation by relevant specialised state institutions. ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/overarching-problems-hinder-search-justice-abused-women-bakc

Hun Manet says power has to be respected, not feared

News media is considered the “fourth power”, but this power has to be respected, not to be feared, in order to ensure its sustainability. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501068971/hun-manet-says-power-has-to-be-respected-not-feared/

Contact us

Contact us

Do you have questions on the content published by Open Development Cambodia (ODC)? We will gladly help you.

Have you found a technical problem or issue on the Open Development Cambodia (ODC) website?

Tell us how we're doing.

Do you have resources that could help expand the Open Development Cambodia (ODC) website? We will review any map data, laws, articles, and documents that we do not yet have and see if we can implement them into our site. Please make sure the resources are in the public domain or fall under a Creative Commons license.

File was deleted
ERROR!

Disclaimer: Open Development Cambodia (ODC) will thoroughly review all submitted resources for integrity and relevancy before the resources are hosted. All hosted resources will be in the public domain, or licensed under Creative Commons. We thank you for your support.

hvbJ3
* The idea box couldn't be blank! Something's gone wrong, Please Resubmit the form! Please add the code correctly​ first.

Thank you for taking the time to get in contact!