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Candlelight Party cries foul as CPP appears to have won landslide at polls

The opposition Candlelight Party is calling Sunday’s commune council elections the “worst ever,” alleging they were beset by voter suppression and intimidation, as the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) looks set to win by a landslide. ...

Sorn Sarath, Sovann Sreypich, and Kheang Sokmean
https://cambojanews.com/candlelight-party-cries-foul-as-cpp-appears-to-have-won-landslide-at-polls/

Railway families remain uncertain as commune election candidates silent on their relocation

Seng Pha, 63, is unable to read the leaflets of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) posted on the wall of her wooden house, but she recognizes one of the candidates running for commune chief, out of a total of 35, in Boeung Kak II commune. ...

Sorn Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/railway-families-remain-uncertain-as-commune-election-candidates-silent-on-their-relocation/

Boom in high-end residential projects in Phnom Penh, despite pandemic

Despite the pandemic, there has been a boom in the development of high-end residential projects in Phnom Penh. The construction sector is one of the country’s main economic engines. ...

Sorn Sarath and Seoung Nimol
https://cambojanews.com/boom-in-high-end-residential-projects-in-phnom-penh-despite-pandemic/

Garment Exports Up, But Workers Worried About Factory Closures

Phon Touch and Teang Sreytouch have been working for years in Cambodia’s garment industry, but now the two women are worried they could join the thousands of others in the sector who’ve been laid off without proper compensation. ​ ...

Sorn Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/garment-exports-up-but-workers-worried-about-factory-closures/

Cambodians report scams in online shopping experiences

In Cambodia, online shopping – typically on smartphones and tablets – is becoming increasingly popular due to its convenience. However, this presents significant issues for less technologically savvy buyers, who may be more vulnerable to scams, especially when shopping on social media. ...

Try Thaney
https://cambojanews.com/cambodians-report-scams-in-online-shopping-experiences/

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/

Boys more at risk of dropping out of school at secondary levels

Rochom Sokha, 19, decided to drop out of school last year when he was in grade eight. Now, he is farming with his family in his hometown to help support them, as his four younger siblings are still in school. ...

Ngay Nai
https://cambojanews.com/boys-more-at-risk-of-dropping-out-of-school-at-secondary-levels/

Appeal trial held for ‘Adhoc 5’ over bribery case

The Court of Appeal on Thursday heard the case of the “Adhoc 5”, five current and former staffers of the rights group who in September 2018 were found guilty of bribing a mistress of former opposition leader Kem Sokha.​ ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/appeal-trial-held-for-adhoc-5-over-bribery-case/

Environmental activists call for genuine justice for the slain Chut Wutty

Ten years on, both civil society groups and the family of slain environmental activist Chut Wutty non-governmental organizations are calling for justice.​ ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/environmental-activists-call-for-genuine-justice-for-the-slain-chut-wutty/

U.S. report highlights human rights abuses by Cambodian armed forces

 The U.S. Department of State’s 2021 country report on human rights pertaining to Cambodia, released on Tuesday, found that Cambodian government officials continue to violate human rights – notably, by threatening the use of force against political opponents of Prime Minister Hun Sen. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/u-s-report-highlights-human-rights-abuses-by-cambodian-armed-forces/

Oral community to block entrance to forestland to protect from military clearance

Villagers in the Oral district of Kampong Speu province are digging in to protect what they claim as their community forest land, despite increasing pressure from the military to leave the site.​​ ...

Sorn Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/oral-community-to-block-entrance-to-forestland-to-protect-from-military-clearance/

Land rights activist flees Cambodia, saying she received death threat

Land rights activist Sat Pha, who was convicted of incitement last August in relation to a protest one year earlier outside the Chinese embassy, has fled Cambodia saying a death threat was posted on her door in Phnom Penh. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/land-rights-activist-flees-cambodia-saying-she-received-death-threat/

High Fuel Prices a Blow to Cambodia’s Covid-hit Tourism Sector

The Cambodian government has lifted all COVID-19 travel restrictions in the hopes of boosting the hard-hit tourism industry, but now businesses say sanctions on Russia and the resulting high energy prices are hampering the sector’s recovery. ...

Sorn Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/high-fuel-prices-a-blow-to-cambodias-covid-hit-tourism-sector/

Like father like son, Hun Manet appears to model Hun Sen’s political rhetoric

Since being endorsed by the Cambodian People’s Party in December as the ruling party’s only prime minister candidate, Hun Manet is increasingly appearing in public, taking his father’s place at events ranging from the inauguration of military buildings to road openings. ...

Sorn Sarath
https://cambojanews.com/like-father-like-son-hun-manet-appears-to-model-hun-sens-political-rhetoric/

Experts put drop in recorded TB cases down to pandemic

The number of people who were treated for tuberculosis in 2021  decreased 26 percent compared to the previous year, according to the National Center for Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control (CENAT), which said the COVID-19 pandemic was responsible for the drop. ...

Khy Sovuthy
https://cambojanews.com/experts-put-drop-in-recorded-tb-cases-down-to-pandemic/

Development of mega-airport continues, despite opposition by locals

Families who have to make way for Phnom Penh’s new mega airport are refusing to relocate to land set aside for them, and are demanding more monetary compensation for what they’re being forced to vacate. ...

Sorn Sarath and Seoung Nimol
https://cambojanews.com/development-of-mega-airport-continues-despite-opposition-by-locals/

Kep vendors and fishermen worried about land reclamation impacts

Vendors and fishermen in Kep province have expressed their concerns over the development of a new beach as part of a state-owned project, with nearly three kilometers of land being dumped into the sea. ...

Sovann Sreypich
https://cambojanews.com/kep-vendors-and-fishermen-worried-about-land-reclamation-impacts/

Tatok community members waiting for land titles in dispute over ownership

The Tatok community is located alongside canal 03 in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district, where 35 families live. They are waiting for City Hall to issue them land titles after submitting their petition in late 2018. ...

Sovann Sreypich
https://cambojanews.com/tatok-community-members-waiting-for-land-titles-in-dispute-over-ownership/

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