Years-long mediation leaves Bunong farmers indebted to multinational rubber firm

More than a decade after subsidiaries of multinational rubber firm Socfin Group forcibly cleared and seized the farms, burial grounds and sacred forests of Bunong indigenous communities in Mondulkiri province, the company now seeks to collect tens of thousands of dollars from these farmers for ...

Jack Brook and Khuon Narim

Thach Setha sentenced to 18 months in prison, faces further charges

The Phnom Penh Municipal convicted Candlelight Party Co-Vice President Thach Setha last Thursday of issuing bad checks and sentenced him to 18 months in prison. ...

Khuon Narim and Hel Komsan

Cambodia’s GDP growth likely 5.3% this year, say ADB, AMRO

Two international organisations have forecast Cambodia’s economic growth to be around 5.3 per cent this year as the economy continues to be impacted by lower than expected expansion in the industrial and agriculture sector in the first half (H1), stemming from the regional and global ...

May Kunmakara

Indigenous people in a village in Ratanakiri province cut down trees at risk to pay off debts

Residents of a village in O’Yadao district, Ratanakiri province, due to debt, went to cut down trees in the community, transported them across the border and sold them to Vietnam in order to repay the bank, according to village and community authorities. ...

An Vichet

Voice of Democracy to resume broadcasting overseas, unaffiliated with CCIM

The government-shuttered media outlet Voice of Democracy (VOD) announced it will resume broadcasting from the United States beginning in October, according to a Tuesday press release posted on the VOD Khmer Facebook page. ...

Khuon Narim and Jack Brook

Wife of Environment Ministry Secretary of State denies knowledge of alleged online scam gang renting her building

The wife of an Environment Ministry secretary of state denied knowledge of an alleged online scam gang inside a Phnom Penh apartment complex owned by her company. ...

Khuon Narim

Victims of tycoon’s alleged land fraud turn to child Labor and migration to repay debt

Like many of her neighbors in Kampong Cham, Seang Sinath borrowed tens of thousands of dollars to invest in a tycoon’s land scheme, falling into overindebtedness when the company stopped paying her back. ...

Sovann Sreypich

Family of violently beaten government critic seeks justice

Phnom Penh police say they are investigating a brutal assault against a vocal critic of government policies, as civil society groups say the incident is the latest in an ongoing crackdown on critical voices. ...

Khuon Narim

District police chief demoted after removal of commune police chief with criminal record

A district police chief in Kampong Thom province was removed from his position after a commune police chief in his district was demoted for previously serving prison time for theft. A police official told CamboJA that the two police chiefs were relatives. ...

Phon Sothyroth

Only one third of disabled people identified for government assistance program since 2020

A July sub-decree aims to improve the registration process for disabled people in order to receive government assistance, but most disabled people in the country have yet to benefit from the identification program that began registrations in 2020. ...

Seoung Nimol and Hel Komsan

Banteay Meanchey police detain 23 Candlelight Party officials

Banteay Meanchey Provincial Police detained and questioned 23 Candlelight party officials over the weekend for allegedly lying to people while collecting thumbprints to establish a new political party. Police say party members falsely told citizens that CPP leaders were behind the effort to create the ...

Khuon Narim

Amnesty international calls on world heritage committee to address forced evictions at Angkor Wat

The human rights group Amnesty International has called on Unesco’s World Heritage Committee to address forced evictions at Angkor Wat as its 45th annual meeting begins Sunday in Saudi Arabia. ...

Khuon Narim and Seoung Nimol

Condition of Indochinese Leopard casts shadow over tiger reintroduction efforts

A report published in June this year concluded Indochinese leopards are functionally extinct in Cambodia after camera traps failed to capture a single image of them in 2021. ...

Andrew Califf

Ethnic Kuy put curse on environment officials building cow stable in wildlife sanctuary

Kuy indigenous peoples in Preah Vihear province’s Chheb district invoked ancestral spirits and held a “curse ceremony” to hex powerful people, including department of environment officials who they say are violating their land rights. ...

Seoung Nimol

Tycoon’s company receives 1,247 Hectares along Kep coastal waters for satellite city development

A company linked to tycoon Khun Sear, TP Moral Group, received 1,247 hectares of coastal waters in Kep province to develop a new satellite city and “special tourism zone” according to a March 6 sub-decree signed by former Prime Minister Hun Sen and publicized in ...

Phon Sothyroth

Burning Homes in the Name of Conservation: NGO Wildlife Alliance Cracks Down on the Poor

The farmers of Knong Riel run when they see white faces. A white face, for many farmers, means staff from Wildlife Alliance, one of Cambodia’s leading conservation NGOs, have entered the northern edge of the Cardamom National Park where dozens of families grow cassava, corn ...

Jack Brook

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

Meta rejects recommendation to suspend Hun Sen for inciting violence

Meta rejected the recommendation of its Oversight Board to suspend former Prime Minister Hun Sen from the company’s platforms for inciting violence. Cambodian government officials celebrated the announcement and said Meta’s representatives are permitted to resume their work in the country. ...

Seoung Nimol and Leila Goldstein

WMC upset over release of fraudster who stole more than $200,000

The Women’s Media Center of Cambodia (WMC) held a press conference on Monday afternoon to voice their outrage over the release of Sambun Yany, a former chief finance officer briefly imprisoned for stealing more than $200,000 of the organization’s funds. ...

Phon Sothyroth

An overview of new ministry leaders and their family and business ties

The single National Assembly vote on Tuesday which solidified Hun Manet’s position as prime minister also ushered in sweeping changes across Cambodia’s top minister roles. ...

CamboJA Staff

Government gives 9,968 hectares in Botum Sakor National Park to Royal Group

Tycoon Kith Meng’s Royal Group company received 9,968 hectares inside Botum Sakor National park in Koh Kong province, according to a January 25 sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen and published earlier this month. ...

Runn Sreydeth and Phon Sothyroth

New gov’t more than doubles secretary and undersecretary of state positions in ministries

The newly formed government has 1,422 secretaries or undersecretaries of state — a 121.8% increase from the previous government, which had only 641 officials in those positions. ...

Khuon Narim

New Prime Minister Hun Manet vows to keep peace as his father steps down

After 38 years in power, Hun Sen finally stepped down from the prime minister role, leaving the top job to his eldest son Hun Manet this week but retaining significant powers. ...

Khuon Narim

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