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News publisher sentenced to 18 months in jail for incitement

A news publisher has been sentenced to 18 months in prison over criticisms of Prime Minister Hun Sen in several social media posts. ...

Mech Dara
https://vodenglish.news/news-publisher-sentenced-to-18-months-in-jail-for-incitement/

Cambodia expects to be landmine-free within 5 years

The Cambodian government will deploy 2,000 soldiers to train as deminers after Western nations, led by the United States, bolstered efforts to rid the country of landmines and other unexploded ordnance by 2025. ...

Luke Hunt
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/5635885.html

Publisher tells court his posts sought attention and ‘Likes’, not chaos

A news publisher who was imprisoned over criticisms of Prime Minister Hun Sen in several social media posts pleaded guilty at his trial on Tuesday but said he was just trying to arouse interest and more “likes.” ...

Ouch Sony
https://vodenglish.news/publisher-tells-court-his-posts-sought-attention-and-likes-not-chaos/

Gov't says Cambodia facing most severe flooding in years

The flooding was caused by torrential rainfall from tropical storms, and has killed at least 12 people and affected more than 30,000 households across 17 provinces nationwide, according to the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM).​ ...

Aun Chhengpor
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/govt-says-cambodia-facing-most-severe-flooding-in-years/5621010.html

Floods are ‘Natural’, PM says, but experts note changes to lakes, climate

With more heavy rainfall expected this weekend and ongoing flooding that has killed at least 21 people this month, Prime Minister Hun Sen cast doubt that the in-filling of capital lakes had contributed to severe flooding in Phnom Penh. ...

Matt Surrusco
https://vodenglish.news/floods-are-natural-pm-says-but-experts-note-changes-to-lakes-climate/

Authorities Steer Clear of Prosecuting Senator, Generals in Mondulkiri Land Grab

A Cambodian People’s Party Senator, military generals, local officials, and commune chiefs have gotten off with only a rap on the knuckles after being involved in an attempted land grab in the northeastern province of Mondulkiri. ...

Aun Chhengpor
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/authorities-steer-clear-of-prosecuting-senator-generals-in-mondulkiri-land-grab/5615101.html

Authorities Steer Clear of Prosecuting Senator, Generals in Mondulkiri Land Grab

A Cambodian People’s Party Senator, military generals, local officials, and commune chiefs have gotten off with only a rap on the knuckles after being involved in an attempted land grab in the northeastern province of Mondulkiri. ...

Aun Chhengpor
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/authorities-steer-clear-of-prosecuting-senator-generals-in-mondulkiri-land-grab/5615101.html

Senator Ly Yong Phat’s Family Given Preah Sihanouk State Land for Tourism Development

The Cambodian government has granted a 600-hectare concession to the family of notorious tycoon Ly Yong Phat, whose sugarcane concessions have been at the center of human rights violations. ...

Sun Narin
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/senator-ly-yong-phat-family-given-preah-sihanouk-state-land-for-tourism-development/5613723.html

Senator Ly Yong Phat’s Family Given Preah Sihanouk State Land for Tourism Development

The Cambodian government has granted a 600-hectare concession to the family of notorious tycoon Ly Yong Phat, whose sugarcane concessions have been at the center of human rights violations. ...

Sun Narin
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/senator-ly-yong-phat-family-given-preah-sihanouk-state-land-for-tourism-development/5613723.html

Cambodia’s plan to establish internet gateway raises concerns

The Cambodian government has proposed the establishment of a national internet gateway to control and monitor online traffic, drawing concerns among rights groups and businesses. The proposal was detailed in a July sub-decree titled the “Establishment of the National Internet Gateway (NIG)”. The sub-decree, obtained by ...

Phorn Bopha
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/cambodia-s-plan-to-establish-internet-gateway-raises-concerns/5570653.html

Battambang teachers use makeshift classrooms to tutor students

In late May, school teachers in Battambang’s Samlout district realized students were struggling to cope with studying at home – either via videos posted on social media or the daily telecasts on state broadcaster TVK. ...

Sokummono Khan and Hean Socheata
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/battambang-teachers-use-makeshift-classrooms-to-tutor-students/5528681.html

Gov’t, USAID criticized for inaction over severe forest loss at Prey Lang sanctuary

The University of Copenhagen’s open letter used data from the University of Maryland’s Global Forest Change dataset and other data points to show that 7,510 hectares of forestland were lost at the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in 2019, the worst loss since 2016 when the ...

Sun Narin
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/govt-usaid-criticized-for-inaction-over-severe-forest-loss-at-prey-lang-sanctuary/5478565.html?

Cambodian official: no new dams planned for Mekong mainstream before 2030

A Ministry of Energy official said Tuesday that Cambodia will not develop new mainstream hydropower projects on the Mekong River for the next 10 years. ...

Sun Narin
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/cambodian-official-no-new-dams-planned-for-mekong-mainstream-before-2030/5332171.html

As rice exports to EU drop, dealers are reducing prices due to tariffs

Government data showed that Cambodia’s rice exports to the European Union had dropped by 30 percent in 2019, after the economic bloc imposed tariffs at the start of last year. Ministry of Agriculture data showed that rice exports dropped from 300,000 tons in 2018 to around ...

Sun Narin
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/as-rice-exports-to-eu-drop-dealers-are-reducing-prices-due-to-tariffs-/5229066.html

World Bank reports strong export growth, warns of potential ‘EBA’ withdrawal

The World Bank on Wednesday released an update to the biannual “Cambodia Economic Update”, which showed that the economy grew by 7.5 percent in 2018, but could drop to 7 percent this year. The updated growth numbers are the same as the ones released in ...

Hul Reaksmey
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/world-bank-reports-strong-export-growth-warns-of-potential-eba-withdrawal/5185964.html

Labor unionists decry lack of consultation on union law amendments

Worker unions criticized the National Assembly’s passing of 10 amendments to the contentious Trade Union Law on Tuesday, saying they were not aware of the exact nature of the amendments passed by parliament. ...

Kann Vicheika
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/labor-unionists-decry-lack-of-consultation-on-union-law-amendments/5183177.html

China trade talks unrelated to EBA uncertainties, government says

A Commerce Ministry official said on Thursday that initiation of talks with China for a free trade agreement were not linked to a potential suspension of the ‘Everything But Arms’ trade scheme. The Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh announced last week that the two countries ...

Aun Chhengpor
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/china-trade-talks-unrelated-to-eba-uncertainties-government-says/5175305.html

Tourist arrivals continue to rise, buoyed by Chinese tourists

Cambodian Tourism Ministry statistics showed an increase in international tourists arriving in the country for the first nine months of the year, again bolstered by Chinese tourist arrivals in the Kingdom. The statistics show that nearly 4.8 million tourists arrived in the country from January ...

Nem Sopheakpanha
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/tourist-arrivals-continue-to-rise-buoyed-by-Chinese-tourists/5173741.html

UN reiterates call to abolish criminalization of surrogates

The United Nations has called on Cambodia to repeal its decision criminalizing surrogacy and asked the government to ensure that its draft law will not impose criminal liability on surrogate mothers. ...

Leonie Kijewski
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/UN-reiterates-call-to-abolish-criminalization-of-surrogates/5164651.html

Cambodian government mulls response to European Union report on EBA suspension

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Koy Kuong said the government will attempt to address all the points of concern raised by the European Union but refrained from divulging any details. ...

Hul Reaksmey
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/cambodian-government-mulls-response-to-european-union-report-on-eba-suspension-/5165555.html

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