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Soldiers Assault Villagers in Disputed Kampong Speu Forest, Says Rights Group

On Tuesday, members of the elite Brigade 70 military unit fired warning shots and physically assaulted villagers as the soldiers attempted to clear a section of disputed forest in the Aoral district of Kampong Speu, according to local witnesses and a rights organization. ...

Mech Dara and Andrew Haffner
https://vodenglish.news/soldiers-assault-villagers-in-disputed-kampong-speu-forest-says-rights-group/

Government puts controversial internet gateway on hold

The Telecom Ministry confirmed this afternoon the controversial National Internet Gateway, expected to come online Wednesday, has been postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic and potential disruptions to online traffic. ...

Seng Thai
https://vodenglish.news/government-puts-controversial-internet-gateway-on-hold/

Unions looking for place within SEZ boundaries

Since just before the pandemic started, Chhoum Phen has changed his job more than five times within Hi-Tech Apparel, the garment factory he has worked at for more than five years. ...

Danielle Keeton-Olsen and Yon Sineat
https://vodenglish.news/unions-looking-for-place-within-sez-boundaries/

Botum Sakor residents defiant as authorities threaten to clear shelters

Koh Kong authorities have threatened to tear down shelters built by residents of Botum Sakor district on land the locals say was taken from them by sugarcane plantations run by CPP Senator Ly Yong Phat. ...

Khut Sokun
https://vodenglish.news/botum-sakor-residents-defiant-as-authorities-threaten-to-clear-shelters/

Victims press for compensation, imprisonment over million-dollar rural scam

Almost $1 million in compensation remains to be paid out and a perpetrator has yet to see jail time over a Kampong Cham scam that ensnared 180 families, the Supreme Court heard on Monday. ...

Mech Dara
https://vodenglish.news/victims-press-for-compensation-imprisonment-over-million-dollar-rural-scam/

Hotels, Casinos That Detain, Traffic, Exploit Workers Will Be Prosecuted: Preah Sihanouk

Preah Sihanouk authorities have issued a statement that hotels and casinos that detain, traffic or sexually exploit workers can have their business licenses revoked and cases sent to court. ...

Pa Sokheng
https://vodenglish.news/hotels-casinos-that-detain-traffic-exploit-workers-will-be-prosecuted-preah-sihanouk/

Migrant Workers in Thailand Returning to Jobs as Outbreak Eases

Some Cambodian workers in Thailand say they have been able to resume work after a series of tough months amid a surge of Covid-19, though challenges remain even as the outbreak is subsiding. ...

Tran Techseng
https://vodenglish.news/migrant-workers-in-thailand-returning-to-jobs-as-outbreak-eases/

Kandal residents briefly detained for taking photos of new airport development

A mother and son contesting the development of Phnom Penh’s new international airport in Kandal province were detained on Wednesday for taking photos of their rice field being cleared by the developer, but were released after agreeing to stop protesting. ...

Ouch Sony
https://vodenglish.news/kandal-residents-briefly-detained-for-taking-photos-of-new-airport-development/

Only 377 NagaWorld Workers Still Holding Out Against Layoffs: Union

In a move a labor group said was unprecedented, NagaWorld is calling on governmental labor inspectors to authorize the dismissal of a group of union leaders as part of the casino’s mass layoffs, overriding the legal protections unionists enjoy unless they have committed serious offenses, ...

Tran Techseng
https://vodenglish.news/only-377-nagaworld-workers-still-holding-out-against-layoffs-union/

Vegetables left to spoil on Kandal farms as farmers can’t find buyers

Farmers in Kandal province say they each have thousands of dollars worth of vegetables spoiling in their fields because they can’t find buyers. In Sa’ang district, an area known for vegetable growing, salad greens farmer Tai Song, 35, said growers all around were unable to find ...

Khut Sokun
https://vodenglish.news/vegetables-left-to-spoil-on-kandal-farms-as-farmers-cant-find-buyers/

NGO Forum: Government has stopped sharing environmental impact reports

The Environmental Ministry has this year stopped sharing environmental and social impact assessments for new development projects with NGO Forum, the civil society network said. ...

Tran Techseng
https://vodenglish.news/ngo-forum-government-has-stopped-sharing-environmental-impact-reports/

Hungarian official tests positive for Covid-19 day after meeting Hun Sen

Top Cambodian officials are going into quarantine after Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, who visited the country on Tuesday and signed three agreements in front of Prime Minister Hun Sen, tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Thailand on Wednesday. ...

Khan Leakhena
https://vodenglish.news/hungarian-official-tests-positive-for-covid-19-day-after-meeting-hun-sen/

GDP Growth to Shrink to 2.5% Amid Pandemic, World Bank Projects

Cambodia’s GDP growth this year could drop to its lowest rate in more than a decade, the World Bank projects, with some economic experts warning that the country’s reliance on international markets could slow recovery. ...

Danielle Keeton-Olsen
https://vodenglish.news/gdp-growth-to-shrink-to-2-5-amid-pandemic-world-bank-projects/

Phnom Penh Lakes ‘on the Brink of Elimination’: Report

Every lake in Phnom Penh has been damaged by development and its wetlands decimated, leading to severe flooding, loss of livelihoods and disappearance of fish species, a new report says. ...

Khut Sokun and Newsroom Cambodia
https://vodenglish.news/phnom-penh-lakes-on-the-brink-of-elimination-report/

World Bank warns of economic risks amid strong growth

Possible E.U. trade sanctions, rising indebtedness and slowing foreign investment — which “peaked” last year — pose substantial risks to the Cambodian economy despite continuing strong growth, the World Bank said in its latest country update. ...

Tran Techseng
https://vodenglish.news/world-bank-warns-of-economic-risks-amid-strong-growth/

Koh Kong villagers seek land dispute resolution from interior ministry

The protesters, from Kiri Sakor, Botum Sakor and Sre Ambel districts, gathered in front of the Interior Ministry to submit a petition seeking invention from Interior Minister Sar Kheng, before moving on to demonstrate in front of the Land Management Ministry, where they had protested ...

Khut Sokun
https://vodenglish.news/koh-kong-villagers-seek-land-dispute-resolution-from-interior-ministry/

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