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EU agrees to observe election

Cambodia has asked the European Union to send observers to monitor next year’s general election. Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry announced the move to the media yesterday after a meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn and Werner Langen, head of a delegation from ...

Ros Chanveasna
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5088386/eu-agrees-observe-election/

Nearly 600 repatriated in nine months

In the first nine months of the year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cambodian embassies abroad have helped nearly 600 Cambodians who went to live and work abroad, legally or illegally, to return home. Foreign Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said yesterday that the ministry and ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/30461/nearly-600-repatriated-in-nine-months/

Cambodians freed from Malaysia, Thailand

The Foreign Ministry last Thursday secured the release of 23 Cambodians who had been arrested and detained last month for overstaying their visas and working illegally in Malaysia. Another 16 Cambodians detained by Thai authorities for lacking passports were released as well. ...

Ven Rathavong
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/29331/cambodians-freed-from-malaysia--thailand/

Hanoi decries online posts slamming prime minister

The Vietnamese government distanced itself on Wednesday from angry posts its citizens made on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Facebook page, saying the platform should not be used to inflame tensions between “good neighbors.” The statement from the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs stopped short, however, ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hanoi-decries-online-posts-slamming-prime-minister-117434/

More Cambodian women trafficked to Saudi, officials say

The number of Cambodian women now thought to be caught in Saudi Arabia’s sex industry after being trafficked in the past year has risen to more than 20, officials said on Wednesday. However, the government remained tight-lipped about its efforts to rescue the women, while two ...

Aun Pheap
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cambodian-women-trafficked-saudi-officials-say-117126/

Brexit won’t affect ties, says UK ambassador

The British ambassador yesterday reaffirmed to the Cambodian government that the results of a recent referendum on leaving the EU, and a cabinet reshuffle by the ruling Conservative Party, would not have a negative impact on the country’s ties with Cambodia.   ...

Ros Chanveasna
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28856/brexit-won---t-affect-ties--says-uk-ambassador/

Officials helping migrants in Thailand

Cambodian embassy officials in Thailand are now assisting migrant workers in Thai prisons by providing lawyers for them. Embassy officials also announced they are looking for relatives of a Cambodian man who died in Thailand late last month to take his body, which is being ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28418/officials-helping-migrants-in-thailand/

Cambodia lodges complaint over Vietnam border outpost

The government has sent Hanoi a formal letter to complain about an outpost it claims Vietnam is building along a disputed stretch of border where both governments have supposedly agreed to refrain from any development. ...

Ouch Sony and Khuon Narim
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cambodia-lodges-complaint-vietnam-border-outpost-116486/

Woman back home after forced marriage in Malaysia

A woman who worked as a maid in Malaysia was repatriated to Cambodia late last week after years of abuse at the hands of her employers, including a forced marriage. ...

Sen David and Erin Handley
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/woman-back-home-after-forced-marriage-malaysia

Refugee deal dead in the water

The new Australian ambassador to Cambodia praised the Kingdom yesterday for taking in refugees from the island nation of Nauru, where Australia has controversially held refugees against their will in appalling living conditions in an effort to stop others from seeking asylum there. ...

Ros Chanveasna
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28112/refugee-deal-dead-in-the-water/

Maids repatriated from Malaysia

Five Cambodian workers imprisoned in a Malaysian jail were repatriated yesterday, with 13 more expected to make their way back to the Kingdom in the coming days. All 18 were jailed for allegedly lacking the proper work permits and all had been brought to Malaysia by ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/28048/maids-repatriated-from-malaysia/

Chinese money instrumental to progress, Hor Namhong says

Cambodia’s development “could not be detached” from Chinese aid, Deputy Prime Minister Hor Namhong said on Monday, joining a chorus of officials from both parties praising a relationship that appears to be deepening over similar stances on the South China Sea.   ...

Ben Paviour
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/chinese-money-instrumental-to-progress-hor-namhong-says-116208/

FM: Cambodia ‘rescued’ ASEAN-China relationship

Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon defended Cambodia’s position on the South China Sea issue during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry yesterday, denying accusations that the Kingdom’s opposition to any joint Asean statement in support of the Philippines was tied to large loans and grants ...

Ven Rathavong
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/27835/fm--cambodia----rescued----asean-china-relationship/

Cambodia says urged ASEAN to avoid words that would 'escalate tension'

Cambodia advised a grouping of South East Asian nations to avoid using words that “would escalate tension between China and the Philippines” in a weekend statement, the country’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday. ...

Clarence Fernandez and Simon Webb
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-asean-idUSKCN1071PD

South China Sea verdict final, Japan’s abe tells Hun Sen

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared to rebuke Cambodia’s position on the South China Sea dispute over the weekend, saying that an international tribunal’s ruling on China’s territorial claims should be respected.   ...

Ben Paviour and Michael Dickison
https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/south-china-sea-verdict-final-japans-abe-tells-hun-sen-115604/

Indian bikers promote education for girls

A group of four female Indian bikers, who have been traveling by motorcycle, covering more than 10,000km across Asia to promote education for young girls, arrived in Phnom Penh yesterday and met with Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhon. ...

San Bunsim
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/26845/indian-bikers-promote-education-for-girls/

Slave labor victim speaks out

Keo Rotha was sitting in his small brick house in a quiet village in Pursat province, surrounded by coconut trees and a bamboo fence, looking at his old phone while waiting for a call to tell him the results of the court case he and ...

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/26439/slave-labor-victim-speaks-out/

Maid tells of abuse faced in Saudi Arabia

After two weeks stuck inside an immigration office in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh, a Cambodian domestic worker returned to Phnom Penh yesterday without assistance from the Cambodian government – on a plane ticket she says was paid for by Saudi immigration police. ...

Vandy Muong and Audrey Wilson
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/maid-tells-abuse-faced-saudi-arabia

NGOs die first if aid cut: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday slammed recent calls for sanctions against Cambodia over what supporters of the measures call a government-level disrespect of democracy, claiming the first to be hurt by sanctions would be NGOs. ...

Ven Rathavong
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/26080/ngos-die-first-if-aid-cut--pm/

Six rescued from Malaysia

Six Cambodian workers were rescued from Malaysia and arrived home safely late last weekend after being cheated by brokers, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. ...

Mom Kunthear
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/26074/six-rescued-from-malaysia/

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