On paper, the government is committed to monitoring the ever-expanding number of orphanages in the country, and even to reducing the number of children in institutional care. But in practice, it lacks the power and resources to implement meaningful change, and other ministries are doing little to help their cause.

September 19, 2014

National Assembly President Heng Samrin has given himself the power to deny access to the assembly compound, including the offices of all lawmakers, to anyone not employed by the government and has barred all private citizens from testifying before—or sitting in on—assembly commission meetings.

September 19, 2014

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday announced his support for the U.S.-led effort to defeat the militant Islamic State, saying Cambodia “does not tolerate any kind of terrorism.”

September 19, 2014
Huot Sarom, 68, takes a break on Thursday between scuffles with security guards in her bid to hold onto 5.67 hectares of land in Phnom Penh's Pur Senchey district, which she says she has farmed since 1979. Ms Sarom has been feuding over the plot with 120 families who sold it to a cousin of the prime minister. (Lauren Crothers/The Cambodia Daily)

A determined attempt by an elderly woman to hold onto a plot of land she says she has farmed since 1979 in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district proved futile on Thursday morning, when police and security guards demarcated the property for development by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cousin Dy Proem.

September 19, 2014

Vorn Pao was re-elected president on Thursday of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association, a labor group comprised mostly of tuk-tuk drivers and moto-dops, in an uncontested ballot after his vice president withdrew from the race over allegations of irregularities.

September 19, 2014

Ath Thorn, the head of the country’s largest independent union, was placed yesterday under judicial supervision by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court a day after he joined demonstrations calling for a $177 monthly minimum wage for garment workers.

September 19, 2014

Pech Chreada District, Mondolkiri province – An ethnic Bunong community suspended its protests against the destruction of their ancestral land here on Thursday after receiving assurances from provincial authorities that the issue would be resolved following the Pchum Ben holiday.

September 19, 2014

Police on Tuesday arrested six people and confiscated nearly a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine, as well as some 4,000 methamphetamine pills, during separate busts in Stung Treng and Battambang provinces, officials said on Thursday.

September 19, 2014

Cambodian officials met Wednesday with Australian Ambassador Alison Burrows and visiting Assistant Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Trade Keith Scott to discuss Australia’s financial assistance plans for the country over the next few years, state news agency Agence Kampuchea Presse reported Thursday.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday delayed its sedition trial of Cambodian-American dissident Sourn Serey Ratha in order to give co-defendant and activist monk Luon Sovath time to return from abroad and defend himself in person.

About 100 anti-eviction activists from the Boeng Kak, Borei Keila and Lor Peang communities held their latest joint protest outside the World Bank office on Thursday over a recent announcement that it is considering the resumption of loan to the government after a three-year freeze.

About 300 workers, including taxi drivers and market vendors, protested in front of the Poipet International Border Checkpoint on Thursday to voice their anger at authorities on both sides of the Thai-Cambodian border.

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From left, actors Ma Rynet, Chea Samnang and Duch Lida with cameraman Meoun Vanna on the set of the television series ‘Neary Chhlat,’ or ‘Smart Girls’ (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

The premise may sounds familiar: Three women private detectives shadow suspicious characters, use cutting-edge spy equipment to gather evidence, can unlock any door in seconds, and of course are attractive.


Han Visot thought the overhead lights in his hospital room were X-ray machines. He was sure the FBI was monitoring his movements and had bugged the room, which he called “the container.” He used a chair to barricade the door.


A 68-year-old woman faced down dozens of military and district police ordered to protect villagers attempting to demarcate her land on Wednesday in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district after they sold it to a cousin of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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