In June, after about a quarter million migrant workers returned from their jobs in Thailand fearing the military junta’s crackdown on illegal labor, Cambodia’s government announced it had slashed the cost of emigration, and would charge workers only $49 to legally return to work across the border.

August 1, 2014

CNRP President Sam Rainsy has sought to circumvent the methodical “working groups” established to finalize the details of the deal struck with Prime Minister Hun Sen last week by sending his own draft reforms to the government for approval.

August 1, 2014

More than a year after Prime Minister Hun Sen’s land-titling program was suspended in the lead-up to the 2013 national elections, it has still not begun again despite government claims that the program would resume following the poll.

August 1, 2014
Prime Minister Hun Sen, seated next to his wife, Bun Rany, waves at reporters from a solar-powered buggy at the inauguration of the Stung Meanchey overpass in Phnom Penh on Thursday. Seated behind Mr. Hun Sen are Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon, left, and Phnom Penh Municipal Governor Pa Socheatvong. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Prime Minister Hun Sen used the unveiling of the Stung Meanchey overpass in Phnom Penh Thursday morning to praise his government’s development of the capital and to warn the city’s poor not to take up residence under the new $19-million bridge.

August 1, 2014

Military officials in Banteay Meanchey province have removed a local platoon commander from his post for alleged wood smuggling after he evaded detention by fellow soldiers earlier in the week, but it remained unclear whether he would be fired or prosecuted.

August 1, 2014

The roughly 900 employees of a Phnom Penh garment factory gutted by a fire that killed a Chinese supervisor on Monday protested in front of their old workplace on Thursday to demand a quick payout of their final paychecks and severance.

August 1, 2014

Members of the Electoral Reform Alliance (ERA) on Thursday decried a lack of transparency from the CPP and CNRP working groups that are hammering out the details of an agreement reached last week to end a nearly yearlong boycott of parliament by the opposition.

August 1, 2014

Three members of a wealthy family accused of abusing and holding captive an 18-year-old girl for eight years and her 12-year-old brother for two years in their Tuol Kok villa remained free Thursday as police said they are waiting for the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to decide whether to issue arrest warrants.

August 1, 2014

The National Social Security Fund said on Thursday that it would compensate the family of a man who died on the job last month at a factory in Kandal province that produces clothing for H&M.

August 1, 2014

If there was any doubt about the present warmth in the often tense relations between the Cambodian and Thai militaries, a recent meeting between the two army bosses made a point of putting it to rest.

Agriculture tycoon Mong Reththy said on Thursday he believes tigers were responsible for killing 20 pigs at his farm in Sihanoukville on Monday.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday found two foreign nationals guilty of stealing cigarettes from Paragon Super Market.

The Koh Kong Provincial Court on Thursday charged a Slovenian national with illegal border crossing after the 46-year-old allegedly swam to Cambodia from Thailand to evade immigration controls, court and police officials said.


In the aftermath of the covenant struck between Prime Minister Hun Sen and CNRP President Sam Rainsy on Tuesday, the opposition was fast to frame the deal as a grudging and rare concession from an authoritarian party deeply protective of its power.


When two middle-aged novices emerged with signs protesting the development of disputed land near the tip of the Chroy Changva peninsula on Thursday, one of the country’s foremost anti-eviction activists was there to tell them they were doing it all wrong.


Behind the walls of the nondescript Hung Tak garment factory on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, more than 400 workers have been toiling in substandard conditions to cut and stitch clothing for some of the world’s biggest brands.

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