The appointment of General Sok Phal to head the Interior Ministry’s newly formed department to monitor migrant workers has raised concerns over his close familial connection to a labor recruitment industry fraught with human rights abuses.

April 24, 2014

Officials with the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees on Tuesday spoke out for the first time against Australia’s plans to send some of the asylum seekers trying to reach its shores to Cambodia, saying the pending deal was not a “real solution.”

April 24, 2014

The National Police on Wednesday released a video online that shows the arrests earlier this month of two Anonymous Cambodia members who are accused of infiltrating government websites and stealing sensitive data.

April 24, 2014
A supporter lights incense Wednesday in front of Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh, where 21 garment workers and labor activists were transferred ahead of their trials on Friday. (Siv Channa)

As military police with AK-47s descended on protesting garment workers during their nationwide strike on January 3, Sam Ravy, a manager at one of the many factories along Phnom Penh’s Veng Sreng Street, was on the phone with his mother-in-law.

April 24, 2014

The Asian Development Bank on Wednesday pledged a $75 million loan to assist in the rebuilding of infrastructure damaged in the northwest of the country during the floods of 2013. The Australian government gave an additional $6.7 million grant toward the relief efforts.

April 24, 2014

Labor strikes in Svay Rieng province cooled down considerably Wednesday, with unions reporting a more than 50 percent drop in striking workers, but more than 4,000 union members continued protesting, according to local officials.

April 24, 2014

Twenty-one labor activists and garment workers were on Wednesday transferred from Kompong Cham province’s Correctional Center 3 to Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh as the municipal court prepares to try them over their role in garment strikes three months ago.

April 24, 2014

A new Bavet City governor was appointed Wednesday, filling a post that was once held by Chhouk Bundith, who remains on the run after being found guilty of shooting into a crowd of protesting garment workers in 2012.

April 24, 2014
IN BRIEF

Three Vietnamese nationals were arrested in Sihanoukville on Wednesday afternoon for kidnapping two 34-year-old Vietnamese men and demanding a $7,000 ransom from each of their families after luring them across the border on the pretense of a gambling trip, police said.

About 50 fired factory workers protested in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal court Wednesday after two of the factory’s five union representatives were summoned for questioning following strikes in February.

Defense Minister Tea Banh on Wednesday denied news reports that a deal with a Malaysian defense contractor to maintain, repair and overhaul Cambodia’s fleet of T-55 tanks was all but a sure thing.

Police in Kompong Speu province on Monday night stopped three container trucks on National Road 4 bound for Sihanoukville Autonomous Port, seizing more than 100 logs of illegal luxury wood, officials said.

A group of bus drivers and representatives of the Cambodian Labor Confederation (CLC) on Tuesday submitted a petition to Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng to intervene in their dispute with the Sorya Bus Transportation Company.

Musician Salvatore Fodera demonstrates the technique for playing classical guitar. (Lauren Crothers/The Cambodia Daily)

The classical guitar has yet to develop a following in Cambodia. But that does not discourage Italian musician Salvatore Foderà—it is the reason he found the time to come back here.

This photo taken in the early 2000s shows the heavy damage caused to National Road 11 in Prey Veng province during the 2000 floods that devastated the country. This 1970 jeep was Mr. Gascuel’s vehicle at the time. (Alain Gascuel)

When Alain Gascuel produced his first atlas in 2003, it was a matter of necessity. Cambodia’s roads had been mapped in the 1980s. Then, with the country engulfed in conflicts through the 1990s, no update had been done for years.

One of the exhibits at the Asian Traditional Textiles Museum. (T. D. Bhutia)

It was textiles that brought Indian traders to Southeast Asia over a millennium ago, and it was textiles that brought India and Cambodia together this week for the opening of the Asian Traditional Textiles Museum in Siem Reap City.

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