Eak Yuthea Reak went to Bak Touk High School in Phnom Penh on Friday clutching a small piece of paper inscribed with seven names. He was there to collect the national exam results of a group of friends who couldn’t bear the stress of finding out their scores in person.

August 30, 2014

In the early 1970s, Soy Sen, the illegitimate son of a local official, lived with his grandmother in a tiny house here. Too poor to attend school past the second grade, he spent his days running free through his family’s small rice field as he tended cattle.

August 30, 2014

Kompong Chhnang Provincial Court on Friday released on bail five villagers at the center of a high-profile land dispute with the wife of Mines and Energy Minister Suy Sem. The villagers’ arrests had sparked a series of recent protests in Phnom Penh.

August 30, 2014
A former Khmer Rouge soldier from Banteay Meanchey province holds photos of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his wife Bun Rany at Wat Botum park on Friday. A group of former soldiers are asking the prime minister to intervene in their land dispite. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

Despite government efforts this week to stop land protesters from flooding into the capital to seek help from national-level authorities, dozens of aggrieved villagers involved in land disputes protested once again in Phnom Penh on Friday.

August 30, 2014

Two men were arrested in Prey Veng province on Friday for repeatedly dunking a 14-year-old boy’s head in a container of water after he apparently stole four coconuts from their property, according to local police officials.

August 30, 2014

Several major unions say their representatives must now seek what amounts to authorization from factory management before garment workers can form a new union or branch within the factory.

August 30, 2014

On April 3, during a confrontation with security forces after she attempted to gain access to Phnom Penh’s cordoned-off Freedom Park, CNRP lawmaker Mu Sochua whipped out a small yellow card and began to read out loud her rights in the event of an arrest.

August 30, 2014

Phnom Penh Governor Pa Socheatvong on Thursday handed out a total of $30,000 in cash gifts to about 1,000 military police at a ceremony praising their “perfect” service and discipline after a year that saw many violent, and at times deadly, protests.

August 29, 2014

Ratanakkiri provincial anti-drug police on Wednesday arrested a serial drug smuggler with more than a kilogram of crystal methamphetamine, concluding a monthlong undercover operation that marked the unit’s biggest bust to date.

August 29, 2014

The UN and human rights groups called on the government Friday to honor its obligations as a party to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and thoroughly investigate the disappearance of 16-year-old Khem Sopath, who was last seen lying bloodied and injured during violent protests in January.

The Singaporean Embassy in Phnom Penh on Thursday issued a statement condemning the egging of its front gate on Wednesday by anti-eviction protesters, calling the act “unacceptable.”

Two people were found guilty of trafficking a 13-year-old deaf and mute girl into a brothel and handed 15-year jail sentences at Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday.

Phnom Penh municipal economic-crime police arrested a man for possession of more than 300 bottles of counterfeit shower gel at his home in Sen Sok district on Thursday, a local official said.

Local rights group Adhoc on Thursday called on Prime Minister Hun Sen and other government officials to hold regular meetings with NGOs in order to better understand the human rights situation in the country.

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Phnom Penh residents walk past the White Building, which many fear is slowly being bought up by the powerful development company 7NG. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

After the development company 7NG completed the violent eviction of more than 1,400 families from Phnom Penh’s Dey Krahorm community in 2009, it set its sights on the adjacent White Building.


Even within the country’s notoriously overcrowded prison system, inmates in the northern province of Oddar Meanchey live in particularly harsh conditions.


The goals of Project Manusastra were bold from the start. Initiated by a French-Cambodian linguist, this university program aims to produce a new generation of Cambodian researchers capable of conducting independent research on the humanities, rather than merely supporting foreign scholars.

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