Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who on Tuesday struck a deal with Prime Minister Hun Sen to end the CNRP’s boycott of the National Assembly, said on Friday the party will swear its 55 elected lawmakers into parliament on Tuesday only if details of the plan to overhaul the country’s electoral commission are hammered out beforehand.

July 26, 2014

After the Phnom Penh Municipal Court decided last week to place CNRP lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua in prison, she says she was welcomed into the “sisterhood” of Prey Sar’s Correctional Center 2 for women and juveniles.

July 26, 2014

Instead of wearing her hijab to high school in Phnom Penh, Sles Sadry would stuff the veil into her bag when she reached the school gates, only wrapping it back around her head and shoulders for the journey home.

July 26, 2014
CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha speaks to reporters Friday after being questioned in court. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)

CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha was questioned by Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday over an opposition protest that erupted into violence on July 15 and provided a pretext for the court to charge seven opposition lawmaker-elects and a party activist with insurrection and incitement to commit a felony.

July 26, 2014

A teenager was allegedly raped and a woman sexually assaulted by men in Thai military attire after crossing illegally into Sa Kaeo province in search of work Monday, officials said.

July 26, 2014

Villagers from Koh Kong province delivered petitions in Phnom Penh on Friday seeking international intervention in their land dispute with powerful businessman and CPP senator Ly Yong Phat, alleging that his Koh Kong Special Economic Zone was encroaching on their farmland.

July 26, 2014

Students, sex workers and beer promoters are expected to gather at Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday afternoon to highlight the need for better street lighting and more gender-focused urban planning in order to stamp out violence and abuse faced by women in cities.

July 26, 2014

City Hall is digging a new eight-hectare landfill near Prey Sar prison as the city’s current dumpsite, which receives about 1,500 tons of garbage a day, is set be filled to capacity by December, according to local officials.

July 26, 2014

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.

July 25, 2014

A military captain shot dead his pregnant wife and then turned the gun on himself following an argument in a beauty salon in Daun Penh district on Thursday afternoon, according to police. Eng Sorphea, chief of the municipal police serious crime bureau, said the incident happened around 4:40 p.m. in Golden Sorya Mall.

The destructive threat posed to Angkor Wat by pollution is being taken seriously, the Apsara Authority said in a statement it released Friday in response to recent media coverage of the issue.

Police and deminers in Kandal province on Wednesday removed from a riverbank a 241-kg Mark 82 bomb, of the kind the U.S. dropped on Cambodia in the heavy bombing that took place during its war against neighboring Vietnam.

Rat hunter Lak Han prepares several kilograms of rats outside his home at the Stung Meanchey dumpsite. (Holly Robertson/The Cambodia Daily)

Just after sunrise in the slums surrounding the Stung Meanchey dump, Lak Han, 45, sits in the dirt outside his home methodically chopping up a large pile of rodents.


Before the Thai junta seized power in late May, Pich, a 45-year-old teacher from Banteay Meanchey, used to join a queue of about 400 cars every morning lined up at the Poipet International Checkpoint to enter Thailand.


At a press event on Friday aimed at “enhancing social understanding,” officials from Thailand’s military government met with nearly 100 Cambodian journalists to defend the junta’s handling of a crackdown on illegal labor that began earlier this month.

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