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Eight Children Latest Victims of Drowning

Eight children drowned in village ponds in three separate incidents between Friday and Sunday, while the U.N. Children’s Fund said Tuesday that drowning is the leading cause of death in children aged over 12 months in Cambodia.

Cambodian Blamed for Fatal Shooting of Thai Protest Leader

Thailand’s anti-government protest leader, Suthep Thaugsuban, has claimed that a gunman who shot a colleague in Bangkok on Sunday might have been Cambodian.

Film Screening Canceled After Government Threatens Jail

The scheduled screening on Friday of the award-winning documentary film “Who Killed Chea Vichea?” which investigates the killing of the country’s most prominent union leader 10 years ago this week, was canceled following government threats, organizers said.

Community Marks Fifth Anniversary of Violent Eviction

About 150 members of the former Dey Krahorm community in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district marked the fifth anniversary on Friday of the day mechanical excavators, security guards and authorities destroyed their homes to make room for a real estate project.

Fire Destroys CMAC Workshop in Battambang

A fire destroyed part of an equipment repair workshop belonging to the Cambodian Mine Action Center’s Demining Unit 2 in Battambang City early Thursday, damaging demining equipment and vehicles worth an estimated $400,000, CMAC director-general Heng Ratana said.

Deportation, Jail Threatened if Film Screened

The public screening Friday of a banned documentary film that implicates the government in the 2004 assassination of prominent union leader Chea Vichea has had to change venues because the man renting out the original location, Meta House director Nicolaus Mesterharm, would not allow the viewing.

Chea Vichea Remembered 10 Years After Slaying

Ten years ago Wednesday, union leader Chea Vichea walked to his favorite newsstand in front of Wat Lanka to read the day’s headlines: Prime Minister Hun Sen had ordered spending cuts, health officials were trying to handle the first outbreak of bird flu in Southeast Asia and celebrations for Chinese New Year were underway.

The Assassination of Union Leader Chea Vichea—A Decade On

Ten years after his assassination, friends and associates remember Chea Vichea, the founding president of the Free Trade Union, as a quiet man but a charismatic leader, passionate about labor issues and the right for workers to collectively bargain for higher wages and better conditions.

EU Calls for International Probe Into Election

In the strongest international reaction to the contested result of July’s national election yet, the European Parliament passed a resolution on Thursday calling on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government to conduct an independent, internationally led investigation of the election and the killing of five garment factory protesters earlier this month.

Muddy Waters Have Authorities Singing the Blues

Authorities in Kratie and Stung Treng provinces on Thursday said that they were investigating an unusual change of color in the Mekong River to a muddy, dark brown that was unnatural for this time of the year and was worrying residents.

No Consensus Reached on Mekong Dam

Representatives of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam failed to reach consensus at a meeting in Vientiane on Thursday on whether Laos be allowed to build a hydropower dam about 2 km from the Cambodian border and if downstream countries—whose fisheries will likely be most affected—have a right to nix the project.

Sonando Fans to Stage Protest for TV License

Mam Sonando, owner of the popular Beehive Radio station, and his supporters will defy a government ban on public gatherings and start daily protests against the Ministry of Information’s rejection of Mr. Sonando’s request for a relay station and a TV station, Mr. Sonando’s assistant said Wednesday.

For Workers, Wage Rise Is Shift From Surviving to Thriving

Sous Sary, a 31-year-old garment worker, works two hours of overtime every day in order to earn enough to live even the most spartan of lifestyles on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

South Korean Embassy Denies Role in Strike Suppression

The South Korean Embassy on Wednesday denied a news report that it had lobbied Cambodian military authorities to “crack down on protesters” in a bid to shield Korean investments in the garment industry, prior to Friday’s killing of five protesters and the wounding of more than 40 others by military police officers.

Rights Groups Condemn Killing of Protesters

The International Federation for Human Rights, along with local rights groups Licadho and Adhoc, denounced the Friday shooting of protesting garment workers by police in a joint statement released in Paris on Monday.

US Congressman Calls for Hun Sen’s Resignation

The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs condemned Friday’s violence in Cambodia when military police shot dead five protesters, and called for Prime Minister Hun Sen to step down.

Sotheby’s Ends Battle, Will Return Khmer Statue

Sotheby’s auction house in New York has agreed to return a pre-Angkorian statue, looted from Koh Ker temple in the 1970s, to Cambodia, government officials said Friday.

Monks and Cash Rewards Save Softshell Turtles

Cantor’s giant softshell turtle was thought to be extinct in the Mekong River until 2007, when Conservation International staff found a specimen in a fisherman’s net in Kratie province.

Relics of Buddha Stolen From Odong Stupa

The country’s only relics of the Buddha have been stolen from the former royal capital at Odong in Kandal province, where the relics—said to be hair, teeth and bones of the Buddha—were enshrined in 2002, officials said Thursday.

Gibbons to Be Reintroduced to Angkor Forest

A pair of endangered pileated gibbons will be released today into the forest in the Angkor Archaeological Park, the beginning of a project that could see the resettlement of many other animals that had been extirpated from the area, wildlife experts said.