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South Korean Pastor Sentenced to 14 Years for Child Sex Abuse

A South Korean pastor accused of sexually abusing several girls who lived with him at his Siem Reap City church was sentenced on Thursday to 14 years, an unprecedentedly long jail term for such crimes, according to one NGO

Government Official Implicated in Stranded Maid Ordeal

A government official on Wednesday admitted that his now-defunct recruitment firm had sent a 16-year-old Cambodian maid to work in Saudi Arabia, where she was stranded for 12 years until a viral Facebook video calling for help finally prompted her repatriation this week.

US Imposes Visa Sanctions on Cambodia

The U.S. is set to impose visa restrictions on four countries including Cambodia, enforcing a law that allows sanctions when foreign countries refuse to accept nationals who have been deemed to be in the U.S. illegally, according to a U.S. government official.

Government Inks Deal with KrisEnergy for Cambodia’s First Oil Field

Singaporean oil and gas exploration firm KrisEnergy on Wednesday signed economic and technical agreements with Cambodia for the country’s first oil field development, three years after buying out U.S. oil giant Chevron’s share of the block.

Prime Minister Issues Reprieve to AIM After Founder’s Apology

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday agreed to allow Agape International Missions to continue its operations in Cambodia, just three weeks after ordering the expulsion of the anti-sex trafficking NGO over a CNN story featuring its work, according to an online news report.

Cambodia Not Punishing Offenders in Migrant Cases

Cambodia has made significant gains in resolving complaints made by its migrant workers, but did not punish offenders in any of the nearly 500 cases studied, according to a new report published by the International Labor Organization (ILO) on Wednesday.

For Migrants, Pull of Higher Wages Still Strong

In a shop in Thailand’s southeastern Chanthaburi province, 23-year-old Cambodian worker Chheng Chhor Laihieng said he had good reason to seek employment outside his home country.

French Project to Set Up Day Care Services for Factory Workers

France has pledged nearly $400,000 to set up maternal health and early childhood services, including child care centers, at a dozen garment factories across Cambodia, the French Embassy said on Wednesday.

Embassy in Malaysia Lacks Funds to Send Workers Home

An official at the Cambodian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur said on Monday that with more Cambodians seeking support and refuge amid a labor crackdown by Malaysian authorities, the embassy’s budget was not enough to pay to bring them home.

At Close of Surrogacy Trial, Australian Nurse Pleads for Mercy

The trial of an Australian woman and two Cambodians accused of illegally operating a surrogacy business in Cambodia came to an emotional close on Monday as two of the defendants begged the court to return them to their children.

Migrant Workers Overwhelm Passport Center

On a narrow side street on the outskirts of Phnom Penh on Tuesday, cars and tuk-tuks crept slowly along as hordes of pedestrians and motorbikes blocked their paths. Food carts and steady streams of customers lined the road.

Letter Repeats Call for Independent Inquiry Into Kem Ley’s Death

Coinciding with the one-year anniversary of the murder of political analyst Kem Ley, 164 human rights and civil society organizations repeated a call for an independent inquiry to take over the ongoing investigation.

Centers in Thailand to Grant Migrant Workers Travel Documents

The Thai government has agreed to set up stations across Thailand where Cambodian illegal migrant workers can register for documents that will allow them to stay and work in the country, Labor Minister Ith Sam Heng said at a news conference on Thursday.

Confusion Drives More Legal, Illegal Workers From Thailand

Hundreds of fearful and confused Cambodian migrant workers—including those with legal documentation—are continuing to flee Thailand, workers said on Tuesday, even as both the Cambodian and Thai governments called for calm among the migrant workforce.

Illegal Migrant Workers Return Home Seeking Passports

Applications for passports increased by 50 percent on Monday after thousands of Cambodian workers began pouring in from Thailand amid a crackdown on illegal migrants by the Thai junta, an Interior Ministry official said.

Migrant Workers Face Thai Military Crackdown

Thousands of Cambodians are flooding back from Thailand as its military government cracks down on migrant workers based on new foreign labor laws, escalating its enforcement from just using police officers to now enlisting the military, an official said on Sunday.

Australia Looks to Outlaw Tours to Orphanages in Cambodia

Australians facilitating tours and volunteer programs at orphanages in foreign countries such as Cambodia may eventually face criminal charges if a recently opened inquiry in Australia results in legislation.

Australian Filmmaker Facing Espionage Charges Denied Bail

An Australian filmmaker and outspoken government critic who was charged with espionage crimes earlier this month was denied bail during questioning at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday, his lawyer said.

More Concessions for Poor Sought at National Housing Forum

Banks and microfinance institutions should lower interest rates and extend payback periods for low-income Cambodians taking out housing loans, representatives from NGOs, the government and the private sector said on Tuesday at a housing forum in Phnom Penh.

Cham Muslims Celebrate End of Ramadan Fasting Month

For 31-year-old Saffir Prak, one of Cambodia’s ethnic Cham Muslims, on Sunday marked the end of one month of training in patience and gratefulness.

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Election Body Issues Text Messages Warning of Election Law Prosecutions

The national election body has warned Cambodians in a series of text messages that they could face prosecution if they are found to have violated the election law, which extends to calls to boycott the vote.

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