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 worker.
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.
He claimed to have not known she was underage at the time, but a former employee cast doubt on the claim, while the Labor Ministry on Wednesday said the official’s operation would have been illegal.
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.
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesman told U.S. network CNN of the visa suspensions on Thursday morning and a U.S. government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the news later in the day.
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.
The deal, signed at Phnom Penh’s Sofitel Hotel to the sounds of clinking champagne glasses, paves the way for the long-awaited exploration of “Block A,” which is located about 120 km off the coast of Sihanoukville in the Gulf of Thailand.
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.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng announced the reprieve on Monday evening, hours after the head of the NGO offered an apology, a defense of the prime minister and criticism of the head of a journalist group.
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.
“Access to Justice for Migrant Workers” looked at 1,014 cases involving 7,643 workers from countries where the ILO’s Migrant Worker Resource Centers operate—Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam—between 2011 to 2015.
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.
Despite having limited education and possessing no trade skills, Mr. Laihieng said he earns $12 a day selling cakes—a far cry from earning $4 a day as a farmer in his native Tbong Khmum province.
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.
The French Development Agency signed an agreement pledging about $380,000 to child welfare NGO Planete Enfants et Developpement to fund the pilot project, the embassy said in a statement.
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.
“It is chaotic because they don’t even have any money to support themselves,” said Nou Bunnara, the embassy’s councilor for labor affairs.
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.
Australian nurse Tammy Davis-Charles, 49, Samrith Chakrya, 35, and Pech Rithy, 28, are accused of falsifying documents and acting as intermediaries between adoptive parents and pregnant women. They were arrested in November after the government outlawed surrogacy a month earlier amid a burgeoning—and unregulated—industry. All three face up to two years in jail if convicted.