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Ministry Says Factory Was Operating Illegally

A Phnom Penh garment factory where two people died after a boiler exploded on Saturday had not adequately trained staff to operate the machine or registered the factory because the business was a “pilot project,” a relative of the owners said on Monday.

Another Boiler Explosion Kills Two at Factory

Two workers were killed and four injured when a steam generator exploded at a garment factory in Phnom Penh on Saturday, less than three weeks after an accident with the same type of equipment at another factory killed one and injured seven.

US Adds $1.8 Million to List of Contributions to Election Committee

The U.S. Agency for International Development announced on Thursday it would give $1.8 million to the National Election Committee (NEC), joining other major foreign funders like China and Japan in financing the country’s upcoming local and national elections.

Election Day Coming, Many Voters Unsure When

With just two months to go until Cambodia’s commune elections, more than half of respondents to a new survey could not identify Election Day. The finding was detailed in a report released on Wednesday by the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Comfrel) describing interviews with 2,690 registered voters from across all 25 provinces, including the municipality of Phnom Penh, between December and February.

US to Drop Funding for UN Body Behind Millions in Aid

The U.S. has pulled its support for the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), potentially affecting millions of dollars worth of aid to government ministries and NGOs in Cambodia previously earmarked to improve family planning and reproductive health.

One Dead After Explosion at Levi’s Supplier

One woman died and seven more were injured on Wednesday after a steam generator exploded, launched into the air and landed on the group as they were having lunch at a Phnom Penh garment factory that makes jeans for U.S. brand Levi’s.

Nigerians Tricked Into Paying Hundreds for Visas, NGO Says

Nigerians are being duped into paying exorbitant amounts to gain Cambodian visas—sometimes up to $1,500—on promises that they would find high-paying jobs and a “better life,” only to realize they had been given tourist visas upon arrival, an NGO said on Wednesday.

Women Worry as Experts Laud Breast Milk Ban

Nine months ago, 40-year-old Yorn Thina was approached at her NGO-built home in a slum on the outskirts of Phnom Penh with a rare opportunity. She was offered a relatively high-paying job with minimal hours, and the flexibility to bring her 1-year-old baby to work. All she would be required to do was sit—as her excess breast milk was pumped.

Asean Report Slams CPP Over Attacks on CNRP

An increase in attacks on the opposition party by the ruling CPP has widened the culture of fear and self-censorship, and threatens to disable the country’s entire political system, according to a new report by the Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights.

US to Deport Cambodians This Month

A group of Cambodians facing deportation by the U.S. have been told they will be sent to Cambodia by the end of the month, although one has been granted another opportunity to plead his case, a U.S.-based advocacy organization said.

Kim Jong Nam Murder Suspect Seen at Hotels Before Attack

A Vietnamese woman suspected of taking part in the assassination of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visited two hotels in Phnom Penh in the month prior to the murder, hotel staff said on Thursday.

Police Raid Kem Ley Film Screening; Students Held

A 30-minute documentary about the murder of political analyst Kem Ley, which was released online months ago, has become the latest work about a slain critic added to the government’s list of restricted films.

A Prisoner’s Education

For a university student jailed over his call for a ‘color revolution,’ 18 months in prison only served as a training ground to refine his political activism

Women in Construction Weighed Down

Female construction workers earn on average about $2.50 less per day than their male counterparts, are given fewer opportunities to learn new skills and are victims of outdated gender stereotypes, a new report says.

City Hall Bans Garment Workers From Marking Women’s Day

Phnom Penh City Hall has rejected a request for an International Women’s Day celebration for the country’s majority-female garment factory workers at Wat Phnom today, though Prime Minister Hun Sen is set to mark the occasion with a speech.

Dozens of Civil Society Groups Sign Statement on Jailed Adhoc 5

Nearly 80 international and Cambodian civil society groups have signed a joint statement urging the government to halt its crackdown on activists and release five current and former senior officials of rights group Adhoc who have been awaiting trial since May.

Cambodia Scores 157th in World for Open Data

Cambodia has scored dismally in a global development index, the 2016 Open Data Inventory, which assesses the accessibility of official national statistics from government and private sector websites in 173 countries.

Student Defiant Upon Release After ‘Color Revolution’ Remark

After 18 months behind bars, Kung Raiya—a 26-year-old political science student imprisoned over a Facebook post calling for a “color revolution”—walked out of Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison on Wednesday to the cheers of supporters.

Emirates Set to Start Flying to Phnom Penh

Dubai-based premium airline Emirates will soon be the first to offer direct daily flights between Phnom Penh and Rangoon, joining a growing list of new carriers and routes available in Cambodia this year.

For an Hour, Khmer Rouge Tribunal Interns Stage Strike Over Pay

In solidarity with unpaid interns around the world, about 35 foreigners working for free for the U.N. at the Khmer Rouge tribunal took an extra-long lunch break on Monday, staging a one-hour strike in the court’s cafeteria.