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NGOs Scramble to Care for Children as Orphanages Close

More than a year after the government said it would crack down on Cambodia’s sprawling and disorganized orphanage system, 56 shelters have been closed by the Social Affairs Ministry, putting pressure on NGOs to house hundreds of children.

Internet Hotline Helps Combat Child Sexual Exploitation, Abuse

An internet hotline for reporting online child sexual exploitation and abuse has resulted in three arrests and numerous investigations since it went live more than a year ago, anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE) said on Thursday.

S Korea Gives $3M for Cambodian Health Care

South Korea has donated about $3 million for a U.S.-led project to improve Cambodia’s laboratories, immunization program and health care workforce, officials said on Wednesday.

Government Launches New Policy on Health Care for the Elderly

Ensuring that older residents have access to health care is one of the challenges for Cambodia as it faces an aging population, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.

Zara Links Highlighted Over Unpaid Wages

A garment factory that has owed wages and severance pay to workers since closing five months ago had been manufacturing clothes for major global fashion label Zara, a labor rights group said on Monday, as former employees gathered at the shuttered plant.

US Court Grants Subpoena for Footage of Kem Ley Murder

A U.S. court has ruled that former opposition leader Sam Rainsy may issue a subpoena to energy giant Chevron seeking surveillance video footage of government critic Kem Ley’s murder at one of its gas stations in Phnom Penh in July.

Malaria Death Count Drops to Just One in 2016

The number of malaria cases dropped by about 54 percent last year, with just one person dying from the mosquito-borne disease compared to 10 the previous year, according to the government’s latest annual malaria report.

Convicted Pedophile Still Actively Involved With Children’s NGO

A French national convicted of sexually abusing young boys for years while he was running a child welfare group in Sihanoukville is still actively involved with the organization and continues to be featured in its promotional material.

Cambodia Against ‘Internationalization’ of Rohingya Crisis

Prime Minister Hun Sen emerged from a meeting with visiting Burmese President Htin Kyaw on Saturday declaring he did not support the “internationalization” of Burma’s escalating Rohingya crisis, going against mounting global fears of an impending genocide.

South Korea Pledges $417 Million in Development Loans to Cambodia

South Korea will hand out nearly $420 million in development loans to Cambodia this week, much of it for roads and other infrastructure, bringing its total assistance to more than $880 million since 2001.

Koh Rong Samloem Beach Makes Global Waves

It may be tucked away in a remote part of Cambodia, but the tiny resort of Lazy Beach on Koh Rong Samloem island has now made it onto a list of the 21 best beaches in the world.

Report Highlights Closed Path to Citizenship for Khmer Krom

Many Khmer Krom people living in Cambodia struggle to gain proper identification documents—despite the government repeatedly declaring them “automatic citizens”—and face social and economic hardships as a result, according to a new report.

Divided Lives

Four men are facing more time in prison after being convicted in a yearslong fraud case, but their lives behind bars could hardly be more different.

Workers Win Compensation From Shuttered Factory

In a rare win for garment workers whose bosses have skipped town, a court on Wednesday ruled in favor of 196 workers demanding compensation for unpaid wages from a foreign-owned factory more than six months after it abruptly closed down.

CNRP Lawmakers Request Probe Into Drowned Sex Worker

Opposition lawmakers have submitted letters to National Assembly President Heng Samrin calling on government ministers to investigate the death of a sex worker who drowned in the Tonle Sap river while being chased by state security guards earlier this month.

Workers Urge Kandal Court to Hand Over Factory’s Deposit

Ahead of a court ruling on compensation expected on Wednesday, a group of garment workers staged a rally on Monday over wages still unpaid by a foreign-owned factory six months after it closed down.

Construction Investment Skyrockets in 2016

The total value of construction projects approved last year more than doubled to $8.5 billion, according to figures released by the Land Management Ministry this week, amid heightened concerns of a credit bubble due to rapid growth in construction and real-estate loans.

Government to Give ‘Donations’ To Sister of Sex Worker

The sister of a sex worker who drowned in the Tonle Sap river after being chased by Daun Penh district security guards will receive monthly “donations” from the government to support her orphaned nephew.

Sister of Drowned Sex Worker Seeks Justice

The sister of a sex worker who fell off a boat and drowned in the Tonle Sap river on Sunday night said she planned to file a criminal complaint against the district security guards who were chasing her down and made no attempt to rescue her after she plunged into the water.

Quiet Affair Marks Anniversary of Veng Sreng

There were no workers or activists marching on Tuesday on Veng Sreng Boulevard, where three years ago military police killed five protesting garment workers and injured some 40 more in what rights groups called the worst state violence against civilians in 15 years.