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Will Cambodia’s Challenge to Deportations Last?

Sameth Nhean’s travel documents, which Cambodia issues to authorize the repatriation of its nationals from the U.S., expired on August 8.

US Sex Offender Charged With Rape of Cambodian Child

A U.S. sex offender who was to be extradited from Cambodia will remain to stand trial after being accused of raping a 5-year-old girl, officials said on Monday.

No Issuance of New Travel Documents for US Deportees, Gov’t Says

The government has stopped issuing new travel documents allowing Cambodians to be deported from the U.S., an official said on Thursday.

Thai Migration Leaves Workers Vulnerable to Abuse: Report

Cambodian workers who migrate to Thailand seeking jobs and higher pay are more likely to do so illegally, which is cheaper than going through legal channels but also leaves them vulnerable to traffickers, according to a study from a U.N. agency released on Thursday.

Denied Asylum, 13 Montagnards Sent to Vietnam

Thirteen Montagnards whose asylum requests were denied by Cambodia were deported on Thursday to Vietnam, a police official said.

Montagnards Depart Phnom Penh for Vietnam

Thirteen Montagnard asylum-seekers left Phnom Penh on Wednesday morning for the Vietnamese border, which they are scheduled to cross today, joining more than 140 others whose return to Vietnam the U.N. refugee agency has facilitated since July 2015, an agency spokesperson said.

In Japan, Hun Sen Guarantees ‘Peace, Security’ for Investors

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday told Japanese investors that he would “guarantee peace, security and a stable political situation” despite next year’s looming national election, ahead of which the premier has ratcheted up threats and intimidation of opponents.

Deportation of Montagnards Stalled After UN Objection

The government has stalled its latest effort to deport a group of Vietnamese asylum-seekers at the behest of the U.N. refugee agency, an official said on Sunday, after stating last month that the 16 Montagnards would soon be expelled to Vietnam.

Girl Suffers Electric Shock at Siem Reap Pool, Parents Say

A mother-and-daughter trip to Cambodia to see the temples of Siem Reap province ended abruptly late last month when the 8-year-old girl sustained second-degree electrical burns from a hotel pool lighting system, according to her mother and hospital medical records.

Suspect: Trafficked Weapons From Japan Disarming Program

A man accused of international arms trafficking told authorities that he had taken the weapons nearly a decade ago from areas in Cambodia where a Japanese-funded program had worked to collect tens of thousands of illegal small arms, officials said.

19 Endangered Ibis Nests Found in Preah Vihear

Nineteen nests of Cambodia’s national bird, the critically endangered giant ibis, were located in Preah Vihear province in the last two months, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Cambodia said in a statement released on Wednesday.

Monk Launches Campaign Against LDP Leader Khem Veasna

The chief monk of a Phnom Penh pagoda has launched a petition campaign against the outspoken leader of a minor opposition party claiming that he has continuously insulted monks, the Buddhist religion and the Khmer people.

Thai Employers Report 60K Cambodian Migrants

Nearly 60,000 Cambodian migrant laborers working illegally in Thailand were reported by their employers to Thai authorities last week, following the opening of centers on July 24 where employers could register undocumented laborers, the U.N. migration agency said on Monday.

Child Sex Offender Arrested in Cambodia Will Be Deported to US

A U.S. registered sex offender who was convicted for child abuse in 2002 and served prison time in his home country was arrested by Cambodian police on Friday in Battambang province and will be deported to the U.S., officials said on Sunday.

Chinese Nationals, Seven From Taiwan, to Be Deported Over Scam

After their arrests for allegedly operating an internet voice call scam in Cambodia, 31 Chinese nationals, including seven from Taiwan, were set to be deported to mainland China this week against the wishes of Taiwan, officials said on Wednesday.

Deminer Stockpiled Smuggled Arms: Police

A Cambodian Mine Action Centre employee arrested for alleged involvement in cross-border weapons smuggling told authorities he had stockpiled arms found in an underground cache in 2008, a police official said on Monday.

Police: Deminer Stockpiled Smuggled Arms

A Cambodian Mine Action Centre employee arrested for alleged involvement in cross-border weapons smuggling told authorities he had stockpiled arms found in an underground cache in 2008, a police official said yesterday. “Based on our information, he kept 20 AK-47 assault rifles and three 82 mm grenades at his home” in Battambang City, said Sith Los, deputy chief of the Banteay Meanchey provincial police.

Five Thai Men Arrested Were Hired to Transport Weapons

Five Thai men arrested and charged with illegal weapons possession in Thailand this week have told authorities there that they were hired at the border to transport the arms and ammunition from Cambodia, a Royal Thai Police spokesman said on Thursday.

Government to Continue Drug Crackdown With Nearly $1M Budget

Prime Minister Hun Sen has authorized a six-month extension of the government’s anti-drug campaign, an anti-drug authority official said on Thursday.

More Than Arrests Needed to End Child Begging, NGOs Say

Anti-poverty NGOs on Tuesday said an adequate social safety net and change in the public’s attitude toward panhandling would be needed for Phnom Penh’s social affairs department to reach its goal of eliminating child begging in the capital by year’s end.