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Commutes Under Scrutiny as Truck Crammed With 80 Workers Overturns

Authorities and labor advocates say they have been ramping up efforts to reduce the danger of daily commutes faced by garment factory workers, even as a truck crammed with 80 workers overturned in Phnom Penh on Thursday morning, leaving about 40 injured.

World Bank Pans New Online System as Step Backward

Despite a much-hyped online business registration system rolled out this year, starting a company in Cambodia has only become harder, a World Bank report released on Wednesday says.

Ministry Seeking to Curb Sexual Images Online

Officials are looking for ways to prevent and potentially criminalize the posting of risque images of Cambodian women on social media, especially those that are sexually suggestive, a ministerial spokesman said on Monday.

UN Envoy Departs With Barrage of Criticism

The U.N.’s envoy to Cambodia concluded her 10-day fact-finding visit on Wednesday with a barrage of criticism over alleged human rights violations, decrying political jailings, land evictions affecting poor families and the “simply unacceptable” routine roundups and detention of Phnom Penh’s vagrants.

25 Years After Peace Accord, Discussing an ‘Unfinished Project’

Marking 25 years since Cambodia and 18 other countries signed a sweeping agreement to restore peace and plant democracy in the country, experts and observers lamented on Tuesday how far the country was from fulfilling the principles of the deal.

City Governor Rules, But Does Not Represent

While Phnom Penh's CPP-appointed governor may rule, the CNRP enjoys broad support across the city and dominated at the ballot box in the 2013 national election before bringing tens of thousands of residents to the streets in the ensuing months.

Deadly Rabies Virus Gets Overdue Attention

It kills more Cambodians every year than malaria. More than dengue fever. It’s 100 percent preventable, but very little has been done to eradicate it.

UN Envoy Talks of Change Amid Worsening Rights Situation

Despite countless meetings with officials and a continuing stream of recommendations to improve human rights in Cambodia, U.N. envoy Rhona Smith has seen the situation deteriorate every time she visits.

Guards Beat NGO Official During Land Protest

State security guards stormed a demonstration on Monday in Phnom Penh and beat the technical supervisor of Licadho, one of the country’s most prominent rights groups, as hundreds of marchers protested against land seizures.

Defiant Young Monks, Students Forced Out of Residences

The threat of police and military force has quashed the open defiance of young monks at Phnom Penh’s Wat Ounalom pagoda, the country’s center of Buddhist authority, after months of rebellion against the demolition of their dormitories to make way for a $4 million dining hall.

‘Footloose’ Garment Sector Continues to Drive Growth

Despite an onset of risks—the uncertainty of upcoming elections, a looming E.U.-Vietnam free-trade deal and a rising U.S. dollar—the immediate outlook for Cambodia’s economy remains bright, a World Bank report released on Wednesday says.

For Migrants, Votes in Phnom Penh ‘Wasted’

The just-passed Pchum Ben holiday weekend was a rare opportunity for many migrant workers to return home to register to vote in the provinces, where their ballots will count for more than if they are cast in Phnom Penh.

Defensive Cambodia Hastens Pivot to China

Amid a torrent of criticism directed at Cambodia’s government recently—particularly from Western democracies outraged by the detention of activists, politicization of the military and repression of peaceful protests—one country has stood firmly in its corner.

Asian Countries Defend Cambodia After UN Envoy Critique

The U.N.’s special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia on Wednesday hit the country with a growing list of criticisms over alleged human rights abuses, which Cambodia parried with the apparent support of neighboring states, including Burma, Laos, Thailand and China.

Election Officials Brace for Pchum Ben Rush

Commune offices around the country are bracing for a surge in voter registrations over the Pchum Ben holiday that could become a make-or-miss moment in building the foundation for upcoming elections.

Japan Pledges $32 Million for Buses, Mine Clearance

Japan and Cambodia will sign an agreement this afternoon for $32 million in aid to go toward mine clearing and public buses for Phnom Penh, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced on Monday.

‘Failed’ Electoral System Ranked Asia’s Worst

An updated study that categorizes countries based on the fairness of their elections has placed Cambodia’s “failed” 2013 poll firmly in its bottom tier, ranking it the worst in the Asia-Pacific region and among the bottom 10 in the world.

Study Exposes Abuse of Trans Cambodians

Cambodia’s first major study of transgender women shows that the group has ween widely abused by authorities and the general public.

Homage to Molyvann Is a Story of Renaissance and Regret

“The Man Who Built Cambodia,” an introduction to architect Vann Molyvann’s contributions to Phnom Penh’s design history, begins in silence.

First Japanese-Run Hospital Opens in Phnom Penh for $35 Million

“I think I want to be the first patient,” Prime Minister Hun Sen, who routinely leaves the country for medical care, said on Tuesday at an opening ceremony for Cambodia’s first Japanese hospital, a state-of-the-art, $35 million facility in Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva district.