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Government Confirms Trip to Nauru

The Interior Ministry on Thursday confirmed for the first time that Cambodian officials are paying a second visit to the South Pacific island nation of Nauru this week to look for refugees interested in resettling in Cambodia, but said the delegation has yet to find any takers.

March 27, 2015

NGO Says Cambodian Officials Back on Nauru to Meet Refugees

Refugees on Nauru say Cambodian officials have returned to the tiny South Pacific island nation to once more try to convince some of them to resettle in Cambodia, according to an Australia-based group that advocates for refugee rights.

March 26, 2015

ADB Expects Cambodian Economy to Pick Up

The Asian Development Bank is predicting a steady uptick in Cambodia’s economic growth to 7.3 percent and 7.5 percent in 2015 and 2016, respectively, on the strength of improved performance in the country’s trade partners and a tempered political environment at home.

March 25, 2015

Plantations and Families Set Rules for IFC-Mediated Talks

A year after some 2,000 families filed a complaint with the International Finance Corporation for financing rubber plantations they accuse of grabbing their farms and logging their sacred forests, all sides have finally agreed to a set of ground rules for negotiations and hope to settle the dispute by December.

March 20, 2015

Young Cambodians Embracing Graft: Survey

Most Cambodians between the ages of 15 and 30 are prepared to pay bribes to get ahead and many believe they can engage in corruption without losing their integrity, according to the results of a survey released Wednesday by Transparency International Cambodia.

March 19, 2015

Government Rejects Report Alleging Abuse of Workers

The Labor Ministry has rejected a scathing new report from U.S.-based Human Rights Watch listing a litany of labor abuses by the country’s garment factories, insisting that government inspectors keep a close watch over employers.

March 16, 2015

‘Systematic’ Labor Abuse at Garment Plants, Group Finds

Forced overtime, child labor, union busting, abuse of short-term contracts and shadowy sub-contracted factories remain rampant in the country’s $5.75 billion garment sector amid “dismal” government oversight, Human Rights Watch says in a new report.

March 13, 2015

No More ADB Funding to Finish Stalled Railway Project

Visiting Asian Development Bank President Takehiko Nakao said Tuesday that no more money would be forthcoming from the bank to complete a stalled and bankrupt project to rehabilitate Cambodia’s old railway lines, a $142 million effort that had been billed as a key infrastructure initiative.

March 11, 2015

Hydropower Dam Puts a Way of Life at Risk

In the heart of the Areng Valley, on the edges of the rolling Cardamom Mountains, an old Bodhi tree pierces the thick green canopy. At its base, nestled in between its hanging roots, sits a ramshackle altar of tin and timber for the spirit of the forest.

February 28, 2015

World Bank Rejects Meeting With Land Evictees

The World Bank has turned down a suggestion that it hold a meeting somewhere outside of Cambodia exclusively with families that have been forcibly evicted from their land before it decides whether to lift a current freeze on new lending to the country.

February 27, 2015
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