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Australia Sets Aside $12.1M to Settle Refugees Here

Australia on Tuesday revealed that it will be spending AU$15 million (US$12.1 million) on resettling refugees in Cambodia under a controversial deal the two countries signed last year, on top of the AU$40 million (US$31.2 million) in additional aid Cambodia will receive for agreeing to the scheme.

May 27, 2015

Cambodia Approves Resettlement of 4 Refugees

Eight months after a contentious deal was signed to move to Cambodia refugees that Australia had been holding on the island nation of Nauru, the resettlement applications of the first four refugees to volunteer for the scheme have been approved, Cambodia’s Interior Ministry said Thursday.

May 22, 2015

The Eerie and Absurd Combine in Day of Anger

There may be few more poignant takes on catharsis-by-theater than the manic play performed Wednesday—and every year on Cambodia’s annual Day of Anger—amid the mass graves of a Khmer Rouge killing field on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

May 21, 2015

Gov’t Says US Ambassador’s Remarks ‘Insolent’

The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday hit back hard at U.S. Ambassador William Todd over recent comments he made on a controversial draft law that aims to regulate the country’s multimillion dollar NGO sector, calling his remarks “extremely insolent.”

May 21, 2015

Sugar Exports to Europe Drop After Peak Year

Cambodia’s sugar shipments to Europe fell by 41 percent last year, according to trade data from the European Union (E.U.), a significant drop for one of the country’s most controversial exports.

May 13, 2015

Evictees Want Land Back From Nixed Sugar Farms

Farmers in Oddar Meanchey province who were kicked off their land by three now-canceled sugarcane plantations say soldiers have started to move onto their old farms and urged the government Monday to return the the land to the people who lost it.

May 12, 2015

First Quarter Garment Exports Up 11 Percent, Ministry Says

Cambodia’s year-over-year garment exports for the first quarter grew by 11 percent, according to the latest figures from the Commerce Ministry, indicating a possible recovery from a difficult 2014 for one of the country’s most important industries.

May 11, 2015

Secret Draft of NGO Law Arrives at Council of Ministers

The latest draft of a controversial law to regulate the work of the country’s robust NGO sector has reached the Council of Ministers, precluding any more public meetings on the proposed legislation, at least until it arrives at the National Assembly.

May 8, 2015

Gov’t Urged to Continue Negotiating NGO Law

More than 300 NGOs are making a last-ditch effort to bring the government back to the negotiating table over a draft law they fear could be used to quash dissent and which Prime Minister Hun Sen hopes to have passed as soon as this month.

May 5, 2015
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