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Cambodia's garment workers fret over deadly daily commutes

Jan 08, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Cambodia makes clothes and shoes for top western brands. Garment workers face dismal conditions, including potentially deadly commutes.

This picture taken on December 12, 2019 shows garment factory workers standing in a truck, which they use to commute to and from work, in Kampong Speu province. - Cambodia's garment workers -- the majority of whom are women -- make dicey daily commutes in a country where road accidents are a leading cause of death. (Photo by TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP) / TO GO WITH Cambodia-labour-textile-workers-commute,SCENE by Suy SE and Joe FREEMAN

Cambodia building collapse death toll hits 36 as rescue called off

Jan 05, 2020 - 2:55 PM

(UPDATED) 23 survivors have been pulled out from the under-construction 7-storey hotel that crumbled to the ground in seaside Kep province

SEARCH. Rescue personnel work at the site where an under-construction building collapsed on January 3, in southern Cambodia's coastal Kep province on January 5, 2020. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Filipina journalist files sexual harassment complaint vs Cambodia news publisher

Dec 13, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The Khmer Times publisher, Mohan Tirvgmanasam Banddam or T. Mohan, has denied the accusations

ACCUSATION. The publisher of Khmer Times, T. Mohan (middle), is accused of sexually harassing a 26-year-old Filina reporter. Mohan denies the allegation. Photo from L'Hebdo du Cambodge's Facebook

Cambodia 'bug cafe' serves up insect tapas, ant spring rolls, 'bug mac'

Nov 29, 2019 - 5:22 PM

Siem Reap's first insect tapas restaurant mixes cocktail culture with creepy crawler fare, serving up silkworm taro croquettes, a burger made of bugs, and a cricket cheesecake

Cambodian opposition leader still to face treason trial – PM

Nov 18, 2019 - 3:49 PM

Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia since 1985, clarifies on Monday that Cambodian opposition figure Kem Sokha would still face trial

KEM SOKHA. This photo taken on September 11, 2018 shows Cambodia's opposition leader Kem Sokha (L) sitting with his mother Sao Nget while confined by the government at his residence in Phnom Penh. File photo by Chhea Bunnarith/AFP

Cambodian opposition figure barred from flight in Malaysia

Nov 14, 2019 - 12:03 AM

Sam Rainsy says he missed his flight from Kuala Lumpur and would catch another one to Jakarta early Thursday, November 14

BARRED. In this file photo, Cambodian opponent in exile and leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party Sam Rainsy talks at the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport, north of Paris on November 7, 2019 during his failed attempt to board a plane for Bangkok after he planned to return to Phnom Penh for Cambodia's independence day. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

Cambodia opposition figure says pressure growing on Hun Sen

Nov 12, 2019 - 8:55 PM

'There is a combination of internal pressure and external pressure – the two combined will have a decisive influence,' says Cambodia's self-exiled opposition figurehead Sam Rainsy

SAM RAINSY. Cambodia's exiled opposition figurehead Sam Rainsy, who leads the Cambodia National Rescue Party, speaks during an interview with Agence France-Presse in Kuala Lumpur on November 12, 2019. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Cambodia lifts house arrest restrictions on opposition figure

Nov 10, 2019 - 6:36 PM

Kem Sokha's political partner Sam Rainsy also calls for the treason charge against his opposition colleague to be dismissed

HOUSE ARREST. This file photo taken on September 11, 2018 shows Cambodia's opposition leader Kem Sokha (L) sitting with his mother Sao Nget while confined by the government at his residence in Phnom Penh. Photo by Chhea Bunnarith/AFP

Exiled Cambodian opposition figurehead arrives in Malaysia

Nov 09, 2019 - 6:10 PM

Security is beefed up at the Cambodian borders as Sam Rainsy attempts a dramatic return

OPPOSITION LEADER. Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy arrives at a conference room to speak to the press in Tokyo on November 10, 2015. File photo by Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP

Cambodia holds its breath as opposition chief vows return on independence day

Nov 08, 2019 - 9:31 PM

'This may be the first time and the last time that you see me alive as a free man,' Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy says in a video before a risky attempt to return home

HOMECOMING? Cambodia National Rescue Party co-founder Sam Rainsy attempts to enter Cambodia after 4 years of self-exile. Photo by Kimlong Meng/NURPHOTO/CORBIS via Getty Images on Coda Story

Cambodia opposition figure not giving up on bid to get home

Nov 08, 2019 - 8:54 PM

Following her release, 65-year-old Mu Sochua says she will still seek to return to Cambodia by traveling overland through Thailand

GOING HOME. This picture taken on October 5, 2017, shows Cambodia National Rescue Party deputy party leader Mu Sochua gesturing during an interview at an undisclosed location in Bangkok. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Malaysia detains Cambodian opposition figure

Nov 07, 2019 - 2:25 PM

(UPDATED) Mu Sochua, deputy leader of Sam Rainsy's Cambodia National Rescue Party, is held at Kuala Lumpur airport late Wednesday, Human Rights Watch says

MU SOCHUA. This picture taken on October 5, 2017 shows Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) deputy party leader Mu Sochua posing for a photograph at an undisclosed location in Bangkok. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Thailand won't allow Cambodian opposition leader to transit – prime minister

Nov 07, 2019 - 12:26 PM

The Thai leader says: 'We will not allow anti-government (parties) to use Thailand as a base,' an apparent reference to Cambodian opposition Sam Rainsy

Cambodia's main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy arrives at a conference room to speak to the press in Tokyo on November 10, 2015. The leader of Cambodia's main opposition on November 10 called for a peaceful transfer of power in elections in 2018, encouraged by a historic vote in nearby Myanmar. Cambodia has been ruled for three decades by Hun Sen, frequently accused by rights groups of stamping out dissent and ignoring human rights abuses. AFP PHOTO / Yoshikazu TSUNO / AFP PHOTO / YOSHIKAZU TSUNO

Cambodia launches online disinformation campaign to repress opposition groups

Nov 06, 2019 - 4:28 PM

Cambodia National Rescue Party co-founder Sam Rainsy's return to the country brings authorities to mischaracterize his statements and release over 30 seemingly forced 'confessions' from his supporters

SAM RAINSY. Photo by Kimlong Meng/NURPHOTO/CORBIS via Getty Images for Coda Story

Body of missing British tourist found off Cambodia coast

Oct 31, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Amelia Bambridge was discovered in waters near the Thai border, says Chuon Narin, police chief of Preah Sihanouk province

FOUND. In this file photo, a police dog team leaves to continue the search for then missing British tourist Amelia Bambridge on Koh Rong island in Sihanoukville province on October 31, 2019. File photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

6 Cambodians held as hopes fade for missing British tourist

Oct 29, 2019 - 3:11 PM

Nearly 200 army, navy, and police personnel scour Koh Rong island in southern Cambodia to find tourist Amelia Bambridge, last seen at a beach party on October 24

SEARCHING. Cambodian volunteers search for missing British woman Amelia Bambridge in Koh Rong island in Sihanoukville province on October 29, 2019. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

A digital echo of the Khmer Rouge haunts phones in Cambodia

Oct 27, 2019 - 8:00 AM

A pattern of phone taps, leaks and arrests is reminding some Cambodians of Pol Pot’s tactics

Image for Coda Story by Nika Kobaidze

3 men charged with gang-raping French tourist in Cambodia

Oct 19, 2019 - 2:49 PM

The men — a 36-year-old taxi driver and two construction workers aged 19 and 23 — face up to 15 years in jail if convicted

Temple runs in Siem Reap

Oct 15, 2019 - 8:30 AM

They pay homage to a rich heritage of early kingdoms, gods, and kings

Cambodia's first gay dance troupe upends centuries of tradition

Oct 05, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Bare-chested men wearing crowns and traditional sarongs glide through the slow, graceful movements of the Khmer dance, arching their hands back in poses normally performed by young women in golden dresses

This photo taken on August 31, 2019 shows choreographer Prumsodun Ok (R) with members from the Prumsodun Ok & Natyarasa dance company during an Apsara dance performance in Phnom Penh. Prumsodum OK & Natyarasa is an all-male Apsara company that aims to infuse classical Cambodian ballet with fresh faces, newer music, and cutting-edge outfits. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

Filipina reporter quits Cambodia newspaper due to alleged sexual harassment

Jul 05, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The publisher and the chief operating officer of the Khmer Times deny the accusations

ACCUSATION. The publisher of Khmer Times, T. Mohan (middle), is accused of sexually harassing a 26-year-old Filina reporter. Mohan denies the allegation. Photo from L'Hebdo du Cambodge's Facebook

Cambodia premier condemns use of rights as 'political tool'

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:33 PM

In a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Cambodia's premier Hun Sen says rights issues are being used as a 'hostage' in talks on economic ties

HUN SEN. In this file photo, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen attends the plenary session of the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bangkok on June 22, 2019. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

2 survivors, 3 bodies pulled from collapsed Cambodia building

Jun 24, 2019 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen declares the rescue and recovery operation over with 28 dead and 26 injured

NO MORE SURVIVORS. Rescue workers recover the body of a victim from the debris of an under-construction building two days after it collapsed in Sihanoukville early on June 24, 2019. Photo by Sun Rethy Kun/AFP

Rescuers scour rubble as Cambodia building collapse toll rises to 18

Jun 23, 2019 - 1:37 PM

(UPDATED) 'At around 4am there was a loud 'bang'... my floor trembled, suddenly the building went down. I was crushed by debris from my waist down,' says survivor Phat Sophal

BUILDING COLLAPSE. Cambodian rescue workers on June 23, 2019, picked through the rubble of a collapsed Chinese-owned building in a desperate search for survivors after the construction site accident killed at least 17 people. Photo by Sun Rethy Kun/AFP

7 dead in Cambodia building collapse

Jun 22, 2019 - 2:47 PM

(UPDATED) Four people are detained in connection with the accident, including the Chinese building owner, the head of the construction firm, and the contractor

Rescue workers use an earthmover to clear debris after an under-construction building collapsed in Sihanoukville June 22, 2109. - At least three people died when an under-construction building collapsed in a Cambodian beach resort early on June 22, officials said, with fears dozens more may be buried in the rubble. (Photo by Ly LAY / AFP)

Hun Sen denies Cambodia is Chinese 'colony' as work on $2 billion road begins

Mar 22, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Beijing's communist rulers lavishes the poor but strategically useful kingdom of Cambodia with aid and loans

DEFENDING CHINA. Cambodian premier Hun Sen defends China's road project in the country. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

'Fresh News' and the future of the fourth estate in Cambodia

Mar 22, 2019 - 7:22 AM

In the Cambodian government’s ongoing war on the media, a website called Fresh News is one of the country’s most useful sources of political misinformation and propaganda

Poachers kill elephant in Cambodia wildlife sanctuary

Feb 25, 2019 - 4:25 PM

The body of the male Asian elephant is found on Sunday, February 24, in a wildlife sanctuary in northeastern Mondulkiri province, according to Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra

This recent undated handout photo released on February 25, 2019 by the Cambodian Ministry of Environment shows Cambodian authorities examining the body of a dead elephant in northeastern Mondulkiri province. Handout photo by Cambodian Ministry of Environment/AFP

Hun Sen calls on military to 'destroy' opponents

Jan 25, 2019 - 12:02 AM

Hun Sen urges the army to 'destroy... revolutions that attempt to topple the legitimate government,' adding he is 'not afraid to issue an order' if faced with threats

CRITICIZE. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen hit Western governments for pushing democracy on the country. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Cambodia PM says EU holding country 'hostage' with tariff threats

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:38 PM

In October, the European Union threatened to withdraw the duty-free Everything But Arms scheme (EBA), which benefits exports from Cambodia's garment and footwear sector

CAMBODIA PM. In this file photo, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers his address before a huge gathering for garment workers in Phnom Penh on August 15, 2018. Photo by AFP

Cambodia celebrates 40th anniversary of Khmer Rouge ouster

Jan 07, 2019 - 5:40 PM

It was on January 7, 1979 when the country ended the reign of terror of the ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, that left two million Cambodians dead from starvation, hard labor, torture and mass executions

This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav -better known as Duch in the courtroom in Phnom Penh on March 20, 2012. Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court was rocked on March 19, by the second resignation of an international judge in recent months amid a row over whether to pursue more former regime members. AFP PHOTO / ECCC / NHET SOKHENG ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NHET SOKHENG / ECCC" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by NHET SOKHENG / ECCC / AFP)

Bricked in by poverty, Cambodia's farmers fight debt bondage

Jan 02, 2019 - 3:35 PM

Unpredictable weather linked to climate change is laying waste to Cambodian fields

BRICK FACTORY. This photograph taken on December 11, 2018 shows Cambodian women working at a brick factory on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. - Saddled with debt from failed harvests, tens of thousands of farmers are turning to brick factories, where owners pay off their bills in exchange for labour. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP

Cambodia strongman Hun Sen derides 'democracy' in fiery speech

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:16 PM

'Don't make war by using what is called democracy and human rights, in which democratic countries used to make the mistake of supporting Lon Nol's coup,' says the country's strongman leader Hun Sen

CRITICIZE. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen hit Western governments for pushing democracy on the country. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

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Dec 14, 2018 - 9:26 PM

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Miss USA apologizes over 'xenophobic' remarks vs Miss Cambodia, Miss Vietnam

Dec 14, 2018 - 1:00 PM

'My life, friendships, and career revolve around me being a compassionate and empathetic woman. I would never intend to hurt another,' says Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers

KISS AND MAKE UP. Miss USA apologizes following backlash over what some say were 'xenophobic' comments made about Miss Cambodia and Miss Vietnam. Photo from Miss Australia's Instagram

Cambodia genocide verdict a signal to other perpetrators – U.S.

Nov 17, 2018 - 10:01 PM

'Let this be a message to other perpetrators of mass atrocities, even those at the highest levels, including former heads of state, that such actions will not be tolerated and they will ultimately be brought to justice,' says US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert

VERDICT. Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin (C), speaks as Legal Counsel of the United Nations, Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs Miguel de Serpa Soares (2nd-R) looks on during a press conference after the verdict of two former Khmer Rouge leaders at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh on November 16, 2018.Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The events covered by the verdict span the 4 years of the Pol Pot regime and include extensive crimes against humanity

GUILTY. This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge leader head of state Khieu Samphan (L) and 'Brother Number Two' Nuon Chea (R) in the courtroom at ECCC in Phnom Penh on October 31, 2013. File photo by Mark Peters/ECCC/AFP

Convicted Khmer Rouge prison chief hospitalized

Oct 24, 2018 - 2:59 PM

Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, is serving out a life sentence for his role in managing a Phnom Penh detention center where thousands were incarcerated, tortured and sent to their deaths in nearby 'Killing Fields'

IN HOSPIRAL. This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav -better known as Duch in the courtroom in Phnom Penh on March 20, 2012. Photo by Nhet Sokheng/ECCC/AFP

Cambodia offers to resume search for U.S. Vietnam War missing

Oct 14, 2018 - 4:30 AM

Cambodian strongman Hun Sen says his intention is to restart the 'important' mission of retrieving the remains of American soldiers killed during the Vietnam War

REMAINS. A joint US/Kingdom of Cambodia team investigated the crash site at the Vietnam side of the border and found the remains of US military service members from the Vietnam War. File photo by Paul Richards/AFP

Cambodian parliament launches era of one-party rule

Sep 05, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Parliament will reconvene on Thursday for the formality of voting Hun Sen back in as prime minister, extending his 33-year rule over the country by another 5 years.

CAMBODIA'S PARLIAMENT. This handout photo taken and released by the National Assembly on September 5, 2018 shows lawmakers meeting at the National Assembly during the opening ceremony of the parliament in Phnom Penh. Photo by Cambodia National Assembly/AFP

‘To forget is a crime’: Genocide survivor helps heal Cambodia’s wounds

Sep 01, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Youk Chhang receives the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2018 for his work gathering and preserving evidence of the Khmer Rouge abuses

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cambodia king pardons jailed opposition lawmaker

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:57 PM

In an interview with government-aligned media, Um Sam An says his newfound freedom was a chance to 'reconcile the nation'

PARDONED. Former Cambodian opposition lawmaker Um Sam An (R) speaks to media at a pagoda after he was released by royal pardon in Phnom Penh on August 25, 2018. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Cambodia opposition leader denied bail again

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Kem Sokha's supporters earlier hoped he would be freed once the election result is beyond dispute

KEM SOKHA. Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha (L) is escorted by police at his home in Phnom Penh on September 3, 2017. File photo by AFP

Cambodia frees activist, bails journalists after flawed election

Aug 21, 2018 - 7:47 PM

Cambodia's king pardons land campaigner Tep Vanny at the request of strongman prime minister Hun Sen, days after he officially extended his 33-year grip on power

TEP VANNY. Cambodian land activist Tep Vanny speaks to journalists outside Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh on August 21, 2018 after she was released by a Royal pardon on August 20. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

[OPINION] Finding a way forward for Cambodia after sham elections

Aug 21, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The Prime Minister is treating Cambodia as a personal fiefdom that can one day be handed over to one of his sons

Cambodia ruling party sweeps parliament after vote with no opposition

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The dissolved opposition is planning on ramping up efforts with governments abroad to put more pressure on Cambodian leader Hun Sen

HUN SEN. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers his address before a huge gathering for garment workers in Phnom Penh on August 15, 2018. AFP PHOTO

Cambodia PM Facebook hacked to 'give away parliament seats'

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Hackers break into Hun Sen's official Facebook page and say the Cambodian People's Party would give away 4 seats to other parties

HUN SEN HACKED. Image of Hun Sen from http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51942 via Wikipedia

Cayetano defends why PH hailed controversial Cambodia polls

Aug 07, 2018 - 7:51 PM

'The Western countries sometimes have their standard of what elections should be,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano

CAMBODIA POLLS. Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano explains why the Philippines congratulated Cambodia on its recent elections. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Cambodia strongman Hun Sen swears to die if vote numbers inflated

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party claims it won all 125 parliamentary seats in the deeply flawed July 29 poll, cementing the country as a one-party state and extending his 33-year grip on power

DIE BY THE NUMBERS. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) waves at supporters during a campaign rally in Phnom Penh on July 27, 2018.  Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

PH hails globally condemned Cambodia elections

Aug 05, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines says the Cambodian elections were 'successful' – a far cry from the chorus of condemnation from the United States, Australia, and the European Union

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands during their meeting at the Peace Palace in Cambodia on December 14, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo