Migrants still slipping through closed Thai-Cambodian border, despite pandemic fears

A military truck carrying returning migrant workers from Thailand to a quarantine center in Banteay Meanchey province on June 10, 2021. CamboJA/ Vann Vichar

In April, 18-year-old Sophoth illegally crossed the Thai-Cambodian border to work at a factory. In July, he was arrested and sent back through a legal border checkpoint. His journey mirrors that of many Cambodian workers who continue to cross into Thailand each month despite the coronavirus-related border closures, in the hopes of earning a living wage.

French court drops case of nearly 100 Bunong families in rubber plantation dispute

Members of the Bunong indigenous minority gathered in front of the Mondulkriri provincial hall in 2009 to seek intervention in their land dispute with French-funded firm Socfin-KCD. Supplied

Civil rights groups are decrying the erosion of indigenous land rights after a French court dropped a lawsuit from a collective of 97 Bunong minority families from Mondulkiri province in a long-running dispute with Cambodian rubber plantation firm Socfin-KCD.