Pailin Authorities Prevent Migration Law Training for Villagers

A border protection police battallion based in the Kamrieng district of Battambang province on October 16 arrested the organizer of a group of migrant workers who allegedly attempting illegal crossings into Thailand. Photo sourced from the battallion's Facebook page.

Villagers and civil society activists in Pailin province say they were blocked from holding an educational forum on migration this week, with authorities saying the restrictions were due to the new coronavirus variant.

Domestic Workers Urge Official Recognition to Prevent Abuses

Muong Samnang cleans her home in the Chamkarmon district of Phnom Penh, December 8, 2021. CamboJA/ Chea Sokny

“The Ministry should consider domestic workers [the same as] as factory workers, so that domestic workers are not abused by their employers or landlords,” a domestic worker In Yen said.

Body of Prince Ranariddh returned to Cambodia

The body of Prince Norodom Ranariddh is carried by Cambodian officers at the international airport in Phnom Penh, December 5, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The body then was sent to the royal palace, where traditional Cambodian and Buddhist funeral ceremonies will be held. According to a statement released last Friday, the Cambodian government has also chosen Wednesday as the official day of mourning marking the prince’s death.

Impasse Over NagaWorld Layoffs After Union Leaders Meet Labor Ministry Official

Representatives of the Naga World staff arrive the Labour Ministry to reinstate for a meeting in Phnom Penh, December 3, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A meeting between the Ministry of Labor and the unions representing NagaWorld workers made little headway on Friday and ended with the laid-off casino staff vowing to go ahead with a mass protest this month.

Youth activists cry foul after being turned away from community forests

Authorities in Kampong Thom province’s Sandan district stop a youth group from visiting the O’Kbal Daun Krey community forest. Photo taken on September 25, 2021. Cheat Chan Rainsy

Several youth environmental groups said they have been blocked from entering community forests in recent months, with local authorities saying they need special permits and that the forests are too dangerous to camp in.