Though the tourism sector is officially back, hospitality workers are still waiting for full recovery

A staff works at a hotel in Phnom Penh, December 11, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

“I always think about how to find money to pay [debts] and support my family with little savings and reduced spending. It’s high pressure and my wife cannot work because she has to take care of my children,” he said.

Phnom Penh Municipal Court resumes trials of opposition party activists

A prison truck brings former CNRP activists and inmates to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on December 7, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court today resumed the first of a series of trials involving 44 opposition party activists charged with plotting and incitement to cause social chaos in connection to the failed attempt by leading opposition figure Sam Rainsy to return to Cambodia from exile on November 9, 2019. The trials had been delayed for several months due to COVID-19.

Civil society organizations and unions express disappointment with NagaWorld layoffs

The NagaWorld casino and hotel complex as seen in Phnom Penh, December 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

25 organizations, associations and unions have expressed their disappointment with Phnom Penh casino NagaWorld for what they describe as its attempts to dissolve the casino’s union leadership structure, saying that the move was unreasonable and unacceptable during COVID-19.

Entrepreneur program aims to help female street vendors challenged by pandemic, lack of legal status

A female street vendor sells fruit in Phnom Penh, November 30, 2021.CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A new training and investment program for female entrepreneurs will target street vendors struggling to stay afloat during the pandemic.

Sin Khon’s friends and family claim murder was politically motivated

A portrait of the late Sin Khon, an activist associated with the former CNRP, is seen near his mother in Ta Keo province, November 23, 2021. Photo taken by Em Bunnarith

Family and friends of murdered student Sin Khon have said that they believe the young opposition activist was targeted in a political assassination, rejecting public statements by police that Khon was killed after getting into an argument with a motorcycle repairmen and his brother while drunk.