Phnom Penh Court Begins Trial of Son Chhay Over Commune Election Criticisms

Opposition Candlelight Party deputy president Son Chhay arrives at Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday to attend his hearing in a defamation lawsuit filed by the NEC. CamboJA/Pring Samrang

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday tried opposition Candlelight Party vice president Son Chhay, who was sued for defamation by the National Election Committee for criticizing the June commune elections. The verdict will be announced October 7, when the court will also hear the second defamation suit filed against him, by the Cambodian People’s Party.

Cambodia At Risk of Being Called ‘Worst Country’ Over Trafficking: PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen gives a speech at the National Inter-Faith Forum Against Human Trafficking on September 29, 2022, in a photo posted to his Facebook page.

PM Hun Sen on Thursday publicly acknowledged that the nation has a human trafficking problem related to illicit gambling, while downplaying the widely reported crimes, saying other nations have similar problems and just hundreds of foreigners were the “real victims.”

Kem Sokha Denies Involvement in ‘Color Revolution’ Trainings

Kem Sokha greets supporters while leaving the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after attending his hearing on January 19, 2022. CamboJA/Pring Samrang

A Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge on Wednesday questioned former opposition CNRP president Kem Sokha about a Serbia-based nonviolent political advocacy organization that the judge said instructed CNRP members in 2016 on how to overthrow the government.

Ahead of SEA Games, a Teen Swimmer Puts on Fins, and Wins Gold

Kaing Muynin, a 16-year-old finswimmer on the Cambodian national team, shows her medals at Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh on September 12, 2022. CamboJA/Pring Samrang

After donning fins in a competitive race for the first time earlier this year, a 16-year-old finswimmer won Cambodia’s first medals for the sport this month, gearing her up to compete in next year’s Southeast Asian Games.

Firm Investigated for Illegal Gambling, Trafficking Given Casino License

The lions roundabout in August 2022 in Sihanoukville, where authorities in mid-September busted a compound for alleged illegal gambling, confinement, torture, human trafficking and other crimes. CamboJA/Pring Samrang

Days after police raided a company’s Sihanoukville compound, arresting 27 foreigners and stating that illegal gambling, human trafficking and other crimes were perpetrated there, the nation’s gambling commission granted the same firm a casino license.

Tribunal Concludes, Upholding Last Khmer Rouge Leader’s Genocide Conviction

Khieu Samphan, the last living leader of the Khmer Rouge regime who was convicted by the Khmer Rouge tribunal, listens to the verdict in his final appeal hearing on September 22, 2022. ECCC

The U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal on Thursday announced its final verdict against a senior leader of Pol Pot’s regime, upholding genocide and other criminal convictions against Khieu Samphan, the last living regime leader sentenced by the court.

Fishers Struggle With Declining Fish Catch, Citing Irregular Water Levels

A man collects fish at the Tonle Sap river bank in Phnom Penh, September 9, 2022. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Fishers, NGOs, and the government say individual fish catch on the Tonle Sap is low again this year. But while a government official said that is primarily due to population growth and illegal fishing, researchers and community members say the culprit is the extremely irregular water levels caused by upstream hydropower dams.

Garment Sector Minimum Wage to Rise to $200 a Month in 2023

Officials and industry and union representatives vote on the new monthly minimum wage for garment workers, $200 a month beginning in 2023, on September 21, 2022 in Phnom Penh. CamboJA/Pring Samrang

The minimum wage for workers in Cambodia’s billion-dollar garment sector will rise to $200 a month next year, a $6 raise that unions said was insufficient while employers raised concerns about profits and regional competitiveness.