Relatives of Missing Casino Workers Still Lack Compensation, DNA Results

The aftermath of the fire at Grand Diamond City hotel and casino, where at least 27 people died, on December 29, 2022. (CamboJA/ Pring Samrang)

Several Cambodian families missing relatives who worked at a Poipet casino engulfed in a deadly fire in late December say weeks later they have still not received information or compensation from authorities and the casino’s owners. 

Detained Candlelight Leader Did Not Authorize Bad Checks, Lawyer says

Candlelight Party Vice President Thach Setha speaks at the party’s office in Phnom Penh on April 4, 2022. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Candlelight party vice president Thach Setha did not complete or intend to issue the bad checks which led to his arrest, says his lawyer Sam Sokhong. 

Candlelight Leaders Decry Persecution as Hun Sen Threatens Another Lawsuit

Candlelight Party members prepare to install the party sign in Kampong Thom province. Picture from the Candlelight Party's FB page.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday threatened to sue the opposition Candlelight party after its leaders accused the ruling CPP of political persecution in the run-up to the July 23 national elections.

Candlelight Leaders Seek Release of Imprisoned Vice President

Candlelight party leaders at a press conference at the party’s office in Phnom Penh on January 17, 2023. CamboJA/ Sorn Sarath

Candlelight party leadership say they are negotiating with the ruling CPP to seek the release of Candlelight’s vice president Thach Setha after he was arrested and detained in Prey Sar prison Monday for alleged bad checks issued in 2019.

Candlelight Party Vice President Thach Setha Arrested

Candlelight Party Vice President Thach Setha speaks at the party’s office in Phnom Penh on April 4, 2022. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Candlelight Party Vice President Thach Setha was arrested Monday after the Phnom Penh municipal court issued a warrant for his arrest, according to police and court spokespersons.

Cambodia Prepares for the Return of Chinese Tourists and Visitors

Tourists visit the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, January 13, 2023. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

As China reopens its borders, removing quarantine and testing requirements for returning travelers, the Cambodian government said it was eager to welcome back Chinese tourists and investors while rights groups urged the government to do more to prevent transnational crime. 

Families of Missing Casino Workers Seek Compensation and Closure as Authorities Remain Vague Over Possible Cambodian Deaths

Heang Bunnoeun (left) and Ban Doch (right) hold photos of their missing relatives, Bunnoeun’s sister-in-law Oeur Thy and Doch’s niece Sam Sreymom, on December 30, 2022. (CamboJA / Jack Brook)

Authorities have claimed no Cambodians died in the blaze which engulfed a Poipet casino in late December, but the relatives of one Khmer woman trapped in the building at the time of the fire have already held her funeral. 

“Workers Blood” Rap Video Removed from NGO Licadho’s Facebook, Website After Police Threaten Legal Action

Licadho operations director Am Sam Ath leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Police headquarter after meeting with police on January 09, 2023. (CamboJA/ Pring Samrang)

Human rights NGO Licadho removed a rap music video from its website and Facebook page after Phnom Penh police interrogated its operations director on Monday and requested several other civil society leaders appear for additional questioning this week.