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.

New Adhoc president urges government to release all political prisoners before commune election

New Adhoc president, Ny Sokha, speaks during an exclusive interview with CamboJA in Phnom Penh, July 7, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The newly appointed president of rights group Adhoc urged the government to release all prisoners of conscience before the 2022 commune election as a step to ensuring a more democratic society.

Protests after three villagers charged over occupying private property

Kandal province villagers leave the Ministry of Justice after protesting over arrests in their land dispute, July 5, 2021.CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

About 50 villagers involved in an ongoing land dispute gathered at the Ministry of Justice on Monday asking for intervention after three of their representatives were arrested and charged with incitement for occupying private land in Kandal province.

Their trial finished, Paris Peace Agreement protesters now await verdict in incitement case

Former CNRP activists arrive at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for their hearing, July 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has finished the trial of activists who took part in an October 23 protest outside the Chinese embassy calling for the Cambodian government to respect the Paris Peace Agreements and oppose a Chinese military presence.