Civil society groups call for transparency in development projects

Villagers gather to demonstrate in front of police barricades where authorities blocked a road leading to their farmland, which is being cleared to prepare the site for a planned airport in Kandal Stung district, Picture taken on September 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Several civil society groups said on Wednesday that grassroots communities lack access to information on significant development projects affecting their communities including economic land concessions, often with a serious impact on people’s livelihoods.

Siem Reap restaurant owners imprisoned for allegedly violating COVID-19 measures

A man drives his family across a barrier placed at the lockdown zone at Siem Reap's Sala Kamroeuk commune, which was affected by COVID-19. July 26, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Six restaurant owners and managers in Siem Reap have been arrested and sent to pretrial detention as part of an investigation into the community outbreak of COVID-19 in early June this year. The accused were charged with having disregarded anti-COVID-19 measures, allegedly causing the virus to be transmitted to others on July 24 and July 25.