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.

Cambodian fisherman escaped violence by jumping ship, spending four days adrift

Fishermen who were rescued from Thai fishing boats are served breakfast at a building in Chroy Changva district, Phnom Penh June 18, 2015.CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

During the four days he spent adrift on a buoy after escaping violent coworkers on a Malaysian fishing boat, Pei Poeun said he had little hope of survival.

Cambodia will temporarily accept up to 300 Afghan refugees

Drivers pass the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Picture taken on August 3, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The Cambodian government said it has agreed to shelter up to 300 Afghan refugees while they are being processed for third country resettlement.

Advocates urge booster dose for garment workers

Garment workers on the outskirts of Phnom Penh leave their factory after finishing their work. August 18, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Unions and civil society groups are urging the government to prioritize garment workers for a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to spread.

Gov’t locks down border provinces, and announces new nationwide restrictions, amid fears of spreading Delta variant

Police set up a barricade along a street during a lockdown in Phnom Penh, Picture taken on April 24, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Cambodian government announced it is locking down eight provinces along the Thai border in order to curb the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, and installing nationwide restrictions on restaurants, cinemas, museums, and entertainment venues, as well as travel curfews, amid a surge in neighboring Thailand.