Their dispute entering its fourth year, families affected by mega-airport fight to keep hope

A Kampong Talong villager in Kandal province has placed a sign here reading “Private land” with a phone number, but this farmland has already been taken for the new airport development. Photo taken on January 4, 2022. CamboJA/ Sorn Sarath

Though residents of Kampong Talong village are barricaded from their farmland, the area is still bustling with activity – mostly from dozens of trucks transporting soil and stones to the site of the mega-airport development that promises to transform life in this stretch of rural Kandal province.

Cambodian rights activists find little to celebrate in “extreme decline” of 2021

The three Mother Nature activists arrive at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for questioning, June 19, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

As people in Cambodia and around the world prepare to welcome the new year, activists in the kingdom say there’s little to celebrate in the past year of human rights abuses.

Khun Sear’s company clears way for Arey Ksat satellite city

The Mekong riverbank being filled in with sand and stones by tycoon Khun Sear's company in Kandal province's Arey Ksat commune, July 7.CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Residents living in Arey Ksat have been surprised to learn that a stretch of the Mekong is being filled in to pave the way for a 70-hectare satellite city developed by the Khun Sear Import Export Company, owned by the well-connected real estate tycoon Khun Sear.

Ministry of Information empowers local authorities to take legal action against journalists

A woman broadcasts a Facebook live video of a protest outside the UN office in Cambodia carried out by family members of former opposition activists. Picture taken on June 4, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Ministry of Information has given local authorities the green light to take legal action against journalists that they deem are unprofessional or spreading false information that obstructs law enforcement.