In locked down areas, trials mostly suspended apart from pandemic-related cases

Motorists drive past the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, March 31, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court and Kandal Provincial Court have temporarily suspended nearly all hearings during the lockdown, except for those related to violations of the lockdown order and the controversial new COVID-19 law. But rights monitors warned that the backlog in cases could lead to excessive pre-trial detention for many defendants.

Government to guarantee loans as economic recovery remains fragile

A truck leaves the LY LY Food Industry, an SME food manufacturer, premises on March 30. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The Cambodian government had earmarked $200 million to increase ease of access to credit for companies and firms struggling as the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic remain.

Phnom Penh’s internet cafés closed to contain the pandemic

People use free wi-fi at a coffee shop in Phnom Penh, February 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Phnom Penh municipal authority on Saturday ordered a temporary closure of all internet café businesses in Phnom Penh to contain the spread of Covid-19.

As Phnom Penh students embraced public buses, the pandemic brought the service to an abrupt stop

Passengers alight from a Phnom Penh public bus last March, shortly before City Hall decided to shut down the fledgling public transport service because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Panha Chhorpoan

Every morning, Tha Mengsrean would leave his home at 5:35 a.m., walk around 200 meters to the bus stop and take the 5:40 bus to Bak Touk High School. The 17-year-old student took the bus from his home in Chroy Changvar district in northeast Phnom Penh to Prampi Makara district daily.

‘Left behind’ in COVID-19 pandemic, informal workers sing for assistance

Entertainment industry workers who lost their jobs, after the government shut down KTVs, casinos and theaters in the wake of Covid-19, gather in front of the Labor Ministry on June 10 to submit a petition asking for monetary support. Panha Chhorpoan

Workers in the informal sector are singing for support, with the release of a song last week that says they’ve been ignored during the COVID-19 pandemic and pleads for financial assistance from the government.