FILE - Cambodian garment workers sew clothes in a factory in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Aug. 4, 2007.
Cambodia is now Southeast Asia's most corrupt country, surpassing Laos and Burma on Transparency International's annual corruption index.
A major fire has engulfed a paper factory in Phnom Penh, costing the own more than $4 million.
Opposition officials said Monday that corruption has meant the abuse of international aid.
The EU has moved to ban fish imports from Cambodia and two other countries, in a move to sanction illegal fishing operations under flags of convenience.
A US-based group of lawyers has launched an online campaign to raise funding to support a lawsuit against a UK company that bought sugar from a Cambodian plantations linked to human rights abuses.
The world’s second-largest clothing retailer says it will support a factory in Cambodia to adopt a fair wage. H&M says it then hopes to cover 750 factories between Cambodia and Bangladesh by 2018.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Cambodia last weekend, vowing financial support to Prime Minister Hun Sen to help promote human rights and democracy.
Proper accounting and auditing help promote business opportunity and development, finance experts say.
Members of a fishing community in Battambang province say overfishing has increased in recent years, fueled in part by collusion between criminals and the authorities responsible for protecting them.
Wildlife protector says illegal poaching and trafficking are decreasing due to strict law enforcement, education, and providing alternative livelihood to local people.
Coca-Cola issued a statement last week saying it has a “zero tolerance” policy on land grabbing, and will begin assessment of sugar sources in seven countries, including Thailand.
Cambodian activists say a woman was shot dead Tuesday during clashes between riot police and a group of striking garment factory workers in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
An estimated 300,000 Cambodians enter the job market each year, with many seeking employment abroad, where they often work illegally and are vulnerable to abuse.
On International Day of the Girl Child, VOA Khmer reporter Say Mony looks at limited access for Cambodian girls whose families live in poor floating villages on the Tonle Sap Lake to education. Girls of Prek Toal primary school in Battambang province said they don't expect to finish high school because they must help their parents to earn a living.
Cambodia's King Unveils A Statue of His Father
Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamony unveiled his father statue on Friday October 11 near the Independence Monument in Phnom Penh, the country capital. Prime Minister Hun Sen and hundreds of government workers, senate and parliament members attended the opening ceremony for newly built statue. (Reuters)
Floodwaters in Cambodia continues to rise on Tuesday in the provinces along the Mekong river and in Phnom Penh, killing at least 30 people. Meteorology officials have voiced concerns that floods in some parts of the country could reach the levels of the ones in 1996, which claimed almost 170 lives and affected more than a million Cambodians nationwide. (Reuters)
Over the past nine months, China’s GDP grew slightly above 7 percent, its slowest pace in 13 years, and some economists expect poor performance for the remainder of 2013.
The index measures the ease of doing business in a country through 12 different criteria, including infrastructure, eduction, and financial markets development.
About 5,000 garment workers in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh protest at city hall asking the mayor to press their company over pay dispute.
Workers from SL 1 and SL 2 garment factories, mostly women, marched the route of about 6 km to city hall where they blocked the road on Thursday. They demand a raise and bonus payment. (Reuters)
Cambodia’s small and medium-size enterprises (SME) faces various challenges ranging from difficulty in obtaining loans to competitive advantages in the ASEAN region. Thy Hourn of International Finance Corporation talks to Im Sothearith of VOA about SME development in Cambodia and its potential challenges during the ASEAN economic integration in 2015.
Thousands of people have been evicted from their homes to make way for a Chinese development in Koh Kong province. But some of the families have returned to their land, leaving a relocation site they say was insufficient for their needs. Meanwhile, work continues on the massive development, undertaken by the Chinese Union Development Group, to build a resort and casino on some 36,000 hectares of land along the pristine coast. Second of a two-part series. (Say Mony, Koh Kong province)
Thousands of families in the remote coastal province of Koh Kong have been evicted or are facing eviction in the face of a Chinese resort development project. Some families have moved unwillingly to relocation sites. Some are refusing to leave, setting the stage for another land dispute. The families are facing eviction from a 36,000-hectare resort development by the Chinese Union Development Group, which holds a 99-year lease on the land. Chinese hydrodam developments have already damaged major parts of Koh Kong, home to the Cardamom Mountains, Cambodia’s richest source of biodiversity. The resort adds to the difficulties facing residents of the province, which has also seen major evictions and disputes rising from the growth of a massive sugar plantation. Part one of a two-part series. (Say Mony, Koh Kong)
More than 400 Cambodian workers protested outside the Naga Workd hotel and casino complex on Tueday after many colleagues were sacked or suspended by the Hong Kong-listed owner of their casino. (Reuters)
The US-based think tank said the center, known in Cambodia as Cedac, was responsible for higher yields in Cambodian agriculture production through its research.
Workers at the Sabrina Cambodia Garment Manufacturing factory were asking for a salary increase to $74 per month, $14 more than the minimum wage.
Foreign Minister Hor Namhong told reporters following meetings with Thai officials in Phnom Penh that Thailand has agreed to buy Cambodian agricultural products at fair market value.
The 53-year-old woman is accused of trafficking mostly male workers from rural communities into the international fishing industry.
Around 1,000 Sabrina factory workers on Wednesday protested outside Kompong Speu provincial court demanding the release of their union leaders.
Eight union leaders were arrested by police on Monday after around 4,000 workers on strike clashed with police at Cambodian garment factory in Kompong Speu. (Reuters)
The Cambodian Appeals Court on Wednesday held a hearing in the case of housing rights activist Yorm Bopha, who is serving three years for allegedly instigating violence in an altercation in Phnom Penh last year.
Yorm Bopha was arrested in August 2012 after she appeared at the scene of a fight between two men who were drinking rice wine at a drink shop in the Boeung Kak neighborhood of the capital, according to the rights group Licadho. (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)
Around 4,000 striking workers on Monday June 3, 2013 forced their way into a factory in Cambodia that makes clothing for US sportswear company Nike and clashed briefly with colleagues who has remained on the jobs before being dispersed by police. (Reuters, Phnom Penh)
Earlier this month two Cambodian garment workers died and more than 30 were injured when sections of two factories collapsed. Factory owners in Cambodia are now under pressure to ensure the safety of their premises.
Union leaders say the collapse was an indicator of lax inspections and standards at factories throughout the country and could be harmful to the reputation of the garment sector, which employs hundreds of thousands of workers.
The NGOs settled on eight recommendations, including an unbiased judicial system, better agricultural markets and improved human rights.
Local authorities said late Tuesday they had not reached the villagers or unearthed any dead bodies, but the digging efforts must be undertaken slowly and carefully.
A small kitchen of a Chinese-owned Top World factory collapsed, wounded 24 workers on Monday May 20 in Phnom Penh.
The injured workers were transported by ambulance to two hospitals in the city.
Garment workers at the factory said they were taken aback by the collapse. (Reuters, Phnom Penh)
Factory management said there was not a serious problem but that a rumor of an electrical malfunction was enough to scare workers.
Total aid from 1993 to 2012 amounts to around $10 billion, with the percentage of aid coming as loans steadily increasing.
At least two workers died and 11 others were injured Thursday morning when a section of a shoe factory collapsed where they were working in Kampong Speu province, authorities said.
Officials have so far blamed the collapse on shoddy construction of a storage mezzanine at the Wing Star Shoes factory, 50 kilometers south of Phnom Penh. VOA Khmer's Kong Sothanarith reports from the scene in Kompong Speu province.
At least two workers were killed when the ceiling of a warehouse fell in at a shoe factory in Cambodia, Cambodia Minister of Social Affairs Ith Sam Heng said Thursday at the scene. The incident add the concern about safety standards at Asian factories producing clothes cheaply for western consumers. Men Kimseng, Washington.