March 11, 2022
Interior Minister Sar Kheng arrives for a meeting in Battambang on March 10, 2022. (Sar Kheng's Facebook page)

No Trees Left to Give Shade in Battambang: Sar Kheng

Battambang residents will be miserable if they don’t protect the remaining forests in the province, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said at an annual provincial meeting, imploring officials to think long-term.

A satellite map of Sihanoukville's four communes. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Crimes in Shadows: Sihanoukville’s Grisly Reports, Pressure on Journalists

Murders, kidnappings, corpses on the beach — news reports out of Sihanoukville paint a picture of violent and serious crime in the coastal city. But authorities are increasingly shutting down information about police work and pressuring journalists over negative stories, crime reporters say.

Interior Minister Sar Kheng attends a ministry meeting on February 2, 2022. (Sar Kheng's Facebook page)

Interior Minister Urges Crackdown on Sihanoukville Crime

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said he wasn’t supposed to be presiding over Preah Sihanouk province’s annual meeting this week. But issues of order and security — which “continue to happen endlessly” — compelled him to attend.

Thai nationals who were trafficked to a Pursat province special economic zone are inspected by Thai and Cambodian authorities at the Poipet border on November 24, 2021. (Royal Thai Police)

Thai Police Tell of Another ‘Blood Slave’ Case in Cambodia

Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Surachate Hakparn said a Thai woman who was rescued from a slave compound in Cambodia had three to four bags of blood harvested from her and was in danger of organ trafficking, according to Thai media.