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Villagers watch a farmhouse burn in Oddar Meanchey province's O'Bat Moan village in 2009. (Licadho)

Briefs: Sugar Firm Reprimanded, More US Lobbyists, Corruption Rankings

Controversial sugar giant Mitr Phol should not be part of a sustainable sugarcane industry platform, said a U.K. government body. Cambodia has hired new Washington lobbyists for $720,000. The country ranked 157th of 180 in Transparency International’s latest corruption index.

NagaWorld workers at a rally on January 21, 2022. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

NagaWorld Issues Statement That It Encourages Unions

In a rare public statement amid ongoing protests, NagaWorld denied accusations that it targeted union employees as part of mass layoffs last year that have led to a monthlong strike by casino workers and the arrests of senior union leaders and members.

Kem Sokha leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on January 30, 2020. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Return or Limbo: Possible Paths as Kem Sokha Hints at Deal

Speculation has been rife about whether the resumption of Sokha’s trial — nearly two years after it was stopped due to Covid-19 — signaled an imminent political deal that could see the former CNRP president return to politics.

The landfill site in Takeo's Samraong district. (Supplied)

Deal With District Hasn’t Stopped Trash Dumping: Takeo Residents

Nine of the 10 trucks that enter one Takeo village daily are still dumping trash in a 1 hectare field, despite a deal struck earlier this month between the district and company to first incinerate everything in a furnace, residents said.

NagaWorld workers speak to journalists outside the Labor Ministry in Phnom Penh on January 10, 2022. (Keat Soriththeavy/VOD)

Seven International Labor Groups Back NagaWorld Strikers

International labor groups criticized NagaWorld’s “long-standing failure” to respect workers’ rights and authorities’ “undue interference” of a legitimate strike, as one representative said the groups would bring the dispute before the ILO and Asean, and affiliated workers overseas would also look to exert pressure.

Sorm Sopha, who worked at NagaWorld for 26 years, holds an umbrella and a photo of imprisoned union leader Chhim Sithar during a labor rally on January 14, 2022. (Keat Soriththeavy/VOD)

Dismissed After a 26-Year Stint at NagaWorld: ‘My Heart Dropped’

Som Sophea witnessed NagaWorld grow from a cruise ship to a sprawling casino complex. The company recognized her for two decades of service, but fired her during year 26. One month into a labor strike, Sophea says she wants respect for longtime employees.

US Ambassador Patrick Murphy and CNRP president Kem Sokha outside Sokha’s Phnom Penh home on November 11, 2019. (Sanh Bun Hoeun/VOD)

Kem Sokha Trial: The Case So Far

After almost two years of break, VOD looks back at coverage of former opposition leader Kem Sokha’s trial for alleged attempts to topple the government with foreign assistance.

The Don Sahong dam, with the Sadam channel visible behind it, on August 14, 2020. (Enric Català/VOD)

Mekong Drought, Tonle Sap Fish Shortage Tied to Low Rainfall, Hydropower: MRC

The Mekong river endured three years of drought and its lowest-ever water levels due to minimal rainfall as well as the actions of upstream hydropower dams, which had spillover effects for the Tonle Sap lake and Cambodia’s fishing industry that relies on it, according to a new report.

A NagaWorld workers’ rally on January 13, 2022. (Keat Soriththeavy/VOD)

Workers Get ‘Last Call’ From NagaWorld to Quit Strike

Active employees of NagaWorld on strike are getting phone calls from the casino asking them to return to work. Audio recordings of the calls heard by VOD reporters have casino management calling it the “last call.”