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Wat Chas after the killing of CNRP activist Sin Khon, on November 21, 2021. (Ananth Baliga/VOD)

Over 30 Opposition Activists Assaulted in Five Years: Lawyer

More than 30 opposition activists have been violently attacked in the past five years — including the killing of a man in November and this weekend’s assault — typically by unknown assailants on public streets, a lawyer said.

Sawn planks of wood in Prey Preah Roka forest, photographed by the Forest Defenders Project over the weekend.

Preah Vihear Forestry Patrol Finds Hundreds of Felled Trees

Cambodian authorities’ ban on community forest patrols didn’t stop an environmental group from returning to Prey Preah Roka Wildlife Sanctuary over the weekend, where they found hundreds of felled resin trees that they say are vital for the local community.

Underground Group Chat Teems With Human Trafficking Ads

Every day, posters come to the “White Shark Channel” to plug their services or seek those of others. People smugglers, bounty hunters and even scammers looking for new jobs in the industry are networking in the Telegram group.

Three visitors, including foreigners, climb stairs near Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap province on March 31, 2022. (Roun Ry/VOD)

Angkor Park Residents Told to Remove Unapproved Constructions

Roofs, kitchens, shacks and other extensions built unapproved on houses in the wider Angkor Archaeological Park area will need to be removed, Apsara Authority has told residents, some of whom believe they only have two days left to finish the removals.

A demolished home in Kulen district, Preah Vihear, from March 1, 2022.

131 Preah Vihear Families Fear Eviction After Crops Razed

Some 131 families living on an economic land concession in Preah Vihear province’s Kulen district fear forced eviction after authorities cleared half of their homes earlier this year, leaving them in tents on land they say they have occupied for 10 years.

One of the seven locations where police seized a total of 1.8 tons of ketamine and nearly 300 tons of precursors in a series of raids last week.

Drug-Bust Suspects Investigated for Money Laundering

A haul of nearly 2 tons of ketamine and 300 tons of precursors has led prosecutors to pursue money-laundering charges against 11 arrested foreign nationals, a Phnom Penh court spokesperson said.

Students return to the classroom at Phnom Penh’s Preah Sisowath High School on September 15, 2021. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

Learning Loss Concerns Ministry, as NGOs Propose More Class Time

An Education Ministry official warned that students who fell behind during Covid-19 school shutdowns will struggle to catch up to previous generations, though an NGO-led education program showed initial positive results for 2nd and 3rd graders in one Siem Reap district.

Lem Nat, a newly-elected 31-year-old commune chief in Siem Reap’s Balaing commune. (Supplied)

Young Commune Chiefs Aspire to Create Jobs, Speed Up Services

Two newly elected 31-year-old commune chiefs are among the youngest in their positions in the country. They say they bring energy and ideas, including more environmentally-friendly trash disposal and a “one village, one product” program to encourage the specialization of produce.

A National Assembly vote in December 2018. (Information Ministry)

Constitution Changes Detailed, Tweak PM Appointment Process

The government released draft amendments to the Constitution, tweaking articles related to the parties that can form government, the appointment of interim prime ministers and the transfer of power upon death or resignation.

Cars drive past a mall facing the Two Lions Roundabout in Sihanoukville on May 30, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Chinese Embassy Tells of Ransom, Rescues From Scam Syndicates

Following a previous warning of violent incidents involving scam operations in Cambodia, the Chinese Embassy called for further caution against fraud syndicates and said it had successfully rescued some victims from the operations.