A huge fire engulfs the Grand Diamond City Casino in Poipet city on December 29, 2022. (Banteay Meanchey Provincial Police Facebook page)

19 Confirmed Dead So Far After Huge Poipet Casino Fire

At least 19 bodies have been pulled from a Poipet city casino, including Cambodian, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese workers — and the death toll could double, provincial authorities said Thursday afternoon.

In Mexico, Displaced LGBTQ+ People Push for Equal, Safe Jobs

Of 5 million people in Mexico – 5% of the population aged 15 years or over – who identify as LGBTQ+, nearly a third report being mistreated at work or not receiving the same benefits as their non-LGBTQ+ colleagues, according to the 2022 national survey on sexual diversity.

Enslavement, Violent Crimes and Rule by Law: Justice 2022

“Peace” is written across every local and central government building in Cambodia, but not always found within them. This year has been marked by episodes of abuse and corruption from government officials, as well as intimidation against whistleblowers and journalists. 

‘Community Zones,’ Land Titles Planned Inside Protected Areas

The government will take nearly 1 million hectares out of protected areas across the country to create “community zones” with land titles, but the exact locations of these areas — and who will get titled land — are still unclear.

A colorful tented resort along a newly-plowed road seen from the edge of Mondulkiri's Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary on February 11, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Four Land Disputants Arrested in Mondulkiri

Mondulkiri prosecutors are questioning four people arrested after a confrontation between authorities and residents over an alleged land grab in Keo Seima district. 

Mu Sochua attempts to fly to Cambodia, in a photo posted to her Facebook page on January 15, 2021.

36 Opposition Members Convicted in Mass Trial Verdict

UPDATED — Former Cambodia National Rescue Party vice president Mu Sochua and 35 others were convicted by a Phnom Penh court this morning for plotting in a case linked to the exiled opposition leader’s attempted return to the country in 2021.

Kem Sokha leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after a morning session of closing arguments on December 21, 2022. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

Kem Sokha Treason Trial: Verdict Set for March 3

After three years of trial hearings — and five years since Kem Sokha was arrested — closing arguments in the opposition leader’s protracted treason trial were squeezed into one day of hearings.

Plastic trash on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changva shore on September 15, 2021. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Mekong River Body Raises ‘Alarm’ Over River Plastics

Mekong countries are producing 8 million tons of plastic waste a year — three-quarters of which is littered or inadequately disposed of — polluting rivers and endangering environmental and human health, the intergovernmental Mekong River Commission said.

Kem Sokha leaves the Phnom Penh Municipal Court after a morning session of closing arguments on December 21, 2022. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

In Closing Arguments, Gov’t Says It Will Sue Kem Sokha

Closing arguments commenced in the Kem Sokha treason trial on Wednesday, with government lawyers indicating that they will file a civil suit for damages against the opposition leader at the end of the criminal case.