Danielle Keeton-Olsen
Sran Lanj, who became the leader of the Old Kbal Romeas community after the community was flooded and split, in her kitchen in Stung Treng province on September 22, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Indigenous Residents at Sesan Dam Prepare for New Fight

Bunong villagers flushed out by Sesan dam floodwaters have been taking boats to visit ancestral grounds, wading through clusters of dying trees that were not adapted to survive permanent floods. They are now bracing for a new fight as a rubber company eyes their refuge on higher ground.

The visiting Hungarian delegation meets with Cambodian Foreign Affairs officials with some attendees wearing masks in a photo posted to Cambodian minister Prak Sokhonn's Facebook page on November 3, 2020.

As Covid-19 Protocols Breached, Concerns Over Lack of Transparency

UPDATED 2 p.m. — Caution and skepticism persist despite health authorities reporting success in keeping Covid-19 numbers down, as government officials have ignored safety precautions, a foreign delegation was allowed to skip quarantine, and the country’s testing regime remains opaque.

illustration of mother holding baby boy

A Surrogate Family and the Law That Criminalized Them

Cambodia banned commercial surrogacy in 2016. Since then, about 100 surrogate mothers have been ordered by courts to raise the children they carried for others — a costly but happy result for one.

Authorities at the O'Smach International Border Checkpoint check temperatures of Cambodian workers returning from Thailand, in a photograph posted to the Immigration Department's Facebook page on March 23, 2020.

Risking Closed Borders, Migrant Workers Seek Work in Thailand to Pay Debts

Workers say debt and a lack of jobs in Cambodia are pushing them to consider crossing the closed border amid labor shortages in Thailand, despite the pandemic. Programs to get Cambodian workers back in Thailand are in the works, but concerns remain over conditions and safety.

Northern red muntjac, seen in the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in 2020. (Toeu Bann/Wildlife Conservation Society)

Four Large Mammals at Risk of Disappearing Within Years: Wildlife Report

A conservation organization recorded sharp declines in banteng, gaur and other species of land-dwelling hooved mammals in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary over a 10-year biodiversity study, suggesting four animals are at risk of disappearing from the protected area within a few years — like tigers and wild water buffalo before them.

Several senior CNRP leaders including Sam Rainsy, center-left, and Mu Sochua, center-right, in an undated photo posted to Rainsy’s Facebook page in early 2019.

CNRP Requests Travel Access for 9 Summoned Party Members

The banned opposition party on Wednesday requested that the Cambodian government lift travel restrictions and reinstate high-ranking members’ passports to clear the way for nine party officials summoned by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to return to the country.

Security video footage supplied by CNRP vice president Mu Sochua shows a motorbike passenger smashing a brick onto the head of a passerby.

Vendors Shocked by Bloody Attack on Vegetable Seller Linked to CNRP

UPDATED 7:55 a.m. — Din Varin, 48, was smashed in the head with a brick on Monday morning outside a Phnom Penh market and rushed to the hospital. One day after the attack, nearby vendors said they were still shocked, saying they knew the organic vegetable vendor as a gentle and quiet seller but knew nothing of alleged political activities.