Danielle Keeton-Olsen
Licadho monitoring manager Am Sam Ath (file photo)

UN Asked Government for Answers Over ‘Intimidation’ of Licadho Official

The U.N. on Tuesday publicly released a letter challenging the government over alleged “intimidation” against a Licadho official, as the government continued to attack the group for participating in “a network” of local and international organizations working to “fabricate” news about Cambodia.

Authorities and observers gather at the site of an explosion in Phnom Penh on July 18, 2020 (Matt Surrusco/VOD)

At Least Four Dead in Phnom Penh Gas Explosion, Officers Say

Bodies continued to be pulled from the scene of a huge gas explosion in central Phnom Penh into Saturday evening, with two shops destroyed and officers at the scene saying at least four people, including a girl, had died.

Soy Sros, union leader at Kampong Speu province's Superl (Cambodia) Co. Ltd. factory, at the Collective Union of Movement of Workers office in Phnom Penh on June 3, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

When a Unionist Took Her Grievances Online, Police Came Knocking

After a day of trying to speak to her factory’s HR manager over union members losing their jobs, Soy Sros posted her frustrations online. Two days later, police showed up at the factory and imprisoned her for almost two months. Her charge is pending.

Sweden's Ambassador to Cambodia Bjorn Haggmark (left) meets with Kem Sokha, leader of the dissolved main opposition CNRP, at Sokha's home, in this photograph posted to Sokha's Facebook page on May 19, 2020.

Sweden to Refocus Cambodia Aid Due to Rights Concerns

Sweden said it would phase out bilateral development funding to Cambodia by the middle of next year in order to focus aid on promoting human rights, democracy and rule of law in the country following severe rights restrictions in recent years.