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Workers’ accommodations in Phnom Penh (Panha Chhorpoan/VOD)

Local Authorities Told to Prevent Rents From Rising

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday told local administrations to stop landlords from increasing rents on garment workers so they can benefit from the $8 rise in their monthly minimum wage.

Participants gather at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park to celebrate International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2019. (Mech Choulay/VOD)

As Human Rights Day Passes, Uncertainty Clouds Its Future

Unionists predicted muted International Human Rights Day celebrations in the years ahead, as the final time it was to be marked as a national holiday reignited debate over whether foreign pressure was justified to protect universal human rights.

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’s Trial Date Set Amid EU, US Pressure

Kem Sokha, leader of the outlawed main opposition party, will stand trial for alleged treason in January — 28 months after his arrest — the Phnom Penh Municipal Court said on Monday, amid heightened pressure on Cambodia from the E.U. and U.S.