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Kampong Thom provincial police chief Ouk Kosal speaks at a National Police ceremony on July 29, 2020, in this photograph posted to the Facebook page of the Kampong Thom Provincial Police.

Interior Ministry Defends Closing Police Chief’s Sexual Assault Case

An Interior Ministry official said it closed a sexual abuse investigation against a Kampong Thom police chief after the accusers did not go to court, defending the ministry for failing to respond to three high-profile sexual assault and harassment cases in the past year.

Former CNRP vice president Pol Ham gives a speech in Kandal province in 2016 in a photo posted to Kem Sokha's Facebook page.

Former Opposition Deputy Applies for ‘Political Rehabilitation’

A former vice president of the outlawed opposition CNRP has broken with the strident wing of the party in asking the government to be reinstated to politics this week, a course of action that a party co-founder has previously criticized as effective betrayal.

A vegetable vendor stops her bike in front of a Covid-19 restricted zone gate along Phnom Penh's Veng Sreng Blvd on May 11, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Government Reinstates Promise of Red-Zone Cash for Neediest

The government has renewed its promise to give cash aid to low-income people living in the capital’s most restrictive “red zone” lockdown areas, of about $39 to $78 for families and $40 to garment workers, following a string of protests over livelihoods.

A woman walks by the Health Ministry in Phnom Penh on January 29, 2020 (Panha Chorpoan/VOD)

Covid-19 Case Details Withheld, Market Closures Extended a Week

The Health Ministry is withholding Covid-19 case details under leaders’ instructions, as they are kept at the provincial level, preparing them nationally could take too long, neighboring countries also give only broad totals, and officials want to do more analysis, a spokesperson said.

Thousands of Messages Seek Emergency Lockdown Food Aid From City Hall

Thousands of messages requesting emergency food aid have flooded a forum set up by City Hall, as some residents said their household incomes were down to zero because of the lockdown’s rising restrictions and they feared running out of food within days if they didn’t receive help.