Khut Sokun
A factory fire burns in Phnom Penh's Prey Sar commune on November 11, 2019. (National Police)

600 Jobs in Limbo as Fire Burns Down Factory

A gas explosion in the early afternoon on Monday sparked a huge fire at a Phnom Penh factory that burned for 12 hours before being finally put out, razing the building to the ground and putting about 600 employees jobs in jeopardy.

Workers from the Hoeng Jin factory gather in front of the Labor Ministry in Phnom Penh on October 8, 2019. (VOD file photo)

Factory Workers Receive Compensation Two Months After Factory Shuttered

Marking the end of a monthslong dispute, about 150 garment factory workers received compensation on Thursday following the closure of the Hoeng Jin garment factory in August and the owner allegedly having gone into hiding. Workers and their representatives say they say received too little too late.

Chi Khor Leu commune police monitor a meeting of local residents involved in a land dispute in Koh Kong province on September 30, 2019 (Supplied)

Authorities Interrupt Meeting in Search of CNRP Support, Land Disputants Say

Koh Kong villagers involved in a yearslong land dispute said Friday that authorities interrupted their meetings on three consecutive days this week, telling the disputants they were checking if the gathering was in support of exiled opposition leaders’ planned return to the country next month.