Tran Techseng
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.

Thai Border on Alert as Imported Covid-19 Cases Rise

Health authorities have announced a rise in imported Covid-19 cases as Cambodian police say they are increasingly concerned about illegal crossings to and from Thailand amid pressures on people’s livelihoods.

NagaWorld employees gather at the Labor Ministry in Phnom Penh, calling for financial support during work suspensions on June 16, 2020. (Khan Leakhena/VOD)

1,500 Thumbprints Collected to Challenge NagaWorld Dismissals

Casino workers from NagaWorld are collecting thumbprints to file a complaint with the Labor Ministry after the gambling behemoth began the process of laying off more than 1,000 workers last week, allegedly targeting union leaders and members.

Chhim Sithar, a union leader at NagaWorld, speaks to the casino’s employees in 2019. (Chhim Sithar’s Facebook page)

NagaWorld’s Top Union Leaders Receive Dismissal Notices

Senior NagaWorld union leaders all received dismissal notices amid the casino’s plan to lay off more than 1,000 employees, a union official said, in what some labor and civil society observers labeled an attempt to eliminate the active union from the workplace.

Logs of an ‘endangered species’ seized in Hong Kong after arriving in containers from Cambodia. (Hong Kong Customs)

Activists Urge Investigation Into Rare Wood Seized in Hong Kong

Activists and civil society organizations called for an investigation into more than 200 tons of endangered wood seized in Hong Kong about a month ago, as the agriculture minister said he had yet to receive the exporter’s details from Hong Kong authorities.

A customer at Boeng Keng Kang market scans the Stop Covid-19 QR code before entering during a limited reopening on May 24, 2021. (Tran Techseng/VOD)

Markets Reopen Slowly as Covid-19 Fears Persist

Some vendors spent Monday cleaning their stalls in anticipation of opening for sales on Tuesday, but amid persistent Covid-19 fears as well as precautions — which restrict reopenings to only sellers of essential foodstuffs — the return of market activity was a trickle rather than a rush.