Villagers watch a farmhouse burn in Oddar Meanchey province's O'Bat Moan village in 2009. (Licadho)

Briefs: Sugar Firm Reprimanded, More US Lobbyists, Corruption Rankings

Controversial sugar giant Mitr Phol should not be part of a sustainable sugarcane industry platform, said a U.K. government body. Cambodia has hired new Washington lobbyists for $720,000. The country ranked 157th of 180 in Transparency International’s latest corruption index.

Year in Review

As we head into the new year, here is a quick review of the biggest news stories of 2021 as well as 10 of our picks for best articles from the year. Land and the courts were again major points of contention, while gender issues and human trafficking rose to the fore.

Volunteers clean up along the riverbank in Phnom Penh's Chroy Changva district on December 19, 2021. (Supplied)

Group Picks Up Trash Every Week From Phnom Penh Riverbank

A volunteer group has been working for the last two months to clean up the riverbank in Chroy Changva district, while also trying to change people’s behaviors when it comes to trash disposal.

VOD Weekly Update: November 10-17

On VOD English this week: underage trafficking victims make pleas for help from Sihanoukville; Phnom Penh’s newest artificial island; climate change talks and Cambodia’s reliance on the Redd+ program; U.S. sanctions and the release of political prisoners.

Phsal Nhoeur, 45, an Andoung Kraloeng community patroller, carries a chainsaw away from a man caught cutting a tree in Mondulkiri's Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary on February 11, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Redd Alert: Capturing Chainsaws, Capturing Carbon at Keo Seima Climate Project

On patrol in Keo Seima, community members clash over deforestation and chainsaws. At the front line of a multibillion-dollar global climate-change program, Mondulkiri’s volunteer patrollers say they feel powerless as their reports of logging are ignored.

Privatized state land in Preah Sihanouk province’s Prey Nob district. (Licadho)

Two More Preah Sihanouk State-Land Plots Go to ‘Low-Key’ Businesswoman

Lao Annie, who heads several real estate companies in Cambodia, according to company records, said on Tuesday that she was “shocked” when she read news about all the important people who had land near her in Preah Sihanouk.

VOD Weekly Update

VOD Weekly UpdateOctober 20-27 Features Kuy Villagers Reclaim Preah Vihear Sugar Plantation Residents were in dispute with Rui Feng since 2012, when communal lands were