An endangered hog deer was captured on camera trap in 2017, with a new study estimating there are as many as 84 deer in a small patch of Kratie grassland. (WWF Cambodia)

Briefs: Taiwan Warns of Forced Labor, Endangered Hog Deer, PM on Myanmar

More than 10 Taiwanese are being held against their will and working at a scam operation, said Taiwan’s foreign ministry. There are 84 endangered deer in a small patch of Kratie grassland. Hun Sen spoke with junta chief Min Aung Hlaing on Wednesday, with the prime minister putting forth a four-point appeal.

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.

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.