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Khieu Samphan, Malai district, Banteay Meanchey province, 1980. (J. Kaufman/DC-Cam)

The Good, Bad and Ugly as Khmer Rouge Tribunal Reaches End of the Road

“I wouldn’t hold a glass of champagne and say ‘Cheers.’” A somewhat experimental effort with a $330-million price tag, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal straddled controversy, the pursuit of justice and bitter disappointment before its final verdict against the last-surviving regime leader on trial.

Development of the Run Ta Ek resettlement site for Angkor residents in September 2022. (Phin Rathana/VOD)

Displaced From Angkor: Desolate Land, Uncertain Futures Await Residents

Angkor residents are worried about being displaced from their work and public amenities if they move 20 km to an underdeveloped resettlement site. The state denies these are evictions, but its campaign to clean up “illegal constructions” leaves residents with little choice.

The "Welcome to Batam" sign on a hillside in Batam city, Indonesia on July 16, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Learning to Scam Under the Threat of Tasers

Indonesian nationals rescued from a Phnom Penh scam compound say they were targeting Facebook users every day to cheat them out of thousands of dollars. Most are relieved to have gotten away from the criminal work and threat of violence that hovered over them.

Traffic at the intersections of boulevards 271, Monivong and Hun Sen, on September 19, 2022. (Hean Rangsey/VOD)

Opinion: Prioritizing Cars Sabotages Phnom Penh’s Transportation Policy

Phnom Penh is planning a colossal flyover on St. 271 that would cost $36.8 million and take three years to build. For half the cost, the whole 13 km of the ring road can be transformed with bus lanes, cycleways and pleasant sidewalks — and actually reduce congestion, writes Future Forum’s Sek Aronsakda.

Police in Sihanoukville in September 2022. (Mech Dara/VOD)

Eerie Silence Descends on Notorious Sihanoukville Scam Compounds

Nearly 9,000 phones were seized from a Sihanoukville compound and barbed wire cut from the notorious “Chinatown” area. As human trafficking raids target compounds across the city, residents say other buildings appear to be quietly emptying of foreign workers.

Mu Sochua attempts to fly to Cambodia, in a photo posted to her Facebook page on January 15, 2021.

Court Announces 37 CNRP Defendants in This Week’s Mass Trial

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court will this week try 37 CNRP leaders, former lawmakers, party activists and supporters for alleged plotting against the state, marking the fifth mass trial the court has initiated against members of the dissolved political opposition.

An area of newly cleared trees captured via drone just outside the Toal Community Protected Area in Stung Treng's Anlong Phe commune on May 18, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Power Line Markers Reveal Looming Path of Destruction in Prey Lang

Marker poles have begun to be laid through the center of the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary for the construction of a major power transmission line. Members of a community protected area disrupted by the project fear oncoming harm for wildlife and communities.

A coconut vendor drives his tuktuk through the Andoung IV village rowhomes in Prek Pnov district's Kok Roka commune on September 5, 2022. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Phnom Penh Communities Resist Drug Arrests, Prompting Review

Residents of a Phnom Penh community swarmed a police car when plainclothes officers tried to arrest a local 18-year-old for drugs in May. It’s not the only community that has resisted official raids in recent months, and police have launched a review.