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Participants float balloons at an International Human Rights Day celebration in Phnom Penh on December 10, 2019. (Mech Choulay/VOD)

Opinion: Keeping Our Eyes on Human Rights in the Time of Covid-19

Human rights groups’ message has been clear: We don’t just need to defend rights in spite of the ongoing public health crisis. In fact, these rights are essential to people’s efforts to tackle and survive the pandemic, writes Annie Game.

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Government ‘Unlikely’ to Probe Prison Baby’s Death, Official Says

The government’s human rights committee was “unlikely” to further investigate anyone responsible for the death of a 5-month-old baby who was living with her mother in prison, since the committee had already determined that the child died of “poor health,” its spokesman said.

Ven Rachna, who sells clothing via her Facebook page under the name Thai Srey Neang, speaks in an apology video posted to the Phnom Penh Municipal Police's Facebook page on February 18, 2020.

Online Clothes Seller Charged for Pornography

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday charged an online clothes seller for pornography and indecent exposure over photos posted to her Facebook page in which the woman is wearing what authorities have deemed suggestive attire.

Online vendor Ven Rachna, who sells clothing via her Facebook page under the name Thai Srey Neang, is escorted by officers outside the Tuol Kork district police station on February 20, 2020 (Phnom Penh Municipal Police)

Court Questions Online Clothes Seller Over ‘Sexy’ Sales Videos

An online clothes seller was questioned in court and accused by police of committing pornography crimes on Thursday, after posting photos of herself in supposedly revealing attire on the same day that she was “educated” not to do so by authorities.

The gate to Phnom Penh's Correctional Center 2 (CC2) prison (Licadho)

Five-Month-Old Baby Raised in Prey Sar Prison Dies Under State’s Care

A five-month-old child who lived with her incarcerated mother in a Phnom Penh prison died while under the care of state institutions, human rights group Licadho said, following renewed calls by Prime Minister Hun Sen to hasten trial proceedings for women in detention.

Prime Minister Hun Sen gives a speech on February 14, 2020, at the Sihanoukville port, where the Holland America Line's Westerdam cruise ship was docked. (Panha Chorpoan/VOD)

After EBA Loss, Hun Sen Welcomes Cruise, Touts Human Rights Respect

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday linked his decision to let a luxury cruise ship dock in Cambodia, after it had been turned away by other nations due to coronavirus fears, with the nation’s commitment to human rights, just days after the E.U. withdrew trade benefits over rights violations.