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The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, Vitit Muntarbhorn, speaks at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on October 5, 2022.

Briefs: Khmer Will Party Quickly Removed From State Council, CNRP Was ‘Unfairly Disbanded,’ UN Envoy Says

The Khmer Will Party, which announced intentions of uniting with the Candlelight Party this week, quickly had its officials removed from the Supreme Consultative Council. The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia raised concerns about Cambodia’s upcoming national election, recalling the “unfair” dissolution of the political opposition and drawing attention to ongoing mass trials.

A vegetable vendor stops her bike in front of a Covid-19 restricted zone gate along Phnom Penh's Veng Sreng Blvd on May 11, 2021. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Government Reinstates Promise of Red-Zone Cash for Neediest

The government has renewed its promise to give cash aid to low-income people living in the capital’s most restrictive “red zone” lockdown areas, of about $39 to $78 for families and $40 to garment workers, following a string of protests over livelihoods.

Development on the Boeng Tompun wetlands, in a E.U. Sentinel satellite photo from February 19, 2021.

UN Raises ‘Serious Concerns’ Over Lake Project, Gov’t Offers Response

A major Phnom Penh lake development involving several oknha and senators threatens livelihoods and wetlands, as well as rivers with sewage contamination, and puts 1 million people at risk of flooding, the U.N. said in a letter to the Cambodian government — which in turn responded with seven pages summarizing assessments of the development.

Protesters in Phnom Penh walk past a UN vehicle on September 7, 2020. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Activist Tailed by Police, Sought Help From UN Before Arrest

A group of four Khmer Thavrak protesters believed their tuk-tuk was being tailed by police and asked the driver to make random turns before heading to a U.N. office for help. Eventually, one of the four was arrested outside her home, another member said.