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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.

Kem Sokha, president of the dissolved opposition CNRP, gestures from inside an SUV as he drives away from the Phnom Penh Muncipal Court on January 15, 2020. (Panha Chorpoan/VOD)

UN Says Kem Sokha Trial ‘Tainted by Irregularities’

UPDATED 9:33 a.m. — U.N. representatives issued a statement on Friday calling the trial of Kem Sokha, the leader of the outlawed opposition, “tainted by irregularities,” and criticized his arrest without a warrant, arbitrary detention and the lack of public access to trial proceedings.