VOD Weekly Update
October 20-27

Features

Kuy Villagers Reclaim Preah Vihear Sugar Plantation

Residents were in dispute with Rui Feng since 2012, when communal lands were cleared for a massive sugar plantation. Now, there is no sugarcane left and villagers are moving back onto land from which they were once evicted.

Exile, False Starts, ‘Red Book’: The Years Leading to Cambodia’s Precarious Reconciliation

The symbolism used to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreements is one of reconciliation. But the road to that moment was long.

Sister of Disappeared Activist Caught Up in Thailand’s Suppression of Protests

Criminal prosecution has become a routine reality for hundreds of Thais taking a stand in the country’s pro-democracy movement.

After Stress of a Long Absence, a Fragile Transition Back to School

Surveys have shown bouts of anxiety and depression among young people. The recent reopening of schools could be a relief, but it might not be an easy transition.

Among Cambodia’s War-Wounded, a Brother Found His Vocation

Twenty-five years after Brother Richie Fernando’s death in a Kandal grenade blast, the Filipino missionary, who has been touted for sainthood, is still remembered for his acts of kindness.

Top News

Youth, CNRP, Nationalist Activists Found Guilty of Incitement

Surveys have shown bouts of anxiety and depression among young people. The recent reopening of schools could be a relief, but it might not be an easy transition.

Air Arrivals From Thailand to Be Allowed to Enter Without Quarantine

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered that Thais and foreign travelers in Thailand be allowed to fly into Cambodia without quarantine requirements.

30 Years of Press Coverage: Peace-Deal Commemorations’ Rising Heat

Largely overlooked until the landmark 20th anniversary, the day rose in visibility and contentiousness alongside the emergence of the popular opposition CNRP.

Covid-19
Explainer

Corpses No Longer Tested for Covid-19 in Provinces

Provincial authorities say they are no longer testing dead bodies for Covid-19 as part of a change in policy as the country pursues a gradual reopening.

Cambodia’s Rarely Used Bankruptcy Laws in Spotlight After Online Seller’s Plea

Bankruptcy is a seldom used legal provision in Cambodia, though it has been part of regulations since 2007.

Cambodia Reallows Direct Flights With Three Asean Countries

Direct flights from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines are allowed again, the Health Ministry announced over the weekend.

Governance
Land

Interior Ministry Will Sell Boeng Tamok Land to Pay for Office Renovations

The Interior Ministry is selling 100 hectares of Boeng Tamok lake that it was granted earlier this year to fund a reconstruction of its existing offices.

Another Push for Lucrative Kampot Coastland to Remain Salt-Producing

Salt fields on lucrative Kampot coastland are being promised government support in competition against Thai and Vietnamese imports, but salt farmers are skeptical.

Anonymous Letter Leads to Investigation of Siem Reap Police Official for Corruption

A district police officer is under investigation over allegations he was extorting illegal gambling establishments and his subordinates.

Opinion: Visit Cambodia 2.0 — a Chance for Reinvention

The imminent reopening of travel is an opportunity to diversify the country’s tourism offerings, writes La Trobe University research fellow Markus Bell.

Business
Society
Justice

Live-Streams of Tears as Online Supplement Seller Files for Bankruptcy

Srey Knhong’s spiraling debt exploded into public view with a new tack: file for bankruptcy, then ask her fans to donate money to bring her back to riches.

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