Protesters gather outside the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh following the arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha last year. A new US spending bill predicates foreign funds for Cambodia on the release of all political prisoners.
Publication date 23 March 2018 | 17:24 | ICT

The United States has passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that looks to cut funding for Cambodia unless the country releases all political prisoners and reinstates the opposition CNRP. The provisions in the bill on Cambodia call for US

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A female inmate holds her baby at a prison in Phnom Penh in 2009. Despite pardons in 2015, the number of babies born into prisons saw a large spike with the war on drugs in 2017, increasing almost six-fold.

The war on drugs’ youngest inmates

Publication date April 27, 2018 | 12:00 am

A gurgling baby boy clings to the collar of his mother’s state-issued orange jumpsuit. He has her nose, and her wide brown eyes.

People look at portraits of S-21 inmates at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh in 2014.

Stock photo agencies cash in on Khmer Rouge tragedy

Publication date April 23, 2018 | 12:00 am

A woman with short-cropped hair stares directly into the camera, her head cocked slightly to the side. On her lap is a sleeping infant just barely in the frame.

The body of Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot lies in state in a shack in a village near the Thai-Cambodian border on April 16, 1998, after he allegedly suffered a heart attack. AFP

Twenty years after Pol Pot died a broken man, his memory looms large

Publication date April 13, 2018 | 12:00 am

Two decades have passed, but Mea Chron still stands by Pol Pot. Most days he also stands by the mass murderer’s cremation site, keeping guard in the Khmer Rouge’s last stronghold of Anlong Veng.

Meak Phoeurn inspecting his nest protection site. Terns often dive at those nearing their nests, and hats make a handy deterrent.

The river tern protectors: As endangered bird’s population increases, experts say gains still fragile

Publication date April 6, 2018 | 1:15 am

In a spare wooden shelter just metres from the Mekong, Meak Phoeurn smiled, creases stretching from his eyes, and began to croon: “Oh my dear, look at the birds happily flying.”

Hun Sen inspects the Lower Sesan II dam when it was inaugurated on September 25, 2017. The dam is built on a major Mekong tributary, and is predicted to have a significant effect on fisheries.

Mekong leaders urged to act

Publication date April 5, 2018 | 12:00 am

The future of the Mekong River – and potentially the food and economic security of Cambodia – is up for discussion this week, with Prime Minister Hun Sen and the leaders of Vietnam, Thailand and Laos expected to make a declaration o

How ancient pottery techniques are getting a reboot in Kampong Chhnang

Publication date April 2, 2018 | 6:30 am

In a little shack in Andong Russey village, at the foot of Phnom Krang Dei Meas mountain, Grandma Moun slaps into shape the round-bottomed clay pot that is the de facto symbol of Kampong Chhnang province.

In Maly and her father pore over pictures of her two children who were adopted in Austria. She had placed them in the care of a Cambodian orphanage due to her poverty, and had no idea they would be sent abroad. Licadho

Report gives voice to mothers deceived by Cambodia’s orphanage racket

Publication date March 30, 2018 | 12:00 am

When, as a new mother in 2001, Kim Bunnath walked into her home after visiting her sick mother in Kampot province, she saw no sign of her baby boy.

People inspect vehicles that were involved in a traffic collision in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district in 2016. Cambodia is only allocating $1.2 million per year for the implementation of its National Road Safety Action Plan, which requires $10 million per year. Photo supplied

Lack of funding for traffic issues puts government’s commitment to road safety in question

Publication date March 27, 2018 | 12:00 am

Cambodia is at risk of failing to reach its road safety goals unless it steps up its funding, experts and NGO representatives say, undermining efforts in recent years to regulate the country’s chaotic traffic.

Protesters gather outside the Appeal Court in Phnom Penh following the arrest of opposition leader Kem Sokha last year. A new US spending bill predicates foreign funds for Cambodia on the release of all political prisoners.

US funding conditional on Cambodia’s release of political prisoners, reinstatement of CNRP

Publication date March 26, 2018 | 3:50 pm

The United States has passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that looks to cut funding for Cambodia unless the country releases all political prisoners and reinstates the opposition CNRP. The provisions in the bill on Cambodia call for US programs to counter the influence of China – whose ever-increasing presence in the country was highlighted on Friday as Prime Minister Hun Sen praised Chinese aid while inaugurating a road it had funded.

As logging changes Mondulkiri, ethnic Phnong are reaping only meagre gains from major loss

Publication date March 22, 2018 | 6:14 pm

They arrive in a cloud of exhaust, tyres slick with mud from yesterday’s rain. In front of an abandoned police checkpoint, deep in the jungle near the Vietnamese border, six men in their teens and 20s light cigarettes and take swigs of water as they look over their motorbikes.

Laang Spean cave in Battambang province, which contains some of the oldest evidence of humankind in Cambodia, extends over 1,200 square metres, and archaeologists there have brought 71,000-year-old human traces to light. Post Staff

Peeling back layers of prehistory in Battambang

Publication date March 16, 2018 | 12:00 am

When the man passed away, he had not yet reached 50.

Putting a price on gender parity: Cambodia’s women face growing pay gap, limits on opportunities

Publication date March 9, 2018 | 4:23 pm

Sok Phalla, her hair in a high plait, sipped sugarcane juice on the street shortly after seeing the prime minister speak on Wednesday. Her pregnant belly swelled under a grey and pink floral dress – she’s due to give birth to her second child, a baby boy, before the month is out.