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  • Capital: Phnom Penh
  • Major Languages: Khmer
  • Currency: Riel
  • Timezone: GMT +7:00

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Cambodia is slowly coming to terms with the violence and conflict of its recent history. The country is now relatively stable, although there are sporadic internal conflicts and incidents of civil unrest. While the country's system of government is officially recognised as a democratic plurality, there is a high level of political corruption and the government remains dominated by a single party - the Cambodian People's Party - the leader of which, Prime Minister Hun Sen, has been in power since 1985. The ruling party has been accused of human rights abuses and suppressing political opposition. In 2013, over 20,000 protesters gathered in the capital city to challenge the election results - leading to clashes with riot police in which dozens of protesters were killed and wounded. In September 2017, the leader of the main opposition party - the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) - was charged with treason and espionage. The CNRP had been gaining popularity and the charges have reignited criticisms that Hun Sen's government suppresses political opposition. With the absence of a credible opposition, the 2018 general election was widely viewed as a sham election by the international community.

There have also been regional tensions with parts of Thailand, specifically over the disputed Preah Vihear temple. Although small-scale skirmishes have occurred recently, the chance of open conflict between the two states remains limited. As a precaution, it is advised that visitors avoid the temple region. Protests have also occurred along border regions between Thailand and Cambodia. In February 2017, Cambodian merchants gathered on the Thai-Cambodian Friendship Bridge, blocking the crossing as they protested against price hikes in the fishing industry. Just a month later, the bridge was blocked by protests again.

Cambodia has become a highly popular destination for tourists in recent years. Despite the increased revenue that this tourism has brought to the country, Cambodia remains a relatively poor country. Crime - especially petty crimes such as bag-snatching and theft - is common and visitors are often targeted for their perceived wealth. Travellers should avoid dressing ostentatiously and minimise exposure to crowded public places where thieves may operate. Other standard precautions should be taken to limit the threat of such crimes. In September 2017, OSAC issued a travel security warning advising foreign travellers to be aware of heightened tensions in Cambodia. The expulsion of an American non-governmental organisation and all its foreign workers reflects a growing anti-American sentiment at government level. There’s no recent history of terrorist attacks in Cambodia; however, the anti-government Khmer National Liberation Front are believed to be behind a recent bomb threat issued to the US embassy in Phnom Penh in April 2018. Terrorist attacks cannot be ruled out and could be indiscriminate. 

Foreign travellers should take care to respect the local culture and should be aware of certain laws which could be easily broken by foreign visitors. In February 2018, a new law came into effect which banned royal defamation. Those found guilty could face one to five years in jail and fines between $500 and $2,500. A group of ten foreign nationals travelling in Cambodia were detained in 2018 on pornography charges. The group – which included nationals from the UK, the Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, and Canada – was accused of producing pornography after photographs emerged of the group imitating sex acts at a party in Siem Reap. At least nine of the detainees were ultimately deported after the charges were dropped, while the last of the group – a British male who organised the party - was given a suspended one-year prison sentence.

There is also a risk of injury or death from unexploded ordnance throughout the rural areas of Cambodia. When travelling in remote and rural areas, visitors should be aware of the danger posed by landmines and unexploded devices which remain from previous conflicts. Efforts to remove unexploded ordnance have been ongoing for several decades and have made slow progress. Deadly mine explosions were recently reported in Pursat and Oddar Meanchey in 2020.

In November 2016, the first case of a human patient contracting the mosquito-borne Zika virus was reported. There is a heightened risk of catching mosquito-borne diseases during the summer months when hot weather and stagnant water provide good breeding grounds for mosquitos. In February 2017, a health warning was issued after a new strain of Malaria - also a mosquito-borne disease - was discovered. Both diseases are transferred through mosquito bites. Avoiding mosquito-prone areas and using mosquito repellents will greatly diminish the risk of contracting harmful diseases.

The country's tropical climate means it often sees fatal storm fronts which can cause widespread flooding and landslides. In July 2020, a lightning storm killed one person in Ratanakiri, while a rainstorm in Kampong Cham also killed at least one person.

Cambodia is among a number of countries worldwide which have been hit by the global outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

News articles

By Buth Reaksmey Kongkea, Phnom Penh Post

Journalist beaten to death in Cambodia

A local journalist was beaten to death in Kampong Chhnang province’s Cholkiri district on Saturday night in an attack that authorities believe may have been related to his reporting on illegal fishing, police said yesterday.

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Twenty-six opposition activists freed

Some 26 opposition activists and political prisoners have been freed from jail in Cambodia. News of their release comes on Wednesday; however, it's understood the group were released last week. Among those freed include a number of prominent political, environmental, and youth activists who had faced charges of incitement against the government. Human rights groups have praised their release as a positive step, but called for the many other activists who still remain incarcerated on politically-motivated charges to also be released.

Activists jailed over demonstrations

Ten activists have been jailed for demonstrating in support of a prominent union leader who was imprisoned last August over accusations that he falsely claimed land had been ceded to neighbouring Vietnam. The issue of territorial encroachments by Vietnam remains a highly emotive one in Cambodia. The Phnom Penh court sentenced the 10 activists to 20 months in prison on Tuesday.

Law barring dual citizenship for officials passed

A law barring top officials from holding dual citizenship has been passed in Cambodia. The constitutional amendments prevent the prime minister, among other top posts, from being citizens of other countries. The move comes in a bid to avoid conflicts of interest and foreign interference in the country's internal affairs. The new law will also present a significant block to a number of opposition leaders who hold dual nationality, as it means they would not be allowed to assume to position of prime minister.

Annual holiday triggers Covid-19 outbreak

An outbreak of Covid-19 cases has been linked to an annual holiday celebrated in Cambodia. The 'Festival of the Dead' sees Buddhist families pay their respects to deceased relatives, but has been cancelled this year after a Covid-19 outbreak emerged amongst a group of monks in the capital city of Phnom Penh. Observance of the festival this year began on Tuesday 21 September, but will now come to an early end over the weekend after almost 50 monks tested positive for the virus - leading to the lock down of their temple.

Typhoon warning issued for Koh Kong

A typhoon warning has apparently been issued by the authorities for the Koh Kong area. The government's meteorology department issued the warning on Sunday, advising local residents over the heightened risk of flash flooding in low-lying areas due to heavy rainfall brought in by the weather system. Some general road and traffic disruption is anticipated.

Border crossings closed due to Covid-19

Cambodia's border crossings with neighbouring Thailand and Vietnam have been temporarily closed due to Covid-19. The border closure comes in response to the increase spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of the virus. It's hoped the temporary suspension of most cross border travel will help prevent the further spread of the virus. Some essential crossings are exempt. No clear end date has been determined as of yet.

Environment activists charged with insulting king

Three environmental activists have been charged with insulting the king. A court in Cambodia has charged Sun Ratha, Ly Chandaravuth, and Yim Leanghy with plotting against the government and insulting the king. All three activists are members of the group 'Mother Nature' - a group frequently targeted by the Cambodian government - and were apparently detained after they documented waste run-off into the Tonle Sap river near the royal palace in Phnom Penh. It currently remains unclear how the trio have violated the country's relatively-new law against insulting the king, but it's understood they may face between five to 10 years in jail. Critics of the law have claimed the recent arrests show the law is being misused as a tool to silence dissent.

Phnom Penh Covid-19 restrictions extended

Covid-19 pandemic restrictions have been extended in the capital of Phnom Penh. The current level of restrictions will now remain in effect until Saturday 3 July - meaning all schools and other educational institutions and facilities must remain closed. All businesses deemed to have a high risk of spreading the virus under normal operational conditions must also remain shut. Cambodia recently reported daily increases of 735 new cases and 10 new deaths, taking respective national totals to 43,446 and 441.

Lockdown measures to be lifted in Phnom Penh

Covid-19 lockdown measures are due to be lifted in in the capital city of Phnom Penh. Officials confirmed plans for public health restrictions to be eased from Wednesday 5 May in the Phnom Penh and Takhmao. The move comes a fall in the number of new Covid-19 cases being reported daily. More localised restrictions and measures will remain in place in areas considered to have higher transmission levels.

Two killed in ordinance blasts

Two deaths have been reported in two separate instances of unexploded ordinance blasts. The first explosion occurred in the village of Trapeang Pring in the Tbong Khnum province, while the second deadly blast was reported at a plantation facility in the village of O' Khmao, located in the Konkriel commune of the Samrong district in the Oddar Meanchey province. In total two people were killed in the blasts, while annother two people were also injured. 

Three killed in Phnom Penh shooting

Three fatalities have been reported following a recent shooting incident in Phnom Penh. According to local reports, the police have confirmed the occurrence of a deadly shooting in the Sen Sok district of the capital city, which left three victims dead. Investigations have been launched; however, no suspects have been identified thus far and no arrests have been made. The motive behind the shooting has yet to be determined.

Sinopharm's Covid-19 vaccine approved

Sinopharm's Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for emergency use in Cambodia. The Cambodian health ministry issued the approval on Thursday, confirming the move in a government announcement. The first batch of doses is reportedly expected to arrive in country over the coming weekend, allowing the country to start emergency inoculations using the vaccine later this month.

Visitors to undergo mandatory quarantine

All visitors to Cambodia will be required to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival. The measures comes into effect from Saturday 12 December and will end the sponsorship scheme - under which visitors were allowed to self-quarantine at a place of their choice against the guarantee of a sponsoring company or organisation. Instead, visitors will be required to quarantine at a government selected hotel and must pay a deposit of $2,000.

Seven killed in Siem Reap bus accident

Seven fatalities have been reported following a bus accident in Siem Reap. The accident occurred on Friday, during the early hours of the morning, at around 02:40 local time. The bus was en route from Kampong Cham to the Thai border when it veered off the road and fell into a canal whilst travelling along National Road No. 6 in the Chi Kreng district. The Cambodian driver and six Vietnamese passengers, including a six-year-old girl, have been confirmed dead while five other Vietnamese passengers have been injured. Preliminary investigations suggest the crash was most likely caused by the driver speeding and driving whilst tired.

PM and four cabinet ministers to self-isolate

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is to go into self-isolation, along with four cabinet ministers. The measures has been taken after all five individuals were exposed to a confirmed Covid-19 case following a meeting with Hungarian foreign minister, Peter Szijjarto, who recently tested positive for the virus. The PM's test results indicate he has tested negative for the virus but will stay in quarantine for 14 days as a precaution.

Vietnam-Cambodian border demarcation agreement ratified

A Vietnam-Cambodian border demarcation agreement has been ratified by the national assembly of Cambodia. The draft law was ratified this week in a move confirming last year's agreement settling a dispute with neighbouring Vietnam over which maps were to be used when demarcating borders. The agreement will also enable both sides to establish border posts in agreed areas.

Three arrested amid protests in Phnom Penh

At least three arrests have been made amid protests in the capital of Phnom Penh. The suspects were apparently detained following a demonstration outside the Chinese embassy on Mao Tse Toung Boulevard, where people had gathered to protest against an alleged plan to establish a Chinese military base in Cambodia. It's been reported that a small altercation broke out between demonstrators and the police, leading to the arrests. No casualties have been reported as a result of the scuffle. 

Weather alerts issued over stormy weather forecast

Weather warnings have been issued across parts of Cambodia due to forecasts of stormy weather. Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected to hit parts of the country from Wednesday 23 September. The stormy conditions expected to prevail until approximately Tuesday 29 September. The Dangrek mountain range area is expected to be badly affected by lightning and possibly landslides, while the public have also been urged to exercise caution in coastal areas, where high waves and storm surges should be anticipated. Some travel disruption may occur.

Thirty-five Chikungunya cases reported in Kandal

Thirty-five cases of Chikungunya have been reported in the Kandal province. The provincial health authorities confirmed cases of the virus in the villages of Dei Ith and Kho Pos in the Kien Svay district. All of the 35 recently diagnosed cases have been confirmed within the last three weeks. So far, at least 29 of the 35 cases have already recovered - leaving six active cases in intensive care. Chikungunya is a disease largely transmitted by mosquito bites. Typical symptoms include a high fever and severe joint pain. Other symptoms include muscle pain, joint swelling, rashes, headaches, nausea, and fatigue.

Lightning strike kills six in Battambang

Six people have been killed and four others have also been injured after being hit by lightning in the Battambang province. The deadly strike reportedly occurred amid torrential rain in the village of Boeung Thmuoy in the Rukhak Kiri district on Thursday. It's been reported that the lightning hit a stilt house, where the victims, who were all relatives, had gathered for dinner.

Mine blasts kill two in Pursat

Mine explosions have reportedly killed two people and injured four others in the Pursat province. According to reports, the blasts both occurred in the Veal Veaeng district within a few hours of each other. The first mine was discovered by a group of people and was accidentally triggered whilst they were handling it, leaving four injured. The second blast killed two men in a separate incident. Further details regarding the second explosion have yet to be released.

Police arrest 29 on kidnap charges in Phnom Penh

Twenty-nine foreign nationals have been detained by the police on charges of kidnapping. The arrests were carried out during an operation in the Chaktomuk area of Daun Penh district, Phnom Penh, on Wednesday. While 29 Chinese nationals were arrested, three victims have also been rescued - also Chinese nationals. The suspects are accused of having abducted the three victims from a hotel in Daun Penh. All 29 suspects are now being held for questioning by military police as investigations get underway.

Five killed in crane collapse

Five people have been killed and four others have also been injured after a crane collapsed at a construction site in Poipet, in the Banteay Meanchay province. The accident occurred on Wednesday and was apparently caused by recent rainfall making the ground beneath the crane wet and unstable. The collapse happened when the crane was being used to lift heavy concrete blocks. The crane fell on houses next the construction site, killing a number inside. No construction workers were injured. Preliminary investigations have initially attributed the accident to wet weather and carelessness.

Flood warnings issued in northeast and central regions

Flood warnings have been issued to parts of the north-eastern highlands and central lowlands. The warnings apply from Wednesday 12 August to Tuesday 18 August and come as heavy rainfall is expected to hit those areas over the course of the next seven days. Strong winds have also been forecast, caused by low-pressure systems affecting the north-eastern and central areas. There will be a heightened risk of flash floods and landslides, which could result in significant disruption or casualties. 

Landmine blast kills two in Oddar Meanchey

A recent landmine explosion has killed two people in the Dey Krahorm area of Oddar Meanchey. The blast occurred on Monday inside a sawmill on a plantation, where it's believed the explosive was discovered by the victims. Preliminary reports indicate the landmine was accidentally detonated when the victims attempted to reposition it. The origins of the mine remain under investigation.

Rainstorm leaves one dead in Sihanoukville

One person has been killed and six others have been injured in rain-related incidents amid a severe rainstorm. Three of the casualties occurred in Commune III of Sihanoukville, where three people were injured after the storm brought down a tree. A teenager also drowned and three others were left wounded after being swept out to sea whilst kayaking amid heavy rains near the island of Koh Rong.

Chikungunya virus outbreak reported in Banteay Meanchey

A localised outbreak of Chikungunya virus has been reported in the north-western province of Banteay Meachney. Dozens of local residents have reportedly showed symptoms associated with the virus, including a fever, muscle pain, fatigue, vomiting, and skin rashes. A number of people have been diagnosed with the disease and have been isolated for treatment in hospital, where some have already begun to recover.

Lightning strike kills one in Kampong Cham

A person has reportedly been killed after being hit by lightning in the Cheung Prey district of Kampong Cham province. The deceased has been identified as a woman who was local to the Sramory village area where she was hit, alongside another person who was injured in the incident. It's understood the pair were factory workers, who had been leaving work together on a motorbike when they were hit by lightning.

Environmental activist assaulted in Ratanakiri

An environmental activist has reportedly been left injured after being assaulted by a group of people at a meeting in Lumphat, Ratanakiri last week. According to reports, the victim has claimed that they were set upon by a number of individuals at the meeting and later sought treatment at a medical facility on Phnom Penh, although conflicting reports have surfaced which suggest the victim may not have been injured. It's understood the scuffle broke out due to the activist posting photos of the meeting without permission.

Land border with Vietnam re-opened

The land border between Cambodia and Vietnam is due to be re-opened following a three-month closure due to the global covid-19 pandemic. The Cambodian government announced that the decision had been made amid falling virus numbers, but that strict health and safety measures would still need to be adhered to at the crossing. Overall, Cambodia has recorded a total of 12,592 coronavirus cases and 313 deaths.

Garment workers protest in Phnom Penh over unpaid wages

Hundreds of garment workers have gathered to protest against unpaid wages in the Khan Por Senchey district in the capital city of Phnom Penh. Approximately 600 workers of the Quality Textile factory are believed to have participated in the demonstration, which was held near the factory on Tuesday. Those taking part in the protest claim to have gone unpaid since March and are now demanding that they be paid their April wages in full. The factory had previously promised to belatedly pay workers on Monday 25 March following an initial delay, but failed to meet that target. Many companies are facing difficulties paying workers' wages due to extreme financial pressure brought on by the coronavirus lockdown amid the global covid-19 pandemic.

Entry ban on travellers partially lifted

The Cambodian government has taken measures to partial lift an entry ban on foreign travellers. Visitors from six countries, including France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Spain, and the US, will now be allowed to enter the country. The Ministry of Health confirmed the lifting of the ban on Wednesday. The ban had been enforced to prevent imported coronavirus cases coming into Mongolia amid the global covid-19 pandemic. Travellers will still be required to obtain a health certificate dated within 72 hours of travelling, and must also be covered by health insurance up to the amount of $50,000.

Two children die in house fire

Two children have reportedly perished in a house fire in Ratanakiri. The blaze broke out at a residential property in the Ou Chum area of Ratanakiri on Tuesday. According to reports, the property was being used as a residential dwelling as well as a petrol business and it's believed the fire may have been started by a petrol spill from a 30-litre container. The emergency rescue services were able to put out the fire, but not before it claimed the lives of two children trapped inside the building.

No new coronavirus cases reported in over three weeks

No new coronavirus cases have been reported in Cambodia in over three weeks now, with a total of just 122 confirmed cases. Of these, almost all of them have recovered, with 120 patients making full recoveries and no deaths recorded. However, some experts have expressed concern there could be many cases going undetected in the country, which has only tested approximately 12,300 people, out of a population of 16 million. Despite low figures, schools, entertainment venues, and massage parlours remain closed and the government is encouraging people to remain vigilant.

Seven detained in Battambang drug raids

At least seven arrests have been made following drug raid operations in the Boeng Reang area of Battambang province. According to local reports, two separate drug raids were apparently carried out by the security forces in the Boeng Reang commune, which sits along the Thai-Cambodian border. The police allegedly seized large amounts of drugs and large sums of cash in various currencies, including USD, Thai Baht, and Cambodian riel - with a total value of around 33,000 in USD.

Turned away cruise ship docks in Sihanoukville

A cruise ship which was turned away by five countires over fears regarding the coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak. The MS Westerdam had been en route to Yokohama in Japan when it was denied premission to dock there, despite no cases of the virus being reported on ship. Four more countries also refused port to the ship, leaving it stranded in the Gulf of Thailand for several days. After being escorted out of the gulf by a Thai Navy ship, the cruise liner arrived in Sihanoukville on Thursday morning.

Opposition leader denies US conspiracy

Opposition leader Kem Sokha has denied that he conspired with foreign powers, including the US government. "I did NOT bring in foreign states or foreign agents to conduct hostility or invasion against Cambodia", said Sokha in a statement as his treason trial begins in Phnom Penh. Sokha faces accusations of receiving long-term support from the US and plotting to overthrow Cambodian leader Hun Sen, who has been in power for 35 years. Rights groups claim the trial is a violation of human rights and have criticised the charges brought against Sokha as a suppression of political opposition. Sokha faces up to 30 years in jail if found guilty, although it's been speculated that he may be convicted and pardoned, in order to protect a trade agreement with the EU.

Three killed in Siem Reap building collapse

At least three people have been confirmed dead after an under-construction building collapsed in Siem Reap. The accident occurred near a temple at Prasat Kokchak pagoda in the Kokchak commune, where the an under-construction dining hall reportedly gave way on Monday afternoon. While three people have been killed, 13 people have also been injured, including two monks and a construction site manager. It's believed the reason for the collapse was weak construction. The structure fell in on itself as workers lay concrete flooring slabs down on the upper level. An investigation has been launched, although no arrests have been made thus far.

Body of missing backpacker found at sea

The body of a missing British backpacker has reportedly been found in the sea. Amelia Bambridge, 21, from Worthing, went missing last week and was last seen at a beach party on the island of Koh Rong. Her body was recovered 30 miles off shore and will be taken to Sihanoukville in mainland Cambodia.

Six suspects detained for questioning over missing British backpacker

Cambodian police have reportedly detained six men for questioning in connection with the disappearance of a missing British backpacker. Amelia Bambridge, 21, from Worthing was last seen at a beach party on the popular tourist island of Koh Rong last week. The men who have been detained are all thought to work locally, at various restaurants, hotels, and guesthouses. They were identified as persons of interest after the police received a tip off that the six men had acted badly towards foreign female tourists in the past. Nearly 200 security personnel have been tasked with aiding search operations. Ms Bambridge's father reportedly fears she has been abducted; however, a local governor said he thought it was more likely that she had drowned.

British student missing in Cambodia

A 21-year-old British student has been reported missing from a Cambodian island. Amelia Bambridge, from Worthing, was on her gap year and had been staying at a resort on Koh Rong island, where she was last seen on Wednesday. Search operations have been launched, with nearly 200 Cambodian soldiers, divers and drones being used in efforts to locate the missing student. Bambridge had been travelling with a friend, but reportedly disappeared after they attended a beach party. Her friend raised the alarm when she failed to return to the hostel and her belongings were found on the beach.

Thai woman kidnapped in Phnom Penh

A 24-year-old Thai woman has allegedly been kidnapped in Phnom Penh province by a group of four Malaysian suspects. The police have arrested the four suspects on suspicion of holding the victim hostage in the Sihanoukville area. It's alleged that the victim had been abducted and was being held for a ransom of 150,000 Thai Baht (around £3,820; $4,958). According to reports, the suspects apparently threatened to mutilate and torture the victim if the ransom was not paid. A rescue operation was launched after they forced the victim to contact her husband in Thailand, from whom they demanded the ransom. The suspects reportedly operated an online casino in Sihanoukville, where the victim worked, but was accused by the suspects of stealing company money. An investigation into the kidnap remains ongoing.

Severe flooding leaves 11 dead nationwide

At least 11 fatalities have been reported as a result of widespread flooding across Cambodia. Heavy rainfall has reportedly caused severe flash floods across 14 provinces over the last 10 days. Two children are allegedly among those killed, while some 10,000 families have been forced to evacuate. It's estimated that some 100,000 homes and 30,000 hectares of crops have been flooded. The Prey Veng, Battambang and Kampong Thom provinces are said to be among the worst affected areas, with villagers reportedly using boats to evacuate their houses.

Man rescued after getting trapped in mountain cave

A 28-year-old Cambodian man has been rescued after getting himself trapped in a cave in the jungles of Chakrai Mountain in the north-western province of Battambang. The man had been collecting bat droppings (a sought after fertiliser) when he dropped his torch and slipped into a narrow crevice between two rocks while trying to retrieve it. The young man got stuck on Sunday and was without food or water for three days, until a friend who often joined him in the caves found him during searches launched by his family. According to reports, the man was rescued after a 10-hour operation involving 200 rescuers, which required them to destroy parts of the cave to reach him. He is now being treated in hospital for dehydration and injuries to the head, chest, and knee. The police have stated that climbing Chakrai Mountain has now been banned to prevent further accidents.

Two cases of African swine fever reported

Two cases of African swine fever has been reported in two separate provinces in Cambodia. The most recent cases were confirmed earlier this week and come in addition to two cases already reported - raising the total number of confirmed cases in Cambodia to four. One case was discovered at a pig farm in the village of Russey Chuo Khang Tbounge in the Svay Chrum district of Svay Rieng province, while the second case was detected in Ampil village of the Angor Borey district, Takeo province. It's understood that a number of pigs in both locations had to be killed to prevent the further spread of the disease, although it has not been specified how many. The Cambodian government has not yet announced any plans for culling pigs.

PM Sen visits site of building collapse

At least 24 people have been killed at a Chinese-owned construction site in the coastal town of Sihanoukville. Prime Minister Hun Sen has visited the site of the accident, which is one of the worst to occur in Cambodia in recent years. Dozens more were wounded in the collapse, which occurred early on Saturday morning. The Chinese embassy in Cambodia expressed its condolences and said it supported a "thorough investigation" of the accident, while four people have been arrested.

Twelve arrested in Poipet kidnap case

Twelve foreign suspects have been arrested for suspected involved in a kidnapping case. It's alleged that the 12 Chinese nationals worked together to abduct three people in the city of Poipet - situated along the Thai border in the Banteay Meanchey province. According to reports, the victims have also been identified as Chinese nationals and it's believed they were kidnapped over their failure to repay a gambling loan.

Widespread flood warning issued

A widespread flood warning has been issued across most parts of Cambodia. The warning has been issued by the Ministry of Health, which has advised of the high risk of imminent flooding due to continuous heavy rainfall forecast throughout the coming week. There will be a heightened risk of flash floods, particularly in low-lying areas, while there will also be risk of deadly landslides and mud flows in hilly terrain.

Health warning issued over dengue fever in Siem Reap

Low level health warnings have been issued in response to an increase in the number of dengue fever cases reported in Siem Reap. According to reports, a spike in dengue fever cases was recorded at the Angkor Hospital for Children, prompting health officials to issue an advisory, reminding citizens of symptoms and when to seek medical attention. Dengue fever is a virus which is most commonly spread through mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, nausea, headaches, joint pain, fatigue and skin rashes.

Five killed in vehicle collision

At least five people have been confirmed dead following a vehicle collision in the Koh Kong province on Thursday. The accident reportedly occurred along the  national highway which runs through the Sre Ambel area. Alongside the five fatalities, two others were also injured in the crash - the cause of which remains unclear as accident investigations go forward.

One wounded in ordnance explosion

A person has been wounded after stepping on unexploded ordnance in the Banteay Meanchey province. The accident occurred in the village of Ta Maing in the Kouk Romiet area of the Thma Puok district. A woman accidentally stood on the mine whilst looking for bamboo shoots near a stra near the Cambodia-Thailand border.

Continued heatwave causes disruption

An ongoing heatwave affecting Cambodia has caused disruption, prompting officials to reduce school hours in an effort to prevent children and teachers falling ill. The heatwave has seen temperatures regularly surpass 40 degrees Celsius and is one of the longest in recent history. Most schools lack air conditioning - meaning classroom temperatures heighten the risk of heatstroke. The changes will remain in place until the rainy season, which typically starts in May and is expected to bring the heatwave to an end when it arrives.

Protest over land dispute in Phnom Penh

Some 200 protesters have gathered in the capital city of Phnom Penh to protest over a land dispute. According to reports, the protest took place outside the Land Management Ministry as protesters called on the institution to intervene in an ongoing land dispute between the Phnom Penh Sugar Company and residents from the Thpong and Oral districts of the Kampong Speu province. The dispute has reportedly lasted for a decade and has allegedly prevented local children from attending school. Villagers are asking for suitable compensation from the sugar company, along with the right not to be intimidated or harassed by the company's staff.

Chinese national killed in Phnom Penh

A Chinese national has reportedly been killed in the capital city of Phnom Penh. According to reports, the victim's death has been confirmed by the Chinese Embassy in Cambodia, although no further details - including the nature of the killing and the victim's identity - have been released. The incident is understood to have been a violent attack and the police have launched an investigation, although no arrests have been made thus far.

Three killed in Phnom Penh crash

Three people have been killed in a car crash in the capital city of Phnom Penh. The accident occurred in the Chey Chumneak area of the Daun Penh district, where one Cambodian national and two Finnish nationals were killed when a car collided with the tuk-tuk motorised taxi they were riding in. According to the police, the driver of the vehicle was drunk and lost control of his car, crashing into the tuk-tuk and a parked motorbike. The driver has been arrested and will likely face a prison sentence.

Dozens of Malaysian detainees freed

Dozens of Malaysian detainees have been freed by the Cambodian authorities. Some 47 Malaysian nationals were arrested by Cambodian law enforcement in December last year on charges related to illegal online gambling. According to reports, their release was confirmed on Friday, with recent investigations allegedly finding the detainees were victims of a scam operated by a job agency. The release was arranged following several rounds of talks between the Malaysian and the Cambodian governments, with long-standing diplomatic ties between the two countries also taken into account.

Arrest warrants issued for opposition leader

The Cambodia government has issued an arrest warrant for the leader of the opposition, Sam Rainsy. Calls for his detention come as Cambodia faces teh threat of EU sanctions over alleged human rights abuses. Rains's opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party was formerly dissolved by the Cambodian Supreme Court in 2017, with party members banned from politics during the 2018 general election - which Prime Minister Hun Sen won in a landslide victory after the main opposition was taken out of the race. According to Reuters, the EU threatened to withdraw duty-free trading access following the election, to which the PM retaliated by threatening the opposition. Rainsy currently resides in France after fleeing Cambodia in 2015.

Foreign national killed in shooting

A foreign national has been killed in a shooting incident in the Sihanouk province. The incident occurred over the weekend in the Krong Preah Sihanouk area of the province. It's been reported that the victim was found with a gunshot wound and taken to hospital, where they later died from their injuries. The victim has been identified only as a Chinese male.

Two Chinese hostages freed by police

Cambodia's military police have rescued two Chinese nationals who were kidnapped by a group of fellow Chinese nationals. Officers arrested nine people during the raid in the south-west coastal city of Sihanoukville. According to reports the two men were held hostage because they couldn't pay their gambling debts.

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide

Two leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime have been found guilty of genocide during a UN-backed tribunal. Nuon Chea, 92, and Khieu Samphan, 87, were both found guilty of targeting Cham Muslims and ethnic Vietnamese in mass extermination events. Up to two million people were killed under the brutal regime between 1975 and 1979. According to the BBC, both men were already serving life sentences for crimes against humanity but have both been sentenced to life again under the same charge. The international definition of genocide was criticised for being too narrow to legally apply to the case and many scholars have debated whether or not the term should apply; however, the tribunal aimed to serve justice for what they saw as genocide, whilst charging the men under alternative legislation.

One dead after boat capsizes in Kandal

A fatal boat accident has been reported in the Kandal province of Cambodia. According to local reports, one person has been killed and two others remain missing after a boat capsized on Bassac River in the S'ang district. The emergency services have responded to the situation as search and rescue operations continue. It has not yet been confirmed what caused the boat to capsize, with factors such as weather and boat capacity being taken into account as investigations are launched.

Opposition leader released on bail

Opposition leader Kem Sokha has reportedly been released from prison on bail. Sokha had been detained last year and was awaiting trial on charges of treason for allegedly conspiring with the US to overthrow the ruling party government. The case has been widely criticised as being politically motivated, as the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) opposition party was forcibly dissolved by the Cambodian supreme court shortly after his arrest - leaving no real political opposition to contend the general election which took place earlier this year. Soka's release was unexpected and it remains unclear whether or not the charges against him will be dropped. According to the BBC, Sokha could face up to 30 years in prison if he is found guilty.

Foreign national convicted for espionage

A foreign national has been convicted for espionage in Cambodia. Australian filmmaker James Ricketson was found guilty of spying by a three-judge panel in a Cambodian court on Friday and sentenced to six years in prison. The 69-year-old was originally arrested in June 2017 for flying a drone fitted with a camera at a political rally and has been incarcerated since then. Ricketson's family have called on the Australian government to pressure Cambodia to release him.

Ruling party won all parliamentary seats in July election

Cambodia's national electoral commission has officially announced that the ruling party, the Cambodian People's Party (CPP), won all 125 seats in parliament following the general election last month. The election has widely been criticised as undemocratic after the CPP jailed the main opposition party's leader on alleged espionage charges. The Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) was then forcibly disbanded by the Supreme Court in Cambodia.

Man dies after being hit by train in Phnom Penh

A man has died after being hit by a train in the Tuol Kork district of the capital city, Phnom Penh. The accident occurred in the Boeung Kak II commune in the early hours of Wednesday morning. According to local reports, the train was arriving at a stop when the man ran onto the tracks. It's been claimed the man was drunk when the fatal accident happened. Witnesses reportedly told the police the man was called Ka and that he may have suffered from mental health issues in the past.

Ruling party claims election victory

The ruling party in Cambodia, the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) has claimed victory in the Cambodian general election after securing 80 percent of the vote, giving it at least 100 of the 125 seats in parliament. The CPP is the party of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power since 1985. The landslide victory has come amid an election which lacked any serious opposition after the main opposing party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was forcibly dissolved last year. According to the BBC, the EU and the US have joined international voices questioning the credibility of the allegedly democratic vote.

Laos dam collapse sparks evacuations in Steung Treng

Evacuation orders have been issued in Cambodia's Steung Treng province following a dam collapse in neighbouring Laos. Reports indicate the collapse of the dam has caused the water level of the Sekon river to rise to dangerous levels, threatening flash floods. Some parts of the Siem Pang district have already reported flooding, while villagers in Steung Treng are being relocated to higher ground.

General election to take place this month

A general election is due to take place in Cambodia later this month. Voters will go to polls on Sunday 29 July to elect a new governing party. The UK FCO has issued a travel advisory update, warning foreign visitors of an increased risk of public protest in major cities throughout the lead-up to the election, especially at weekends. Travellers have been advised to exercise caution and to avoid large demonstrations.

Five Chinese kidnappers arrested by police

Five suspected kidnappers from China have been arrested by police. The group was detained on Monday when officers raided an apartment where five other Chinese nationals were being held against their will. “The victims had borrowed money to gamble from the suspects and did not have any money to pay them back, so the suspects caught the five victims and confined them for a few days at their rental house in order to extort money from their families,” said officer Seng Sophath.

Government cracks down on media freedom

The Cambodian government has cracked down on media freedoms ahead of the upcoming election. The incumbent prime minister - who is expected to win the election next month - has launched a campaign against dissent. In the interests of national security, journalists have also been banned from expressing opinions in published news stories. The crackdown on free press has come just a few months after the main opposition party was dissolved over accusations of plotting to overthrow the government.

Lightning kills five in Koh Kong

At least five people have been killed after getting caught in a lightning storm in the Koh Kong province over the weekend. The deceased were reportedly in a mountainous region of the Thma Bang district when the lightning struck. There is an increased risk of being hit by lightning in high altitude areas during such storms, and any climbing, mountaineering or trekking should be postponed in treacherous conditions.

Contaminated water kills 11 in Kratie

At least 11 people have reportedly been killed and around 138 others remain ill after drinking contaminated water and wine in the Kratie province. Reports indicate the local drinking water supply was contaminated with insecticide - causing dozens of villagers to fall ill. It was also discovered that some wine in the area had been tainted with methanol. Health officials have launched a full investigation into the incident, while people in the area are being advised to only drink bottled water until further notice.

Labour Day protesters gather in Phnom Penh

Hundreds of Labour Day protesters have gathered in Phnom Penh. The rally has mainly been focused in the Wat Phnom area, where approximately 1,000 demonstrators have taken part in the protest so far. The Cambodian Labour Confederation organised the demonstration, with workers calling for higher wages, better working conditions, and more workers' rights. The protest may cause some travel disruption throughout the surrounding area.

General election to take place

A general election is due to take place in Cambodia on Sunday 29 July. The UK FCO has issued a foreign travel warning, advising visitors to be aware of the risk of heightened political tensions. Public demonstrations remain a possibility in large towns and cities, where they could cause widespread disruption. Protests could become violent and should be avoided where possible.

Bomb threat warning issued to US embassy

A bomb threat warning has been issued to the US embassy in Phnom Penh, prompting heightened security measures throughout the area. The Cambodian authorities issued the alert after receiving reports of an alleged bomb plot targeting the Wat Phnom area in Phnom Penh. Other locations in Phnom Penh and the popular tourist area of Siem Reap were aslso identified as being at a high risk of attack - especially during the Khmer New Year holiday, which lasts from Thursday 12 April until Monday 16 April. The anti-government Khmer National Liberation Front are thought to be the group behind the planned attack.

Escaped prisoner recaptured in Anlong Veng

A prisoner who escaped from prison last week has been recaptured in police operations in the Anlong Veng district of the Oddar Meanchey province. Local reports state the prisoner was awaiting trial on charges of rape when he was sent to the provincial hospital for treatment and managed to escape. The suspect was caught by police attempting to return to his home residence.

Briton jailed for using pornography

A British national has been given a suspended one-year jail sentence for using "pornographic" photos for promotional purposes. Daniel Jones, 31, will serve one month and 22 days of the sentence after the judge described the incident as "unintentional". Jones was among 10 other foreign nationals charged in January in connection to a drinking party. The charges against the other suspects were dropped and they were all deported.

Two killed in landmine blast

At least two soldiers have been killed and three others have been wounded in a landmine blast at a military base in the Kampong Speu province. The landmine was triggered during a joint training exercise between the Australian and Cambodian security forces. One of those killed was an Australian soldier, as was one of the casualties. 

Ruling party wins majority in senate election

The ruling party of Cambodia, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), has reportedly won a majority in a recent senate election. The CPP has secured all 58 seats in the Senate of Thailand. Out of 11,670 representatives allowed to vote, a staggering majority of 11,202 voted in favour of the CPP. Smaller parties such as the Khmer National United Party received only 182 votes, while Funcinpec secured 276 votes. Over 5,000 representatives from the CPP's main opposition - the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) - were disqualified from voting after the CNRP was officially dissolved by the Supreme Court last year.

Law banning royal defamation brought into effect

A new law which criminalises the defamation of the Cambodian royal family has officially been brought into effect. Anyone deemed to be insulting the monarchy in any shape or form could face prosecution under the new law. According to Reuters, those found guilty could face one to five years in jail and fines between $500 and $2,500. Rights groups have expressed concern the new law could be exploited as a means by which to imprison critics of the government.

Cambodia deports tourists over pornography charges

Cambodia has deported seven foreign tourists charged with producing pornography in January. The group - who were from the UK, New Zealand and Canada - were accused of imitating sex acts at a party in Siem Reap. Three others - from the UK, Norway and the Netherlands - have been held and will face trial for organising the event. All of the suspects denied the charges.

Royal defamation to become illegal

Royal defamation is set to become illegal in Cambodia and will be punishable in a court of law. The Council of Ministers supported the necessary amendment to the country's constitution and penal code, making it a crime to insult a member of the royal family. Those found to be violating the ban will face prison sentences of between one to five years and a fine of up to $2,500 (around 10 million Cambodian Riel).

Two activists killed in Mondulkiri

Two activists and a military officer have been killed in a gun attack outside the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary in the Mondulkiri province. The victims have been identified as a military officer, a park ranger, and a Wildlife Conservation Society employee. They had allegedly seized a chainsaw from a group of eight illegal loggers near the Vietnamese border and were targeted a short while later as they were leaving the sanctuary. According to reports, the police suspect the Cambodian border forces - who were investigating claims of a stolen chainsaw - were responsible for the deaths.

Ten foreign nationals charged with pornography

Ten foreign nationals have been detained by the Cambodian law enforcement officials and face charges of producing pornographic images. The foreigners were arrested after pictures of fully-clothed people imitating sex acts emerged from a party taking place in a private villa in the Siem Reap area. According to reports, at least five British nationals are among those detained, along with citizens from Canada, New Zealand, Norway, and the Netherlands. The Siam Reap area is a popular tourist destination with a growing nightlife scene, placing foreign visitors at odds with the conservative culture of Cambodia. If convicted, the detainees could face up to a year in a Cambodian prison.

Two environmental activists sentenced

Two environmental activists have been sentenced in a court in Koh Kong for charges of violating privacy and filming illegal activity. Hun Vannak and Dem Kundy were both sentenced to a year's jail time with suspension periods of seven months. Vannak and Kundy are activists for the non-governmental organisation, Mother Earth. According to Reuters, they were arrested in September after being caught filming vessels thought to be illegally exporting sand.

Supreme Court dissolves opposition party

The Cambodian Supreme Court has voted to dissolve the opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). The decision has been met with international criticism as a demonstration of political suppression against the ideals of democracy. The leader of the ruling Cambodia People's Party, Prime Minister Hun Sen, accused the CNRP of plotting to topple the government. According to the BBC, the party will lose all 55 seats in parliament and all members have been banned from politics for five years. CNRP politician Mu Sochua - who recently fled the country along with a number of other CNRP members - stated that the court's decision was "the end of true democracy in Cambodia".

Heightened security measures in Phnom Penh

Heightened security measures are set to be put in place throughout the capital city, Phnom Penh. On Thursday 16 November, the Cambodian Supreme Court is due to decide a final verdict on a case to dissolve the opposing Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). The court recently rejected an appeal to release the CNRP leader from jail after being accused of treason. The case has been internationally criticised as an undemocratic suppression of political opposition. The Australian government's travel advise website has warned travellers to expect heightened political tensions and strengthened security measures throughout the capital as of Wednesday 15 November. There is a high risk of social unrest and protests. Foreign nationals should avoid large gatherings and demonstrations as violence may break out suddenly.

Supreme Court rejects appeal to release opposition leader

The Supreme Court of Cambodia has rejected an appeal to release Kem Sokha - the leader of the main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). Sokha was arrested last month on charges of treason and his detention sparked widespread criticism of the government's crackdown on political opposition ahead of a contested election next year. Sokha's supporters claim his arrest was politically motivated. The CNRP also faces being disbanded as a political party after the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) filed a lawsuit against the party. The CPP has also cracked down on independent media and human rights groups. According to Reuters, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) - a delegation of the European Parliament - warned that "a serious deterioration of the human rights situation might have implications for development assistance programmes and trade preferences". 

Government demands dissolution of opposition

The Cambodian government has filed a lawsuit demanding the dissolution of the main opposition party. The ruling Cambodia People's Party claims that members of the opposing Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) had committed treason by conspiring with foreign actors to take down the government. Reuters has reported that the government lawyers have cited a video from 2013 which shows the CNRP leader, Kem Sokha, discussing plans to take power with assistance from Americans. Sokha has already been arrested - which sparked criticism from many Western countries condemning the government's actions. The government crackdown on opposition parties - as well as the media and activists - has brought the democratic legitimacy of the upcoming election into question. Sokha's daughter, Monovithya Kem, has stated that "the international community has obligations to act now" as the case is taken to the Supreme Court.

Travel security warning issued for foreign travellers

A travel security warning has been issued by OSAC advising foreign travellers to be aware of heightened tensions in Cambodia. The recent expulsion of an American non-governmental organisation and all its foreign workers is demonstrative of a growing anti-American sentiment amongst government officials. Foreign travellers have been advised to be cautious and to be aware of the high risk of violent demonstration.

Opposition leader charged with treason and espionage

High political and social tensions are expected in the capital city, Phnom Penh, after the leader of the main opposition party has been charged with treason and espionage. Kem Sokha has been accused of being directly involved in a foreign plot against the country since 1993. A court in Phnom Penh charged Sokha on Sunday, claiming he colluded with foreign groups on a 'secret plan' to harm Cambodia. The charging of Sokha is likely to spark criticism of the ruling party - which has been suppressing opposition groups, the free press, and non-governmental organisations ahead of the run-up to a general election next year. 

General election to take place in 2018

A general election has been scheduled to take place next year, on Sunday 29 July 2018. The election has been highly anticipated as opposing groups have increased in popularity in recent years. Hun Sen's ruling authoritarian party will seek re-election for a sixth mandate; however, Sen is expected to encounter the strongest opposition to challenge his 32-year rule. Last month, opinion polls showed that the main opposing party - Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) - has been growing in popularity despite efforts from Sen to sideline political opponents through imprisonment. According to reports, CNRP campaigners claim that corruption and inequality have increased under Hun Sen's rule, while the ruling leader has threatened an outbreak of a civil war should his party lose the 2018 general election.

District official killed in Pursat

A district official has been found dead in the Phnom Kravanh district of Pursat province. The victim worked for the district's land management office and was allegedly found dead in his rented room in Phnom Kravanh. The police have confirmed that the incident is being treated as a murder case, with investigations ongoing. While a suspect - the victim's neighbour - has been detained, the motive behind the killing remains unclear.

Land official found dead in Pursat

Authorities are investigating the suspected murder of a land official in the Pursat province.  Heng Rattanak, 25, was found at his home with apparent axe wounds. A forensic team is investigating the scene while police are looking for Rattanak's housemate, who is a key suspect.

Travel warnings issued ahead of local elections

Local elections are due to take place in early June, prompting travel warnings of the heightened risk of public demonstration in the capital city, Phnom Penh. Political tensions are likely to rise ahead of the local elections, which will take place on Sunday 04 June. Several large public demonstrations are expected to take place in the capital on Friday 02 June and Saturday 03 June. Traffic delays and general disruption should be anticipated.

New Cambodia-Vietnam border crossing bridge opened

A new border crossing bridge between Cambodia and Vietnam has been opened. The cross-border bridge connects the Kandal province of Cambodia with the An Giang province in Vietnam over the Binh Di river. The bridge is now open for the public to use. Some security checks may be in place and travellers should be prepared for these.

Thai-Cambodian bridge blocked by protesters

A bridge connecting Thailand and Cambodia has been blocked by Cambodian protesters in the Aranyaprathet district of the Sa Kaeo province, Thailand. Approximately 50 protesters have pushed their vegetable carts onto the friendship bridge near the Ban Klong Leuk border pass in Aranyaprathet. The protesters are believed to be vegetable vendors protesting against the Thai Customs Agency - who implemented an increased tax on fruit and vegetables from Cambodia. The increased fee is expected to return to the original tax rate.

Cambodian merchants block Thai-Cambodian Friendship bridge

Cambodian fish merchants have blocked the Thai-Cambodian Friendship bridge along the Aranyyaprathet border to protest against a rise in duty tax. The bridge was blocked after merchants dumped 24 truck loads of 'pla chon' (Cambodian snakehead fish) in the centre of the bridge - weighing over 400kg and blocking 100 goods trucks from using the bridge, causing a three-kilometre queue. The duty tax on the fish was raised after Thai merchants complained that the excess supply of the Cambodian fish was driving prices down on other types of fish. The merchants agreed to remove the fish blockade on the conditions that local government officials would not engage in negotiations until the bridge was re-opened.

Health warning issued over new strain of Malaria

Health officials have issued a health warning amid the discovery of a new strain of Malaria. The new strain is considered a 'mutant' strain, which is resistant to anti-malarial drugs - thereby making the disease increasingly difficult to treat. The warning has been issued to Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. The warning has advised that prevention of contraction of the disease is much easier than treatment. Once the disease has been contracted, treatment becomes difficult and the risk of further human infection is very high - which would pose a serious threat to disease control between the three countries.

One killed, two wounded in attempted robbery, Phnom Penh

One person has been killed and two others have been wounded during a failed robbery attempt in the Chamkarmon district of Phnom Penh. A man was killed after he intercepted the attempted robbery of his fiancée and his sister. The three armed assailants managed to flee the scene and have not yet been identified. Police have launched a manhunt amidst an ongoing investigation.

New Cambodia-Laos border crossing opened

A new border crossing has been opened along the Cambodia-Laos border. The new crossing will bo located between the Stung Treng province in Cambodia, and the Champasak province in Laos -  allowing more accessibility to people wishing  to travel between the neighbouring countries. It is hoped that the new border crossing will strengthen economic and diplomatic ties between the countries as international trade and tourism increases.

Vietnamese police bust drug ring operating from Cambodia

Vietnamese police have busted a drug-trafficking ring operating from Cambodia to Vietnam. Approximately 4kg of ecstacy and 1.4kg of heroin have been seized by police and eight people have been arrested, including the group's organiser, Nguyễn Duy Thạch Thảo - who was caught red-handed by police. Twenty-nine packs of heroin, nine packs of ecstacy and two cakes of heroin has been bought in Cambodia and transported to Vietnam for resale. 

First confirmed case of Zika virus

Cambodia's Health Ministry and the WHO confirmed a 44-year-old man from the south-eastern Kampong Cham province had contracted the virus. The mosquito borne virus was recently confirmed to spread through unprotected sexual intercourse as well as from the Aedes mosquitoes. The virus can cause severe birth defects and has also spread to Malysia recently. The symptoms include fever, headache, rash, red eyes, and joint pain. Most patients recover within two to seven days after treatment and fatalities remain low.

Warnings of increased crime and traffic disruptions

The US Embassy issued a warning of increased crime and traffic disruption in Phnom Penh, due to the Water Festival lasting from 13 - 16 November. Over two million arrived for the festival, with security forces controlling traffic congestion and closing roads in some places. Visitors were warned to stay aware of their surroundings as large crowds attract crime. During the 2010 Water Festival, 347 were killed and over 700 were injured during a stampede. 

Opposition Senator jailed for seven years

Senator Hong Sok Hour, a member of Cambodia National Rescue Party, has been found guilty of falsifying public documents, using fake documents and inciting chaos. Judge Ros Piseth of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced the opposition Senator to seven years in jail. Many believe the arrest to be politically motivated, as a move to weaken the opposition party.

Twenty-six injured in truck collision

Twenty-six garment factory workers were injured when the factory's transport truck collided with a lorry it was attempting to overtake. The truck was transporting 73 factory workers in the south-eastern province of Svay Rieng. Those injured were taken to hospital while the truck driver fled the scene.

WHO assessment indicates high risk of Zika virus outbreak in 2017

Amid outbreaks of the mosquito-borne virus in Vietname and Myanmar, WHO researchers suggest Cambodia faces a high risk of contracting the virus in the near future.  “The risk of Zika is negligible at the moment in Cambodia, but not in neighbouring countries,” the short analysis reads. “However, the risk of outbreak in Cambodia in 2017 appears high.”

Protesters clash with security in Phnom Penh over land rights

On 10 October, Cambodian land rights protesters clashed with city security guards in Phnom Penh as they called on the government to end forced evictions. Phnom Penh City Hall spokesman, Mean Chanyada, said that a journalist and a human rights worker were injured in the clash and that the use of violence was necessary to stop hundreds of demonstrators from marching forward. 

Roadside bomb injuries three in Phnom Penh

A roadside bomb injured three people on Tuesday night in the capital Phnom Penh. According to police sources, the device was detonated in Chamkamon district. At least three other vehicles parked nearby were damaged by the blast. No further details were disclosed by the authorities, who have launched a full investigation into the incident.

Thousands march for murdered activist

Tens of thousands of people have joined a funeral procession in Phnom Penh for the prominent activist murdered in the country two weeks ago.  Kem Ley, a pro-democracy campaigner, was shot dead outside a petrol station in the capital.  "He was a mirror of society, a hero. His murder is a huge loss to democracy," 39-year-old Hul Chan told the AFP. A former soldier has been charged with Ley's murder, claiming it was over an outstanding debt.

Government critic shot dead in Phnom Penh

A leading government critic has been shot dead in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.  Kem Ley, a popular political commentator and campaigner, was killed at a petrol station in the city at around 09:00 on Sunday morning.  A suspect has been arrested in connection to the attack but a motive has not yet been established.  The killing comes amid increasing tension between the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

Two children killed by old RPG

Two Cambodian children have been killed after playing with a discarded rocket-propelled grenade in central Kampong.  The children, aged 12 and 14, died when they attempted to open the grenade with an axe.  Cambodia reported 111 land mine and unexploded ordnance casualties, including 18 deaths, in 2015 despite major efforts to clear the country of explosive devices.

Cambodian authorities jail 11 opposition activists

Eleven Cambodian opposition activists have been jailed on insurrection charges, according to their defence lawyer.  The accused were found guilty of taking part in violent clashes at a protest in the capital, Phnom Penh in July, 2014 and were given sentences ranging from seven to 20 years.  "This is a very serious sentencing. We lawyers cannot accept these convictions," Sam Sokong, one of the group's defence counsel told the AFP.

Tourists detained for taking nude photos

Three tourists have been arrested after they were accused of taking naked photos inside Cambodia's Angkor Archeological temple complex.  Two men, an Italian and an Argentinian, and a Dutch woman were arrested when guards spotted them taking "pornographic photographs" at Ta Prohm temple.  A spokeswoman for the Aspara National Authority said "the temple is a worship site and their debauched behaviour is wrong".  It is the third such incident so far this year, with two American sisters and three French men all deported on similar charges.

Cambodian and Thai soldiers wounded in border clashes

A Cambodian soldier has been shot three times while a Thai soldier was also wounded during clashes near a disputed border temple.  It is the first outbreak of violence near the Preah Vihear temple since the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Cambodia had sovereignty over it, calling on Thailand to withdraw all military personnel from the area.

Five wounded in May Day clashes

Five people have been wounded during clashes between police and protesters during a May Day rally in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.  The demonstrators, made up of factory workers and trade union members, were calling for increased wages and improved working conditions.  The human rights group Licadho said civilian auxiliary police began beating protesters at random during a speech by opposition leaders.

Police break up anti-government protest in Phnom Penh

At least 10 people have been wounded after police used tear gas and batons to break up an anti-government protest in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.  The clashes erupted when the police tried to stop the protesters from entering Freedom Park in the centre of the city, defying a ban on street demonstrations imposed earlier this month.

Police and garment workers clash in Phnom Penh

Cambodian police have fired warning shots after a protest by striking garment workers turned violent on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.  Around 20 people were wounded during the rally, which was led by opposition leader Sam Rainsy.  The workers have been on the streets for several weeks demanding improved pay and conditions, as well as the resignation of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Woman shot dead during labour protest

A woman has been shot dead and eight other people wounded in clashes between riot police and garment workers in the capital, Phnom Penh.  More than 30 people were arrested when police broke up a strike outside a factory by workers who were protesting against low pay and poor working conditions.  It is the latest in a series of strikes across the garment sector, which accounts for 80 percent of Cambodia's total exports.

UN court rules for Cambodia in Preah Vihear temple dispute

The United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Cambodia has sovereignty over the disputed Preah Vihear temple, calling on Thailand to withdraw all military personnel from the area.  Both countries have argued and fought over the temple since Thailand occupied it in 1954 following Cambodia's independence.  Thailand's prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, called on her people to accept the verdict.

Opposition stages second mass protest

Thousands of people have marched through Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, in the second mass protest against alleged fraud in July's elections.  Supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said that the demonstrations would continue until the vote irregularities were properly investigated.

Opposition holds mass protest in Phnom Penh

Thousands of opposition supporters have gathered in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, to protest against alleged electoral fraud in July's general elections.  The rally, which was organised by the Cambodia National Rescue Party, is one of the largest to take place in the country in recent years.  Opposition leader Sam Rainsy had promised that the rally would be peaceful and no violence was reported.

Police clash with protesters outside clothes factory

Cambodian riot police have clashed with protesters outside a factory making clothes for Nike in the capital Phnom Penh.  The unrest started when a group of 4,000 striking workers confronted their colleagues, who had not taken part in the strike.

Cambodia Data Sheet

Population:
16.25 million
Major Religion/s:
Buddhism
International dialing code:
+855
International dialing prefix:
001
Emergency services:
Police 117, Medical 119, Fire 118
Drives:
Right
Voltage:
230V
Climate:
Tropical
Ohter Major Cities:
Battambang, Siem Reap
Borders:
Thailand, Laos, Vietnam