At the beginning of this month, opposition lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua launched a one-woman campaign to ‘bring freedom back to Freedom Park’ by attempting to peacefully enter the area – where a ban on public gatherings is in place – to speak on a number of rights issues. Each of her attempts has been met with resistance. Here, we look back on Sochua’s first steps in her ‘campaign for freedom’.
Another day, another ejection
- Breaking: US House passes 'Cambodia Democracy Act'
The US House of Representatives in Washington, DC, on Monday, passed the “HR 526 Cambodia Democracy Act”, also known as the Cambodia Democracy Act of 2019. If signed off by the president, the bill will allow two major sets of action to be taken against high-ranking Cambodian
- ‘Zero-dollar’ tours under fire
Minister of Tourism Thong Khon has blamed “zero-dollar” tour operators for the decrease in foreign tourists to Angkor Archaeological Park in the first half of this year and has called for action against them. Angkor Archaeological Park received 1.24 million foreign visitors in the first half
- Some jobs off limits to foreigners from August
Beginning from the second week of August, foreigners will be banned from driving taxis and tuk-tuks, as well as being motorcycle delivery drivers, street food vendors, hairdressers and product distributors among other lower-income jobs. Some white-collar jobs such as the head of human resources will
- Chinese-owned shops are on the rise in central Phnom Penh
Informal businesses owned by Chinese nationals are on the rise in central Phnom Penh, especially in Tonle Bassac commune, surrounding Koh Pich. Such businesses have sprung up notably in Central Market, Orussey Market, Sovanna Shopping Mall, Rattana Plaza, as well as Kakab commune across from