Cambodia

Cambodian surrogates freed but must keep babies

11 women allegedly paid to be surrogate mothers have been released on bail after agreeing to keep their babies, Cambodia's trafficking czar said Wednesday, as the poor Southeast Asian nation seeks to regulate the womb-for-hire trade.

16 May 2019
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Cambodia’s sanctuaries under threat

Cambodia’s Beng Per Wildlife Sanctuary is symbolic of the country’s poor forestry management. Around 2,000 square kilometres (sq km) – around three times the size of Singapore – is lost to illegal logging in Cambodia every year where wildlife sanctuaries – despite their name – are not spared.

7 May 2019
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7 Sports That Are Unique to Southeast Asia

Whether we want to admit it or not, most of the popular sports played around the world are the products of Western civilisation. But what did we do to break some sweat before the Europeans brought football and badminton to Southeast Asia? Pretty sure it wasn’t just congkak (mancala games) and wau (kite-flying).

6 May 2019
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Cambodia’s failing education system

In December 2018, Cambodian Senate president Say Chhum had encouraged the country’s youth to study hard in order to become future leaders. He made the comment during the opening ceremony of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia congress at a hotel in Phnom Penh. 

1 May 2019
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You Can Now Travel From Cambodia to Thailand By Train!

For travellers yearning for the next adventure, how does a Southeast Asian cross-border trip on rail sound? After 45 years, a railway that connects Cambodia and Thailand was relaunched on 22 April 2019 in efforts to slash travel times and boost trade between the neighbouring countries.

24 April 2019
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The rising cost of Hun Sen’s rule in Cambodia

On 4 April, a group of international buyers’ associations from the garment, footwear, sporting, and travel goods industries sent a letter to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to express concerns over abusive labour practices and human-rights violations.

14 April 2019
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How China changed Sihanoukville

Sihanoukville used to be a sleepy coastal town in south Cambodia. Its beaches were known for their quiet, cosy – albeit a little seedy – atmosphere that attracted mostly families, individual travellers and backpackers. Aside from the goings-on of the tourists and those connected with the country’s sole deep-water port, nothing much had changed over the years.

13 April 2019
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Fashion needs to get environment-friendly fast

The world has been on the receiving end of environmental abuse lately from numerous industries, particularly where waste management is concerned. In a traditional economy, mainly dominated by a linear model of take-make-and-dispose, not much consideration is given to the material’s end-of-life.

14 March 2019
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Cambodia's youth are in danger

Early last month, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) released the results of a five-week poll involving one million young people together with suggestions from a series of student-led #ENDviolence Youth Talks.

6 March 2019
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Cambodia PM blasts EU interference

Cambodian premier Hun Sen warned against interference in the country's affairs on Tuesday, his first comments since the European Union (EU) launched steps to cancel trade benefits that would hammer the local garment industry.

13 February 2019
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Cambodia’s cyberbullied children

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has released the results of a five-week poll involving one million young people and suggestions from a series of student-led #ENDviolence Youth Talks.

10 February 2019
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