October 5 marks the beginning of Pchum Ben, a 15-day religious festival in Cambodia during which Buddhists commemorate seven generations of deceased ancestors.
About the festival: The Pchum Ben Festival, also known as Cambodia’s “Festival for the Dead,” is the second biggest festival for Cambodians after the Khmer New Year. The festival will be celebrated this week from Oct. 5 to 7, reported Khmer Times.
Trial set for autistic Cambodian teen whose house was stormed by nearly 20 armed officers over insult on messaging app
The trial for an autistic Cambodian teenager accused of insulting local government officials is set to begin Sept. 29.
Jailed over Telegram: Kak Sovann Chhay, the 16-year-old son of two government opposition figures, was arrested for allegedly sending messages that were deemed insulting to officials from the ruling party on an app called Telegram, BBC reported.
An American band has sparked outrage for naming themselves after a Cambodian genocide concentration camp, where the Khmer Rouge murdered thousands of Cambodians in the mid-1970s.
The band faced backlash when internet sleuths discovered them while searching for Tuol Sleng after a controversial VICE article featuring manipulated photographs of the victims made headlines last week, according to AsianFeed.
Vice Media Group recently sparked outrage after publishing an article with manipulated photographs of Khmer Rouge victims.
“These People Were Arrested by the Khmer Rouge and Never Seen Again,” which was published on Friday, centered around an interview with Ireland-based artist Matt Loughrey.
Micky Rife, 36, pleaded guilty to illicit sexual conduct earlier this year, admitting that he touched the girls under their clothing and inside or on their genital areas on more than one occasion.
Foreigners planning to travel to Cambodia must now pay at least $3,000 before entering the country for “virus prevention services.”
What you need to know: The U.S. Embassy in Cambodia announced the mandatory deposit — either by credit card or cash — on June 11 to cover the traveler’s medical expenses, which includes testing for COVID-19 and quarantine services bills.
A Cambodian woman employed in a local factory that produces bags for designer brands such as Michael Kors and Kate Spade has spent at least two months in prison after worrying about losing her job due to COVID-19.
What happened: Soy Sros, 30, was arrested on April 4 over a Facebook post in which she raised concerns that she and her coworkers might be laid off in the middle of the pandemic.
Cambodian police have launched an investigation for the suspected kidnapping of an exiled Thai human rights activist in Phnom Penh.
Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a 37-year-old activist who fled Thailand in 2014, was reportedly taken by unidentified gunmen on the evening of June 4. He was talking to his sister, Sitanun, on the phone for 20 minutes, as reported by Reuters.
After nearly half a century, a 98-year-old Cambodian woman was reunited with two siblings she thought had died during the brutal regime of the Communist Party of Kampuchea, aka the Khmer Rouge, in the 1970s.
Through the efforts of local NGO Cambodian Children’s Fund (CCF), Bun Sen met her 101-year-old big sister, Bun Chea, and her 92-year-old younger brother last week.
Students in Cambodia will soon receive lessons on LGBTQ+ issues, a move expected to eradicate prevailing discrimination against the community in the Southeast Asian country.
The lessons, which will start in 2020, will reportedly be part of the sex education curriculum beginning in seventh grade, covering topics on gender identity and sexual orientation, among others.
Princess Norodom Buppha Devi, the daughter of Cambodia’s late King Norodom Sihanouk and half-sister of King Norodom Sihamoni, has died at the age of 76.
Princess Buppha Devi passed away on Nov. 18, as announced by Cambodia’s Constitutional Council, of which she was a member. Details of her death were not disclosed, according to The Washington Post.