Phnom Penh - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Phnom Penh


Mourners pay final respects to Khmer Rouge 'Brother Number Two'

Aug 09, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Nuon Chea's death comes less than a year after he was sentenced to life in prison by a UN-backed tribunal for genocide against ethnic minority groups, for which he remained unrepentant up until the end of his life

GENOCIDE. In this file handout taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on December 5, 2011, former Khmer Rouge leader "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea sits in the courtroom during his hearing in Phnom Penh. Photo by Nhet Sokheng/ECCC/AFP

Convicted Khmer Rouge prison chief hospitalized

Oct 24, 2018 - 2:59 PM

Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, is serving out a life sentence for his role in managing a Phnom Penh detention center where thousands were incarcerated, tortured and sent to their deaths in nearby 'Killing Fields'

IN HOSPIRAL. This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav -better known as Duch in the courtroom in Phnom Penh on March 20, 2012. Photo by Nhet Sokheng/ECCC/AFP

Fears as Cambodia's 'last independent' newspaper sold to Malaysian investor

May 06, 2018 - 6:09 PM

The sale swiftly raised concerns about a contracting space for independent media in a country that lost its other main English newspaper in 2017

IN PHOTOS: Honeylet and Kitty in Phnom Penh

May 12, 2017 - 10:55 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte s family members go on a hospital visit and a tour of several attractions in the Cambodian capital

While President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) ASEAN 2017 at the Sokha Hotel, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on May 11, 2017, his First Lady Honeylet and their daughter Veronica take time to show their compassion to the ailing children of the Kantha Bopha IV Children's Hospital. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Khmer Rouge cadres held killing competitions, court hears

Sep 14, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Brother Number Two Nuon Chea 89 and ex head of state Khieu Samphan 84 are on trial at a UN backed court in Cambodia for the killing of ethnic Vietnamese and Muslim minorities and for the regime s use of forced marriage and rape

GENOCIDE MUSEUM. A photo made available on 16 April 2015 shows skulls of Khmer Rouge victims on display at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 prison), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 10 April 2015. Photo by Mak Remissa/EPA

Cambodian police arrest tycoon who assaulted TV star

Jul 18, 2015 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED Businessman Sok Bun is now being detained in Prey Sar prison He is awaiting trial

UNDER ARREST. Authorities arrest tycoon Sok Bun upon his arrival at the Phnom Penh airport. Photo from Sok Bun's LinkedIn account

Mass fainting at Cambodian garment factories renews concerns

Jul 01, 2015 - 10:40 PM

Disputes over wages safety and conditions in Cambodia s lucrative garment industry are frequent and sometimes turn violent

Cambodia marks 40 years since evacuation of Phnom Penh

Apr 17, 2015 - 8:28 AM

By the time Pol Pot s rule was ousted an estimated two million Cambodians are killed by execution starvation or overwork as the Khmer Rouge drove the country back to Year Zero in a madcap agrarian peasant revolution

GENOCIDE MUSEUM. A photo made available on 16 April 2015 shows skulls of Khmer Rouge victims on display at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 prison), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 10 April 2015. Photo by Mak Remissa/EPA

Danger in the floating villages of Cambodia

Aug 15, 2014 - 10:44 AM

In Cambodia s floating villages there s water everywhere but hardly a drop to drink

MARKETPLACE. Vendors of a floating shop row across the floating village of Pursat. All photos by Tep Chansophea/ Rappler

Remember the pain of the Killing Fields

Aug 08, 2014 - 9:54 AM

Cambodia s Killing Fields are a reminder of man s capability to destroy his own kind

At least 3 dead as Cambodian police open fire on protesters

Jan 03, 2014 - 2:14 PM

Cambodian PM Hun Sen is faced with the challenge of protesting garment workers and opposition supporters asking he step down

Cambodian protesters (front) clash with military police (back) during a garment workers protest on January 3, 2014. TANG CHHIN SOTHY/ AFP PHOTO

Japan PM vows boosted Cambodia ties

Nov 16, 2013 - 9:07 PM

Japan and Cambodia also discussed the possibility of finalizing an agreement to launch direct flights between the two countries

COMMITMENT. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agrees cooperation with Cambodia on a variety of issues like health and democratic reform. File photo by AFP

Khmer Rouge trial hears closing statements

Oct 16, 2013 - 9:29 PM

The trial which began hearing evidence in late 2011 is widely seen as a landmark in the nation s quest for justice over atrocities during Pol Pot s communist regime in the 1970s

58 days as a foreign intern

Sep 28, 2013 - 8:06 PM

I left Cambodia almost two months ago to take the Rappler internship in the Philippines and chase my passion for journalism

Filipino duo's music and magic in Phnom Penh

Aug 24, 2013 - 11:15 PM

Stringz and Soul is an impressive Filipino duo in the Cambodian capital s night life

FOUND IN PHNOM PENH. Stringz and Soul covers a wide repertoire. Photo courtesy of the author

Top 5 tourist destinations in Cambodia

Aug 18, 2013 - 2:09 PM

Spend a wonderful holiday in Cambodia It s worth your time

Cambodia outlaws denial of Khmer Rouge atrocities

Jun 07, 2013 - 7:14 PM

Cambodia bans the denial of atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge regime with a new law

Philippines leads ASEAN focus on human rights

Nov 18, 2012 - 12:49 PM

The Philippines is taking the lead in strengthening the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration amid concerns that it does not conform with universal human rights