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Matt Blomberg

Thailand allows thousands of migrants to extend work permits

13 Nov 2020

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Tens of thousands of migrant workers in Thailand whose work permits are expiring have been granted permission to stay in the country for another two years, yet campaigners said the cost of the extension could fuel debt bondage and worker exploitation.

Investors pressure Australian firms to tackle slavery in Asia-Pacific

12 Nov 2020

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Leading investors urged big businesses in Australia on Thursday to eradicate modern slavery from their Asia-Pacific supply chains, as thousands of companies prepare to present their first reports under the country's new anti-slavery law.

Pandemic seen rolling back conditions in Asia garment factories

21 Oct 2020

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The pandemic risks triggering a race to the bottom that could push tens of millions of Asian garment workers into greater hazard on the factory floor, with women hardest hit, the International Labour Organization said on Wednesday.

Pandemic seen rolling back conditions in Asia garment factories

21 Oct 2020

PHNOM PENH Oct 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The pandemic risks triggering a race to the bottom that could push tens of millions of Asian garment workers into greater hazard on the factory floor, with women hardest hit, the International Labour Organization said on Wednesday.

Cambodia urged to rethink scrapping of bonus pay for night workers

01 Oct 2020

PHNOM PENH, Oct 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cambodia's move to scrap some employee bonus and holiday entitlements is likely to hurt the poorest workers already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, labour rights groups and unions warned on Thursday.

Land to lose: coronavirus compounds debt crisis in Cambodia

21 Sep 2020

SIEM REAP, Cambodia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As dark clouds approached her village in northwestern Cambodia one afternoon in July, Set Sreylon prepared for the monsoon that threatened to flood her new family home.

INSIGHT-Land to lose: coronavirus compounds debt crisis in Cambodia

21 Sep 2020

SIEM REAP, Cambodia, Sept 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A s dark clouds approached her village in northwestern Cambodia one afternoon in July, Set Sreylon prepared for the monsoon that threatened to flood her new family home.

Cambodia police chief sacked over sexual misconduct in landmark case

09 Sep 2020

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A high-ranking Cambodian police official has been sacked over sexual misconduct at work in a landmark case in the Southeast Asian nation but will not be prosecution to "protect the dignity" of the women involved, a police official said.

Cambodian rice farmers turn guardians of the forest

28 Aug 2020

PREAH VIHEAR, Cambodia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - By the end of October each year, the trucks would begin rolling into Tmatboey in the remote northern plains of Cambodia, marking the final sprint among Nhem Siphan and hundreds of rice farmers harvesting their annual cash crop.

Cambodia police chief stood down in 'unprecedented' sex abuse investigation

14 Aug 2020

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A high-ranking Cambodian police official has been suspended from duties pending an investigation into "unprecedented" allegations of sexual misconduct made by four junior female officers that hit the headlines, according to the interior ministry.

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