Matt Blomberg

As Myanmar unions demand sanctions, garment workers fear for their jobs

Dec 12 2021

(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - At a garment factory on the outskirts of Myanmar's biggest city, Zin Mar Htun has been working through the night - doing unpaid overtime in a desperate attempt to keep her job.

FEATURE-Chinese scammers enslave jobless teachers and tourists in Cambodia

Sep 16 2021

PHNOM PENH, Sept 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Foreign workers and tourists stranded in Cambodia during the COVID-19 pandemic have been trafficked and forced to work in sophisticated Chinese-run online scams, a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation has found.

'Please show mercy': Evicted by Cambodia, ethnic Vietnamese stuck at watery border

Jul 01 2021

LEUK DAEK, Cambodia (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shunned by authorities on both sides of the border, Bach Bai has been relying on the generosity of strangers since his ethnic Vietnamese fishing community was evicted from Cambodia's capital three weeks ago and cast off downstream on their floating homes.

Cambodia's garment workers struggle to pay debts as lockdown bites

May 19 2021

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - After weeks without pay, it was debt that drove Cambodian garment worker Eang Malea back to her factory when it reopened this month, eclipsing her heightened fear of falling ill amid a surge of COVID-19 cases on factory floors.

Cambodians cry foul as casino slashes redundancy pay due to COVID-19

Apr 30 2021

PHNOM PENH, April 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With plunging profits, Cambodia's largest casino is set to slash 1,300 jobs and pay redundant staff a fraction of the severance money they are legally owed, the workers' union and advocates said, as the COVID-19 pandemic threatens labour laws worldwide.

Cambodian tycoon faces police probe after wife-beating videos go viral

Mar 19 2021

PHNOM PENH, March 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Cambodian property tycoon is being investigated by police after a montage of video clips showing him attacking his ex-wife went viral this week, prompting a rebuke from the government as it faces pressure to take tougher action on domestic abuse.

Cambodian policewoman showered with gifts after being shamed for breastfeeding at work

Mar 17 2021

PHNOM PENH, March 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Cambodian policewoman has been showered with gifts and messages of support after she was shamed online by superiors and forced to apologise over a photo of her breastfeeding at work went viral on social media last week.

Viral breastfeeding photo fuels calls in Cambodia on women's rights

Mar 12 2021

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cambodia must protect the rights of working mothers to meet its international commitments, campaigners said, after a policewoman was publicly shamed by superiors for a social media photo of her breastfeeding while on duty.

'Tigers or crocodiles': Grim prospects for Cambodian migrants at home and in Thailand

Feb 25 2021

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For the past two weeks, Cambodian migrant Mony Sunret has been hanging around an electrical workshop in the Thai province of Rayong, hoping to pick up odd jobs and save enough money to make a covert exit from Thailand.

Men enlisted to fight 'tradition' of gender violence in Cambodia

Jan 24 2021

PHNOM PENH (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Dinner is late. The laundry isn't done. The pickles aren't sour enough. When it comes to reasons for a man to beat his wife, Rem Ran has heard it all.

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