Danielle Keeton-Olsen

Danielle Keeton-Olsen

Danielle Keeton-Olsen is a freelance journalist based in Phnom Penh, covering environment, business and labour issues in Cambodia and beyond. Her work has also appeared in VOD English, BBC, Mongabay and Forbes Asia among others.

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As Cambodian workers flee Thailand’s coronavirus surge, exodus overwhelms border facilities

Since Thailand began to curb Covid-19 by closing its borders in March 2020, more than 215,000 Cambodian migrant workers have returned, one activist said.

Since Thailand began to curb Covid-19 by closing its borders in March 2020, more than 215,000 Cambodian migrant workers have returned, one activist said.

As Cambodian workers flee Thailand’s coronavirus surge, exodus overwhelms border facilities
4 Aug 2021 - 5:54PM
Chinese national’s TikTok lion spotlights Cambodia’s exotic pet problem

Cambodia does not explicitly ban residents from owning non-native species. A week after the lion’s confiscation, Prime Minister Hun Sen reacted to sympathetic social media posts by saying the animal would be returned to its owner.

Cambodia does not explicitly ban residents from owning non-native species. A week after the lion’s confiscation, Prime Minister Hun Sen reacted to sympathetic social media posts by saying the animal would be returned to its owner.

Chinese national’s TikTok lion spotlights Cambodia’s exotic pet problem
5 Jul 2021 - 12:28PM
Cambodian workers at NagaWorld casino vexed over lay-offs as Hong Kong-listed parent firm reports profits

At least 600 workers have received lay-off messages, in what NagaWorld says is due to financial hardship from the Covid-19 pandemic.

At least 600 workers have received lay-off messages, in what NagaWorld says is due to financial hardship from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cambodian workers at NagaWorld casino vexed over lay-offs as Hong Kong-listed parent firm reports profits
2 Jun 2021 - 2:00PM
Cambodian beauty queen Mean Pich Rita accuses tycoon Heng Sier of attempted rape, exposing silent stigma

TV host Mean Pich Rita has accused businessman Heng Sier of attempting to rape her, igniting a debate on social media about power and consent.

TV host Mean Pich Rita has accused businessman Heng Sier of attempting to rape her, igniting a debate on social media about power and consent.

Cambodian beauty queen Mean Pich Rita accuses tycoon Heng Sier of attempted rape, exposing silent stigma
4 Jun 2021 - 9:23PM
In Cambodia, extended Phnom Penh coronavirus lockdown leaves garment workers, market vendors hungry

Cambodia has closed markets in its capital and extended a two-week lockdown, designating some areas red zones and prohibiting people from going out.

Cambodia has closed markets in its capital and extended a two-week lockdown, designating some areas red zones and prohibiting people from going out.

In Cambodia, extended Phnom Penh coronavirus lockdown leaves garment workers, market vendors hungry
26 Apr 2021 - 10:32AM
Cambodia’s got coronavirus vaccines from China and India, but take-up is painfully slow

Within the US$7 billion garment industry that’s been hit hard by Covid-19, workers aren’t keen on being vaccinated amid trust deficit.

Within the US$7 billion garment industry that’s been hit hard by Covid-19, workers aren’t keen on being vaccinated amid trust deficit.

Cambodia’s got coronavirus vaccines from China and India, but take-up is painfully slow
29 Mar 2021 - 1:03PM
Cambodia’s ‘sexy’ clothing ban could criminalise face masks, speaking loudly and homelessness too

The wide-ranging draft legislation includes provisions on alcohol sales, the hawking of goods in public and begging – raising a host of human rights concerns.

The wide-ranging draft legislation includes provisions on alcohol sales, the hawking of goods in public and begging – raising a host of human rights concerns.

Cambodia’s ‘sexy’ clothing ban could criminalise face masks, speaking loudly and homelessness too
29 Sep 2020 - 8:37AM
Hun Manet, Cambodia’s leader in waiting: US military-educated, but China’s man?

Educated at America’s Military Academy, Hun Manet was seen as a potential ally for the US but since returning home he has rebuilt the military with China’s help.

Educated at America’s Military Academy, Hun Manet was seen as a potential ally for the US but since returning home he has rebuilt the military with China’s help.

Hun Manet, Cambodia’s leader in waiting: US military-educated, but China’s man?
15 Aug 2020 - 3:43PM
Coronavirus: Cambodia cases spike, travellers from countries including US and Italy banned

Phnom Penh has announced 35 confirmed cases in the country, up from 12 on Sunday, most of them people who had recently travelled overseas.

Phnom Penh has announced 35 confirmed cases in the country, up from 12 on Sunday, most of them people who had recently travelled overseas.

Coronavirus: Cambodia cases spike, travellers from countries including US and Italy banned
19 Mar 2020 - 2:06PM
Cambodia’s struggling garment workers to feel the pinch as Europe cuts EBA trade benefits

European Commission partially withdraws country’s ‘Everything But Arms’ access to EU over government’s handling of human and labour rights.

European Commission partially withdraws country’s ‘Everything But Arms’ access to EU over government’s handling of human and labour rights.

Cambodia’s struggling garment workers to feel the pinch as Europe cuts EBA trade benefits
13 Feb 2020 - 9:40PM