Prime Minister Hun Sen and Gu Xiulian, visiting president of the China-Cambodia Friendship Association, water a tree sapling, which they planted at Mr. Hun Sen’s Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on Wednesday to mark the 55th anniversary of relations between the two countries. (Siv Channa)
In the months that have followed since Prime Minister Hun Sen’s dramatic self-criticism speech in September, there is little indication of a new reformist tendency emerging from his party in the aftermath of its worst election results in 20 years.
Monks and their supporters marching to Phnom Penh on a 10-day “Peace Walk,” as part of International Human Rights Day, said Wednesday that pagodas along the way have repeatedly tried to shut them out, and they have scuffled with police on at least one occasion.
The opposition CNRP has informed authorities it will hold marches in both Phnom Penh and Siem Reap to mark International Human Rights Day on Tuesday, including a march to Angkor Wat.
Police on Wednesday arrested three men accused of gang raping an 18-year-old woman in Banteay Meanchey province on Friday night, while five other suspects in the rape are still at large.