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Rights Groups Warn of Tough Telecoms Law

Local rights groups have raised major concerns about Cambodia’s sweeping new Telecommunications Law, which gives the government virtually unchecked spying powers and criminalizes any electronic communication deemed to cause “national insecurity.”

Sex Scandal Spreads With Threat to Lawmaker

A senior CNRP lawmaker said Tuesday that he was being blackmailed over an alleged sex scandal, a week after the apparent leak of a series of recorded conversations purported to be between deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha and his mistresses.

Group Warns of Protests During Hun Manet Visit

A Cambodian-American activist group, which last month staged a protest against Prime Minister Hun Sen during his first official state visit to the U.S., has warned of the possibility of further demonstrations if the premier’s eldest son visits the U.S. next month as planned.

US’ Asean Ambassador Slammed for Rights Remarks

Cambodia’s ambassador to Asean on Friday rebuked his U.S. counterpart for comments she made on the country’s human rights situation, asking her to refrain from “criticizing Cambodia inappropriately.”

Cycle of Rice: Power and Politics

In rural Cambodia, rice handouts buy allegiance. This is the seventh in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.

US Envoy Says Rights Discussed at Summit

The top U.S. envoy to Asean said on Wednesday that despite trade and security issues being at the cen­ter of last week’s U.S.-Asean Sum­mit, U.S. President Barack Obama also used the setting to address the region’s human rights problems.

Amnesty International Latest Rights Group to Criticize Government

Cambodians continue to suffer from a raft of human rights abuses in­cluding “arbitrary restrictions” on freedoms of assembly and ex­pression, according to Amnesty In­ternational’s latest global report re­leased this morning.

CPP Touts Hun Sen’s Attendance at US Summit

While Prime Minister Hun Sen advertised his visit to the U.S. as a sign of recognition by a world power, the CNRP and activists painted the invitation as a strategic necessity for U.S. President Barack Obama.

German Accused of Child Sex Abuse Bemoans Treatment

The trial of a German expatriate accused of sexually abusing five young boys at his Phnom Penh home concluded at the mu­nicipal court on Thursday with the defendant claiming that he had been “treated like a dog” over the course of his prosecution.

Threats Fail to Thwart Anti-Hun Sen Protest

With Cambodian-American protesters sequestered on a street away from the Sunnylands resort in southern California, Prime Minister Hun Sen greeted U.S. President Barack Obama and posed for a handshake free from harassment on Monday before the start of a two-day U.S.-Asean summit.

Hun Sen Makes Promise of ‘One Province, One University’

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that it was his government’s goal to build at least one public university in each of the country’s 24 provinces, although the premier did not specify a timeframe for the plan.

Orphanage Head Convicted of Child Sex Abuse

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday sentenced Hang Vibol, the former director of anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), to three years in prison for abusing 11 victims un­der his care at the Phnom Penh orphanage he founded in 1999.

Vacated Bodyguard HQ Signals End of an Era

In a sign of the shifting dynamics of the ruling party, the former headquarters of late CPP President Chea Sim’s personal bodyguard unit, which was disbanded following his death in June, is now the office of a private security firm.

Government Blames Garment Workers for Road Deaths

Garment workers were involved in more than 4,300 separate traffic accidents as they traveled to and from their factories last year, leading to 60 fatalities, according to a report released by the government on Thursday.

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Witness Denies Plan to ‘Smash’ Vietnamese

A witness at the Khmer Rouge tri­bunal told the Trial Chamber on Wednesday that there was no plan to “smash” ethnic Vietnamese living within the borders of Demo­cratic Kampuchea—contradicting testimony he provided the day before.

Hun Sen Surpasses Rainsy in Facebook ‘Likes’

Prime Minister Hun Sen is nearing the pinnacle of Cambodian social media popularity, having now passed opposition leader Sam Rain­sy in their heated race for “likes” on Facebook.

Prominent Scholar Threatens to Sue Student

One of the country’s most prom­inent academics has found himself enmeshed in yet another controversy involving social media—this time threatening a lawsuit against a former student at his Phnom Penh university over a Facebook post com­plaining about fees at the school.

Microfinance Company Set for Thai Buyout

Cambodia’s fourth-largest microfinance institution, Hattha Kaksekar Limited, is set to be purchased by one of Thailand’s largest banks, its president and CEO confirmed on Thursday.

Cambodia Perceived as Most Corrupt in Region

Cambodia is now perceived to be the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia, according to Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index, which was released on Wednesday and promptly dismissed by the country’s anti-graft chief.

Cambodia on ‘Cusp’ of Authoritarianism: Report

After a breakdown in political discourse last year led to a sometimes-violent offensive against opposition leaders and activists, Cam­bo­dia slipped 10 spots in the Econ­o­mist Intelligence Unit’s latest Democ­ra­cy Index—to the “cusp” of authoritarianism.

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Cambodia, states clash at UN session

Cambodia traded shots with the international community in a heated exchange at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Thursday evening, with states condemning the Kingdom’s ongoing crackdown on the political opposition and civil society, and an increasingly agitated Cambodia accusing member states of “slander” and seeking to rig this year’s national election.

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