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Hun Manet, Cambodia’s Western-educated dictator-in-waiting

Last week’s declaration by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen calling for the armed forces, led by his son Hun Manet, to “destroy” the already outlawed opposition confirms what many had feared, even as the international community and the United Nations have been generously silent on Hun Sen’s violent words, which have often been translated into lethal action.

Cambodia-Vietnam legacy condemned on ‘Victory Day’

Early this month as Cambodia marked the 40th anniversary of the Vietnamese invasion that overthrew the Khmer Rouge regime, members of the diaspora in Melbourne and Sydney launched coordinated protests condemning the imposition of the so-called “Victory Day” commemorating January 7, 1979.

Cambodia’s ‘quiet king’ must find his political voice

The recent abdication of Malaysia’s Sultan Muhammad V after his controversial marriage to a 25-year-old Russian beauty queen has raised questions about the moral authority and responsibilities of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni.

How Vietnam lost and China won Cambodia

Forty years after the fall of the China-supported Khmer Rouge regime to Vietnam's invading forces, Cambodia is now more clearly in Beijing's than Hanoi's orbit.

Fate of two nations: Cambodia and East Timor

Western Sydney University in late November hosted the ninth International Conference on Human Rights Education (ICHRE), attended by more than 380 delegates including scholars and speakers from 50 countries, focusing on a range of pedagogy and the implementation of human rights in post-conflict countries such as Colombia.

Cambodia’s initiative for a ‘sustainable’ dictatorship

China’s media recently reported that the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) would conduct a study into Cambodia’s participation in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

US steps up Southeast Asian refugee deportation operations

Thirty-six Cambodians were put on flight to Phnom Penh this week, one of the largest groups to be expelled to date.
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Cambodia quickly losing its beautiful beaches

It was once a paradise for backpackers and locals, but now Cambodia’s Ochheuteal Beach suffers from rapid development and poor planning.

Hun Sen’s violent obsessions finally unmasked

The ink had barely dried on the UN-backed Khmer Rouge Tribunal‘s verdict against Pol Pot’s former henchmen when Cambodia’s leader, Hun Sen, shockingly revealed his “regret” over not killing his opponents.

Under Western pressure, Hun Sen hints at a lighter touch

When Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in September, just months after his ruling party won an election deemed by the international community as illegitimate, his message to the gathered dignitaries was one of fire and fury.

Behold the rise of Cambodia’s political princelings

Political dynasties are taking shape as the children of ruling party elites, including PM Hun Sen's offspring, are promoted to positions of prominence and power.

Will Cambodia’s Bun Rany be the next ‘first lady’ to fall from grace?

The recent ignoble falls from grace of two of Asia’s former “first ladies” – the Philippines’ Imelda Marcos and Malaysia’s Rosmah Mansor – raise some relevant questions for Cambodia and the international community: Could Cambodia’s Bun Rany, the wife of Prime Minister Hun Sen, be next on the list?

A repressive anniversary marked in Cambodia

One year after the forced dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, there are few signs PM Hun Sen plans to dismantle his de facto one-party state any time soon.

Australian politicians condemn Cambodia’s ‘criminal and thuggish regime’

While the US government was swift in its actions against Cambodia’s regime after this year’s flawed elections, the Australian government is yet to follow the US lead.

Hun Sen’s Cambodia: a nation without nationalism

This month Cambodia commemorated its 65th Independence Day, the anniversary of the declaration by the late King Norodom Sihanouk on November 9, 1953.

Cambodia at the center of a new Cold War

US Vice President Mike Pence is expected to raise an emerging Chinese naval base in Cambodia at regional summits, a revelation that could put Phnom Penh at the heart of rising superpower tensions.

High-stakes wager underlines Cambodia’s dysfunction

PM Hun Sen takes a bet with exiled opposition rival Sam Rainsy that could force him to choose between continued political domination and economic survival.

UN experts legitimize Hun Sen’s rights violations

United Nations Special Rapporteur Rhonda Smith is in Cambodia, but officials there are denying her access to Kem Sokha, leader of the banned opposition, who was released on bail a year after his arrest on treason charges in September 2017.

Cambodian strongman’s legitimacy challenged

Determined to put words into action, after decades of rhetorical statements concerning Cambodia’s human-rights violations, the European Union (EU) is set to implement its 13-point resolution passed in September.

UN must declare Cambodia’s authoritarianism illegal

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been met recently with a wave of protests by Cambodia’s diaspora communities living abroad, urging the international community to condemn his government as fake and illegal.