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Anti-Protest Police Train With Live Rounds

A Phnom Penh police unit responsible for intervening during protests and demonstrations publicized a training exercise featuring the use of live rounds on Monday, in what one opposition lawmaker labeled an intimidation tactic.

CNRP Will Propose Changes to Allow Voting From Abroad

Opposition lawmakers plan to submit proposed amendments to the national election law next week in order to allow Cambodians who work and live outside the country to register and vote from abroad.

PM Defends Minister, Slams US and Human Rights Watch

Prime Minister Hun Sen defended Social Affairs Minister Vong Sauth on Thursday, confirming that he had advocated using force against protesters in a closed-door CPP strategy meeting that Mr. Sauth later retold to reporters.

Prime Minister Threatens the Opposition, NGOs With Dissolution

The opposition party’s headquarters could be attacked and the party dissolved if it stages any demonstrations, while foreign-funded NGOs should “retreat” or face the same fate for violating the law, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday.

Gadfly Aspires to Mobilize Protestors, Dissolve CPP for Violations

Political gadfly Ros Sarom likes to take on the government, filing high-profile complaints against officials and parties, one after another, even though all of his previous efforts have fallen flat.

CPP’s Election Strategy: Cash, Power, Beatings, Minister Says

The CPP will win the next election using money and muscle and will beat and lock up its foes, Social Affairs Minister Vong Sauth said in a strikingly candid speech on Monday, citing instructions given by Prime Minister Hun Sen to senior party officials.

Government To Monitor Sam Rainsy’s Facebook Page

The Interior Ministry plans to monitor the Facebook page of former opposition president Sam Rainsy for violations of newly passed amendments to the Law on Political Parties, which will also force the CNRP to spend upwards of half a million dollars to erase his image from its signs.

King’s CPP Stand-In Enacts Party Law Changes

Senate President Say Chhum signed controversial amendments to the Law on Political Parties on Friday, effectively preventing former CNRP President Sam Rainsy from supporting his former party from overseas.

What’s in a Name? SRP Faces Rebranding

Controversial amendments to the Law on Political Parties have steamrolled through the legislative process and are likely to be signed into law this week, kicking up a chorus of concerns from the opposition, civil society and international rights groups.

One Drowns as Floods Hit Preah Vihear

One teenager drowned and at least 30 families were evacuated as the Stung Sen river swelled over one meter higher than emergency levels in Preah Vihear province, authorities said on Wednesday, as at least five other provinces recorded flooding from Tropical Storm Sonca.

Party Law Sails Through; SRP Mulls Name Change

The Constitutional Council surprised almost no one on Tuesday when it deemed a string of controversial amendments to the Law on Political Parties to be constitutional, setting the stage for the law’s signature within the week.

Prime Minister Vows to Keep Children’s Hospitals Running

Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the government to draw up a plan to fund the country’s popular Kantha Bopha children’s hospitals on Monday, four months after the long-serving director of the foundation that runs them resigned.

Prime Minister Vows to Keep Children’s Hospitals Running

Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered the government to draw up a plan to fund the country’s popular Kantha Bopha children’s hospitals on Monday, four months after the long-serving director of the foundation that runs them resigned.

King Flies Out Of Country, Dodging Party Law Signing

King Norodom Sihamoni left the country on Sunday just as he was expected in the coming days to be called to sign a controversial set of changes to the Law on Political Parties that critics call unconstitutional.

CNRP Formally Petitions King for Help Against New Law

The opposition party on Thursday delivered a letter to the Royal Palace asking King Norodom Sihamoni to refuse to sign controversial amendments to the Law on Political Parties targeting former CNRP President Sam Rainsy.

Situation Room Seeks Meeting With Minister

Two key members of the election monitoring group dubbed the Situation Room are seeking a meeting with Interior Minister Sar Kheng to discuss a recent government order that would bar the NGO consortium from continuing its work for next year’s general election.

CNRP to Ask King to Snub New Party Law Changes

The CNRP is expected today to urge King Norodom Sihamoni to withhold his signature from a set of changes to the Law on Political Parties designed to sideline opposition figure Sam Rainsy.

CNRP Begins Changing Signs As Party Law Clears Senate

The CNRP has begun dismantling billboards featuring opposition leader Sam Rainsy as new legislation targeting the former party leader unanimously passed a Senate vote boycotted on Tuesday by the opposition.

Court Vows Legal Action Against Phnom Penh CNRP Chief

Authorities said on Monday they would seek legal action against the CNRP’s top official in Phnom Penh for failing for the third time to appear for questioning over a confrontation that occurred during the commune election campaign.

CNRP Officials Fly to Visit Rainsy as Party Turns Five

Senior members of the CNRP traveled to Hong Kong over the weekend to meet with exiled opposition figure Sam Rainsy ahead of the promulgation of a law designed to sever Mr. Rainsy’s ties to his former party on the eve of its fifth anniversary.

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Cambodian journalists charged with espionage denied bail

A court in Cambodia on Thursday declined to grant bail to two journalists who have been charged with espionage for filing news reports to a U.S.-funded radio station.

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