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Colin Meyn

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Optimism Over Release of Adhoc Prisoners Proves Premature

By the time 2017 arrived, four human rights officers and an election official jailed in relation to a case involving acting CNRP President Kem Sokha were supposed to be free—or at least that was the message from the opposition party after talks with the CPP on December 7.

Minister Won’t Face Questions on Kem Ley

The National Assembly has rejected a request from the head of its human rights committee to summon Interior Minister Sar Kheng for questioning over the government’s investigation into the July murder of political analyst Kem Ley, which many believe was a state-sponsored hit.

UN Rights Office Signs New Deal With Government

The U.N.’s human rights office has signed a new agreement to operate in Cambodia, less than two weeks before a government deadline that would have seen the office shut down if it did not renew its memorandum of understanding (MoU).

Clock Ticking For UN’s Rights Office

With 10 days remaining until a government-imposed deadline for the U.N.’s human rights office to either sign a new agreement to operate in the country or close down, there is no sign that the two sides have come any closer to reaching a deal.

Rainsy Threatens to ‘Crush’ Election Holdouts; Analysts Scoff

As his party is in the midst of negotiations to free jailed human rights workers, opposition leader Sam Rainsy over the weekend promised to “crush” those in the CPP who do not respect a prospective 2018 national election victory.

Duterte Draws Ire Over Attire in King Meeting

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte appeared to make a great impression on government officials who drank champagne and signed deals with him during a two-day visit; however, he left a bad taste in the mouths of some Cambodians.

No Probe Into Sokha Threats Without Complaint, Ministry Says

The Interior Ministry said on Wednesday it would not open an investigation into violent threats against deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha—apparently made by youth activists aligned with the ruling party—unless a complaint was filed.

Duterte Defends Bloody Drug War on Arrival

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte and boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao touched down in Phnom Penh on Tuesday as part of a two-day visit to the capital, where the president used a speech to Filipino expatriates in the country to defend his bloody war on drugs.

Threats, Guns Enter Crusade Against Kem Sokha

With the prime minister remaining silent over claims that he offered $1 million to a young political activist who has led campaigns against acting CNRP President Kem Sokha, her associate over the weekend appeared to introduce violent threats to their crusade.

Suspected Child Torturer Captured In Vietnam

A 25-year-old Vietnamese man was arrested in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday evening in relation to graphic videos allegedly showing him repeatedly torturing a young Cambodian boy, according to an investigator involved in the manhunt.

With Sokha Pardon, What’s in It for Hun Sen?

If his opponents have learned anything in the past two decades, it’s that Prime Minister Hun Sen does not do favors. He makes deals, breaks deals and plays chess.

Sokha to Replace Rainsy in Parliamentary Position

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy is to be replaced by Kem Sokha, his deputy, as head of the minority group in parliament, according to National Assembly spokesman Leng Peng Long.

PM Deals ‘Strong Blow’ to West as Human Rights Day Begins

Amid a crusade by the Cambodian government to keep foreigners out of its sovereign affairs, it released a video on Sunday titled “Samdech Hun Sen deals a strong blow to the United States of America and European countries surrounding the color revolution and the Middle East wars.”

Quality Control

Huy Vannak is a man of many hats—television news director, government official and a youth organizer for the ruling party. Is he the right man to guide Cambodian journalists to a better future?

With UN Rights Office Under Fire, Donors Offer Quiet Support

There have been no public expressions of concern or worry coming from international donors since the government threatened the U.N.’s human rights office with closure last week in a move that marked a severe escalation in an already tense relationship.

With Twitter, Sam Rainsy Expands Reach—Slightly

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, having charted the course for social media success as a Cambodian politician using Facebook, expanded his online outreach to Twitter this month.

Social Media Arrests Stunt Web Freedom

Internet freedom has diminished in Cambodia over the past year due to arrests over social media posts and a new telecoms law that gives the government broad control over mobile phone and internet providers, a new report says.

With Public Spectacles, CPP Looks to Project Positivity

Speaking out against the ruling party can be a dangerous endeavor these days. But that doesn’t mean the CPP is not a fun crew to party with. Or at least that is what Prime Minister Hun Sen and his long-ruling regime seem to be trying to convince people through increasingly frequent and lavish public spectacles.

North Korea Condemns UN’s Criticism of Cambodia

A senior North Korean diplomat has seized on the current dispute between the U.N.’s human rights office and Ministry of Foreign Af­fairs to blast the U.N. for its regular criticism of Cambodia’s woeful hu­man rights record.

Government Calls UN’s Human Rights Office ‘Illegal’

After the Foreign Affairs Ministry said the U.N. human rights office had “crossed a red line” with its criticism of the decision to exile opposition leader Sam Rainsy from the country, a government spokesman on Sunday called the body “illegal.”