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Ministry Blasts UN Over Rainsy Comments

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs again on Friday accused the U.N.’s human rights office of interfering in its sovereign affairs after the body demanded an explanation for government directives exiling opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

Prince Threatens to Leave ‘Divided’ CNRP

Prince Sisowath Thomico, a prominent CNRP official and the only member of the royal family openly aligned with the opposition, threatened on Friday to leave the party if fundamental changes were not made in the coming months.

UN Calls for Immediate Explanation for Sam Rainsy’s Exile

The U.N.’s human rights office on Monday said that the government needed to immediately explain its decision to ban opposition leader Sam Rainsy from entering the country, but predicted the explanation would be unsatisfactory.

Sam Rainsy Officially Exiled From Cambodia

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has officially been exiled from the country in a move that contradicts domestic laws and violates international conventions signed by the Cambodian government.

Despite Dissent, Rainsy Pushes Prisoner Swap

Facing increasing pressure within the opposition party to return to Cambodia, CNRP President Sam Rainsy on Thursday posted a video online defending his proposal to come back only in exchange for the release of all “political prisoners.”

Dentist Takes Fraud Fight To US Court

A Phnom Penh dentist who claims she was defrauded by a group of prominent businessmen with plans for an agricultural startup in Cambodia has filed a lawsuit against the group with a U.S. federal court seeking compensation well over the $1 million she invested.

Kem Sokha’s Daughter Takes to Twitter to Rebuke Rainsy

Kem Sokha, the CNRP’s acting president, admitted that he thought the opposition would be better off if its leader, Sam Rainsy, returned to the country. In the ensuing days, Mr. Sokha’s daughter has kept the criticism of Mr. Rainsy coming—via Twitter.

CNRP Youth Leader Resigns Ahead of Reforms

The head of the CNRP’s youth movement said on Monday that he is stepping aside as the opposition party prepares to overhaul the structure of its youth wing, forming a 100-person council instead of the current five-person “working group.”

Minister Tells UN ‘Perfect Democracy’ Not Realistic

Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn defended the government before the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Saturday, saying that the ruling party was being held to unrealistic expectations of a “perfect democracy” while the opposition was “committing very serious crimes.”

Rainsy Says Assembly Boycott Stands Despite Parliament Plans

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said on Wednesday that the CNRP would continue to boycott National Assembly sessions, although a senior lawmaker said the party would use parliamentary commissions to pressure government ministers on urgent national issues.

Hun Manet Given Two Months to Respond in US Lawsuit

A U.S. district court in California has given Hun Manet until November 4 to respond to questions about a lawsuit filed against him by opposition official Meach Sovannara, who is serving a 20-year sentence in Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison for his alleged role in a violent protest.

After Aid Mix-Up, Canada Criticizes Sokha Verdict

During a meeting in Phnom Penh last month, Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and his Canadian counterpart, Stephane Dion, had an apparent communication breakdown—initial reports from Cambodia that Canada had promised to restart aid programs turned out to be untrue.

Prices Leave Garment Sector in a Pinch: ILO

Cambodia’s garment sector, although still expanding, will remain in a precarious position unless global brands significantly raise the prices they pay to manufacturers, or the sector sees a sharp increase in productivity, the International Labor Organization (ILO) warned in a report released yesterday.

Malaysia Abuse Claims Drive Agency to Call for Urgent Fixes

The agency tasked with investigating abuse by Malaysia’s security forces said that claims of fatal abuse against foreign maids—including Cambodians—at a detention center were untrue, though it said the center where the abuse allegedly occurred was in urgent need of attention.

Sam Rainsy to Be Tried Again in November

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, already living outside the country to avoid a two-year prison sentence, will go on trial in November over a case that could see him handed an extra 17 years in prison, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court has announced.

To Boycott or Not? The CNRP’s Parliamentary Quandary

Pressure is building on the party to show that it is capable of governing the country if it were to win the 2018 national election. So will end its National Assembly boycott even as lawmakers linger behind bars and the courts press ahead with legal cases?

Court Presses Ahead With Cases Against Rainsy, Sokha

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has decided to put opposition leader Sam Rainsy on trial as an accomplice to forgery and incitement, and has closed its investigation into a case against his deputy, Kem Sokha, charging him for refusing to heed court summonses, according to documents made public on Thursday.

Sandal Led Police to Battambang Attacker

An Australian woman who was assaulted in Battambang City last week said that a police account—which claimed that she had drunkenly driven into her attacker—was false, adding that the suspect was identified because he was wearing one of her flip-flops.

Police Arrest Foreign Photographer Near CNRP’s HQ

An American photographer was arrested and detained for about four hours on Tuesday after drawing the ire of police deployed near the CNRP’s headquarters in Phnom Penh.

King’s Letter Does Not Call for Fraud Probe

Claims by the government that King Norodom Sihamoni explicitly requested an investigation into a petition from the CNRP submitted to the Royal Palace this week appear to be fictitious, as a copy of the letter from the king was made public on Friday.