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Amnesty Mobilizes for Adhoc Five

Amnesty International has designated four human rights officers and an election official who were jailed earlier this month as “prisoners of conscience” and will call on millions of members around the world to petition the government for their release.

Government Threatens Media Outlets Over Titles

The Ministry of Information on Thursday ordered media outlets to refer to Prime Minister Hun Sen and other top CPP officials using their royally bestowed honorific “samdech” or have their license to operate in the country revoked.

US Man Disputes Sex Crimes After Arrest

An American man who was arrested on Thursday after allegedly violating a court order related to a child sex crime case in the U.S. said on Sunday at Phnom Penh’s Calmette Hospital—where police are allowing him to receive treatment for an injured leg until his deportation—that the allegations were false.

For CNRP, Little to Show for Touted Graft Body

The National Assembly’s opposition-led anti-corruption commission, which was touted as one of the CNRP's major victories in a post-election political deal, has mostly been silent since it was created in mid-2014.

CNRP to Oppose PM’s New Cabinet, Consider Draft Union Law

The opposition CNRP plans to vote against a reshuffle of the prime minister’s cabinet during a plenary session of parliament today, but will wait to see what changes have been made to a controversial union law before deciding how to vote, a party spokesman said on Sunday.

US Congressmen Form House Caucus on Cambodia

Two U.S. congressmen have formed a bipartisan caucus within the House of Representatives that will focus on Cambodia’s “difficult political situation,” as well as bilateral relations.

Namhong Brings Fresh Suit Against Rainsy

Foreign Minister Hor Namhong has filed a fresh lawsuit in France against opposition leader Sam Rainsy over a Facebook post that reiterated claims that Mr. Namhong ran a Khmer Rouge prison camp, according to Mr. Rainsy.

Skepticism, Some Hope Over Cabinet Reshuffle

Observers and opposition politicians characterized Prime Minister Hun Sen's mid-term cabinet reshuffle as a shrewd public relations maneuver but remained skeptical as to its ultimate impact.

CNRP to ‘Keep Quiet’ and Focus on Coming Elections

With commune elections set for next year and the national election in 2018, the CNRP will continue its strategy of avoiding confrontation at all costs, according to a statement released after a meeting of senior party officials in Manila over the past two days.

California Man Convicted for Sex Crimes in Cambodia

Seven years after Ronald Boyajian was arrested in Phnom Penh’s notorious Svay Pak commune on suspicion of paying for sex with young girls, a jury in Los Angeles on Monday found him guilty as charged.

Facing Threats Over Protests In US, CNRP Seeks Help

Facing threats of retaliation if Prime Minister Hun Sen is met by protests during his first official visit to the U.S., the CNRP said on Monday that it would seek a meeting with government officials over security concerns.

HRW Says PM’s Bodyguards Beat Lawmakers

In a report released last week, Human Rights Watch made one claim that had previously existed only as rumor and speculation. It stated that members of the prime minister's bodyguard unit were among those who brutally beat two opposition lawmakers in October.

Rights Group Blasts Government Over Events in 2015

Human Rights Watch (HRW), long one of the most strident critics of Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ruling party, again slammed the government on Wednesday for its failure to uphold human rights in Cam­bodia, with the release of its World Report 2016.

South Koreans Call on North to Stop the Nukes

Just over a dozen South Ko­reans —claiming to represent thousands of their compatriots living in Cambodia—gathered in a disused room on the second floor of the Phnom Penh Tower Friday afternoon to protest against North Ko­rea’s nuclear testing program.

Court Report Draws Ire of Tribunal Lawyers

An article published in the latest edition of the Court Report, a monthly publication put out by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, has left the defense lawyers for suspect Meas Muth “dumbfounded” by what they call “astonishing conclusions about crimes purportedly committed during the 1975-79 period,” according to a letter of complaint they sent on Thursday.

17 Montagnard Asylum Seekers Return to Vietnam

Seventeen Montagnard asylum seekers who had been living in Phnom Penh arrived back in Vietnam on Tuesday accompanied by the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Refugees, a U.N. representative said.

Cold Stone Creamery to Expand Into Cambodia

Cold Stone Creamery, the U.S.-based ice cream company famous for its customizable menu and singing sellers, is planning to open its first branch in Cambodia within the next six months, according to a statement released Tuesday.

UN Rights Envoy to Make First Official Visit

More than five months after being appointed as the U.N.’s new special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith will make her first official visit to the country later this month, according to the government’s Human Rights Committee.

Gov’t Approves Plan to Increase Foreign Borrowing Over 3 Years

The Council of Ministers on Friday approved a plan to increase the amount of borrowing from foreign countries by as much as 33 percent over the next three years, in a bid to counter a decrease in grants and concessional loans.

No Plans for More Refugees From Nauru

Almost three months after four refugees arrived in Cambodia from Nauru as part of a controversial resettlement deal with Australia, the Interior Ministry said on Friday that it had no plans to receive more refugees being held in the South Pacific island nation.