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Gov’t Slammed Over Plans to Send Montagnards to Vietnam

Almost all of the remaining 36 Montagnards currently in Phnom Penh are to be returned to Vietnam despite attempts by the U.N.’s refugee agency to transfer the asylum-seekers to a third country, according to an email leaked to reporters on Thursday night.

Gov’t Slammed Over Plans to Send Montagnards to Vietnam

Almost all of the remaining 36 Montagnards currently in Phnom Penh are to be returned to Vietnam despite attempts by the U.N.’s refugee agency to take the asylum-seekers to a third country, according to an email leaked to reporters on Thursday night.

Tribunal Prosecutors at Odds Over Ta An Genocide Case

Former Khmer Rouge official Ao An, better known by his revolutionary alias “Ta An,” should be tried for genocide and a slew of other crimes against humanity, the international co-prosecution at the Khmer Rouge tribunal has argued in its submissions.

In Bid to Muzzle Critics, CPP Exploits Facebook

From the 1990s to the turn of the last decade, the CPP had a stranglehold over the lion’s share of Cambodia’s media. Radio and television fed their listeners and viewers a diet of gushing accolades about Prime Minister Hun Sen’s achievements.

As Refugee Group Appeals to Gov’t, Montagnard Fears Future

A refugee rights network has appealed directly to Interior Minister Sar Kheng to not send 36 Montagnard refugees back to Vietnam, as one of the group on Tuesday spoke of his increasing fear of being returned to the country where he spent a decade in jail for protesting.

Voice of Democracy Latest Casualty in Attack on Independent Media

Amid a sprawling government clampdown on independent media, Voice of Democracy has been taken off the airwaves in what its director on Friday derided as a politically motivated move ahead of next year’s general election.

25 Years of Foreign Press Freedom Under Threat

For more than 25 years, the English-language newspapers in Cambodia have had the freedom to print the news as they saw fit, exposing corruption, writing about patronage, telling stories about deforestation, forced evictions and fraud.

NDI Banned, Foreign Staff Face Forcible Expulsion

Foreign staff given one week to leave the country after the U.S.-affiliated National Democratic Institute was ordered to cease operations in Cambodia on Wednesday will be forcibly removed if they fail to leave on their own accord, a CPP official said.

NDI Ordered to Halt Operations, Foreign Staff Face Expulsion

The Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday ordered the U.S.-based National Democratic Institute to stop its operations in Cambodia and gave its foreign staff one week to leave the country for not fulfilling tax and registration obligations.

Hun Sen’s Violent Rhetoric: Will Words Become Deeds in 2018?

Threats to “eliminate” hundreds in order to maintain stability, warnings to former opposition leader Sam Rainsy to “prepare your coffin,” and vows to bury the corpses of those who seek his demise—Prime Minister Hun Sen’s rhetoric this year has been increasingly violent.

After UN Provided Glimmer of Hope, Montagnards to Be Deported

A group of 13 Montagnard asylum-seekers who appeared to have had their deportation to Vietnam stalled due to U.N. pressure will be sent back today “on a voluntary basis,” according to the U.N.’s refugee agency, a fact a rights worker disputed.

Surrogacy Broker Given 18-Month Sentence

Slumping on a bench inside her holding cell on Thursday morning, Tammy Davis-Charles put her head in her hands and began sobbing as the reality of her prison sentence began to sink in.

Angelina Jolie: A Divisive Star

Angelina Jolie has regularly described her first trip to Cambodia as “an awakening.”

Tammy Davis-Charles, 2 Others Handed 18 Months in Prison Over Surrogacy

A judge today sentenced an Australian surrogacy broker to one and a half years in prison for helping foreign adoptive parents connect with Cambodian women willing to carry their babies—the only criminal case the government pursued after banning the once-burgeoning trade.

Firm to Return ‘Spirit Mountains’ in Latest Land Concession

A Vietnamese rubber company locked in a protracted dispute with more than 1,000 families in Ratanakkiri province has offered to return 15 “spirit mountains” to ethnic minority villages in an effort to appease the communities affected by the firm’s plantations.

First Khmer Rouge History Mobile App Released on Android

The first mobile app offering a comprehensive and interactive history of the Khmer Rouge, created in the hopes of ending a “collective denial” about some of the atrocities committed by the Pol Pot regime, went live on Tuesday.

UN Officials Blocked From Villages Facing Threat of Flood

Authorities on Tuesday turned back U.N. human rights monitors heading toward a village expected to sink underwater as a new hydroelectric dam tested its floodgates, officials said.

Deported Child Sex Crime Convict Jailed, Banned From Internet

An American teacher who was deported from Cambodia last year for breaching a court order related to a U.S. child sex crime case has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and banned from accessing the internet for five years once he is

Takeover of Zaman Possible, Ambassador Says

Turkey is in talks with the Cambodian government over the possibility of taking control of the Zaman-operated schools in Phnom Penh, which it alleges have links to a “terrorist organization” behind last year’s attempted coup, the Turkish ambassador said on Friday.

Ambassador Talks of Possible Takeover of Zaman

Turkey is in talks with the Cambodian government over the possibility of taking control the Zaman-operated schools in Phnom Penh, which it alleges has links to a “terrorist organization” behind last year’s attempted coup, the Turkish ambassador said on Friday.