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Parliament Boycotts Bear Little Fruit for Opposition

While highly contentious new rules were being passed in the National Assembly on Monday banning the CNRP from collaborating with its former leader Sam Rainsy, photographs were posted to Facebook of senior opposition lawmakers dining at a riverside hotel in Kampot province.

Car Window Smashed After Dropping Off Activist Monks

A large rock smashed through the side window of a car that had just dropped off members of the Independent Monk Network for Social Justice in Kandal province on Tuesday night, the group’s leader But Buntenh said on Wednesday.

Tribunal Judges: Im Chaem Too Lowly for Court Prosecution

Investigating judges at the Khmer Rouge tribunal dismissed the case against Im Chaem—finding her to be too low-ranking within the regime’s hierarchy—despite “reliable evidence” that she had the authority to order executions, according to documents released on Monday.

Dissidents, Opposition Turn Out for Kem Ley’s Memorial

Tram Kak district, Takeo province - Traveling 80 km from Phnom Penh to Takeo province by motorbike in the scalding heat on Sunday, Chhit Chhaya came prepared with a hot drink suitable for the spirit of her hero—Kem Ley.

A Year After Murder, Political Analysts Watch Their Words

In late June last year, Cham Bunthet was having one of his regular catch-ups with fellow political analyst Kem Ley at a cafe in central Phnom Penh when his friend delivered an ominous warning.

Bribery Case Against UN Official Dropped

A case against a local U.N. official who was charged last year over his alleged involvement in attempting to cover up a sex scandal involving then-deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha has been dropped.

Bribery Case Against UN Official Dropped

A case against a local U.N. official who was charged last year over his alleged involvement in attempting to cover-up a sex scandal involving then-deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha has been dropped.

Incitement: Cambodia’s ‘Catchall’ Political Crime

Whether it’s Sam Rainsy accusing the state of orchestrating a murder, a labor activist tossing a sandal at a ruling party billboard or a member of a government-branded “terrorist” group holding a news conference—the charge of “incitement” is rarely out of the Cambodian courts.

In Final Stand at Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Khieu Samphan Remains Defiant

Former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan remained defiant in his final stand in court on Friday, claiming accusations that his regime exterminated its own people were false Vietnamese propaganda.

In Final Stand at Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Khieu Samphan Remains Defiant

Former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan remained defiant in his final stand in court on Friday, claiming accusations that his regime exterminated its own people were false Vietnamese propaganda.

Nuon Chea Defense Mounts ‘Orwellian’ Argument, Prosecution Says

It was “raining lies” in the Khmer Rouge tribunal courtroom when the Nuon Chea defense gave its closing statement this week, and its claims that interrogations in the regime’s prisons did not amount to torture were “Orwellian,” the prosecution said in its rebuttal on Thursday.

In the Shadows

With at least 16 of its members in jail, the Khmer National Liberation Front is on the government’s radar. But just what is this obscure group?

Khmer Rouge’s Nuon Chea Chided for ‘Crocodile Tears’

After being labeled “arrogant” during defense closing statements at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, the prosecution delivered its rebuttal on Wednesday, citing regime documents it said illustrated acts of genocide while dismissing Nuon Chea’s claims of caring about victims as “crocodile tears.”

Khieu Samphan Defense Mocks Court, ‘Arrogant’ Prosecution

Khieu Samphan’s defense team went on the attack against the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Tuesday, accusing the Trial Chamber of showing little interest in ensuring a fair trial and proclaiming that it had already accomplished its mission in securing a life sentence for the regime’s head of state.

Cambodians Were ‘Gods’ to Khmer Rouge: Defense

The people of Cambodia were sacred and “akin to gods” in the eyes of the Khmer Rouge leadership, and the country was in better shape by the end of communist rule than it was before, the defense team for Nuon Chea argued on Monday in court.

Tribunal Bias Is Like Boxing With Hands Tied, Defense Says

Nuon Chea’s defense team took aim at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Friday for an alleged lack of impartiality, claiming the process had been like fighting a boxing match with “both hands tied behind your back.”

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Bias Is Like Boxing With Hands Tied, Defense Claims

Nuon Chea’s defense team took aim at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Friday for an alleged lack of impartiality, claiming the process had been like fighting a boxing match with “both hands tied behind your back.”

Samphan, Chea Interviews Used Against Them at Tribunal

The prosecution at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Thursday used past interviews with Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan in an attempt to prove they were part of a “Gang of Three” with Pol Pot responsible for wreaking devastation across the country in the 1970s.

Prosecution: Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan Criminality Undeniable

Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan are responsible for the enslavement, murder and death by disease of Cambodians during the “most extreme” revolution in the history of the modern world, the prosecution at the Khmer Rouge tribunal argued in its closing statement on Wednesday.

Tribunal Lawyer Rejects Accusations of Survivors’ Unreliability

A lawyer for civil parties at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Tuesday rebutted accusations that survivors had given unreliable testimony, while also claiming it was unrealistic to expect them to remember exact details of harrowing events that occurred four decades ago.

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Minor Opposition Parties Speak Out Against Calls for Election Boycott

Several minor opposition parties who have registered to stand in the upcoming national election have expressed concern over calls from the country’s former main opposition party for a boycott of the vote.

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