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Ta Tith Khmer Rouge Case Investigations Concluded

Almost nine years after investigations began into former Khmer Rouge official Yim Tith, more commonly known as Ta Tith, the Khmer Rouge tribunal announced on Tuesday that the inquiries had concluded, opening the door to the case either going to trial or being thrown out.

‘A Cambodian Spring’ Wins at Brooklyn Film Fest

“A Cambodian Spring,” a documentary that chronicles the lives of three activists as they fight evictions and rights abuses in the run-up to the 2013 national election, was awarded Best Feature Documentary at the Brooklyn Film Festival on Sunday.

Lone Commune Rejects Major Parties in Cambodia’s Elections

Thma Puok commune, Banteay Meanchey province - During the 2017 election season in Cambodia, two faces dominated the campaign. Posters of Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Kem Sokha were plastered everywhere across the country’s communes. Except in this commune on the Thai border. Here the face of Nhek Bun Chhay ruled.

Sixteen More Montagnards Set to Return to Vietnam Today

Sixteen Montagnards are set to be repatriated to Vietnam today with the help of the U.N.’s refugee agency (UNHCR) after losing the right to appeal the rejection of their asylum applications, officials and a U.S.-based NGO said on Wednesday.

Amnesty International Criticizes Country’s ‘Corrupt’ Court System

Amnesty International today accused the ruling CPP of using its grip on the judiciary to systematically harass and intimidate civil society and urged the government to drop cases against opposition activists and human rights defenders.

Four Monk Activists Detained Following Opposition March

Four activist monks were arrested after attending an opposition rally in Oddar Meanchey province on Friday, with police confiscating their mobile phones and deleting videos and photographs taken during the event, one monk said, though the account was disputed by authorities.

UN to Grill Government Over Montagnards

UNHCR, the U.N.’s refugee agency, will question the government over its decision to deny asylum to the majority of Montagnards left in Cambodia, officials said, a month after the group was criticized for its role in repatriating some of the asylum-seekers to Vietnam.

Press Club Slams Government for Reporter Treatment

The Overseas Press Club of Cambodia (OPCC) on Wednesday slammed what it labeled the “intimidation” of a Cambodia Daily reporter after Information Minister Khieu Kanharith posted a photocopy of the Canadian national’s passport on Facebook and warned journalists to “learn the laws on the election.”

Reporters Targeted Over Election Questions

A commune chief has filed an official complaint against two Cambodia Daily reporters who interviewed villagers in Ratanakkiri province as part of the newspaper’s commune election coverage, accusing them of arriving “with bad intentions.”

‘Forced’ Montagnard TV Confessions Aired

A video has emerged on Vietnamese television of Montagnards making “confessions,” just weeks after a rights group claimed the returned refugees had been forced by the Hanoi government to take part in such interviews.

Kem Ley Lives On for Grassroots Democracy Party in Elections

After Grassroots Democracy Party (GDP) candidates for the upcoming commune elections took their seats inside the leafy grounds of the party headquarters in Phnom Penh for a pre-election congress on Thursday, they rose to their feet and bowed their heads in remembrance of their founding father: Kem Ley.

Khmer Rouge Massacres Relived in Victims’ Brief

Cannibalism, children smash­ed against trees and massacres of Cham Muslims while they prayed to Allah are some of the horrors recounted in the closing brief of civil party supporting evidence in the prosecution of Khmer Rouge second-in-command Nuon Chea and former head of state Khieu Samphan.

Prosecution: Pol Pot’s ‘Double Shadow’ Is Guilty of Genocide

Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan and “Brother Number Two” Nuon Chea were “Pol Pot’s double shadow” and should be held legally and morally responsible for the horrors inflicted on Cambodia in the 1970s, prosecutors argue in a closing brief at the Khmer Rouge tribunal.

Two KNLF Members Arrested at News Conference

Two members of the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF), a government-branded terrorist group, were arrested yesterday as they attempted to hold a news conference in Phnom Penh, police and the group’s president said.

Tribunal Lawyers Seek Acquittal, Blame Vietnam

Powerful Vietnamese-backed warlords thwarted efforts by the Khmer Rouge leadership to construct a “prosperous, independent state,” leading to the failure of the regime’s communist revolution, the defense team for second-in-command Nuon Chea argues in a brief prepared for the close of his more than two-year trial.

Nuon Chea Defense Goes On Attack in Closing Brief

The second trial of the two highest-ranking surviving Khmer Rouge leaders was a biased, “disheartening sham” rife with political interference that stood in the way of ascertaining the truth, argues the closing brief in the defense of Nuon Chea, the regime’s second-in-command.

Three Montagnards Given Asylum; 65 Denied

The Cambodian government has granted asylum to three Montagnards while rejecting the applications of 65 others in Phnom Penh, who can remain in the country while appealing the decision, an official said on Wednesday.

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Judges Confirm Remaining Cases Endangered

Citing dwindling finances, co-investigating judges at the Khmer Rouge tribunal on Monday confirmed there were “deep concerns” over the future of ongoing investigations into former officials accused of crimes including genocide.

Ministry Defends Sand Exports; Mother Nature Stands By Claims

The Mines and Energy Ministry on Friday defended sand exports reported last week by an environmental NGO, saying Cambodia’s sand ban did not include the type seen in a video being loaded onto vessels off the coast of Sihanoukville.

Ministry Defends Sand Exports, NGO Rebuts Claims

The Ministry of Mines and Energy on Friday defended sand exports reported this week by an environmental NGO, saying Cambodia’s ban did not include the type of sand seen in a video being loaded onto vessels off the coast of Sihanoukville.

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