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Returned Montagnards Facing Intimidation, Spying in Vietnam

A group of 25 Montagnard refugees who were returned to Vietnam last week are being subjected to surveillance and intimidation, while others have been forced to read “confessions” to be broadcast on television, according to Montagnard rights groups.

Black Monday’s Year of Arrests, Protests and Growing Futility

The first Black Monday, almost a year ago, would be the first of many street confrontations between black-clad protesters and security forces at the start of each week, and a hint of the difficulties activists would face in staying together and getting their message across.

NGOs Decry ‘Chilling Effects’ Of Rights Workers’ Jailings

In the months that followed, as the group dubbed the Adhoc 5 languished in detention without trial, a pall settled over the country’s rights defenders, observers say. Some started to watch their words, while others retreated from public life. They feared for their safety.

Returning Montagnards Criticize UN, Government

Some of the 25 Montagnards who began an uncertain trek to Vietnam on Monday are refuting assertions by the Cambodian government and the U.N.’s refugee agency (UNHCR) that they volunteered to return to the country from which they claim to have fled due to systematic persecution.

Pilgrims Flock to Kem Ley’s Childhood Home

tram kak district, Takeo province - Standing inside the childhood home of slain political analyst Kem Ley on Sunday afternoon, cafe owner Chea Sopha explains why he made the more than 100 km pilgrimage from Kompong Speu province to the birthplace of his hero.

25 Montagnard Asylum-Seekers to Be Returned to Vietnam

Despite claiming to have fled widespread persecution, 25 Montagnard asylum-seekers will voluntarily be sent back to Vietnam on Monday, assuming Interior Minister Sar Kheng approves the move, a ministry official said on Wednesday.

Montagnard Refugees Tell of Escape to Thailand

Bangkok - In a far-flung district of Bangkok, surrounded by winding streams and rickety walkways, Kpa Hung is hiding out, one of dozens of Montagnards who fled across the border from Cambodia last month to avoid almost certain deportation to Vietnam.

Cambodian Spring

A new documentary depicts the struggles of three activists fighting injustice during a period of social awakening in Cambodia

Detention of Montagnard Couple Disputed

The whereabouts of a Montagnard couple seeking asylum in Cambodia was in dispute on Thursday, with a government official claiming they were returned to their Phnom Penh home after being caught attempting to flee to Thailand, while a Bangkok-based NGO worker said the pair was in custody over fears they would escape.

Montagnard Refugees Seek Thai Safe Haven

About 50 Montagnard asylum-seekers are currently hiding in Thailand after fleeing Cambodia last month amid fears they would be returned to Vietnam, where they claim to have faced widespread persecution.

On the Streets, It’s Mob Justice or Corrupt Courts

After killing three people while racing the wrong way down a busy Phnom Penh boulevard, Meas Sok Heng was dragged from his car and pounced upon by dozens of furious onlookers. As the attack was still taking place, a live Facebook stream showed police officers attempting to prevent kicks, punches and slabs of concrete from landing on the driver’s limp body.

Killer Driver’s Life on Line As Police Pursue Legal Action

A driver who killed three people on Monday as he plowed through motorists in an attempt to flee another collision was fighting for his life on Tuesday after being set upon by an angry mob, while other injured victims recovered in two Phnom Penh hospitals.

Angry Mob Beats Driver Who Killed Three

A man attempting to flee a collision mowed down a line of motorbikes on a busy Phnom Penh street on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring several more, witnesses and police said. After bystanders dragged him from his car and beat him bloody, he was rushed to a hospital where he was recovering.

Chevron Says It Does Not Have Kem Ley Murder Footage

Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s hopes of having energy giant Chevron release surveillance footage of political analyst Kem Ley’s murder at one of its gas stations dissipated on Friday as the company said all the recordings were in the hands of the Cambodian authorities.

Kem Ley Killer Gets Life; Investigation Still Open

A former soldier was sentenced to life in prison yesterday for gunning down Kem Ley as the government critic was sitting down for his morning newspapers at his favorite convenience store cafe in July.

Chevron Says It Does Not Have Kem Ley Murder Footage

Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s hopes of having energy giant Chevron release surveillance footage of political analyst Kem Ley’s murder at one of its gas stations dissipated on Friday as the company said all the recordings were in the hands of the Cambodian authorities.

Dog Fight

From scavenging on a dumpsite to dreaming of becoming the next Slipknot, Doch Chkae are the embodiment of a budding craze for Khmer metal

Government Slams ‘Outrageous’ Asean Report on Cambodian Politics

A scathing report by the Asean Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) accusing the Cambodian government of threatening the country’s entire political system was branded “outrageous” and factually incorrect by the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Wednesday.

Bin Chhin To Take On Sok An’s Vast Portfolio

Speculation that the death of Deputy Prime Minister Sok An might allow the CPP to divvy up his portfolio to some fresh-faced officials appeared to end on Tuesday with the announcement that a single 67-year-old successor would assume his entire portfolio.

Despite Legal Defense, Rainsy Connects Hun Sen, Kem Ley

Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy did little to help his lawyer, Sam Sokong, on Friday after a one-hour trial during which the attorney argued that his client had not explicitly blamed Prime Minister Hun Sen for the murder of political analyst Kem Ley.