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Rice Seeds Spark CNRP Border Complaint in Svay Rieng Province

A CNRP official from Svay Rieng province has filed a complaint with the provincial governor over what he claims are intrusions by Vietnamese farmers into border areas prohibited for farming, the latest salvo in an ongoing series of opposition claims concerning border disputes between Cambodia and Vietnam.

Deportations of Vietnamese Dropped Last Year

The number of foreigners deported from Cambodia fell by more than half last year in what officials said was a sign of tightening border security with Vietnam. Keo Vanthan, deputy director of the Interior Ministry’s general department of immigration, said 3,376 foreigners were deported last year, compared to 6,978 in 2015 and 1,307 in 2014.

Japanese Authorities Arrest Trio Suspected of Sex Trafficking

Cambodian authorities are tracking down a network of traffickers after three suspects were arrested in Japan over the exploitation of seven Cambodian women lured to Japan with the promise of waitressing jobs and instead forced into sex work.

Courts ‘Must Solve’ Corruption Conundrum

Cambodia’s judicial system is troubled by a cycle of corruption, with both sides of the bench accusing the other of perpetuating the practice of bribery, Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) Chairman Om Yentieng said on Thursday at the inauguration of the new bar association president.

Hun Sen Files $1 Million Lawsuit Against Rainsy

Prime Minister Hun Sen filed a lawsuit against opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Wednesday over comments accusing him of offering $1 million to a young political provocateur to attack the CNRP, and demanded the same sum of money in damages, which he promised to use for charity.

Former Military General Begins Push for Minor-Party Mergers

Nhek Bun Chhay, a former military commander credited with helping destroy the once- powerful Funcinpec party, announced on Wednesday the first deal toward forging a coalition of minor parties ahead of elections this year and in 2018.

Rainsy Hit With New Facebook Lawsuit as Appeal Is Heard

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy was hit with a fresh defamation lawsuit on Tuesday over claims made on Facebook that Prime Minister Hun Sen offered $1 million to a young political operative to attack the CNRP, the same day the Court of Appeal conducted a hearing over another Facebook-related conviction against the exiled politician.

Election Committee Rejects CNRP’s Foreign Voter Complaints

The National Election Committee (NEC) said on Monday that more than 180 suspected illegal voters—mostly Vietnamese accused by the opposition of having improperly registered—can cast ballots in the June commune elections.

Official Bailed in Flopper Case After Outcry

A Poipet City opposition leader accused of slamming his SUV into a border officer, who can be seen in video footage of the incident falling to the ground on his own, was released on bail on Saturday following an order by the Appeal Court on Friday.

More Suspects Sought in Chinese Student Trafficking Investigation

Anti-trafficking police said on Wednesday that they were searching for more suspects involved in the alleged trafficking of at least 20 students who were promised scholarships to study in China, but ended up working seven-day weeks in a garment factory.

Religion Minister Questioned Over Efforts to Promote Buddhism

The Minister of Cults and Religion was questioned by a National Assembly commission on Tuesday over efforts to promote Buddhism in the country and an assortment of other concerns affecting the religion, according to the opposition lawmaker who summoned him.

CNRP to Meet City Hall Over Latest TV Plans

The opposition CNRP says its lurching attempts to start its own television station in the country will continue today with a meeting with Phnom Penh municipal of cials to discuss plans to build an antenna in the city.

Singaporean President Skirts Controversies Over Sand, Maids

Singaporean President Tony Tan Keng Yam’s visit to Phnom Penh on Monday yielded two agreements on education and health, but no words on controversial sand imports or migrant maids, an official said.

Leaked Letter Purports to Show CPP’s Bid to Divide CNRP

Politicians of both major parties on Sunday distanced themselves from a leaked draft statement that appears to have been formulated by the ruling CPP in order to be signed by acting CNRP President Kem Sokha.

Hopeful Fashion Students Trafficked to China to Work in Factory

A Cambodian man has been arrested and charged with human trafficking for sending 19 students to China who were promised scholarships to study fashion and design, but ended up working seven days a week at a garment factory.

Appeal Court Delays CNRP Senator’s Hearing

A Court of Appeal judge said on Thursday that he would consider a request to present additional evidence about a digital document over which a jailed opposition senator was convicted of forgery and incitement in November.

Minister Claims Land Disputes Over: ‘We Have Solved Them All’

Environment Minister Say Sam Al on Wednesday repeated his claims that forest crimes and land disputes sparked by sprawling commercial farms run by wealthy businessmen and foreign corporations had decreased or were mostly over, claims that rights groups dispute.

Two Months On, SIM Card Crackdown Fizzles

Citing threats to security and the potential for terrorism, the government pledged to ensure that every active mobile phone SIM card in the country was registered by the end of October last year.

Governor Blasted for Skipping Land Meeting

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Monday accused the governor of Ratanakkiri province of breaking the law when he invoked Mr. Kheng’s name to skip a meeting with three other ministers who were visiting the province last week to review land disputes.

Ex-Girlfriend Charged With Selling $2M of German Man’s Land

A 35-year-old Cambodian woman was provisionally charged with forgery and selling stolen property on Saturday for allegedly using manipulated legal documents to sell $2 million worth of land owned by her former German boyfriend’s agriculture company, officials said.