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Rights Group Wants Sit-Downs With Government

Local rights group Adhoc on Thursday called on Prime Minister Hun Sen and other government officials to hold regular meetings with NGOs in order to better understand the human rights situation in the country.

Samphan’s Defense Calls For Removal of Judges

The defense team for Khieu Samphan, who was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month for crimes against humanity, wants the judges behind the guilty verdict to be disqualified if the Khmer Rouge tribunal moves ahead with the next phase of the trial.

Failure to Sign Cluster Convention a Disappointment

Despite destroying several thousand bomblets last year, the government still has not signed the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions, according to a new report.

Amid Overcrowding, Inmates Build New Prison

Even within the country’s notoriously overcrowded prison system, inmates in the northern province of Oddar Meanchey live in particularly harsh conditions.

In Final Report, UN Envoy Sees Progress on Human Rights

Despite a series of violent clashes in which government forces shot dead seven people over the course of the last year, the human rights situation in the country is heading in a positive direction, U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi said in his final report on Cambodia.

Hun Sen Congratulates Chan-Ocha on Election

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday extended a message of “cordial congratulations” to his newly elected Thai counterpart, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who was appointed as Prime Minister on Thursday by a handpicked assembly of lawmakers after taking over the country in a military coup three months ago.

NGO Coalition Blasts Refugee Deal Secrecy

Concerns continued to mount on Friday over the secrecy of a pending deal between the Australian and Cambodian governments that would see refugees detained on the South Pacific island of Nauru sent to Cambodia.

Diary Reveals Secret Past of Khmer Rouge Cadre

The Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) is the guardian of several hundred diaries, mostly written covertly during the Khmer Rouge regime, when such an activity could lead to severe punishment.

Refugees Face Tough Times if Australia Deal Inked

On a busy street corner behind O’Russei market in Phnom Penh, a man meticulously prepared one piece of roti flatbread after another at his spotless food cart on Friday as his cousin took orders.

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Past, Future Under Spotlight

Almost a week after the Khmer Rouge tribunal found Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan guilty of crimes against humanity, a panel that included government and court spokespeople, a defense lawyer and a survivor of the regime came together at Meta House on Wednesday night to discuss the court’s past and its future.

Despite Police Blockade, KDC Villagers Reach Phnom Penh

A day after three of their community members were arrested following a violent encounter with police, about 50 villagers from Kompong Chhnang province forged ahead with a peaceful march toward Phnom Penh on Wednesday, but were temporarily blocked by police officials in Russei Keo district.

Case 004 Suspect Called to Tribunal, Official Says

Im Chaem, one of three suspects in the government-opposed Case 004 at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, has allegedly been summoned to appear for questioning, according to a district governor in Oddar Meanchey province. Im Chaem, 68, is accused of coordinating purges in the Northwest Zone as a Khmer Rouge cadre in the 1970s.

After Khmer Rouge Verdicts, Lawyers Fear Bias for Next Trial

Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan woke on Friday as guilty men, sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for crimes against humanity by a panel of judges at the Khmer Rouge tribunal, whose decision will eventually be either upheld or reversed by the Supreme Court Chamber when both legal teams file appeals.

Training Program Focuses On Treating Swallowing Disorder

In a small room in the Neurology Department of Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital on Friday morning, four doctors marked a special day, becoming the hospital’s first staffers to receive certificates in how to evaluate and treat swallowing problems.

Laws Needed to Protect Rights Of LGBT People, Report Says

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people continue to face discrimination in Cambodia and more needs to be done to legislate for members of the community to ensure they have the same rights as other citizens, according to a new report.

Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan Found Guilty, Jailed for Life

Thirty-nine years after Phnom Penh was forcibly emptied by gun-toting Khmer Rouge soldiers, setting off a chain of events in which an estimated 1.7 million people died, leaders of the regime were on Thursday found guilty of crimes against humanity.

Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan Guilty of Crimes Against Humanity

The Khmer Rouge’s “Brother Number 2” Nuon Chea and its former head of state Khieu Samphan were on Thursday found guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison by a panel of judges at the Khmer Rouge tribunal.

Judgment Day for Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan

On Thursday, the U.N.-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal will find either innocent or guilty two of the remaining members of the Khmer Rouge nucleus, who were tried for a total of 222 days over nearly three years on charges of crimes against humanity.

Immunity a Sticking Point In CPP-CNRP Agreement

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Friday sent CNRP President Sam Rainsy a draft of the CPP’s amendment to the Constitution and election law, which notably excluded any reference to immunity for members of what would be the new election management body, CPP lawmaker Cheam Yeap said.

Electoral Alliance Calls for Greater Transparency in Reform Talks

Members of the Electoral Reform Alliance (ERA) on Thursday decried a lack of transparency from the CPP and CNRP working groups that are hammering out the details of an agreement reached last week to end a nearly yearlong boycott of parliament by the opposition.