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Cambodia Playing up Border Tensions With Laos to Distract From Sam Rainsy Return: Analysts

Tensions along the border between Cambodia and Laos are likely being exaggerated by Cambodia’s government as part of a bid to distract the public from the impending return of acting opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) chief Sam Rainsy from self-imposed exile, analysts said Friday.

Cambodia’s Military to Arrest Acting CNRP Chief Sam Rainsy Upon Return: Defense Ministry

Acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy will be arrested by the military upon setting foot inside Cambodia, Minister of Defense Tea Banh said Tuesday, prompting the exiled opposition chief to appeal to security forces to “turn their rifles” on their superiors in revolt.

Opposition Chief Sam Rainsy Vows To Lead 2 Million Cambodians Home in November

Acting President Sam Rainsy of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) vowed on Monday to lead two million migrant workers from his country toiling in Thailand, South Korea, Japan and other countries home when he returns from exile in November.

Cambodian Tycoon Kong Kroeng Detained Over Suspected Illegal Logging Operation

Powerful business tycoon Kong Kroeng was detained on Thursday after being questioned by authorities in eastern Cambodia’s Kratie province over his alleged involvement in an illicit timber operation, according to the National Military Police.

Cambodian Government Urges Public to Ignore Opposition ‘Propaganda’ Calling For Protests

Cambodia’s Minister of Interior Sar Kheng on Wednesday warned the public not to fall victim to “propaganda” from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and protest the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which he said had won the right to govern through legitimate elections.

Acting Cambodia Opposition Chief Sam Rainsy Walks Back Plan to Return From Exile Next...

Acting opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Sam Rainsy has walked back plans to return to Cambodia from self-imposed exile by late next month, but said he plans to travel there before “the end of the year,” despite the threat of prison.

Garment Industry Owners Say Trade Status Withdrawal Would Hurt Four Million Cambodians

Withdrawing Cambodia’s tax-free entry into the European market would negatively nearly four million people, the Garment Manufacturers Association of Cambodia (GMAC) said Monday, as a monitoring period to determine eligibility for the trade scheme drew to a close.

Trial of RFA Reporters Ends in Cambodia, Verdict Still to Come

A court in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh on Friday concluded the trial of two former Radio Free Asia journalists charged with espionage and the production of pornography, with the court’s verdict on both charges scheduled for delivery later this month.

Kem Sokha Charges to Remain Barring ‘New and Convincing Evidence’: Cambodia Justice Ministry

Treason charges against opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Kem Sokha will not be dropped unless his legal team produces “new and convincing evidence” to prove his innocence, Cambodia’s Ministry of Justice said Thursday.

Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Trials Must Continue, Rights Groups and Survivors Say

The death in Cambodia last week of Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea has left unfinished a full accounting of the crimes committed by the Khmer Rouge against Cambodians and others, survivors and rights groups say, with one group calling for further prosecutions.

US Welcomes Cambodian Assurances on Reported Chinese Naval Base

The United States has welcomed assurances by Cambodia that it will not permit China to construct naval facilities on its territory, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in Bangkok on Friday following meetings of ASEAN foreign ministers in the Thai capital.

U.S. Embassy Slams Cambodia’s ‘Failed’ One-Party Elections on Anniversary

The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh marked the first anniversary Tuesday of national elections conducted under a ban of Cambodia’s main opposition party with a statement calling the vote “deeply flawed” and urging Hun Sen’s regime to “take tangible actions to restore democracy.”

Cambodia Arrests CNRP Activist Mai Hongsreang for Criticizing Government

Cambodian authorities Tuesday arrested Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) activist Mai Hongsreang, marking the 14th such arrest of activists associated with the banned political party.

Cambodian Opposition Chief Warns Against China’s Growing Dominance, Military Presence

Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy called on Cambodians in a statement on Tuesday to oppose what he called China’s colonization of the Southeast Asian country, warning especially against the use of Cambodia as a base for a growing Chinese military presence.

Cambodian Authorities Did Not Approve Importing of Banned Plastic Waste, Official Says

Over a thousand tonnes of plastic waste found recently imported into Cambodia’s port city of Sihanoukville were brought into the country without the knowledge of Cambodian authorities, a senior customs official said on Monday.

Cambodia Launches Probe Into Chinese Firm That Imported 1,600 Tons of Plastic Waste to...

Authorities in Cambodia on Friday said they have launched an investigation into a Chinese firm found to have imported 1,600 tons of banned plastic waste into the coastal city of Sihanoukville, but environmental activists suggested that those conducting the probe are likely complicit in the crime.

Droughts in Cambodia Spell Doom for Farmers and Fishermen

An extended drought in Cambodia has caused the tributaries of Tonle Sap lake to dry up, spelling ruin for farmers and fishermen in Battambang province.

Cambodia ‘Black Lists’ Six EU Lawmakers for Supporting CNRP

The government of Cambodia this week placed six EU parliamentarians on a list to be refused visas to enter the country, citing the group’s statements of support for the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and its exiled leader, who has vowed to return to Cambodia to topple long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Health of Jailed Cambodian Opposition Official in Freefall Since Transfer to Prey Sar Prison:...

The health of a jailed former official with the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in Cambodia’s Banteay Meanchey province has rapidly deteriorated since his transfer to Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar Prison to await an appeal of his conviction, his wife said Tuesday.

Jailed Cambodian Activist Marks Fifth Day of Hunger Strike Protesting Conditions in Detention

Cambodian youth activist Kong Raiya on Monday marked the fifth day of a hunger strike in protest of the conditions of his detention while awaiting trial on charges of “incitement to commit a felony,” after he was arrested for selling T-shirts honoring murdered political commentator Kem Ley last week.