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US Brushes Off Hun Sen’s ‘Absurd’ Claims of CIA Hit on Cambodian Analyst Kem...

U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Willam Heidt has dismissed claims by Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen that Washington was behind the assassination in 2016 of prominent political analyst Kem Ley as “absurd” and “offensive,” and reiterated calls for an independent investigation into his death.

Cambodian Villagers Evicted in Land Dispute Appeal For Government Help

Cambodian villagers evicted from their land last week amid scenes of violence and reported shooting deaths appealed on Thursday for government help in securing new farmland and building new homes.

Cambodia PM Hun Sen Kicks Off Australia Trip as Protests Over Rights Record Loom

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen kicked off a trip to Australia Thursday to attend a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Sydney, amid protests over his government’s crackdown on the opposition in the lead up to general elections in July.

Cambodian Authorities Release Eight Villagers Detained Amid Violent Land Clash

Authorities in Cambodia’s Kratie province on Monday released eight villagers who were detained amid a violent clash over a land dispute, on the condition that they refrain from holding future demonstrations, according to one of those held.

Cambodia’s Beehive Social Democratic Party Re-Elects Mam Sonando as Leader

Cambodia’s Beehive Social Democratic Party (BSDP) has reelected its founder Mam Sonando as party president in the lead up to general elections widely seen as illegitimate, following the Supreme Court’s ruling to dissolve the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

UN Seeks Details on Land Shooting as Cambodia Silences Witness

The United Nations and a rights group on Friday called for an investigation into the shooting of land rights protesters in Cambodia’s Kratie province the previous day, as a key witness recanted her account of six dead after being arrested.

Cambodia Security Forces Shoot Protesters Dead in Land Dispute

Authorities in Cambodia’s Kratie province on Thursday opened fire on a group of people protesting over a long-running land dispute with a rubber plantation, killing as many as eight people and injuring dozens of others, according to sources.

Interview: ‘Who Wants Cambodia To Be a Province of China?’

Sophal Ear is an associate professor of diplomacy & world affairs at Occidental College in California who has written "Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy" and co-authored “The Hungry Dragon: How China's Resource Quest Is Reshaping the World."

UN Human Rights Envoy Wants Rule of Law, Not Rule by Law in Cambodia

The United Nations human rights envoy to Cambodia asked that the government to respect the rule of law and not “rule by law” during a meeting on Wednesday with the head of the government’s human rights committee.

Cambodian King Leaves Signing of Controversial Constitutional Amendments to Ruling Party

Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni left the country on Thursday for a medical checkup in China, a day after the country’s Senate approved a new law making it a crime to insult the monarch along with controversial changes to several articles of the constitution.

Interview: ‘I Still Seek Justice For my Husband’ Kem Ley

Bou Rachana, widow of slain Cambodian government critic Kem Ley, was granted asylum in Australia and arrived with her five sons in Melbourne on Feb. 17. She spoke to Chun Chanboth of RFA’s Khmer Service about the unresolved issues surrounding the killing and funeral her husband, who was gunned down in broad daylight in Phnom Penh on July 10, 2016, 36 hours after discussing on an RFA Khmer call-in show a report by the London-based group Global Witness detailing the wealth of the family of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for 32 years.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Vows to ‘Assault’ Critics Who Protest Next Month in Australia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday warned critics he will “follow you all the way to your doorstep and beat you right there” if they joined protests in during next month's ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney.

Widow of Slain Cambodian Government Critic Kem Ley is Granted Asylum in Australia

Bou Rachana, widow of slain Cambodian social commentator and government critic Kem Ley, has been granted asylum in Australia, leaving with her five sons from Thailand and arriving in Melbourne on Feb. 17, an Australian lawmaker told RFA's Khmer Service on Monday.

Cambodian Political Opposition Movement Calls For Boycott of Firms Owned by PM’s Family

A movement started by exiled Cambodian opposition lawmakers has launched a campaign boycotting products sold by companies owned by the family of Prime Minister Hun Sen, the country’s longtime leader who is using his power to eliminate his competitors before a general election in July.

Cambodian Opposition Lawmakers Call For End to Persecution of Former Commune Chief

They ask the UN human rights agency and other international organizations to help ensure the safety of Sin Chanpeou Rozeth.

Cambodia’s Ongoing Imprisonment of Former RFA Reporters ‘Unjustified’: Media Watchdogs

The ongoing imprisonment of two former RFA reporters held for three months on charges of “espionage” is “unjustified” and in violation of Cambodia’s constitutional right to freedom of expression, a consortium of journalist organizations said Tuesday, calling for their “immediate release.”

Two Mother Nature Activists Freed From Jail in Cambodia

Two Cambodian environmental activists who had received one-year jail sentences, partly suspended, for charges arising from photographing the controversial practice of commercial sand dredging, were released from prison on Wednesday.

Interview: Hun Sen Uses Facebook to Promote a ‘False Popularity’

On Feb. 12, Sam Rainsy spoke with RFA Khmer Service reporter Vuthy Huot via Skype from Australia where he is conducting a political campaign to seek support for the CNRM.

Cambodian Opposition Activist Arrested For ‘Insulting’ Ruling Party

Cambodian police arrested a former opposition party activist on Thursday on charges of insulting the ruling Cambodian People’s Party after the woman, who had fled the country to avoid arrest, was expelled from neighboring Thailand for overstaying her visa, Cambodian media reported today.

China Envoy Pushes Back Against Complaints About Chinese Investors in Cambodia

China’s ambassador to Cambodia took the rare step on Thursday of calling a news conference to criticize recent media reports that a wave of Chinese investment in the Southeast Asian country represented money laundering, calling them “fake” news.

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‘It’s not political’: Phnom Penh Post CEO on $3.9m tax bill

A large tax bill handed down to the Phnom Penh Post, Cambodia’s last remaining independent English-language newspaper, is part of an ongoing, “perfectly routine” audit negotiation process rather than an attack on free press, according to the paper’s CEO, Marcus Holmes. He added that such audits were hitting businesses across the country in a government effort to strictly enforce the years-old tax law.

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