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UN Expert Decries Voter Intimidation in Lead-up to Cambodia Election

The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur to Cambodia Rhona Smith on Friday expressed concern over reports of voter intimidation in the lead up to a general election this month that has been widely derided as unfree and unfair amid an ongoing political crackdown in the country.

Cambodian Rights Group Hacked Amid Concerns Over China-Linked Cyber Espionage Group

A local rights group in Cambodia said Thursday that it had fallen victim to a hacking attack a week after a U.S. cybersecurity firm announced that an espionage group believed linked to China’s government had targeted a number of stakeholders in a hacking operation ahead of an election later this month.

Authorities Threaten to Withhold Public Services if Villagers Don’t Vote For Cambodia’s Ruling Party

Agents working for Cambodia’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) are threatening to end public services for indigenous residents of Mondulkiri province unless they vote for the party in an upcoming election marred by allegations of campaign violations and a ban on the opposition, according to sources.

Cambodia Arrests Former Officer Alleging Mistreatment For Seizing Drugs Owned by ‘Powerful Figure’

Authorities in Cambodia have arrested a former military police officer in Kompong Thom province for defaming his unit on social media, after he claimed he was dismissed because he led a raid that seized nearly 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of drugs belonging to a “powerful figure.”

NGOS, Unions Urge Intervention in Cambodia’s Political Crisis Amid EU Fact-Finding Mission

NGOs and unions are calling on the European Union to help resolve Cambodia’s political crisis ahead of a general election this month, as a delegation from the bloc wraps up a fact-finding mission to assess the country’s compliance with its human rights obligations as dictated by a tariff-free export scheme.

Cambodians Mourn Political Analyst Kem Ley on Anniversary of His Murder

Cambodians from various walks of life gathered on Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the assassination of prominent political analyst Kem Ley, who was gunned down in the capital Phnom Penh days after publicly criticizing Prime Minister Hun Sen and his family for abuse of power.

Cambodia’s Jailed Opposition Leader Kem Sokha Says Party Reinstatement is Precondition to Talks

Cambodia’s jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha on Monday said he would not negotiate with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) for a resolution to the country’s political crisis unless his Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is reinstated and allowed to participate in a general election this month.

Japan Defends Plan to Support Cambodia’s General Election in The Face of Criticism

Japan’s government on Friday defended its plan to support Cambodia’s general election with only one month to go before the ballot, despite criticism that it cannot be either free or fair without the participation of the main opposition party.

CNRP Lawmakers Not Allowed to Visit Banned Party’s Political Prisoners

Five former lawmakers from Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) were barred by authorities on Monday from visiting 15 jailed political prisoners from the party, they told RFA’s Khmer Service.

Cambodia’s Jailed Opposition Chief Awarded Rights Prize in Absentia

South Korean rights group the National Council of Churches (NCC) on Friday awarded its Asian Human Rights Peace Prize to the jailed president of Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha, citing his devotion to democracy and human rights in the country.

Cambodia’s Vireak Chey National Park Under Siege From Illegal Vietnamese Loggers: Activist

Cambodia’s Vireak Chey National Park, which straddles Stung Treng and Rattanakiri provinces, is under siege from “hundreds of Vietnamese” illegally crossing the border to harvest timber, an environmental activist said Thursday.

Cambodia’s Royalist Party Demands Probe of Crash That Left Prince Injured, Princess Dead

Cambodia’s royalist Funcinpec party on Thursday rejected a police report which called a car collision that left the party’s president Prince Norodom Ranariddh critically injured and killed his wife Princess Ouk Phalla an accident, and has demanded a probe into the incident.

Cambodian Court Summons Former Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy on Lèse-Majesté Charges

A court in Cambodia has summoned former president of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy as a suspect in a lèse-majesté case, after he called a letter from the country’s king endorsing upcoming elections “legally worthless.”

Cambodia’s Judiciary Routinely Violates Fair Trial Rights: CCHR

Cambodia’s judiciary fails to comply with several fundamental fair trial rights, including the presumption of innocence and whether confessions are obtained under duress, a local NGO said Tuesday, in a report based its observance of a year of criminal cases at the country’s Court of Appeal in the capital Phnom Penh.

Cambodia Dismisses Electoral Watchdog’s Assessment of Upcoming Ballot as Neither Free Nor Fair

Cambodia’s government on Monday dismissed a report by a regional election watchdog, which said that the country’s upcoming general ballot will be neither free nor fair amid a months-long crackdown on the political opposition, NGOs and independent media.

Cambodia Environmental Activists Stymied by Local Authorities Following Ban of Opposition

Environmental activists in Cambodia said Friday that local authorities have obstructed their work since the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), and urged Prime Minister Hun Sen to order officials with his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to cooperate with them.

US Lawmakers Call For Increased Pressure on Cambodia to Release Former RFA Reporters

Several U.S. lawmakers on Thursday urged Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt to ramp up pressure on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government to release two former RFA reporters who have spent seven months behind bars on “espionage” charges.

Exile Cambodian Monk Calls on Cambodians Not to Vote in July

A Cambodian monk living in exile in the U.S. called on Tuesday on Cambodians not to vote in national elections next month, saying that government moves against its political opposition have left voters in the Southeast Asian country with no real choice.

US Treasury Slaps Sanctions on Cambodian PM’s Bodyguard Chief for Rights Abuses

The United States on Tuesday imposed financial sanctions on the head of Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen’s bodyguard unit for its role in “multiple attacks on unarmed Cambodians over the span of many years,” blocking the general’s assets and preventing U.S. nationals from doing business with him.

Democracy Tied to ‘Universal Values,’ Cambodian Opposition Leader Says

True democracy reflects universal values and cannot be reshaped to fit the needs of dictators, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy said in an interview on Monday by telephone from Paris, where he lives in self-imposed exile to avoid convictions at home seen as politically motivated.

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Election Body Issues Text Messages Warning of Election Law Prosecutions

The national election body has warned Cambodians in a series of text messages that they could face prosecution if they are found to have violated the election law, which extends to calls to boycott the vote.

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