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UN Expert Urges Cambodia to Take ‘Final Opportunity’ to Return to Democracy Ahead of...

The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur to Cambodia Rhona Smith on Monday called on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government to immediately release detained leaders from the dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and to reinstate the party ahead of an upcoming general election.

Rights Groups Call on ASEAN Members to Halt Cambodia’s Backslide on Democracy

The governments of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) must intervene to end Cambodia’s ongoing slide from a democracy into a dictatorship, several human rights organizations said, as member states kicked off the 32nd ASEAN Summit in Singapore.

Slain Cambodian Activist Honored on Anniversary of His Death

Slain Cambodian environmental activist Chut Wutty was honored today in a low-profile ceremony held in the capital Phnom Penh on the sixth anniversary of his still-unsolved murder, Cambodian sources said.

Myanmar, Cambodia See Further Declines in Press Freedoms: Report

Despite two years of rule by a reform-minded political party, the National League for Democracy, the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar continues to see a drop in press freedoms, with a six-point drop in ranking over the last year in an annual survey released on Wednesday by media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Four of Cambodian Opposition Chief Kem Sokha’s Eight Lawyers Resign

Four of eight lawyers working for jailed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Kem Sokha abruptly resigned on Tuesday, telling RFA’s Khmer Service the decision was made at the opposition leader’s request, while vowing to support his party’s quest to restore democracy in the authoritarian Southeast Asian nation.

Southeast Asian Nations Make Efforts to Reduce Plastic Waste, But They Are Still Not...

Pollution from discarded bags and bottles continues to plague Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar as they prepare for this year’s Earth Day.

Cambodia to Deploy 100,000 Security Personnel, ‘Village Guards’ at Polling Stations For July Ballot

Cambodia’s government plans to deploy more than 100,000 security personnel and “village guards” at polling stations across the country during the upcoming general election, according to officials, drawing concerns from observers who suggested such a show of force would intimidate voters in a poll in which the ruling party is the only significant political group on the ballot.

Electoral Watchdogs Hit Back at Accusations of Undermining Cambodia Ballot

Two independent electoral watchdogs have hit back at accusations that they are seeking to disrupt an upcoming general ballot in Cambodia after expressing concerns over political tensions in the country and the lack of a viable opponent to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

Mekong River Commission Warned on Development Impacts to the River

The four member countries of the Mekong River Commission today confronted predictions of social and environmental disaster if damming and other development projects in the region are allowed to proceed as planned.

Cambodian Opposition Leader Kem Sokha Requests Release From Prison For Medical Treatment

Jailed opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Kem Sokha has called on court authorities to release him so that he can seek medical treatment abroad and restart negotiations with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) ahead of a general election.

Watchdog Urges Caution For Would-Be Observers to Cambodia’s Election

An electoral watchdog in Cambodia has cautioned would-be international observers to think twice before accepting an invitation to participate in the country’s upcoming general ballot, which is expected to be neither free nor fair amid a ban on the main opposition party.

Cambodia Arrests Former Provincial Governor Over Lover’s Mysterious Death

Authorities in Cambodia have arrested the former governor of Takeo province in connection with the mysterious death of a National Assembly staffer he was romantically involved with, according to official sources.

Cambodia Opposition, Rights Groups Slam ‘Foreign Fugitive’ Exchange Deal With Thailand

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and rights groups on Monday expressed concerns over a new deal between Cambodia and Thailand they said could be used to target critics of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government who have sought refuge across the border.

Interview: ‘Everything is Fake, Including Democracy, Rule of Law, And Development’

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday ruled out canceling general elections slated for July, despite questions about the legitimacy of the vote in the wake of his government’s dissolution of the country’s only significant opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP).

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.