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HRW Calls for Cambodia to Release Opposition Leader From House Arrest

Cambodia drew fresh criticism this week from both a major human rights organization and the leaders of several trade organizations over Prime Minister Hun Sen’s refusal to release opposition leader Kem Sohka from house arrest, and other rights abuses.

Cambodia’s Opposition Chief Sam Rainsy Calls For Algeria-Style Overthrow of PM Hun Sen

Cambodia’s exiled acting opposition chief Sam Rainsy has called on the public to draw inspiration from a recent leadership change in Algeria and oust the country’s Prime Minister Hun Sen, saying he would throw his support behind a top-ranking ruling party official if he is willing to challenge the strongman.

Five Cambodian Garment Sector Workers Lose Arms in Truck Accident

Five Cambodian women have lost limbs after the overloaded truck they and other garment industry workers were riding was involved in an accident with another truck in Kampong Speu province. One other worker suffered a broken hand and two others were slightly injured.

Building Boom Leaves Mark On Cambodian Beaches

The city of Sihanoukville was once a sleepy backwater known for pristine beaches. But now, scores of casinos and hotels are under construction, and many more are planned.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Orders Critics’ Electricity Shut Off Amid Furor Over Power Shortages

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has told officials to cut off electricity to the homes of those who claim he orchestrated blackouts to drum up public support for a controversial  hydropower dam, after the head of an  environmental NGO suggested the government was responsible for power outages that have plagued the country this year.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Unveils ‘Strategy’ to Offset Loss of EU Trade Scheme

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday unveiled his strategy to offset the loss of a preferential trade agreement that the European Union is likely to withdraw in response to his government’s failure to reverse rollbacks on democracy, saying he is “done taking orders” from other countries.

Cambodian Court Denies Request to Drop Charges Against Detained Opposition Chief Kem Sokha

A court in Cambodia has refused to drop “treason” charges against opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) chief Kem Sokha citing an ongoing investigation, his lawyer said Wednesday, despite holding him for more than a year in pre-trial detention.

Cambodia Oppositionists Defend Seeking Rehabilitation as Hun Sen Issues New Threats

Five former officials from Cambodia’s banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party on Monday defended their decision to seek political rehabilitation with the government, saying they were trying to keep the country’s trade privileges from being withdrawn by Western countries over anti-democratic actions by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Youth Mount Trash Clean-Up Effort In Phnom Penh

Cambodia’s capital produces nearly 3,000 tons of garbage each day, and city officials are struggling to deal with the growing mountains of trash.

EU Delegation Meets Cambodian Ministers to Discuss Trade Status Amid Democratic Rollbacks

A European Union delegation met with top officials in Cambodia Wednesday to discuss whether the Southeast Asian nation should continue to enjoy preferential trade terms with the bloc amid rollbacks on democracy, even as Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered “attacks” on the country’s opposition.

EU Delegation in Cambodia as NGOs Push Government to Preserve Trade Status

A European Union delegation arrived in Cambodia as NGOs in the Southeast Asian country called on the government to uphold the constitution as a way to avoid losing preferential trade terms the EU has threatened to withdraw in response to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s crackdown on opponents.

Six More Cambodian Opposition Officials Apply For ‘Political Rehabilitation,’ Bringing Total to Nine

Five former senior officials from Cambodia’s banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) applied for political rehabilitation from the government on Monday, while a...

Cambodia Investigating Employment Status of Chinese Nationals Amid Complaints of Lost Jobs

Cambodia’s government is investigating the employment status of Chinese nationals operating businesses in Sihanoukville province, Interior Minister Sar Kheng said Monday, amid complaints by local residents who say they are losing work to the immigrants.

Southeast Asia Defends Against African Swine Fever

Southeast Asian nations are taking precautions against the spread of African swine fever (ASF), which has been spreading rapidly throughout China since August.

Cambodian Court Rules Former RFA Reporters’ Cases Will Proceed to Trial

A court in Cambodia on Friday concluded its investigation into two former RFA reporters accused of “espionage,” ordering their cases to proceed to trial, and prompting a rights group to call for their charges to be dropped.

Cambodia, China Launch Annual ‘Golden Dragon’ Joint Military Exercise, Deepening Ties

Cambodia and China have launched their third annual joint “Golden Dragon” military exercise in grand style, drawing concerns from analysts who say the drills are generating international “suspicion” as Phnom Penh pivots from the West and increasingly towards Beijing.

Polluting Chinese Casino in Cambodia Ordered Closed

Officials in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville province have ordered a Chinese casino and hotel accused of ruining the beauty of a local beach by pouring raw sewage into the sea to close following complaints by area residents and inspections by authorities.

Cambodia’s Labor Ministry Fines Brick Factory After Girl Loses Arm

Cambodia’s Ministry of Labor has issued a fine and is in the process of suing the owner of a brick factory on charges of illegal child labor after a 10-year-old girl employed at the factory lost a limb while on the job.

Six CNRP Activists Apply For Asylum After Fleeing Cambodia

Six members of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party who fled Cambodia this week ahead of likely arrest have now applied for political asylum outside the country, one member of the group told RFA on Monday, speaking from an undisclosed location.

Cambodian Authorities Arrest Business Tycoon Kith Theang After Drug Raid at His Nightclub

Authorities in Cambodia Monday arrested  business tycoon Kith Theang in connection with a Feb. 23 drug raid at a Phnom Penh nightclub he owns.