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Rights Groups Demand Release of Cambodian Activist Tep Vanny on Eve of Second Year...

Cambodian authorities should overturn the “politically motivated” conviction of prominent land rights activist Tep Vanny and “unconditionally release her,” New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Tuesday, on the eve of the two-year anniversary of her arrest.

Cambodian Woman Lack Equality Before the Law: Report

Despite provisions in Cambodia’s constitution abolishing discrimination against women, Cambodian women suffer unequal treatment before the law and are frequently uninformed of their rights during court proceedings, a new report says.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Praises Government’s Commitment to Democracy Despite ‘Sham’ Election

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen applauded his government’s commitment to democracy Wednesday in his first public appearance since his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) swept an election widely dismissed as unfree and unfair, following the dissolution of the main opposition group.

More Than Nine Percent of Cambodia’s Ballots ‘Invalid’ as Voters Protest ‘Sham’ Polls

Cambodia’s National Election Committee (NEC), the top electoral body, acknowledged Monday that as many as nine percent of ballots cast in the weekend’s general election were invalid, with an observer suggesting that many of the votes were intentionally spoiled to protest what was seen as a bogus poll.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Defends Opposition Ban on Final Day of Campaigning

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen defended the dissolution of the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Friday—the last day of campaigning ahead of the country’s July 29 general election that has been widely derided as an unfree and unfair “sham” poll amid an ongoing political crackdown.

US Lawmakers Pass Act to Sanction Cambodian Officials Seen ‘Undermining Democracy’

The U.S. House of Representatives’ has passed legislation that would allow Washington to impose sanctions on Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and members of his inner circle for their role in undermining democracy in the country and committing human rights violations.

Experts Urge Stronger International Response Ahead of Cambodia’s ‘Sham Election’

A group of experts on Tuesday called on the international community to do more to intervene in Cambodia’s rollback of democracy, as the country prepares for a general election next week that has been widely derided as unfree and unfair amid an ongoing political crackdown.

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.”

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National Assembly Boycott Signals Tougher Diplomatic Stance

When the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) boycotted the opening of parliament following the 2013 national election, diplomats from countries that support democracy were left in a bind: should they attend an event that would legitimize what many viewed as a stolen election or ignore an invitation from the head of state who had accepted their credentials?

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