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CNRP, Cambodian Rights Groups Call For Investigation Into Death in Custody

Cambodian rights groups and the country’s banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party called on Monday for an investigation into the death in police custody of the son of a CNRP activist, with the CNRP calling the death a “new form of political murder.”

Governments in Asia ‘Celebrate’ World Press Freedom Day While Suppressing Freedom of the Press

Governments and state media in Southeast Asia touted improving media liberty on World Press Freedom Day Friday, but critics were swift to point out limits on expression and the jailing of many journalists across the region.

UN Expert Meets Cambodia Justice Minister, Says Kem Sokha’s Detention is Problematic

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith, as part of her 11-day visit to the country, met Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana to discuss the ongoing de-facto detention of opposition leader Kem Sokha and other justice system-related topics, she said on Thursday.

Foreign Buyers of Cambodian Goods See Risk in Looming Trade Sanctions

Foreign importers of Cambodian textiles and footwear voiced concern in a letter this week that threatened European and U.S. sanctions over human rights violations may disrupt trade preferences supporting the country’s economy.

Cambodian Court Summons 12 CNRP Members Over ‘Banned’ Activities

Authorities in northwestern Cambodia’s Battambang province summoned 12 members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party to court this week to answer charges they were still active in the opposition group dissolved by court order almost two years ago.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Touts China Deals as Loss of EU Trade Scheme Looms

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen returned from a weekend summit in Beijing on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s sweeping Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) laden with deals he believes will offset the impact of impending trade sanctions from the West over his regime’s rollbacks on democracy.

UN Expert Denied Access to Detained Cambodia Opposition Leader

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith again has been refused permission by Cambodia’s government to meet and speak with detained political opposition leader Kem Sokha while she visits the country from April 29 to May 9, Smith said on Thursday.

Opposition ‘Congress’ Wraps up With Call For Inclusive Restoration of Democracy in Cambodia

Cambodian opposition leaders and supporters wrapped up a weekend gathering in South Korea with a call for a concerted effort to “restore” democracy to Cambodia and an appeal for support from signatories of the Paris Peace Agreement, which reestablished elections there after years of conflict.

Former Opposition Official in Hiding in Cambodia After Arrest of Colleague

A former local official with Cambodia’s banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has fled his home in Tboung Khmum province following the arrest of a fellow official who had posted comments critical of the government on social media.

Expert Warns of ‘Debt-Trap’ Ahead of Cambodian PM Visit to China Belt And Road...

Overdependence, coupled with loans and the cost of maintaining infrastructure, could leave Cambodia in a “debt trap” to China, an expert said Tuesday, as Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen prepares to attend a summit in Beijing on Chinese President Xi Jinping’s sweeping Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy Urges Cambodian Diaspora to ‘Inspire Change’ Back Home

Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Friday called on the Cambodian diaspora in Asia to “inspire” those back home to “stand up and make...

Cambodia’s Ruling Party Backs Off Threats to ‘Extradite’ Opposition Demonstrators From South Korea

Cambodia’s ruling party has backed off of earlier threats it would request that the government of South Korea extradite members of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) as they gather in Gwangju this weekend in protest of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s regime.

Cambodia’s Government To Shut Down A Chinese-Owned Hotel, Suspect To Water Pollution

Overhead footage shot with a drone camera clearly shows a large stream of discolored water snaking through the beach behind the resort and spilling into the sea.

Cambodia’s Government Defends Decision to Hire US Lawmaker to Lobby Congress

Cambodia’s government on Tuesday defended its decision to hire a U.S. state lawmaker to lobby on behalf of its interests in Congress, amid a low point in relations between Washington and Phnom Penh prompted by democratic rollbacks in the Southeast Asian nation.

Cambodia to Face Hardship if it Loses EU Trade Preferences, Interior Minister Says

Cambodia will face severe economic hardship if the European Union proceeds with threatened plans to suspend beneficial trade preferences, Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng said Monday, calling the expected move a matter of “regret.”

Cambodian Activist Urges Authorities to Free Son, Villagers Detained Amid Land Dispute

An activist from northern Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province on Monday urged authorities to release his son and other villagers who were detained amid an ongoing land dispute with an agro-industrial company.

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.