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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More than 100 NGOs expressed “grave concern” Friday in response to the Cambodian government’s decision to monitor and “control” online news ahead of a controversial general election in July, calling the move a “contravention of constitutional and international human rights guarantees.”
Supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) held a protest in front of Japan’s consulate in New York City on Friday, demanding that Tokyo withdraw aid for Cambodia’s upcoming general election after their party was banned and prohibited from participating in the vote.
Thai police filed criminal charges Friday against a Cambodian man who allegedly posted a false report about the Thai prime minister on his website, officials said.
Fifteen Cambodians imprisoned on charges widely viewed as politically motivated are suffering as the result of undue punishment in jail, according to two opposition officials who visited them Tuesday.
Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen blasted a member of his cabinet on Friday for saying that cyanide run-off from Chinese-operated gold mines had caused the deaths of villagers recently poisoned by local water sources.
Cambodia’s government on Thursday doubled down on threats to prosecute anyone calling for a boycott of this year’s general election, after the country’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) told supporters to avoid the polls because it had been banned from participating.
Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen denied on Tuesday that 20 small and little-known political parties registered to compete in July 29 national elections were created by his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to provide an illusion of political opposition in the coming polls.
Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior has threatened to seize the assets of officials from the country’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) if they do not end a call to boycott the general election in July, drawing concern from observers who say there is no legal precedent to do so.
Toxic substances including chromium and cyanide used to flush gold mines were improperly handled and seeped into a river, sickening hundreds and killing more than a dozen people in two northeastern Cambodian provinces, the country’s industry minister said on Thursday.
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen is in breach of the country’s electoral laws by urging people to vote for him in an upcoming general ballot, election observers said Thursday, because he is rallying for his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) outside of the official campaign period.
The Committee on Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Comfrel), a respected independent vote monitor, will not sign up observers for July’s parliamentary elections in face of government restrictions on NGO activities, a senior election observer told RFA’s Khmer Service on Tuesday.
Scores of Indigenous Villagers Fall Ill After Drinking Stream Water in Cambodia’s Mondulkiri Province
Scores of indigenous ethnic Phnorng residents of four villages in east Cambodia’s Mondulkiri province have fallen ill after drinking contaminated water, a representative said Tuesday, as the death toll from a similar incident in neighboring Kratie province increased to 18.
An environmental activist based in the Areng valley region of southwest Cambodia’s Koh Kong province on Tuesday urged authorities to launch an investigation into an attempt on his life over the weekend, saying he is no longer safe in his own home and expects his would-be killers will strike again.
Southeast Asian lawmakers have expressed “grave concern” over the buyout of The Phnom Penh Post, the last remaining independent newspaper in Cambodia, by a Malaysian investor with reported ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen, amid a wider crackdown on media freedoms in the country.
Only four political parties have now officially registered with Cambodia’s National Election Committee to contest elections scheduled for July, with government authorities granting five days beyond Monday’s deadline to allow 16 others to complete required paperwork.