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Southeast Asian Lawmakers Decry Buyout of Last Independent Daily, Media Crackdown in Cambodia

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.

Few Cambodian Parties Sign Up to Contest July General Elections Amid Opposition Crackdown

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.

Former CNRP Chief Says His Party Will Replicate Malaysia’s Opposition Victory in Cambodia

The former president of Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has suggested that his party will replicate the success of Malaysia’s opposition, which assumed power this week after voters rejected a ruling party that had governed the country since its independence.

Cambodia Appeal Court Upholds ‘Insurrection’ Convictions Against 11 CNRP Members

A court in Cambodia on Thursday upheld “insurrection” convictions against 11 members, supporters and activists of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), amid an ongoing political crackdown in the country.

NGOs, Rights Groups Slam Takeover of Cambodia’s ‘Last Independent Paper’

n a statement released on Wednesday, Cambodian civil society organizations slammed the takeover by a government-linked businessman of The Phnom Penh Post, calling the move and the subsequent firings or resignations of large numbers of its staff a “blow to press freedom” in the country.

‘The Dictatorship Will Ultimately Die After People Stay Home in Protest’: Interview

Sam Rainsy, former president of the now banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), has called on Cambodian voters to boycott the general election on July 29 if his party is not allowed to participate.

Cambodian Villagers Return From Hospital, Worry Over Water Source

Cambodian villagers hospitalized after drinking water taken from a polluted river have begun to return home, with many openly concerned that clean water distributed by authorities may soon run out, leaving them again dependent on a contaminated source.

Election Watchdog Slams Cambodia Ruling Party Official For Labeling Non-Voters ‘Traitors’

The head of an election watchdog in Cambodia on Tuesday slammed a senior official from the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) for labeling anyone who refrains from voting in the country’s upcoming general election a “traitor” to the nation, amid calls for a boycott of the ballot.

Cambodia’s Last Independent Newspaper in Peril Amid Editorial Concerns Over Sale

Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Post newspaper saw an exodus of senior staff Monday after the editor-in-chief of the country’s last independent daily was dismissed by the paper’s new owner—a Malaysian investor with reported ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Cambodian Villagers Dispute Government Findings, Blame Deaths on Polluted Water

Not everyone who died or fell ill could have been sickened by rice wine, they say.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Threatens Legal Action Over Call For Election Boycott

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday slammed a call by a former leader of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) for voters to boycott the country’s upcoming general ballot, saying that it was a violation of electoral law.

Cambodia PM Hun Sen’s Nephew Jailed Following Whirlwind Shooting Trial

A court in Cambodia has sentenced Hun Chea, a nephew of Prime Minister Hun Sen, to 18 months in prison following a whirlwind trial that took place on the same day he was arrested for firing a gun during a domestic dispute.

Media in Some Asian Nations Worse Off Than a Year Ago on World Press...

Some countries in East and Southeast Asia have little to celebrate on this year’s World Press Freedom Day, with the media worse off than they were a year ago as journalists have faced increased instances of harassment, lawsuits, and even detention.

Workers Reduced to ‘Slaves’ Amid Rampant Debt Bondage in Cambodia’s Brick Sector

Brick workers in southeastern Cambodia’s Kandal province are selling themselves and their families into slavery as “collateral” for debts they owe to factory owners, which can never be repaid due to the seasonal nature of their work, according to sources.

Workers in Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia Call For Better Pay, Benefits

Hundreds of workers took to the streets in Myanmar on Tuesday to call for a living wage, while in Laos marchers asked for social welfare benefits and better protection for citizens working abroad, sources said.

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.

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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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