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Cambodia: Crackdown Crushes Media, Opposition

New York – The Cambodian government’s broad political crackdown in 2017 effectively extinguished the country’s flickering democratic system at the expense of basic rights, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018.

Are China’s Investment Taking over the Mekong?

Beijing – China is shoring up its sphere of influence in Southeast Asia through aid and investment. By funding infrastructure and development, China can increase its economic and strategic leverage over poorer neighbors.

Cambodian Exile Says Postpone Election to Avoid Violence

Exiled Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Wednesday raised the prospect of violence if this year's general election is not postponed, prompting a government accusation of a threat to the state.

Cambodian court delays bail decision on James Ricketson and returns him to jail

Declaring that journalism is not a crime, accused Australian spy James Ricketson was ordered returned to one of Cambodia's harshest prisons on Wednesday after judges delayed announcing whether he could be released on bail.

Cambodian Exile Says Postpone Election to Avoid Violence

Exiled Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy on Wednesday raised the prospect of violence if this year's general election is not postponed, prompting a government accusation of a threat to the state.

Cambodia plans to build one of world’s biggest airports

The Cambodian government has approved plans to build one of the world's largest airports in south-eastern Kandal province, although the key players have yet to work out the details.

Cambodian capital Phnom Penh looks to establish medical tourism hub

Cambodia is becoming increasingly popular as a retirement and small business hub, but older expats are worried about the lack of reliable medical services.

Russia courts Southeast Asian partners with authoritarian streaks

A quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia is back in Southeast Asia, where creeping authoritarianism is giving Moscow room to maneuver.

Cambodia Vows to Probe Opposition ‘Movement,’ Take Legal Action

Cambodia’s government has said it will closely investigate a new political “movement” launched by former opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) President Sam Rainsy following the dissolution of his party and take legal action if it is deemed unlawful.

Cambodia’s Queen of Punk Wants to Kill the Love Song

A country’s music is like its state of mind, etched into history like lines on a record.

Cambodia Has Its Own Mobile Payment App, But Will It Catch On Beyond Phnom...

Pi Pay, although little-known outside of its native Cambodia, has scaled quickly to become a ubiquitous digital wallet solution and the first e-commerce app to gain real traction in a city where many residents still refuse to trust credit cards and banks.

Cambodia on a ‘downward trend’, according to Freedom House

The American NGO Freedom House has singled out Cambodia as being on a "downward trend" in terms of liberties, but despite an ongoing political crackdown that has drawn international condemnation, Cambodia’s 2017 score by the organisation remained almost unchanged from last year.

Interview with Sam Rainsy: ‘Our Movement Cannot Be Dissolved’

Sam Rainsy, former president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) who has lived in exile since 2015, on Jan. 14 in Houston, Texas unveiled to supporters his plan to launch the Cambodia National Rescue Movement (CNRM) as a way around the government’s ban on his opposition party.

Former Cambodia Opposition Leader Forms New ‘Movement’ for Fair Elections

According to Sam Rainsy, the new movement would support free elections and civil society in Cambodia.

Cambodia Issues Health Warning Over Bird Flu Outbreak in Phnom Penh

Officials were quick to clarify that no humans had been found to have been infected by the H1N1 virus.

Government must act over Australian filmmaker held in Cambodia

As the court date for Australian filmmaker James Ricketson, currently detained in a Cambodian jail, draws close, it remains unfortunate that our government has, so far, declined to act on his behalf.

Has Cambodia’s economic boom imploded?

Cranes building Phnom Penh’s rapidly rising skyline give testimony to Cambodia’s enduring economic success as well as to China’s commitment to investing in the Kingdom’s infrastructure.

Does Cambodia’s New Opposition Party Really Matter?

Cambodia’s former opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s reverence for political change is exceeded only by his reverence for himself as the instigator of it.

Chinese demand drives construction boom in Cambodia

The value of construction projects in Cambodia rose more than 22 percent to $6.4 billion in 2017 from the previous year, according to official figures released on Tuesday that showed the impact of a boom driven by Chinese investors.

Cambodia’s Media Crackdown: By the Numbers

333 — Media outlets shut by authorities. 132 — Ranking on the World Press Freedom Index out of 180 countries. 118 — Number of opposition party members banned from politics.