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Political Parties Told to Submit Leaders’ Profiles

The Interior Ministry on Wednesday reminded all political parties of their obligations under new legislation to resubmit their leaders’ profiles by June 4, the day of the country’s commune elections.

Viral Video Claiming to Show Illegal Sand Exports Spurs Inquiry

An NGO posted video footage and photographs online on Tuesday that it claims show vessels off the coast of Sihanoukville loading up on Cambodian sand to send overseas in apparent violation of a government ban on sand exports.

NGOs Decry ‘Chilling Effects’ Of Rights Workers’ Jailings

In the months that followed, as the group dubbed the Adhoc 5 languished in detention without trial, a pall settled over the country’s rights defenders, observers say. Some started to watch their words, while others retreated from public life. They feared for their safety.

Anniversary for Slain Activist Defies Government’s Threat

Dozens of admirers of conservationist Chut Wutty withstood a few rounds of rough handling by Phnom Penh security guards to mark the fifth anniversary of the outspoken environmental activist’s fatal shooting on Wednesday by gathering along the city’s riverside for a brief prayer session.

Film Viewing to Mark Anniversary of Chut Wutty’s Death

Admirers of slain environmental activist Chut Wutty say hundreds of people will mark the fifth anniversary of his fatal shooting on Wednesday by gathering along the Phnom Penh riverside and watching a banned movie about his life—moves expected to raise the ire of city officials.

Two Arrested for Killing Chinese National, Dumping Body in River

A Chinese national and his Cambodian accomplice have been arrested for fatally stabbing a Chinese restaurant owner at a Phnom Penh guesthouse and dumping his body in a river after he refused to pay a $40,000 ransom, according to police.

Two Arrested For Killing Chinese National, Dumping Body

Police said they have arrested a Chinese national and his Cambodian counterpart for stabbing a Chinese restaurant owner to death in a Phnom Penh guesthouse and dumping his body in a river after he refused to pay a ransom.

Government Bars CNRP From Prison Visits

The Interior Ministry will no longer allow CNRP officials to visit their jailed comrades after it accused the party of bringing a Radio Free Asia (RFA) staff member to a prison visit under false pretenses, a claim disputed by the party and the employee.

Illegal Fishing Task Force for Tonle Sap Lake Claims Success

A government task force set up to curb illegal fishing on the Tonle Sap lake has confiscated more than 60 boats, seized thousands of meters of illegal fishing nets and arrested dozens of fishermen during its four-month campaign, the National Police reported on Wednesday.

NEC to Host Daily Party Panel Discussions on Television, Radio

The National Election Committee will broadcast daily interview panels featuring all political parties that are running in upcoming local elections on state-run television and radio stations during the 14-day election campaign period, spokesman Hang Puthea said on Tuesday.

Putting Opponents in Check, New ‘Chess King’ Crowned

In 2015, he failed to qualify. Last year, he didn’t place. But this year, Heng Saody was crowned the nation’s new “King of Chess.”

Hacker Warns ‘Serious Vulnerability’ Plaguing Online Voter Lists

A hacker behind a series of leaks smearing senior government officials and their relatives on Thursday warned that the government’s online list of registered voters for the June 4 commune elections was vulnerable to hacking and urged experts to make the site more secure.

Official Says Fertilizer Caused Fish Deaths; Probe Continuing

A provincial official Thursday’said tests have concluded that sudden fish deaths in Preah Vihear province’s Stung Sen River last month were caused by fertilizer runoff from a nearby sugarcane plantation, but the environment minister later said the investigation was ongoing and other culprits were still being considered.

Audit Gives Thumbs-Up To Voter List; Doubts Linger

Rectifying one of the greatest sources of outrage and discontent surrounding previous elections, the voter list compiled for upcoming commune elections has passed an audit with flying colors, though commentators remain skeptical as to whether the country will actually witness free and fair elections on June 4.

Long-Running Tycoon Murder Trial Ends; Verdict Due Next Month

Lawyers made their final arguments on Friday for acquital of a former military general and his bodyguards accused in the brazen 2014 slaying of a wealthy businessman outside a Phnom Penh fruit store.

Long-Running Tycoon Murder Trial Comes to a Close

Lawyers made their final arguments for acquittal on Friday for a former military general and his bodyguards accused in the brazen 2014 slaying of a wealthy businessman outside a Phnom Penh fruit stand.

Gov’t Fires Hundreds of Opposition Councilors, Cuts Salaries

The Interior Ministry on Wednesday said it had made good on its plan to cut the salaries of all opposition party commune councilors who have been registered to run for another party in June’s commune elections.

Former Court Director Struck From Judge List

Ang Mealaktei, the former director of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court who was jailed and later released after giving his son a confiscated Audi SUV, has been struck from the country’s list of judges, according to a royal decree obtained on Monday.

New Land Law Would Levy Fines for Fallow Farms: Minister

In a bid to stymie speculation and increase crop yields, the latest draft of a new Agricultural Land Law would require owners of more than 5 hectares of farmland to put them under cultivation or face fines and court complaints, Agricultural Minister Veng Sakhon said on Monday.

After Sok An’s Death, Bin Chhin’s Duties Continue to Grow

The portfolio of Deputy Prime Minister Bin Chhin has grown again after he was handed a handful of new jobs on Tuesday, including advising the prime minister on anti-corruption efforts and overseeing the Council of Jurists and “one-window” service for foreign investors.