Sunday, November 18, 2018

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After 1998 Deadlock, Toothless Senate Carries On

In 2001, Phay Siphan made a big mistake: He and two other ruling CPP senators publicly questioned legislation up for review on the penal code and were promptly expelled from the ruling party.

Move-Out Begins at White Building; No Official Deadline Set

As residents began to move out of Phnom Penh’s iconic White Building on Tuesday, government officials were also present, handing out documentation to those leaving while microfinance staff offered their services.

Ruling Party, Opposition Both Claim Commune Election Win

A lack of official results did not stop both major political parties from claiming victory in Cambodia’s highest-stakes and highest-turnout local elections to date on Sunday, with the CPP citing its dominance in winning commune chief seats and the CNRP boasting of huge opposition gains in a ballot monitors said was largely free of the irregularities that marred past votes.

Sunday’s Vote to Set Stage for 2018 National Election

Different dynamics play out in local and national elections affecting who votes, and how. And a lot can happen in a year.

Interior Ministry: NGOs Under Watch for Supporting CNRP

Several civil society organizations and their employees, including the leaders of the human rights NGOs Licadho and Adhoc, are under watch by the Interior Ministry for allegedly aiding the CNRP and will face legal action after Sunday’s commune election if the allegations prove true, a ministry spokesman said this morning.

Hun Sen Goes on Tirade Against Opponents

Prime Minister Hun Sen warned yesterday that the ruling CPP must win the upcoming commune and national elections to avoid the country being plunged into civil war, and said he was willing to “eliminate 100 or 200 people” to prevent his overthrow.

Members Confirm CPP-Linked ‘Cyber War Room’

Documents leaked to media this week suggest Prime Minister Hun Sen, his eldest son Hun Manet and son-in-law Sok Puthyvuth, and other prominent CPP-affiliated officials, were involved in an ongoing campaign to spread CPP rhetoric, monitor opposition supporters on social media and attack CNRP leaders.

Man Dies After Detention Without HIV Medication, Methadone

A recovering drug user with HIV died 10 days after he walked out of Prey Speu detention center in Phnom Penh, a death an NGO worker attributed to his being denied access to medication and methadone treatment while he was locked up for more than a month.

‘Forced’ Montagnard TV Confessions Aired

A video has emerged on Vietnamese television of Montagnards making “confessions,” just weeks after a rights group claimed the returned refugees had been forced by the Hanoi government to take part in such interviews.

Bodies of Four UN Peacekeepers Killed in CAR Arrive Home

The bodies of four U.N. peacekeepers killed during an ambush in Central African Republic (CAR) earlier this month were repatriated last night, with Prime Minister Hun Sen and senior government officials presiding over a memorial at Phnom Penh International Airport.

Khmer Rouge Massacres Relived in Victims’ Brief

Cannibalism, children smash­ed against trees and massacres of Cham Muslims while they prayed to Allah are some of the horrors recounted in the closing brief of civil party supporting evidence in the prosecution of Khmer Rouge second-in-command Nuon Chea and former head of state Khieu Samphan.

CPP Spokesman Warns That Army Will Not Stay Neutral

A ruling party spokesman warned on Wednesday that the army would side with the government in any clashes over election results, backing up Defense Minister Tea Banh’s threat on Sunday to “smash the teeth” of opposition protesters who contest the results—rhetoric that the CNRP said would only drive voters into its arms.

Prosecution: Pol Pot’s ‘Double Shadow’ Is Guilty of Genocide

Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan and “Brother Number Two” Nuon Chea were “Pol Pot’s double shadow” and should be held legally and morally responsible for the horrors inflicted on Cambodia in the 1970s, prosecutors argue in a closing brief at the Khmer Rouge tribunal.

General Banh to ‘Smash Teeth’ of Opponents

In the latest warning of violence and bloodshed from the ruling party, Defense Minister Tea Banh threatened on Sunday to “smash the teeth” of political opponents who demonstrate against the June 4 commune election results.

Police Link Kith Meng to Illegal Wood Racket

The National Police on Tuesday published a brief but scathing report on business mogul Kith Meng, citing anonymous sources who accuse his company of using its license to log the reservoir of the nearly completed Lower Sesan 2 hydropower dam to launder timber.

Five-Star Forum in Country of Contrasts

For three days, regional elites in business and government gathered at the five-star Sokha Phnom Penh Hotel, which stands almost alone on the tip of the Chroy Changva peninsula, at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, with the Royal Palace across the water.

Nuon Chea Defense Goes On Attack in Closing Brief

The second trial of the two highest-ranking surviving Khmer Rouge leaders was a biased, “disheartening sham” rife with political interference that stood in the way of ascertaining the truth, argues the closing brief in the defense of Nuon Chea, the regime’s second-in-command.

Bodies of Cambodian Peacekeepers Headed Home

Cambodia is to send a team from the Defense Ministry to investigate an attack that killed four Cambodians attached to a U.N. Peacekeeping force in Central African Republic (CAR), Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Wednesday.

Hun Sen’s Stay in Hospital Raises Specter of Succession

Fresh from a Singapore hospital where he was treated for extreme exhaustion over the weekend, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday stood before a group of wealthy fundraisers and made clear it was business as usual.

Probe Finds Rampant Log Smuggling to Vietnam

Corruption in Cambodia and demand in Vietnam have in recent months fueled illegal logging at “unprecedented scales” in the protected forests of Ratanakkiri province, according to a new report using undercover investigators.

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