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Cambodia’s First Oil Refinery Breaks Ground in Preah Sihanouk

Construction began on Thursday in Preah Sihanouk province on Cambodia’s first oil refinery, a massive $1.6 billion project capable of producing almost three times Cambodia’s domestic needs, the Mines and Energy Ministry announced on its Facebook page.

Returned Montagnards Facing Intimidation, Spying in Vietnam

A group of 25 Montagnard refugees who were returned to Vietnam last week are being subjected to surveillance and intimidation, while others have been forced to read “confessions” to be broadcast on television, according to Montagnard rights groups.

‘We Lost the Heart of the Family’

For the families of the jailed current and former rights workers—who have become known collectively as the Adhoc 5—there has been nothing normal about the past year. They can’t sleep, can’t concentrate—can’t stop thinking about the cascading series of injustices that they say arrived unexpectedly on their doorstep a year ago.

Six More Months

Politically motivated. Arbitrary. An affront to human rights. The yearlong detention without trial of the Adhoc 5—a moniker given to four rights workers and an election official caught up in an opposition leader’s alleged affair—has been called all of these things. Today, a judge is expected to lengthen the detention by another six months, purportedly to continue the investigation against the five, even though, in the past six months of the ongoing probe, Adhoc says only one witness has been called.

Crackdown on Counterfeit Cosmetics Closes Factory

Almost 30 tons of fake cosmetic products have been confiscated from a factory putting foreign brands’ labels on locally produced chemicals, in what an Interior Ministry official said was part of a monthslong crackdown on a market teeming with counterfeits.

Returning Montagnards Criticize UN, Government

Some of the 25 Montagnards who began an uncertain trek to Vietnam on Monday are refuting assertions by the Cambodian government and the U.N.’s refugee agency (UNHCR) that they volunteered to return to the country from which they claim to have fled due to systematic persecution.

Sokha: More Collaborative, but Slower to React

When Sam Rainsy resigned as CNRP president on February 11, it was a foregone conclusion that his deputy and one-time rival Kem Sokha would assume the role.

Pilgrims Flock to Kem Ley’s Childhood Home

tram kak district, Takeo province - Standing inside the childhood home of slain political analyst Kem Ley on Sunday afternoon, cafe owner Chea Sopha explains why he made the more than 100 km pilgrimage from Kompong Speu province to the birthplace of his hero.

Prime Minister’s Son-in-Law Linked to Wildlife Hunt

Photographs leaked on Facebook earlier this month show prominent businessman Sok Puthyvuth, son-in-law to Prime Minister Hun Sen, on a hunting trip that may have violated Cambodian law if it took place here, and which included the killing of what appears to be a threatened species of loris.

Montagnard Refugees Tell of Escape to Thailand

Bangkok - In a far-flung district of Bangkok, surrounded by winding streams and rickety walkways, Kpa Hung is hiding out, one of dozens of Montagnards who fled across the border from Cambodia last month to avoid almost certain deportation to Vietnam.

CNRP Hopes New Congress Will End Saga With Ministry

The CNRP will hold a snap congress on April 25 to again amend its bylaws to allow for the selection of three deputy presidents—its third maneuver to appease the Interior Ministry, which has so far refused to recognize the lawmakers as party leaders, an official said on Monday.

Erratic Weather Portends Future Farming Woes

Record low temperatures and unseasonable rainfall over the past week were a glimpse into the potential, intensifying effects of climate change in Cambodia, experts said, a phenomenon that studies suggest could seriously hinder future agricultural productivity through flooding, unpredictable rains and warming of up to 5 degrees Celsius by 2050.

Leak Links Minister, PM’s Bodyguard Compound

A document leaked on Wednesday links Lim Kean Hor, minister of water resources and meteorology, to more than $330,000 worth of infill work done at the Kandal province compound of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s personal bodyguard unit, with Mr. Kean Hor’s efforts, if not the dollar amount attached to them, confirmed by senior members of the unit.

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.

Ministry Says Factory Was Operating Illegally

A Phnom Penh garment factory where two people died after a boiler exploded on Saturday had not adequately trained staff to operate the machine or registered the factory because the business was a “pilot project,” a relative of the owners said on Monday.

Slain Tycoon’s Wife Seeking $60 Million in Compensation

Ahead of today’s final hearing in the mammoth trial of former military general Thong Sarath and his bodyguards, who are accused of murdering a tycoon on the orders of their boss, a lawyer for the victim’s wife on Thursday requested $60 million in compensation.

Tension Flares Up Again on Cambodia’s Border With Laos

Dozens of Laotian soldiers started building a post on a disputed tract of land along the border on Thursday, breaking a deal made just a day earlier between Laos and Cambodia to withdraw forces until after the Khmer New Year.

Government Recognizes Sokha, but Not Deputies

The Interior Ministry said on Wednesday it would recognize Kem Sokha as CNRP president, but not the party’s three newly selected vice presidents, in the latest in a series of tussles over the opposition’s internal rules that critics say is designed to derail the party’s commune election push.

Kith Meng Firm’s Wood Seized Near Border

Authorities in Tbong Khmum province seized two trucks that were about to break the government’s ban on timber exports to Vietnam by carting wood across the border for a company owned by business mogul Kith Meng.

Opinion Polls to Be Banned Ahead of Election

Cambodia’s top election body will take legal action against groups that conduct or publish opinion polls in the two weeks leading up to June 4 commune elections, its spokesman said on Sunday, warning that the surveys could lead to “social instability.”

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Cambodia’s pardon of Australian filmmaker ends ‘nightmare’, says family

The family of an Australian filmmaker pardoned by Cambodia after being jailed on espionage charges said on Saturday it was happy the “nightmare” came to an end, while the Australian foreign minister thanked the government in Phnom Penh for his release.

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