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January 7 in Cambodia: One Date, Two Narratives

Cambodian politicians should move beyond their arguments over history and find common ground to move Cambodia forward.

Urgent : Cambodia’s diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia.

Housewarming Party Leads to Opposition Members’ Questioning

For former members of the CNRP, even organizing a private party comes with surveillance and questions from the authorities.

After Democracies Collapse

Since the mid-2000s, democracy has regressed in nearly every part of the world.

Cambodian opposition politician applies for lifting of ban

A veteran member of Cambodia’s dissolved opposition party broke ranks with his colleagues on Wednesday and became the first to apply for a government-offered lifting of a ban on engaging in political activity.

Trump’s Cambodian ambassador appointment blocked

The US Senate returned the nomination of Patrick Murphy as Ambassador to Cambodia back to US President Donald Trump on Thursday, as the American government shutdown entered its third week.

Former Thailand prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra does have a Cambodian passport, and may have...

News adds weight to theory politician escaped over border while supposedly under 24-hour military surveillance. Yingluck used the travel document to set up a company in Hong Kong last year.

What now for banned CNRP after law change signed off?

With King Norodom Sihamoni having signed off on the amendment to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties, 40 banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) officials have expressed their positions, with more than half vowing to not request the government return their political rights.

Two Cambodia Opposition Officials Barred From Politics to Seek ‘Pardon’ After Amendment Approval

At least two senior officials from Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition party who were barred from politics said they will seek a “pardon” to have their rights reinstated after King Norodom Sihamoni approved an amendment to the country’s law on political parties on Tuesday.

In Tirade Against Former Opposition Party, Hun Sen Praises ‘Win-Win’ Policy on Anniversary of...

The Win-Win policy is credited with ending Cambodia’s long-running civil war in 1998 by allowing members of rebel factions to integrate into the Cambodian military.

Former CNRP adviser Kong Korm to testify in Kem Sokha court date

Former politician Kong Korm said he is willing to appear before Phnom Penh Municipal Court to testify in relation to the treason charge facing Kem Sokha, president of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

Court rejects Sokha’s plea to drop treason charge case

A Phnom Penh Municipal Court investigating judge has rejected a request from Kem Sokha’s lawyers that their client’s treason charge be dropped, ruling that further investigation was required.

Cambodia and Myanmar walk 2 paths on EU pressure

Phnom Penh adopts political reforms but Naypyitaw unresponsive on refugees.

Sar Kheng: Return of Sokha up to courts

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said on Thursday that the reinstatement of opposition leader Kem Sokha’s political rights, which would open the door for his possible return to the political stage, was purely dependent on legal proceedings as his court case is ongoing.

The Truth About War and Peace in Cambodia

Some readings of the country’s history can be deceiving.

Vietnam-Cambodia Military Relations in Focus with Defense Minister Visit

The interaction highlighted some of the ongoing priority areas for the defense relationship heading into 2019.

Cambodia’s One-Party Parliament Approves Expansion of Councilor Positions With Eye on Opposition

Cambodia’s rubber stamp parliament on Thursday approved draft laws to increase the number of local level government positions, after Prime Minister Hun Sen suggested such legislation would encourage opposition officials whose party he had dissolved to defect to his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

Rainsy faces CNRP backlash after ‘cheap’ jibe at barred 118

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy faced a backlash after narrowing his prediction that “99 per cent” of banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) politicians would not seek the return of their political rights, saying “only two cheap, short-sighted officials” would do so.

Spokesman: KNLF set to register as legitimate party later this month

The Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF) – a group claiming to be Cambodia’s “government in exile”, led by Sam Serey – is set to register as a legitimate political party later this month, after its members collected more than 5,000 thumbprints, its spokesman Thuy Vy said on Tuesday.

Win-Win Monument: PM’s ‘treason’ or symbol of unity?

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has slammed the capital’s newly inaugurated Win-Win Monument, claiming it represents Prime Minister Hun Sen’s “treason”, while Minister of National Defence Tea Banh said it celebrated the premier as a “symbol of national unity”.

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US warned not to interfere despite successful meeting

A senior Ministry of National Defense official said the Tuesday meeting between the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia Joseph H Felter and General Neang Phat had helped strengthen relations between the two countries’ militaries.
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Ranking the World’s Democracies

The Economist Intelligence Unit labels Cambodia an "Authoritarian regime".

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