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CNRP’s Protest Culminates in 25,000-Strong Street March

If opposition supporters are wearied by the CNRP’s continuing boycott of parliament, they refused to show it on Friday as an estimated 25,000 people turned out for the final day of a three-day protest that delivered petitions and letters to eight foreign embassies and the U.N., seeking help to end the political deadlock.

Asean Unity Tested Under Cambodia’s Watch

Cambodia’s time as the chair of Asean has left the regional bloc less united than at any point in its 45-year history, experts said...

Civil Society Groups Welcome Obama’s Words With Hun Sen

Civil society groups yesterday mostly praised U.S. President Barack Obama’s decision to press Prime Minister Hun Sen on election reforms and human rights when...

Hun Sen Sheds a Tear At Close of Asean

Prime Minister Hun Sen ended the final event of Cambodia’s Asean chairmanship on Tuesday in tears, excusing himself from answering journalists’ questions due to...

Obama’s Historic, but Very Different Visits

U.S. President Barack Obama's trips to Burma and Cambodia this week were both of a historic nature. But while the visit to Rangoon inspired a party-like atmosphere on the streets, Mr. Obama’s welcome in Phnom Penh only highlighted the widening gap between the two countries—in international perception at least.

Vietnam Identified as Second to Contest Asean ‘Consensus’ Claim

Asean’s position on maritime disputes in the South China Sea fractured further yesterday as the Philippines identified Vietnam as the second country that had...

Manila, Phnom Penh Dispute South China Sea Talks

Diplomatic tensions over contested territory in the South China Sea mounted again yesterday with Philippine President Benigno Aquino contesting comments made by Cambodia on...

SRP, Activists Release Balloons Asking for Obama’s Help

The SRP and anti-eviction activists yesterday released thousands of balloons from locations around the city calling on visiting U.S. President Barack Obama to help...

Obama in No Position to Teach Cambodia About Human Rights

Because his knowledge of human rights and democracy is largely academic, U.S. President Barack Obama is in no position to lecture Cambodia on these...

Obama Presses Hun Sen on Human Rights

U.S. President Barack Obama pressed Prime Minister Hun Sen on the government’s human rights record during a closed-door meeting between the two leaders in...

Secretary-General Says Asean Must Be United on Sea Issue

Asean must be united as a regional bloc when dealing with China on the contentious issue of the South China Sea, a resource-rich area...

Asean Leaders Sign Human Rights Declaration

Leaders of the 10 Asean countries yesterday signed the regional bloc’s first-ever declaration on human rights, with a last-minute amendment that rights workers said...

Obama to Talk Rights Abuses, Fair Elections

The U.S. will address human rights abuses in Cambodia and urge Prime Minister Hun Sen to conduct free and fair elections and end a...

Obama’s Cambodia Conundrum: Human Rights Versus Strategic Interests

Whether U.S. President Barack Obama speaks out on Cambodia’s human rights record during his upcoming visit to Phnom Penh, as some U.S. lawmakers are...

Eight Detained, Then Freed Over ‘SOS’ Rooftop Protest

Local authorities detained eight residents living near Phnom Penh International Airport yesterday, holding them for about 12 hours after accusing them of threatening security...

Residents Take to Their Roofs to Ask for President Obama’s Help

Residents living near Phnom Penh International Airport spray painted SOS and plastered pictures of U.S. President Barack Obama on the roofs of their homes...

Intimidation of NGOs Continues Before Summits

Local authorities across Phnom Penh yesterday continued to intimidate the owners of venues and guesthouses reserved by civil society groups holding meetings ahead of...

Phnom Penh Prepares Roads for Arrival of World Leaders

Motorists should be prepared for road closures, traffic jams, detours and delays in the coming days as authorities ready Phnom Penh for the arrival...

Obama Urged to Address Rights Issues During Visit

Some of the U.S.’ most senior lawmakers are urging Barack Obama to speak out on what they called Cambodia’s deteriorating human rights situation when...

Anti-Eviction Protesters Continue to Rally Outside US Embassy

Insisting on a response from American authorities, more than 100 eviction protesters from Phnom Penh continued to rally outside the U.S. Embassy yesterday and...

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