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Aust refers Cambodia threat to authorities

A diaspora spokesman says Cambodian ruling party cronies should not be allowed to come and go freely into Australia.

NGOs Demand End to Impunity, Independent Probes in Cases of Murdered Cambodian Reporters

Dozens of nongovernmental organizations marked International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists Friday by slamming Cambodia for failing to hold the perpetrators of crimes against reporters and rights activists accountable and demanding independent, transparent probes of their cases.

Australia’s Cambodia Refugee Deal is Dead

Australia’s controversial refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia has expired and is “no longer an option” for the immediate future, the country’s Senate has been told.

UN Envoy Rhona Smith May Not Visit Kem Sokha, Cambodian Government Says

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith has been refused permission by Cambodia’s government to meet and speak with detained political opposition leader Kem Sokha while she visits the country this week, Smith said on Monday.

Government calls on Rhona Smith to be ‘partner’ and not ‘attack’

Within hours of her arrival in the Kingdom, the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith, held a closed-door meeting on Monday with civil society organisations.

UN Envoy Rhona Smith May Not Visit Kem Sokha, Cambodian Government Says

UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia Rhona Smith has been refused permission by Cambodia’s government to meet and speak with detained political opposition leader Kem Sokha while she visits the country this week, Smith said on Monday.

‘Rental prices in Sihanoukville at highest rate’

Property rental in Sihanoukville, which has been skyrocketing due to the influx of Chinese investors, may fall in the next few years when major construction projects are completed, say real estate insiders.

Curiousity piqued over ‘drone pieces’

Seventeen aluminium and rubber fragments discovered scattered throughout Srayong commune, in Kulen district, Preah Vihear province on Thursday have been identified as parts of a drone.

Cambodia’s Kem Sokha Breaks Silence to Mourn Death of Political Opposition Figure

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha on Friday mourned the death this week of a party member in his first public statement after being moved from prison into house arrest in September.

Hun Sen Seeks to Ease Rising Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Cambodia

Large numbers of Chinese workers have come to Cambodia to work on projects as China has strengthened its diplomatic and military ties with Beijing which has provided numerous grants and large military aid packages to Cambodia.

Investigator: Dam Project Killing Dolphins, Hurting Fishing and Tourism Industries

A member of Cambodia’s Supreme Council for Recommendations on Wednesday told RFA’s Khmer Service that local authorities are utilizing legal loopholes to avoid adhering to regulations that would protect the biodiversity of the Mekong River.

James Ricketson: Future May Include a Return to Cambodia

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson spent 15 months in Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar prison on espionage charges. In the final installment of a four-part interview with The Cambodia Daily, Ricketson describes future plans that may include a return to Cambodia.

Anniversary of Paris Peace Accord Muted as Democracy Assailed in Cambodia

The anniversary of the Paris Peace Accord, which set Cambodia on a course towards democracy 27 years ago, was met with little celebration Tuesday, as both the government and nongovernmental groups reevaluated the meaning of the agreement in the wake of an election widely deemed unfree and unfair.

James Ricketson: Basic Changes Could Ease Suffering of Cambodia’s Prison Population

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson spent 15 months in Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar prison on espionage charges. In the third installment of a four-part interview with The Cambodia Daily, Ricketson outlines a series of changes that could ease the suffering of Cambodian prisoners and their families.

Turkey, Cambodia aim to boost trade to $1 billion

Turkey and Cambodia have agreed to increase bilateral trade to $1 billion in the near future, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Oct. 22, days after a meeting in Brussels where he failed to allay European Union criticism of authoritarianism.

James Ricketson: If Arrested, Don’t Count on your Embassy for Help

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson spent 15 months in Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar prison on espionage charges. In the second installment of a four-part interview with The Cambodia Daily, Ricketson criticizes the Australian government for what he says was a lackluster effort to secure his freedom.

Fifteen Months’ Imprisonment and “15 Minutes of Fame”

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson is back in Australia enjoying what he calls “15 minutes of fame” after his grueling 15 month stretch in Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar prison.

Federica Mogherini holds bilateral meetings in the margins of the ASEM Summit

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in order to address the deterioration of democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law.

Cambodia talks fail to end trade sanction threat, EU says

Cambodia failed on Friday to allay criticisms of authoritarianism and rights abuses that threaten the country’s duty-free trading access to the European Union, the EU’s top diplomat said after talks with its premier.

Global Lawmakers Condemn ‘Blatant’ Rights Violations of Cambodia’s Opposition MPs

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on Thursday expressed “serious concerns” about rights violations against lawmakers from Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and called for a meeting with CNRP chief Kem Sokha, who is currently held under house arrest.

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Threats mount as Borei Keila holdout families protest coming eviction

Around 14 families from Phnom Penh’s Borei Keila neighbourhood gathered on Thursday outside Prampi Makara district hall to protest their imminent eviction.