Cambodia News Roundup

A roundup of the latest news about Cambodia from around the world:

OCTOBER 24

From ABC News

Call for Australia to intervene in Cambodia’s democratic crisis

By Liam Cochrane

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“Former Foreign Affairs Minister Gareth Evans says the deal to resettle refugees in Cambodia is a ‘joke in bad taste’ that has undermined Australia’s influence, as Cambodia dismantles what’s left of its democracy.”

Cambodian refugee deal a ‘bad joke’, says former foreign affairs minister Gareth Evans

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From the Mekong Review

The Past Isn’t Past

By Sebastian Strangio

“More than four decades on, the history of the American bombing continues to bedevil Cambodia’s relationship with the United States.”

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From Radio Free Asia

NGOs Call For Action on Anniversary of Paris Accord Amid ‘Deterioration’ in Cambodia

“A ‘severe deterioration in the state of human rights and democracy’ in Cambodia requires a reconvening of the Paris Peace Conference, a group of 55 nongovernmental organizations said Monday, in a letter marking the 26th anniversary of accords that ended conflict in the Southeast Asian nation.

 

OCTOBER 23

From Recode

Publishers in Cambodia might have to start paying Facebook if they want anyone to see their stories

By Kurt Wagner

“As part of a new test in six countries (including Cambodia), Facebook is take content from publishers and businesses out of its main feed. Instead, those posts will exist in a separate, hard-to-find feed that Facebook recently launched for discovering new stuff, called the ‘Explore Feed.'”

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From Channel NewsAsia

Criticism Mounts as Cambodia government moves closer to dissolving opposition

By Ouch Sony

“Criticism mounted on Monday over the Cambodian government’s moves to remove its biggest political challenger in next year’s election.”

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From Reuters

Cambodian PM says main opposition party will be dissolved

By Prak Chan Thul

“Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday it was “a fact” that the main opposition party would be dissolved as he spoke on the anniversary of the peace agreement that established multiparty democracy.”

Risking banishment, Buddhist monks speak up for land rights in Cambodia

By Rina Chandran

“Loun Sovath lived the routine life of a Buddhist monk for many years in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh before he was drawn into the many battles over land that pitted poor villagers and city dwellers against the government and large corporations.”

 

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