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North Korean Supreme Guard Command Officer Purged for Listening to RFA

An officer of North Korea’s elite Supreme Guard Command (also known as Unit 963) was reportedly purged last month for having listened to an RFA broadcast.

26 pct of Cambodian Internet users experience online harassment: survey report

Phnom Penh - Twenty-six percent of all Cambodian Internet users, aged 15-65, experienced some forms of online harassment, said a recent survey report released...

Is Hun Sen’s long-time rival really a ‘democratic alternative’?

Cambodia’s Interior Minister Sar Kheng has long been hailed by Western diplomats as a more liberal alternative to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s decades-long strongman rule.

UN experts legitimize Hun Sen’s rights violations

United Nations Special Rapporteur Rhonda Smith is in Cambodia, but officials there are denying her access to Kem Sokha, leader of the banned opposition, who was released on bail a year after his arrest on treason charges in September 2017.

Anti-Chinese Sentiment on the Rise in Cambodia

Increasing Chinese political influence and presence in Cambodia has sparked anti-Chinese sentiment.

Cambodian Villagers Blocked From Petitioning For Lost Land

Hundreds of Cambodian villagers trying to submit petitions over land disputes were blocked from approaching government offices and the residence of Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday, with some ordered into minivans to be taken back to their home provinces, sources said.

PM Hun Sen Creates Task Force to Address Civil Society Concerns

Am Sam Ath, a senior investigator with Licadho, a local rights group, said the plan would only be effective if proposals from civil society were taken seriously and acted on.

Report: Cambodia’s internet freedom slipping

Althought still ranked “Partly Free”, internet freedom in Cambodia is slipping, says a report by Freedom House, a US-based democracy, political freedom and human rights watchdog. But the deputy secretary of the Ministry of Justice said the report “did not reflect the truth”.

Myanmar Gears up For First Round of Rohingya Repatriations Amid Doubts About Their Safety

Myanmar is gearing up to take back more than 2,260 Rohingya Muslim and Hindu refugees who fled to Bangladesh during a military crackdown in Rakhine state as its first group of returnees in mid-November under a bilateral repatriation deal made nearly a year ago, a foreign ministry official said Tuesday.

Missing NGO Documents at China U.N. Human Rights Review Raise Eyebrows

Human rights experts at the United Nations began examining the ruling Chinese Communist Party's rights record on Tuesday, amid protests over "disappeared" submissions from civic groups that the U.N. body later restored with an apology.

In Whispers, Rural Cambodians Anxiously Contemplate Life in a One-Party State

The CPP won around 3,000 of 3,500 valid votes in Champey, according to results from the CPP-dominated National Election Committee.

For Cambodian-American, a Lesson on Winning in Losing Congressional Bid

Bopha Malone lost her bid to become a Democratic candidate but she was part of a wave of women running for office, a move that “inspired” younger women in the community to follow her.

Former S21 photographer to found political party

Former Khmer Rouge photographer at Tuol Sleng detention centre, also known as S21, Nhem En, is to form another political party after the first one failed.

Diversity Among Asians Divides Them on Affirmative Action

A federal judge in Boston heard closing arguments Friday in a highly publicized lawsuit alleging that elite Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans.

Myanmar Keeps Media Away From Rakhine Conflict Zone

On August 25, 2017, following a series of deadly attacks on police stations and guard posts in the country’s western Rakhine state by an obscure militant group called the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), Myanmar security forces launched what they called “clearance operations” in the Rakhine townships of Buthedaung and Maungdaw.

Lawyers For Jailed Reuters Reporters in Myanmar File Appeal

Lawyers for two Reuters reporters filed an appeal on Monday against the seven-year sentences they were handed by a Myanmar court for violating the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, in a case that observers say the civilian-led government has backpedaled on press freedom.

HCM City vows to strengthen Vietnam-Cambodia ties

Ho Chi Minh City will do its best to continue bolstering the sound neighborliness, traditional friendship, and comprehensive, durable and long-lasting cooperation between Vietnam and Cambodia, a municipal official said.

Phnom Penh to Laos: a cycling trip along the once-popular Mekong Discovery Trail

It was the realisation of all my backpacker dreams. I leant across the bar at the small Cambodian hostel and asked, conspiratorially, in hastily translated Khmer: “Do you have a map of the Mekong Discovery Trail?”

Cambodia’s Baha’i Temple Aims to Reach, Serve More

There are an estimated 6 million Baha’is worldwide, including several thousand in Cambodia, where the faith first carved out a foothold in the 1920s, said Hou Sopheap, the Baha’i House of Worship’s director.

Hidden history: Radar probes mass graves from Khmer Rouge era

A man walks gingerly over a small field in rural Cambodia, pushing a lawnmower-like contraption that deploys ground-penetrating radar to unearth clues of mass graves.

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