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NGOs Slam Cambodia’s ‘Unjustified’ Use of Security, Arrests on Anniversary of Commentator’s Murder

Scores of nongovernmental organizations on Friday denounced Cambodia’s “unjustified” use of security personnel to harass supporters marking the third anniversary of political commentator Kem Ley’s murder and called for the immediate release of two activists charged in connection with the event.

Anniversary of Cambodian Political Commentator Kem Ley’s Murder Marred by Arrests, Restrictions

The third anniversary of the murder of Cambodian political commentator Kem Ley was marred by what rights groups called restrictions to the rights of freedom of expression and assembly, including the arrest of several youth activists, drawing condemnation from the country’s dissolved opposition party on Thursday.

NGOs Call on Cambodia to Launch Independent Probe Ahead of Third Anniversary of Kem...

Two dozen nongovernmental organizations on Tuesday demanded that Cambodia’s government establish an independent and impartial commission to investigate the murder of prominent political commentator and rights campaigner Kem Ley, a day ahead of the third anniversary of his death.

Two Groups of Cambodian Villagers Protest Over Land Disputes

Villagers embroiled in two separate land disputes in Cambodia’s Koh Kong province protested Monday, demanding solutions for their respective cases, one against a home-grown tycoon, the other against a Chinese developer.

EU Trade Commissioner says that human & labour rights situation in Myanmar & Cambodia...

On Sunday, the European Union and Vietnam signed a landmark free trade agreement (FTA) that will eventually phase out almost all tariffs on goods that flow between the trading bloc and the Southeast Asian nation, after it the deal is ratified by lawmakers on both sides.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Downplays Possible Loss of EU Preferential Trade Scheme

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen Friday reiterated that he is not concerned with the possibility of losing duty-exempt status for the country’s products in the European market under the Everything But Arms (EBA) scheme.

‘Real Concern’ Cambodia May Host Chinese Military Assets, Despite Defense Minister’s Downplay: US

The U.S. Embassy in Cambodia on Tuesday hit back at Minister of Defense Tea Banh’s bid to downplay suspicions that his government plans to host Chinese military assets at a U.S.-funded naval base in Preah Sihanouk province, warning that such a move would “weaken Cambodia’s independence” and threaten ASEAN.

Cambodia Rejects Suspicions Reversal on US Base Upgrade Signals Plans to Host Chinese Military...

Cambodia’s Minister of Defense Tea Banh on Monday dismissed suspicions that his government had reneged on accepting an offer from the U.S. to upgrade buildings at a naval base in Preah Sihanouk province because it plans to host Chinese military assets at the site.

Cambodian Opposition Activist Beaten Nearly to Death by Unidentified Assailants

An activist and former elected official of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was beaten nearly to death in Cambodia’s Kampong Thom province by a group of unidentified men, who only spared him after bystanders intervened, he said Friday.

CNRP Chief Kem Sokha Breaks Silence in Message to Supporters Marking Birthday in Captivity

In a rare public message while under house arrest, opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha on Thursday thanked supporters for wishing him well on his 67th birthday and vowed to continue working to serve their interests, despite facing charges widely seen as politically motivated.

Cambodian Court Sentences Documentary Fixer to Two Years in Prison For ‘Incitement’

A court in Cambodia on Wednesday sentenced a Cambodian fixer for Russian state-owned TV network RT to two years in prison and a fine of 70 million riels (U.S. $17,200) for “incitement,” drawing scorn from rights groups and his family, who said he never should have been arrested to begin with.

At Least Five Illegal Projects Uncovered in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville Following Fatal Building Collapse

A new committee tasked with inspecting construction permits in Preah Sihanouk province in the wake of a fatal building collapse over the weekend has already found five illegally operating projects, Cambodia’s Interior Minister Sar Kheng said Wednesday.

Death Toll Reaches 21 in Cambodia Building Collapse

The death toll rose to 21 on Sunday from the collapse of an under-construction building in the Cambodian coastal town of Sihanoukville, officials said, as rescue workers scoured the rubble of the Chinese-owned project for survivors among the estimated 25 people missing.

15 Dead in Collapse of ‘Illegal’ Chinese-owned Building in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville

At least 15 people were killed and 24 were injured when an under-construction building collapsed on Saturday in the Cambodian coastal town of Sihanoukville, officials and state media said, describing the building as an “illegal” structure for which four Chinese and Cambodians were arrested.

Former RFA Reporters in Cambodian Lose Appeal as Lawyer Asks For Prompt Trial

Two former RFA reporters accused of “espionage” lost an appeal on Friday against court supervision, but learned that they will no longer have to show up at their local police station every month, in what their lawyer called a positive development despite the fact that their “freedom is not fully restored yet.”

Cambodia Should Drop ‘Politically Motivated’ Charges Against Former RFA Reporters: HRW

Cambodian authorities should drop the “politically motivated” charges against two former RFA reporters accused of “espionage,” New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday, ahead of an appeal of a decision to place them under court supervision.

Growing Numbers of Chinese Workers Drive Up Housing Costs in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville

A steady climb in the number of Chinese nationals moving to Cambodia’s Sihanoukville over the last two years has driven up housing costs in the southwestern coastal province, leaving many Cambodian workers struggling to make ends meet while property owners profit from the increase in rents, sources say.

Cambodian Authorities Arrest Another CNRP Activist on ‘Forest Encroachment’ Charge

An activist supporting Cambodia’s banned opposition party has been detained on charges of violating forest protection laws, though his wife says the arrest was politically motivated.

Cambodia Needs ‘Real, Credible Improvement’ to Avoid Loss of Tariff-Free Trade Scheme: EU

Cambodia “must show real, credible improvement” on human and labor rights if it hopes to avoid losing preferential trade status, according to the European Union, drawing condemnation from a government spokesman who suggested that Phnom Penh has no intention to comply.

Banned Opposition Party Sets September For Sam Rainsy Return to Cambodia

Cambodia’s exiled acting opposition chief Sam Rainsy has agreed to return to the country in September, following a decision by fellow party executives to go home to restore democracy in the authoritarian Southeast Asian country, while the government said it has arrest warrants ready for him.