Main news on Cambodia

14 JANUARY 2018

Sam Rainsy and exiled Cambodian opposition leaders set up new political movement

Foreign-based members of Cambodia’s dissolved opposition party have launched a movement to demand the release of its detained leader, call for free and fair elections and possibly start protests

12 JANUARY 2018

China pre-election aid for Hun Sen

Cambodia and China signed 19 aid and investment pacts yesterday, in the latest sign of their strengthening relationship as Cambodia turns further away from Western donors

1 JANUARY 2018

Why the West was doomed to fail in Cambodia

Backed by China, Prime Minister Hun Sen has entered 2018 triumphant from his decades-long struggle with the West – and set the stage for his succession

29 DECEMBER 2017

Cambodian court fines exiled former opposition leader US$1 million for defamation

A court in Cambodia on Friday ordered an exiled former opposition leader to pay US$1 million for defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen in a Facebook post

12 DECEMBER 2017

EU withdraws support for Cambodia election authority after opposition dissolved

The EU on Tuesday pulled support for Cambodia’s election authority, questioning the legitimacy of upcoming polls after the dissolution of the opposition transformed the kingdom into a virtual one-party state under strongman Hun Sen


An interview with Mu Sochua

A long time human rights advocate and former Minister for Womens Affairs, she has now joined other CNRP figures in exile after being threatened with imprisonment. New Mandala editor Liam Gammon met with her for a brief interview about how the opposition is adapting to the crackdown


Cambodian PM pulls back on threat to shut rights group founded by rival

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has pulled back from a threat to close a human rights group founded by the detained Opposition Leader Kem Sokha, a pro-government website says

16 NOVEMBER 2017

Cambodia opposition laments ‘death of democracy’ as party banned

Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the country’s main opposition party on Thursday (Nov 16) and banned more than 100 of its politicians, in a ruling blasted by a rights groups as the « death » of the nation’s democracy

31 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodian opposition chief Kem Sokha loses appeal for release

Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down an appeal by opposition leader Kem Sokha to be freed from jail, upholding a Sept. 26 decision by an appeals court and leaving him to face trial on charges of conspiring with the U.S. to overthrow the ruling Cambodian People’s Party

20 OCTOBER 2017

Australia strengthens ties with Cambodia as Sweden ‘reconsiders engagement’

Australia will begin holding regular high-level talks with senior members of the Cambodian Government, despite other countries rethinking their engagement with the increasingly authoritarian kingdom

15 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodia’s political prince Norodom Ranariddh submits to strongman Hun Sen as opposition crumbles

With Cambodia’s opposition warning of the imminent death of its democracy, the historic rival who once beat Prime Minister Hun Sen in an election said there was no option but to work with the strongman

11 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodia’s Hun Sen calls for unity against ‘Great Power’ Interference

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen called on Wednesday for the Cambodian people to “stand up” against what he called meddling in the country’s internal affairs by the United States and other nations, urging citizens to unite in defense of Cambodia’s sovereignty

6 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodian government files lawsuit to dissolve main opposition party

Cambodian government lawyers file a lawsuit to demand the dissolution of the main opposition party, in a move that would help Prime Minister Hun Sen extend his 32-year rule when the poor Southeast Asian nation votes next year

4 OCTOBER 2017

Cambodia opposition leader Mu Sochua flees government crackdown

Mu Sochua, the deputy leader of Cambodia’s main opposition party, has fled the country, fearing she would be arrested amid a government crackdown on the opposition


Cambodia mourns legendary architect Vann Molyvann

The most prolific figure in Cambodia’s New Khmer Architecture movement Vann Molyvann died at the age of 91 at home in Siem Reap province yesterday morning


Cambodia PM calls on US to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called on the United States on Friday to withdraw Peace Corps volunteers in an escalating row over accusations that U.S. agents conspired with an opposition leader to plot treason


Radio Free Asia closes Phnom Penh bureau amid crackdown by Hun Sen

Radio Free Asia has decided to close its nearly 20-year old bureau in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh amid a relentless crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s authoritarian regime on independent media ahead of critical polls next year, RFA President Libby Liu announced Tuesday


Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha, leader arrested for ‘treason’

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was arrested early Sunday on an espionage charge, accused of conspiring with a foreign power to harm the country, according to a government statement

Cambodian government closes Cambodia Daily newspaper after tax row

One of Cambodia’s last independent newspapers, the Cambodia Daily, has announced it will close after the government ordered it to pay a huge tax bill

23 AUGUST 2017

Cambodia signs deal to develop first offshore oil field

A Singaporean firm has signed an agreement to run Cambodia’s first-ever oil field. The impoverished Southeast Asian nation has long desired to strike oil, and it is now one step closer to making that a reality

21 AUGUST 2017

UN: Cambodia ‘Approaching a Precipice’ Amid Threats, Fear

The U.N.’s human rights envoy to Cambodia condemned the government’s recent violent rhetoric, court action against politicians and attacks against NGOs that have ramped up ahead of a key national election next year, arguing that the country appeared to be “approaching a precipice.”

12 AUGUST 2017

Laos, Cambodia to pull back troops after PM meet

The leaders of Cambodia and Laos vowed on Saturday to recall troops from a disputed border area where tensions have been flaring for months, after the prime ministers held an emergency meeting

11 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian PM accuses Laos of border violation, mobilising troops

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday (Aug 11) accused neighbouring Laos o sending troops into Cambodian territory in April and set an Aug 17 deadline for their departure, warning that he was mobilising soldiers to the border area

10 AUGUST 2017

Cambodian court sends analyst to prison for defaming premier

A court in Cambodia has sentenced a political analyst to 18 months in prison on the basis of a criminal complaint by Prime Minister Hun Sen that he had defamed him in a radio interview

2 AUGUST 2017

 Cambodia Social Affairs Minister Demands Civil Servants Back Ruling Party

Cambodia’s social affairs minister has ordered all civil servants to support the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) in next year’s general election or resign, and threatened anyone who protests the ballot’s results with violence, prompting a rights group on Wednesday to demand that he be sacked

27 JULY 2017

Taiwan protests against Cambodia sending Taiwanese fraud suspects to China

Taiwan has lodged a protest against Cambodia’s decision to send suspects in a telecoms fraud scheme, including seven Taiwanese nationals, to China for investigation, the self-ruled island’s foreign ministry said on Thursday

10 JULY 2017

Cambodia clamps down on opposition by barring parties with criminal connections

Cambodia’s National Assembly passed a bill on Monday barring political parties from having links with convicted criminals, a move aimed at keeping the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party from capitalising on its association with its popular former leader, Sam Rainsy

9 JULY 2017

Still no justice’: Cambodians demand answers one year after death of activist Kem Ley

Thousands gathered on Sunday at the grave of a prominent Cambodian critic who was gunned down a year ago in a murder that sparked widespread anger and scepticism over the alleged killer’s motives

21 JUNE 2017

Cambodia’s Hun Sen warns opponents to ‘prepare coffins’ ahead of elections

Cambodia’s strongman premier on Wednesday told his critics and political opponents they faced elimination and should “prepare coffins”, an escalation in rhetoric even for a man known for bellicose speeches

15 JUNE 2017

Former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy exile order lifted

The Council of Ministers yesterday ended the ban on the return of former opposition leader Sam Rainsy, an apparent reaction to the latter’s comments the night before on a radio broadcast vowing to come back if the restrictions were dropped

9 JUNE 2017

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson charged with spying in Cambodia

An Australian filmmaker has been charged with spying in Cambodia, after he was photographed flying a drone over a political rally

5 JUNE 2017

Cambodian opposition make gains in local elections

Cambodia’s embattled opposition made significant gains in this weekend’s local elections, early results showed Monday, a vote closely watched for signs of vulnerability in one of the world’s longest serving leaders

30 MAY 2017

Cambodia’s government is using its courts to silence human rights defenders and political activists, Amnesty International says today in a new report

Using its tight grip on the criminal justice system, the Cambodian government has brought a series of trumped-up charges against members of the political opposition, trade union activists, human rights activists, and political commentators, in an attempt to harass, intimidate and punish them

16 MAY 2017

China and Cambodian PMs witness signing of 13 agreements

China signed 13 cooperation documents with Cambodia on Tuesday in areas such as infrastructure, finance, maritime research and tourism as the two countries moved forward to build the Belt and Road

3 MAY 2017

Cambodia’s South China Sea dilemma between China and ASEAN

Cambodia is seen as strongly supporting China’s “core interests” on the South China Sea disputes. This resulted in ASEAN’s failure to produce a Joint Communiqué following its 45th Annual Ministerial Meeting in Phnom Penh in July 2012

27 APRIL 2017

Cambodia Court extends pre-trial detention of five rights defenders

A court in Cambodia on Thursday extended by six months the pre-trial detention of five human rights defenders already held for a year on bribery charges in a ruling one detainee described as “nothing new” from a judiciary he said lacks independence from the country’s government

14 APRIL 2017

Cambodia slams critics, accuses US of plotting regime change

Cambodia’s Foreign Ministry has issued an unusual defence of some of the government’s recent actions accusing Western governments, NGOs and journalists of secretly plotting and conspiring to bring about the regime’s downfall

4 APRIL 2017

U.S. navy aid unit told to leave Cambodia

Amid a widening gulf in U.S.-Cambodia relations, the U.S. Embassy said on Monday that a Navy unit specializing in humanitarian work had been forced to leave the country, imperiling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of community projects, including the construction of maternity wards and school bathrooms

3 APRIL 2017

Cambodia’s defense policy: challenges and the way ahead

According to the Australian Defense Force’s Defense Economic Trends 2016 report, the country’s military expenditure increased yearly from just USD 100 million in 2008 to about USD 400 million in 2015.1 Defense spending continued to rise to USD 383 million in 2016 and USD 455 million in 2017

31 MARCH 2017

Cambodia’s Defense Policy: The Defense Reform Program

This paper evaluate the RCAF’s defense policy and strategy and its role in the achievement of Cambodia’s national strategic objectives. The paper first traces the RCAF’s evolution from independence to the modern era. It then discusses Cambodia’s national security challenges

28 MARCH 2017

Cambodia, US duel over Vietnam War debt

Washington’s demand that Phnom Penh repay a four-decade-old US$500 million loan will likely push the post-conflict country even closer to China

15 MARCH 2017

Cambodia’s Deputy PM Sok An dies aged 66

Cambodia’s Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, a close ally of Prime Minister Hun Sen for decades, has died at the age of 66, a government spokesman said

2 MARCH 2017

Cambodian opposition party makes Kem Sokha new leader

Opposition leader Kem Sokha and his three deputies—Pol Ham, Mu Sochua and Eng Chhay Eang—went before an extraordinary party congress today to make their new positions official, after the CNRP’s steering committee on Wednesday approved changes to bylaws allowing for the new arrangement

28 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodian leader Hun Sen sides with US President over ‘anarchic’ media

Cambodia’s authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen sympathises with US President Donald Trump’s antipathy towards the media, saying both he and Mr Trump see the press as stirring anarchy

20 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodia MPs back law barring PM Hun Sen’s long-time rival

Cambodia’s parliament amended a law on Monday to stop anyone convicted of an offence from running for office, effectively barring long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen’s main rival

11 FEBRUARY 2017

Cambodia opposition leader Sam Rainsy resigns for ‘sake of party’

The self-exiled leader of Cambodia’s opposition party said on Saturday (Feb 11) he would resign his post, a shock blow to a movement struggling to unseat the country’s authoritarian premier


Cambodian PM , citing ‘One-China’ policy, bans Taiwan flag

Prime Minister Hun Sen declared over the weekend that the flag of Taiwan was banned from being raised in Cambodia, during the same speech in which he said the country’s door was open to Taiwanese investment

17 JANUARY 2017

Cambodia cancels exercise with US military

Weeks after holding its largest-ever joint military exercises with China, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has canceled Cambodia’s routine joint military exercises with the U.S. for the next two years, officials confirmed on Monday

9 JANUARY 2017

Monday turns Black again in Cambodia as protests restart

Cambodia’s “Black Monday” protest campaign restarted this week after it was put on hold for two weeks as it appeared the government was preparing to release jailed activists and an election commission official

27 DECEMBER 2016

Cambodian court sentences exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy to five years in prison

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday over a post on his Facebook page, a conviction that makes his return from self-imposed exile unlikely


Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni Pardons Another Opposition Figure

King Norodom Sihamoni granted CNRP Commune Chief Seang Chet a pardon on Wednesday, springing him from a five-year prison sentence for giving $500 to the mother of hairdresser Khom Chandaraty, in what the government said was an attempt to keep the woman quiet about her alleged affair with CNRP leader Kem Sokha


Cambodia’s King Grants Royal Pardon to Kem Sokha

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha received a royal pardon on Friday, freeing him from serving a five-month jail sentence and setting the stage for an easing of a year of political tensions as the authoritarian Southeast Asian country heads into election in 2017 and 2018

23 NOVEMBER 2016

UN-backed court upholds life sentences for Khmer Rouge leaders

“Brother Number Two” Nuon Chea, 90, and ex-head of state Khieu Samphan, 85, were the first top leaders to be jailed in 2014 from a regime responsible for the deaths of up to two million Cambodians from 1975-1979

22 NOVEMBER 2016

Cambodia: Opposition ends parliament boycott to debate budget

Opposition lawmakers in Cambodia have ended a six-month boycott of the parliament, saying it wants to ensure the national budget for 2017 is debated properly in the house

17 NOVEMBER 2016

Cambodia Senator Thak Lany sentenced to 18 months in jail in PM defamation case

Opposition Senator Thak Lany was convicted of defamation and incitement on Thursday and sentenced to 18 months in jail for accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen of ordering the July 10 assassination of prominent political analyst Kem Ley


Cambodian government using courts as weapon against opposition parties, critics say

He eats, exercises and sleeps in his office, but Cambodian opposition politician Kem Sokha is not just hard at work plotting how to win the next election – he is also hiding after being threatened with jail


Cambodian senator Hong Sok Hour gets 7 years jail over Facebook post

Opposition Senator Hong Sok Hour was sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty on Monday of incitement and forgery for presenting a fake border treaty between Cambodia and Vietnam on Facebook


Cambodia’s Hun Sen calls on the military to suppress « Color Revolutions »

On the same day jailed opposition party activists called on Cambodia’s political leaders to set aside their differences for the sake of the nation, Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a call to the nation’s armed forces to put down any so-called “color revolution.”

13 OCTOBER 2016

Chinese president in Cambodia to cement friendship

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday met with Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni at Cambodian Royal Palace, vowing to carry forward the traditional friendship between the two countries

7 OCTOBER 2016

Cambodia’s CNRP Again Boycotts Parliament

Less than two weeks after promising to end a months-long legislative boycott of Cambodia’s National Assembly, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) backed away from its pledge on Friday, citing unspecified threats to opposition lawmakers

5 OCTOBER 2016

Cambodia National Rescue Party Leader Kem Sokha Briefly Leaves Party Headquarters after five months

Embattled Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Kem Sokha emerged today from the party’s headquarters for the first time since government forces tried to arrest him in May as he registered to vote in 2017 local élections


Cambodia’s Government threatens to crush protests as acting Opposition leader Kem Sokha vows to stay

Acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and human rights activist, Kem Sokha remains holed up in the party headquarters where he plans to stay while the Prime Minister ramps up attacks against him


Cambodia’s Hun Sen Picks Off the Opposition, One by One, Ahead of Elections

Instead, pressure on the CPP to respect Cambodian democracy should challenge the legitimacy of the upcoming elections and the government that abuses them. The U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee has been persistent in its criticism of the CPP, with representatives from both parties sponsoring a resolution that censures Hun Sen’s government


Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha sentenced to five months in prison

Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha was sentenced to five months in prison on Friday for refusing to appear in court as hundreds of supporters gathered outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court and hundreds more convened at the CNRP’s headquarters, where he has been holed up since May


How China Came to Dominate Cambodia

How Cambodia went from denouncing China to being Beijing’s most faithful client state

1st AUGUST 2016

China appreciates Cambodia’s support on S. China Sea

China highly appreciates Cambodia’s firm support on the South China Sea and Taiwan issues, Vice-Premier Liu Yandong said while meeting with Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sar Kheng Sunday

28 JULY 2016

Sam Rainsy found guilty in Samrin defamation suit

 Beleaguered CNRP leader Sam Rainsy was found guilty this morning of defaming National Assembly president Heng Samrin in a Facebook post last November

24 JULY 2016

Cambodia: Tens of thousands attend funeral procession of slain govt critic, Kem Ley

Tens of thousands of Cambodians have poured onto the streets of Phnom Penh for the funeral procession of a prominent political analyst murdered in a brazen daylight shooting that shocked the South-East Asian nation

23 JULY 2016

Cambodia blocking ASEAN consensus on South China Sea: Diplomat

Staunch China ally Cambodia is preventing Southeast Asia from reaching a consensus on the South China Sea after an international tribunal rejected Beijing’s territorial claims to the waters, a diplomat said on Saturday (Jul 23)

10 JULY 2016

Prominent Cambodian government critic Kem Ley shot dead

The killing of Kem Ley, 46, the head of a grassroots advocacy group Khmer for Khmer, comes at a time of rising political tension between the prime minister, Hun Sen, and an opposition hoping to challenge his grip on power in elections as soon as next year

9 JULY 2016

Cambodia should be cautious when it comes to Chinese aid

The rapid growth in Sino–Cambodia relations over the past decade has heightened trepidation about China’s actual role in Cambodia. It has been argued that Cambodia’s overdependence on China has been significant in shaping Cambodia’s foreign policy, current and future reform agendas, its political system and relations abroad

7 JULY 2016

Cambodian PM Hun Sen ‘amassing vast personal fortunes’ with trade links to 114 companies, report claims

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and his family have built a multimillion-dollar business empire spanning the impoverished country’s most lucrative sectors, a watchdog said on Thursday, warning foreign investors against bankrolling his regime

21 JUNE 2016

Is Cambodia becoming the sick man of Southeast Asia?

Lack of transparency, accountability and judicial independence as well as widespread corruption seem to be unalterable elements of Cambodia’s development process. Could the reform bottleneck harm the country’s economic prospects and how far will the regime go to stay in power? Markus Karbaum reports

20 JUNE 2016

Furious Cambodian premier highlights ASEAN splits over South China Sea dispute

Cambodian Premier Hun Sen lashed out Monday at claims his government had bowed to Chinese pressure to help scupper a joint statement by Southeast Asian nations on the South China Sea

26 MAY 2016

Cambodia: Opposition leader in ‘safe place’ after attempted arrest

Kem Sokha, the most senior opposition leader in Cambodia is reportedly evading authorities who stormed his party’s headquarters and his car in an attempted arrest this morning

13 MAY 2016

Cambodia’s media ordered to refer to Hun Sen as ‘glorious, supreme prime minister’

The media in Cambodia has been ordered to write the full title of leader Hun Sen in all reports, a lengthy honorific loosely translated as « glorious, supreme prime minister and powerful commander »

14 APRIL 2016

Cambodia’s new Trade Union Law violates workers’ rights, activists say

Last week, a controversial Trade Union law was passed in Cambodia, which has put the country on the map for those who don’t abide by international labor standards. The legislature is in violation of the Cambodian constitution, activists say, while the law fails to include international standards on freedom of association and the forming of unions by worker

29 MARCH 2016

Cambodia’s invisible children: Government ‘unaware’ of half of orphanages

Orphanages in Cambodia are often operated without government’s knowledge and therefore tens of thousands of children are invisible to the system. More than half of residential child care centers in Cambodia are unregistered and completely off government’s radar according to a new report by the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) and UNICEF Cambodia.

26 JANUARY 2016

Visiting John Kerry hails Cambodia development, expresses human rights concerns

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Cambodia where he has welcomed the Southeast Asian nation’s booming economic growth but also expressed concerns about its human rights record

28 DECEMBER 2015

Targeting Sam Rainsy, Cambodian PM to ban dual citizens from party leadership

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday (28) announced plans to amend the election law to bar Cambodians with dual citizenship from being political party leaders—a move apparently aimed at CNRP President Sam Rainsy—and said he would cut off his own right arm were he to arrange another royal pardon for the self-exiled opposition leader

13 NOVEMBER 2013

Cambodian court orders arrest of opposition leader Sam Rainsy

A Cambodian court Friday ordered the arrest of opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who is locked in a bitter political fight with his arch rival, the country’s prime minister

30 OCTOBER 2015

Cambodia: Senior opposition leader Kem Sokha removed from legislative post

A senior leader of Cambodia’s opposition party has been removed as the vice-president of parliament in an unexpected vote that was attended only by the ruling party and boycotted by his supporters

26 OCTOBER 2015

Demonstrators beat up 2 Cambodian opposition lawmakers

Two members of Cambodia’s opposition party have been beaten up outside the National Assembly by protesters who were demanding that the deputy opposition leader step down as parliamentary vice president

1 OCTOBER 2015

Gang of four: Cambodia’s new political parties

Four new political parties have entered the fray in Cambodia since the start of the year. And it’s not just the long-ruling Cambodian People’s Party in their sights, but the opposition too

22 AUGUST 2015

Ieng Thirith, ‘First Lady’ of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge dies while facing charges of genocide, crimes against humanity

Ieng Thirith, a French-educated revolutionary who died at 83, was one of the few women in the leadership of the communist movement during the horrors of the « Killing Fields » era

13 AUGUST 2015

Cambodian opposition senator arrested for treason

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday ordered the arrest of opposition senator Hong Sok Hour for “treason” over a fake treaty the senator posted to Facebook that purported to show Heng Samrin, as Cambodia’s head of state in 1979, pledging to dissolve the border between Cambodia and Vietnam

5 AUGUST 2015

Three more Cambodia activists held for ‘insurrection’

A Cambodian court Wednesday detained three more opposition activists for insurrection over their alleged roles in protests that turned violent last year, a move condemned as politically motivated by a rights group

21 JULY 2015

Cambodia jails opposition activists for ‘insurrection’

Eleven Cambodian opposition members and activists have been sentenced to prison on insurrection charges, including three who received 20-year sentences, a defence lawyer has said

13 JULY 2015

The Cambodia’s National Assembly Passes NGO Law Amid Opposition Boycott

The CPP’s 68 lawmakers unanimously pushed a controversial NGO law through the National Assembly on Monday morning without debate and without the opposition, whose 55 members boycotted the session in protest over legislation they say the government will use to stifle dissent

20 JUNE 2015

Cambodian People’s Parti elects Hun Sen as president

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party elected Prime Minister Hun Sen to succeed the late Chea Sim as party president

8 JUNE 2015

Cambodian People’s Party president Chea Sim dies aged 82

Chea Sim, president of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party of Prime Minister Hun Sen and also president of the Senate, died at 3.45pm Monday, according to Yim Leang, head of his bodyguard unit

15 MAY 2015

Pich Tum Kravel, Cambodian Actor, Arts Patron, Dies at 71

One of Cambodia’s most famous performing artists, who was a theater star in the late 1960s and helped revive the country’s arts scene after the Khmer Rouge regime, died Friday in Phnom Penh.


19 MARCH 2015

Cambodia approves controversial new election laws

Cambodian MPs approved two controversial election laws Thursday (Mar 19) which were condemned by rights groups as undemocratic for including restrictive provisions such as banning NGOs from criticising parties during election campaigns.

Cambodia approves controversial new election laws

Cambodian MPs approved two controversial election laws Thursday (Mar 19) which were condemned by rights groups as undemocratic for including restrictive provisions such as banning NGOs from criticising parties during election campaigns.

3 MARCH 2015

Two more Khmer Rouge suspects charged with crimes against humanity

UN-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia charges two former cadres of the Khmer Rouge regime with crimes against humanity over alleged roles in deaths of 1.8 million people in 1970s

20 FEBRUARY 2015

Land disputes increase drastically in Cambodia: report

The number of families newly affected by land disputes last year in Cambodia was three times that of 2013, according to figures documented by local rights group Licadho.


Cambodia’s ruling party promotes PM’s sons, top allies

Cambodia’s ruling party named three sons of long-time Prime Minister Hun Sen to its upper ranks on Sunday as part of a bid to rejuvenate its leadership and claw back support lost at the last general election.

26 JANUARY 2015

Cambodia court upholds convictions for activists

A Cambodian court on Monday upheld convictions for 11 land activists involved in protests last year while marginally reducing most of their sentences, as rights groups decried the latest strike against freedom of expression.

19 JANUARY 2015

Cambodia PM urges prosecution of opposition lawmakers

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that seven opposition lawmakers charged with insurrection, which is punishable by up to 30 years in jail, would not be « spared » from prosecution–sen-warns-of-cancellation-of-culture-of-dialogue-amid-opposition-leaders-attack-8073

12 JANUARY 2015

Cambodia PM defends China-funded mega-dams at plant launch

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday defended controversial Chinese-funded hydro-electric dams as he opened the energy-starved country’s largest-ever power plant, despite warnings from activists of environmental costs

8 JANUARY 2015

Trial of Khmer Rouge leaders resumes

The United Nations war crime tribunal in Cambodia resumed hearings against two former leaders of the Democratic Kampuchea, or the Khmer Rouge regime, on Thursday after an adjournment since November due to the boycott of lawyers for one of the defendants

2 JANUARY 2015 

In Cambodia, Prince Ranariddh to Return as Funcinpec President

Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who led the Funcinpec party to victory in the 1993 U.N.-run election, is set to return as president of the struggling royalist party less than a year after launching his own rival party

19 DECEMBER 2014

Cambodia Parliament adopts rules to recognize Sam Rainsy as minority leader

The proposed amendments on internal regulation of the National Assembly was adopted on Friday, paving the way for Sam Rainsy to become minority leader in the parliament

10 DECEMBER 2014

Cambodians Gather in Front of Parliament to Push For Human Rights

About 3,000 Cambodians, including land activists, garment workers, and monks marched from the provinces to the National Assembly, or parliament, on International Human Rights Day on Wednesday to demand respect for human rights, the release of jailed land activists, and an end to forced land evictions.


Cambodia’s Minimum Wage Increase: If Only It Were That Simple

Earlier this year, following a series of violent protests by unions and garment workers, wages were increased by 20 percent to $100 per month. Effective January 1, 2015, minimum wage will be $128 per month, or another 20 percent hike.


Cambodia remains one of the most corrupt countries

Cambodia remains one of the 20 most corrupt countries in the world even though its corruption index slightly improves this year

28 NOVEMBER 2014

Cambodia: Opposition leader Rainsy to get rank ‘equal’ to PM

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy today obtained an analog TV license for his party and a future parliamentary position as the officially recognised minority leader, in return for a major concession on election reform to the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.

26 NOVEMBER 2014

Cambodia Khmer Rouge trial suspended until January

Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal says it will suspend trial sessions until January, bowing to pressure from lawyers of one of the two defendants charged with genocide.

11 NOVEMBER 2014

Khmer activists jailed for blocking traffic

A Cambodian court Tuesday sentenced seven female land rights activists, including a 75-year-old woman, to one year in prison each for blocking traffic during a protest.

29 OCTOBER 2014

Cambodia’s low-key King Sihamoni celebrates 10 years on throne

Thousands of well-wishers Wednesday celebrated the 10th anniversary of the coronation of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni, who has taken a low-profile role in contrast to his mercurial late father


Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan appeal verdicts

The Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan defence teams formally appealed the verdict in the recently wrapped Case 002/01 at the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday, with each laying out myriad grievances with the lengthy trial that saw the two defendants handed life sentences in August.


Vietnam provided a USD 21,6 million loan for Cambodia for the Royal armed forces modernization. The funds will be mainly allocated for weapons and equipment purchase, personnel training, and medical services, the Vietnamese media report


Cambodia’s Foreign Policy Grand Strategy

Cambodia needs to step up its foreign policy, if it is to play a more active role in the region.


New NEC is the key problem for the CNRP and CPP

Now both parties have promised to reform NEC so that a free and fair election in 2018 can occur. Will they fulfill their promise or break it before the eyes of the Cambodian people?

26 AUGUST 2014

CNRP gets more sway in Cambodia

Cambodia’s opposition on Tuesday boosted its influence in a parliament long controlled by the ruling party, winning a deputy chairman post and assurances of greater legislative sway under a deal to end a year-long political impasse.

22 AUGUST 2014

Gov’t Says 660,000 Workers Now in Thailand

In a drastic upward revision of previous government estimates, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday that some 660,000 Cambodians, or almost 5 percent of the country’s entire population, is currently working in Thailand.

7 AUGUST 2014

Ex-Khmer Rouge leaders sentenced to life in prison

The historic verdicts were announced Thursday against Khieu Samphan, the regime’s 83-year-old former head of state, and Nuon Chea, its 88-year-old chief ideologue. Both men, in dire health, have denied wrongdoing

5 AUGUST 2014

Cambodian opposition’s 55 lawmakers swear into parliament after 10-month boycott

All fifty-five politicians from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) took their oaths as parliamentarians on Tuesday afternoon after boycotting the parliament for ten months against disputed election results in July last year. CNRP president Sam Rainsy led the group to a swearing-in ceremony, which was held at the Royal Palace under the auspices of the nation’s King Norodom Sihamoni

30 JULY 2014

Cambodia court begins genocide trial of Khmer Rouge leaders

Khieu Samphan, the former head of state, and Nuon Chea, Pol Pot’s deputy, are already on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity

29 JULY 2014

Parties agree on Pung Chhiv Kek for National Election Commission seat

LICADHO president Pung Chhiv Kek has conditionally accepted a position as the ninth member of a reformed election body following a cross-party meeting yesterday, paving the way for the opposition to take its seats in parliament a year after Cambodia’s disputed election

24 JULY 2014

Rainsy to become Cambodian MP

The leader of Cambodia’s opposition will be sworn in as a lawmaker following a deal to end his party’s boycott of parliament, officials said Thursday, a year after he was barred from standing for office

22 JULY 2014

Cambodia reach agreement to end political deadlock

Prime Minister Hun Sen and Cambodian opposition parties said Tuesday they agreed on a joint solution to end a political deadlock and the opposition’s yearlong boycott of the national legislature.

19 JULY 2014

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy returns amid tension

Thousands of cheering supporters have greeted Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy on his return from a trip abroad, at a time when political tensions are high because of the arrests of eight of his party colleagues.

Hun Sen Quashes Plans for a Trade Office With Taiwan

Prime Minister Hun Sen said he will block the establishment of a Taiwanese trade office in Cambodia because of the government’s rigid observance of the One-China policy, despite business leaders calling for more practical steps to boost investment from Taiwan.

18 JULY 2014

Cambodian Police Arrest Two More Opposition Officials

Eight opposition officials, including seven lawmakers-elect, have now been arrested on charges of insurrection and incitement over the violent street brawl that broke out at a CNRP protest on Tuesday

16 JULY 2014

Cambodian politicians charged with insurrection

Six Cambodian opposition politicians were charged Wednesday with insurrection, punishable by up to 30 years in prison, as their party warned of an attempt to « destroy democracy »

6 JULY 2014

Virginity for sale: inside Cambodia’s shocking trade

On the margins of the sex industry, an ugly market in virginity has emerged in Cambodia in which rich and powerful men coerce desperate mothers into selling their daughters’ innocence

17 JUNE 2014

Cambodia slams Thailand over post-coup worker exodus

Some 188,000 Cambodians — who help keep major Thai industries afloat but often lack official work permits — have streamed across the border since the junta warned last week that illegal foreign workers face arrest and deportation

15 JUNE 2014

More than 110,000 Cambodian migrants flee Thailand after coup

On Wednesday Thailand’s military regime, which seized power in a coup on May 22, had threatened to arrest and deport all illegal foreign workers.

30 MAY 2014

Cambodia Court Convicts, Releases Labor Activists

A Cambodian court on Friday convicted 23 garment workers and unionists who were arrested during violent protests in January – and then suspended their sentences and released them. The high-profile case was being watched by international brands, which had threatened to reconsider sourcing from Cambodia

23 APRIL 2014

Cambodia’s Parliament Passes Laws ‘Threatening Judicial Independence’

Cambodia’s opposition-boycotted parliament has unanimously approved a set of judicial laws that rights groups say will give Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government effective control over the judiciary and further undermine the independence of courts

1 MAY 2014

Violence as demonstration ban defied

A peaceful  rally near a heavily barricaded Freedom Park this morning was attacked by security forces wielding sticks and electric batons as protesters gathered to mark International Labour Day

28 APRIL 2014

Cambodian garment workers on strike

Around 20,000 Cambodian garment workers have joined a strike to demand a $50 bonus for shunning walkouts over the last three months, a union official said Monday, in the latest labour dispute to rattle the kingdom’s lucrative but troubled garment sector

28 MARCH 2014

Time for Cambodia’s Opposition to Join the National Assembly

Recent negotiations between Sam Rainsy’s opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on electoral reform have not gone smoothly despite concessions from the CPP. Reform of the National Election Committee, an institution aligned with the CPP, has emerged as a key sticking point

18 MARCH 2014

Ranariddh forms new political party

Noranarith Anandayat, chief of the prince’s cabinet, told Kyodo News that papers to register « The Community of Royalist People’s Party » were submitted to the Interior Ministry

16 MARCH 2014

Cambodian prince returns to politics

Cambodian Prince Norodom Ranariddh announced his return to politics Sunday amid speculation that he is being brought back by leader Hun Sen to bolster support for his government

3 MARCH 2014

Ranariddh to return to politics

Cambodian Prince Norodom Ranariddh, a son of the late King Norodom Sihanouk, has decided to return to politics and plans to form his new party within the next two weeks, his aide said

11 FEBRUARY 2014

 Cambodia: Bail Denied for Activists Arrested During Labor Protest

A Cambodian court has denied bail for 21 activists and workers arrested during clashes with police at a labor protest last month.


Cambodia Realigns Its Foreign Relations

Facing political opposition and diminished Chinese support, Hun Sen government seeks greater regional integration


Hun Sen Promotes 29 to Four-Star General

The promotions, which follow repeated calls from General Banh last month for the armed forces to defend Mr. Hun Sen’s government against anyone looking to replace him, would more than double the ranks of four-star generals in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF).


Cambodian Journalist Who Exposed Illegal Fishing Murdered

A journalist in Cambodia was beaten to death over the weekend following a series of articles he had written exposing illegal fishing, prompting calls from a local rights group for a probe into the murder amidst a “widespread culture of impunity” in the country. Suon Chan, a 44-year-old reporter for the Meakea Kampuchea newspaper, was killed on Saturday night in Kampong Chhnang province’s Cholkiri district

26 JANUARY 2014

Cambodian police clash with protesters

Riot police in Cambodia clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the capital on Sunday, leaving several people injured.

22 JANUARY 2014

Cambodian unionists mark murder of prominent labour leader

Chea Vichea, a vocal critic of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government, was gunned down in 2004 in broad daylight at a newsstand in the capital Phnom Penh — a killing decried by activists as an attempt to silence his union

21 JANUARY 2014

Cambodia: 11 Activists Arrested While Petitioning US, French Embassies

Eleven rights activists were detained by Phnom Penh Municipal security forces this morning then released hours later after they marched to the US Embassy to deliver a petition calling for the release of 23 people jailed during the brutal crackdown earlier this month

18 JANUARY 2014

Hun Sen issues ‘crackdown’ threat

Prime Minister Hun Sen warned opposition leaders on Saturday not to hold Cambodia hostage for political benefit, or risk facing a swift government crackdown

16 JANUARY 2014

UN urges Cambodia’s rival leaders to talk

A UN envoy has urged Cambodia’s political leader to return to the negotiating table, saying the country stand at « a crucial crossroads » following a bloody crackdown by security forces on street protests.

13 JANUARY 2014

Cambodian Military Commanders Accused of Fraud, Corruption

Soldiers in Cambodia’s far northwestern Banteay Meanchey province have accused their commanders of blatant corruption, nepotism, and fraud, saying they were ripping off veterans of their pensions and running an illegal logging business using military vehicles along the border with Thailand.

8 JANUARY 2014

Garment manufacturers planning to sue unions

The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia is helping its members sue several unions for damages after a walkout over demands to raise the minimum wage to $160.

6 JANUARY 2014

Cambodia detains land activists

Five Cambodian land activists were arrested in the latest move by authorities to suppress street protests against the government of strongman premier Hun Sen, a rights group said

5 JANUARY 2014

After Park Cleared, CNRP Leaders Called to Court

Phnom Penh Municipal Court issued summonses for CNRP president Sam Rainsy and vice president Kem Sokha to appear in court on January 14 over their role in the demonstrations that turned violent.

4 JANUARY 2014

Cambodian forces disperse opposition rally

Cambodian authorities have forced opposition protesters to evacuate their rally base in the capital, a day after police launched a deadly crackdown on striking garment workers.

3 JANUARY 2014

Cambodia garment workers killed in clashes with police

At least four Cambodians were killed when police opened fire on striking garment workers, as opposition-backed protesters pressed their calls for wages to be doubled.

2 JANUARY 2014

Strike violence erupts

Authorities  injured dozens of union leaders, garment workers and monks, arresting at least 15 of them, in a series of crackdowns against demonstrators protesting the industry’s minimum wage.

29 DECEMBER 2013

Thousands of Cambodians call on PM to quit

Tens of thousands of Cambodian opposition supporters, backed by striking garment-factory workers, have gathered to demand long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen step down and call an election.

28 DECEMBER 2013

Hun Sen under pressure as unrest grows in Cambodia

Cambodia garment workers unhappy with a minimum wage increase that fell far short of demands have taken to the streets of Phnom Penh, joining tens of thousands of opposition supporters protesting against the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

27 DECEMBER 2013

Police fire warning shots at Cambodia protest

Cambodian police have fired warning shots at a brief clash with striking garment workers demanding higher wages, a state official and a local rights group have said.

26 DECEMBER 2013

Cambodian garment workers join opposition protests

Thousands of Cambodian garment workers on Thursday joined anti-government protests demanding that Prime Minister Hun Sen step down and call a new election.

22 DECEMBER 2013

Cambodian protesters demand Hun Sen’s exit

Opposition alliance vows to hold protests every day until the prime minister steps down or calls a new election.

15 DECEMBER 2013

Thousands rally as Cambodian opposition demand new poll

Thousands of Cambodian opposition supporters on Sunday staged a fresh demonstration against Prime Minister Hun Sen’s hotly disputed July election win, calling for a new poll to settle allegations of vote rigging


Cambodian PM’s Party Asks Opposition to Scrap Protest Plans, Hold Talks

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s party has called on the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to cancel its planned mass demonstrations beginning next week aimed at highlighting election fraud, saying the two parties should resume negotiations to end a four-month political deadlock


Cambodian Government Sues Opposition Newspaper

The Cambodian government is seeking legal action against Moneaksekar Khmer, the country’s only remaining opposition newspaper, claiming it defamed the military in an article it published last month.

12 NOVEMBER 2013

Cambodia garment workers protest turns deadly

At least one person has been killed and 20 others injured after police in Cambodia clashed with protesting garment workers, according to rights groups.

11 NOVEMBER 2013

UN rules for Cambodia in Thai border row

Thailand must withdraw all military and police forces from the area surrounding a 900-year-old Hindu temple on the far side of its border with Cambodia, UN judges have said in a ruling that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries.

26 OCTOBER 2013

The Cambodian monarchy must step back from politics

The current King, Norodom Sihamoni, might not even be able to ensure the survival of the monarchy beyond his reign. There are problems he cannot control.

23 OCTOBER 2013

Thousands gather at Cambodian opposition protest

Thousands of Cambodian opposition supporters began a three-day rally Wednesday to protest what they say was a rigged election and the illegitimate return to power of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

15 OCTOBER 2013

Cambodia’s Ruling Party to ‘Amend Laws’ for Election Reform

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s party said that it would amend laws and take other steps to reform the country’s electoral system following disputed elections that led to opposition calls for an independent probe into voter fraud and a boycott of parliament.The assurance by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) was immediately dismissed by the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), calling it a ploy to ease concerns over the legitimacy of the government

14 OCTOBER 2013

Cambodia’s opposition not allowed to pay tribute to late King Father: Kem Sokha

Kem Sokha, acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, said on Monday that overnment authorities are not allowing his party pay tribute to the late King Father’s statue near Independence Monument. « Authorities also didn’t  allow the leaders of the Cambodia National Rescue Party to go into the Royal Palace to commemorate the one-year anniversary of King Father Norodom Sihanouk’s death, » he said

11 OCTOBER 2013

Cambodia unveils Sihanouk memorial

Cambodia unveiled a statue of late King Norodom Sihanouk on Friday to honour his achievements in securing the country’s independence and contributing to national development and reconciliation.

9 OCTOBER 2013

Phnom Penh Bans Cambodia Opposition’s Thumbprint Campaign

Authorities in Phnom Penh on Wednesday banned Cambodia’s opposition party from using public spaces to collect thumbprints for a petition calling for U.N. and foreign intervention in the country’s political crisis following disputed polls.

4 OCTOBER 2013

Hun Sen stands firm on election results

After 25 years of experimenting with general elections, the Cambodian people have come to embrace a more democratic value set, and they are demanding greater respect for human rights and dignity.


A whiff of reform in Cambodia

Minister Hun Sen has brushed aside claims of electoral fraud and an opposition boycott of parliament following contested elections in July suggests a huge vote swing against him had little impact. Yet evidence of how the poll rattled him can be seen in uncharacteristic demands for reforms and accountability


Cambodia PM reappointed despite poll row

 Cambodia’s parliament has approved a new five-year term for Prime Minister Hun Sen following weeks of political turmoil over his disputed election win.


Cambodian parliament meets amid boycott

Cambodia’s parliament convened on Monday despite a boycott by the opposition, as the country is gripped by political crisis following disputed July elections that led to mass protests and violence.


Cambodia opposition asks king to delay opening of parliament

Cambodian opposition supporters gathered at the royal palace Saturday and delivered a petition to the king calling on him to postpone the opening of parliament until the country’s political deadlock is resolved.


Cambodian prince on hunger strike over disputed polls

A Cambodian prince — the cousin of King Norodom Sihamoni — went on hunger strike Friday in protest at Prime Minister Hun Sen’s disputed election victory, demanding « justice for voters ».

Sam Rainsy Wants Ruling and Opposition Parties Declared Joint Winners

Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy called Friday for election officials to declare his party and Prime Minister Hun Sen’s party joint victors in recent polls, saying the move would be a first step toward resolving a deadlock over the disputed election.


Cambodian king urges opposition to join parliament

Cambodia’s king appealed to opposition lawmakers Wednesday to drop a planned boycott of parliament for the sake of « national unity » following strongman premier Hun Sen’s disputed election win.


Cambodian election protesters march through Phnom Penh

Thousands of demonstrators defied road blocks and a jail threat to hold a march in Cambodia’s capital on Sunday in a last-gasp push for an independent probe into a July election they say was fixed to favour the ruling party.


Hun Sen, Sam Rainsy Make No Breakthrough in Talks to End Poll Dispute

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy held their first meeting Saturday in a bid to break a political deadlock over hotly disputed elections but made no immediate headway. The meeting was called by King Norodom Sihamoni at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh after Sam Rainsy refused to accept official results of the July 28 elections which gave victory to Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP)


Cambodian deadlock at crucial juncture


Cambodia’s ruling CPP party confirmed election winner

Cambodia’s ruling People’s Party (CPP) has officially won July’s disputed general election, the national election committee has confirmed. Prime Minister Hun Sen’s CPP won 68 seats, compared with 55 for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the committee said.


Cambodia opposition rally urges poll probe

Thousands of Cambodians, many holding lotus flowers symbolising peace, have joined a mass protest in the capital Phnom Penh in a last-ditch bid to challenge the prime minister’s disputed election win.


Cambodia opposition urges king to resolve poll row

Cambodia’s opposition party has called on the nation’s king to resolve a festering dispute over elections in July which saw strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen retain power.


Khmer Rouge war crimes court threatened by pay dispute

Strike by Cambodian staff paralyses court already hit by resignations and accusations of political interference

28 AUGUST 2013

Cambodia military policeman acquitted of reporter murder

A Cambodian court acquitted a military policeman Wednesday over the brutal killing of a journalist who exposed illegal logging, a lawyer said, as the reporter’s family vowed to keep fighting for justice.

24 AUGUST 2013

Why China charms Cambodia

Cambodia’s persistent infatuation with China was blatantly displayed on the world stage in 2012 when, as ASEAN Chair, it refused to address the territorial disputes in the South China Sea.

23 AUGUST 2013

Cambodia’s Top Court Orders Release of Ballot Records

Cambodia’s highest court on Friday ordered the country’s electoral body to release secured ballot information from more than a dozen polling stations to investigate claims by the opposition of irregularities in last month’s disputed elections

9 AUGUST 2013

Cambodia postpones release of election results

Cambodia’s state election body said Friday it will postpone its announcement of final results from last month’s general election, a move that could ease fears of violence over opposition protests.

5 AUGUST 2013

Cambodia opposition calls for UN help in disputed poll

Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy called on the United Nations Monday to help resolve the country’s disputed election in order to protect « the victory » of the people.

3 AUGUST 2013

Cambodian opposition agrees to join election probe

An investigating committee will bring together representatives from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) led by Prime Minister Hun Sen, both of which claim election victory.

31 JULY 2013

Cambodia Opposition Claims Win in Sunday Election

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) is claiming victory in Sunday’s parliamentary election, stepping up its rejection of the government’s initial results. The party said Wednesday its own polling data showed it won at least 63 parliamentary seats, compared to just 60 seats for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP)

30 JULY 2013

Cambodia’s government rejects call for poll fraud inquiry

Cambodia’s government has rejected calls by the opposition for an international inquiry into allegations it used massive fraud to win re-election.

29 JULY 2013

Cambodian opposition rejects election results, calls for inquiry

Cambodia’s main opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, called for an inquiry on Monday into the country’s general election after contesting government-issued results that said long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen’s party had won.

28 JULY 2013

Cambodia’s strongman premier Hun Sen claims narrow election win but opposition allege widespread electoral fraud

With official results not yet in, Khieu Kanharith, CPP spokesman, said the CPP had captured 68 of the 123 parliamentary seats up for election, while the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) had won 55.

27 JULY 2013

Cambodia election: Workers hoping for a brighter future as country poised to go to polls

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen is set for re-election on Sunday, as the country goes to the polls. But, as David Eimer reports, the 300,000-plus people who work in the booming textiles industry have emerged as his most visible and militant opposition.

25 JULY 2013

Cambodia economy defies global trend but challenges remain

According to the ADB, Cambodia’s economy expanded at an annual rate of 7.2% in 2012, up from 7.1% in 2011 and 6% in 2010.

23 JULY 2013

Cambodian Army, Police Have Right to Support Ruling Party: Officials

Cambodian officials on Tuesday denied claims by a rights group that members of the military and police are using their positions to wage an election campaign for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party, saying they have the right as voters to back any party outside of their office hours.

22 JULY 2013

Cambodia opposition chief barred from poll: authorities

Cambodia’s newly returned opposition leader cannot be a candidate in upcoming polls, election authorities ruled Monday, rejecting his application to stand against strongman Premier Hun Sen.

21 JULY 2013

Cambodian opposition leader applies to stand in polls

Sam Rainsy, who was greeted by huge crowds on Friday after his return from self-imposed exile in France, was removed from the electoral register late last year and is unable to run as a candidate in the July 28 polls unless parliament amends the law.

19 JULY 2013

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy returns to Cambodia

Thousands of cheering supporters greeted Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy as he returned from self-imposed exile to spearhead his party’s election campaign against well-entrenched Prime Minister Hun Sen.

16 JULY 2013

Chinese investment and aid in Cambodia a controversial affair

China is now Cambodia’s largest foreign investor, a major donor of aid and an increasingly important trading partner. But this growing relationship is also accompanied by renewed controversies.                                                                             

12 JULY 2013

Cambodian King Signs Pardon for Exiled Opposition Leader

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy has been pardoned by the country’s monarch, King Norodom Sihamoni, clearing the way for the self-exiled politician to return home and campaign in the upcoming general election.

6 JULY 2013

Older than Angkor, the first Khmer capital, the lost city of Mahendraparvata, is found

Thanks to innovative laser technology, a group of archaeologists found traces of an entire urban area, predating Angkor by 350 years. Although its actual size is still unknown, the finding provides new information on the decline of the Khmer kingdom, with environmental degradation and deforestation as the leading contenders.,-the-first-Khmer-capital,-the-lost-city-of-Mahendraparvata,-is-found-28399.html

30 JUNE 2013

Cambodia Reverses Ban on Foreign Media Reports

Cambodia has quickly reversed an order barring local radio stations from broadcasting foreign news programs before July’s general election, following protests from broadcasters, the public and the United States.

29 JUNE 2013

US Condemns Cambodia’s Ban on Foreign Broadcasts

The United States has condemned a Cambodian government order that bars local radio stations from broadcasting foreign news programs before July’s general election.

24 JUNE 2013

Cambodian Opposition Leader Ignores Summons Over Khmer Rouge Remarks

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha has been summoned to appear in court on Thursday for questioning over controversial comments he allegedly made denying the notorious Khmer Rouge regime’s atrocities, but his party said he would ignore the order. The summons on Kem Sokha, the acting president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was related to a lawsuit filed by four survivors of the Khmer Rouge-era Tuol Sleng prison who claim he said that the jail was staged by Vietnamese soldiers who ousted the Khmer Rouge in 1979.

19 JUNE 2013

Cambodia PM says garment firms may quit over wage rows

Cambodia’s strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday warned garment workers that protests demanding higher wages could push manufacturers to quit the country.                                                                                                                                      

7 JUNE 2013

Cambodia gov’t party seeks to expel opposition MPs

A committee controlled by Cambodia’s ruling party has ruled that 28 opposition lawmakers should be expelled from the National Assembly ahead of elections next month because their parties merged into a new party.                                              

Cambodia criminalises Khmer Rouge atrocity denial

Cambodia’s parliament has approved a bill which makes it illegal to deny that atrocities were committed by the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s.

3 JUNE 2013

Cambodian police break up Nike factory protest

Cambodian riot police on Monday broke up a protest by several thousand workers at a factory making clothes for US sportswear giant Nike and arrested eight people, labour activists said                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

30 MAY 2013

Khmer Rouge leader accepts responsibility for Cambodia’s Killing Fields

« I am responsible for what happened during the time of Democratic Kampuchea, » Nuon Chea told the United Nations-backed tribunal, referring to the name of the country during the period, when he was the party’s second-in-command.

21 MAY 2013

Cambodian Prince Ordered to Declare Assets

Cambodia’s official Anti-Corruption Unit has demanded that the former spokesman for late King Norodom Sihanouk declare his assets or face legal action in a move he says is retribution for his decision to join the country’s opposition party ahead of upcoming national elections.

10 MAY 2013

Sam Rainsy Says Talks Under Way with CPP for Return

Cambodia’s exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy says his party is in negotiations with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party for his return to contest upcoming national elections, expressing optimism that a “political solution” would be reached.

9 MAY 2013

Cambodia’s economic opportunity

While significant obstacles remain, the success of the rice sector is a potentially crucial driver in Cambodia’s prosperous and equitable development.                                                                                                                                                     

Cambodian Opposition Rejects Claims of Internal Strife

Cambodia’s opposition National Rescue Party (NRP) has dismissed suggestions by Prime Minister Hun Sen that its delay in submitting a list of candidates for upcoming national elections underscores a split within the party. Kem Sokha, the NRP’s deputy president, said the party was holding back the candidates’ list in anticipation of election reforms urgently needed to ensure that the July 28 polls are free and fair

6 MAY 2013

Cambodian PM vows to leave power ‘when I am 74’

Cambodia’s strongman leader Hun Sen offered a glimmer of hope to the country’s opposition on Monday – by saying he would stay in power for at least another decade.                                                                                                                                              

3 MAY 2013

Cambodia unveils statue of slain union leader

Chea Vichea founded the Free Trade Union, which now boasts around 90,000 members mostly employed in Cambodia’s lucrative garment industry, which has been at the heart of labour disputes and media scandals over low wages and conditions. Campaigners say his murder is a symbol of the kingdom’s culture of impunity for powerful interest groups determined to muzzle dissent.                                  

2 MAY 2013

Cambodia, Hong Kong Slip in Press Freedom Poll

Press freedom took a knock in Hong Kong, Cambodia, and Thailand while Burma chalked up the best gains for media reforms in Asia over the past year, says an annual global Survey                                                                                                 

19 APRIL 2013

Hun Sen Warns of ‘War’ if He Loses Election

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen warned Friday that the country would plunge into civil war if the opposition National Rescue Party wins the election in July and follows through on pledges to prosecute former notorious Khmer Rouge members in his government.

10 APRIL 2013

Cambodia Scores More Aid From China

China agreed to provide its ally Cambodia with aid and investments totaling more than U.S. $2 billion during Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s five-day visit that wrapped up Wednesday.                                                                                                                                  

29 MARCH 2013

Cambodia’s Nuon Chea Ruled Fit for Trial

Judges at Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal ruled Friday that the most senior surviving member of the ultra-Maoist movement, 86-year-old Nuon Chea, is fit for trial. That decision comes days after a health hearing for the ailing defendant, and just two weeks after his co-accused, Ieng Sary, died.

14 MARCH 2013

Khmer Rouge’s Ieng Sary dies during Cambodia trial

The Khmer Rouge’s former foreign minister, Ieng Sary, has died in Phnom Penh at age 87. He was one of three defendants in the genocide trial of the former leaders of the Khmer Rouge                                                                                                                                 

Cambodian appeals court frees activist Mam Sonando

A Cambodian appeals court has overturned the widely criticized conviction of a prominent government critic who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for an alleged secessionist plot.                                                                                                         

8 MARCH 2013

Hun Sen Defends Son’s Nomination

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has defended his ruling party’s decision to nominate his son and children of other party officials to run in upcoming national elections, rejecting suggestions he is laying the foundation for a dynasty.

22 FEBRUARY 2013

Election List May Widen Divide in Hun Sen’s Party

By selecting their children to run in upcoming elections, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen and other government leaders may be widening the gap between the rich and powerful and the grass-root members in the country’s ruling party, observers and rights groups say.


Departure of a king, death of an institution

To the boom of artillery and the crackle of fireworks, Cambodians bid a final farewell this week to their beloved King Father Norodom Sihanouk. Across the country, citizens paused for a moment of silence as Sihanouk’s embalmed body was cremated in a lavish new structure built on hallowed ground next to the walls of the Royal Palace. Dozens of foreign dignitaries, including French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and Prince Akishino of Japan, were on hand to witness the passing of Cambodia’s last God-King, who died in Beijing on October 15, two weeks shy of his 90th birthday                                                                                                          


Long live the king?

Following the death of royal patriarch King Father Norodom Sihanouk, what does the future hold for the royal family? Trude Jacobsen, assistant director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University gives her thoughts


The cremation ceremony of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk                                                                                                                                                                               


Sihanouk: Cambodia’s last true king

When the flames at the cremation ground are quenched and Cambodia’s former monarch Norodom Sihanouk’s ashes scattered on Phnom Penh’s riverfront, the mighty Mekong River may well carry away the country’s last true king, a towering figure in a procession of more than 100 monarchs stretching back 2,000 years.                                                                                                      

8 JANUARY 2013

Sam Rainsy Confident of Return

Cambodia’s exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Tuesday he is still confident of returning to Cambodia to participate in national elections in July, even though the government has disqualified him from standing or voting in the polls and has vowed to arrest and jail him if he returns                                                                                                                                                              

4 JANUARY 2013

Cambodia Bars Opposition Leader From Running in Election

Cambodia’s National Election Committee has formally reaffirmed that exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy is ineligible to run for office or vote in the country’s upcoming elections                                                                                                                    

3 JANUARY 2013

Cambodia’s economic challenge

Even as the skyline of Phnom Penh grows with the symbols of modern architecture, Cambodia’s economy still faces a host of challenges.

21 DECEMBER 2012

Cambodia: Getting to the root of corruption

Transparency International published its 2012 Index on December 5. Cambodia is ranked 157th among 176 countries, above Burma and Laos in the region. Unsurprisingly, the government has rejected the report. For Preap Kol, executive director of the Cambodian Chapter for Transparency International, “it is understood that it is to save its face”.

13 NOVEMBER 2012

Obama urged to denounce rights abuses in Cambodia

A human rights group is urging President Barack Obama to address abuses in Cambodia during a visit this month to the Southeast Asian country, the first by a U.S. president. New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday that more than 300 people have been killed in politically motivated attacks in the past two decades under the rule of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.


Cambodia’s chance for summit success

Cambodia will fulfill its last major obligation as this year’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations chair from November 18-20 when it hosts the annual ASEAN Summit and seventh East Asia Summit (EAS). The EAS in particular will provide Cambodia with the opportunity to restore some of its credibility after the public embarrassment of the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting (AMM) in July. On that occasion, Cambodia used its prerogative as ASEAN chair to block the inclusion of any mention of the South China Sea maritime disputes in the joint communiqu้ at the end of the meeting, resulting in the organization’s first-ever failure to release such a document. That failure cast significant doubt on ASEAN’s ability to evolve

31 OCTOBER 2012

Cambodian Opposition Leader Asks Obama to Cancel Visit

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy is urging U.S. President Barack Obama to cancel his visit to Phnom Penh next month for a regional summit, on the grounds that would provide legitimacy to the rule of longtime Prime Minister Hun Sen

22 OCTOBER 2012

Royal faux pas sparks Cambodian factory unrest

Police in Cambodia were called in on Monday to prevent a riot at a factory whose Chinese manager angered 1,000 workers by ripping up photos of recently deceased former king Norodom Sihanouk.

15 OCTOBER 2012

Cambodia former king Norodom Sihanouk dies aged 89

Norodom Sihanouk, who was 89, has died in a Beijing hospital. Cambodia’s Prime Minister and the current king, Sihanouk’s son, travelled to China to bring back the body

1 OCTOBER 2012

Cambodia jails journalist Mam Sonando over ‘plot’

A Cambodian court has jailed a prominent journalist and land rights campaigner for 20 years on charges of inciting rebellion


Street protest at government-donor meeting in Phnom Penh

Hundreds of activists and ordinary citizens protest against land grabs. Government and donors agree on development goals. More than 100 NGOs launch an appeal, asking that financial aid be used to improve human rights. They also call for reforms to the election law and legal system.


Cambodia to free Khmer Rouge ‘first lady’

Un-backed court rules Ieng Thirith, the Khmer Rouge regime’s highest-ranking woman, unfit to stand trial for genocid

18 JULY 2012

Cambodia, Thailand pull troops from temple flashpoint

Cambodia and Thailand pulled hundreds of soldiers out of a disputed border area on Wednesday, a year after a ruling by the UN’s highest court, replacing them with police and security guards.The International Court of Justice (ICJ) on July 18 last year ordered the neighbours to demilitarise a strip of land adjacent to the Preah Vihear temple which was the scene of deadly clashes in 2011

17 JULY 2012

Cambodian government critic faces trial

Human rights campaigners on Tuesday called for the release of a Cambodian radio station owner and prominent government critic who faces up to 30 years in prison for an alleged secessionist plot

14 JUNE 2012

Cambodian opposition seeks unity

Cambodia’s fragmented opposition parties are promising to work together rather than compete against each other for votes in the next election. All it took was another crushing victory at the polls by the country’s ruling party

31 MAY 2012

10,000 days of Hun Sen

“I not only weaken the opposition, I’m going to make them dead … and if anyone is strong enough to try to hold a demonstration, I will beat all those dogs and put them in a cage.”

24 MAY 2012

Cambodia jails 13 women land activists

Thirteen Cambodian women were jailed Thursday for fighting against a forced eviction, while an activist monk who supported them was detained and risks being defrocked, campaigners said. The women, including a 72-year-old, were sentenced to between 12 and 30 months for illegally occupying land, rights groups said, slamming their hastily arranged trial in the capital Phnom Penh that lasted mere hours

1 MAY 2012

Annus horribilis for Cambodian rights

On April 26, a prominent Cambodian anti-logging campaigner was shot and killed by military police in the Cardamom Mountains in the country’s southwest. Chut Wutty, the director of the Natural Resources Protection Group, was reportedly escorting two local journalists through a densely-forested part of Koh Kong province when his car was stopped by military police. An altercation broke out as the officers attempted to confiscate the memory card from the activist’s camera and shots were fired, leaving Wutty and In Rattana, a 32-year-old military policeman, dead

26 APRIL 2012

Cambodian environmental campaigner shot dead by police

Chut Wutty was shot dead while travelling in a threatened forest region in the south-west. Mr Wutty had been helping indigenous people organise protests against the exploitation of protected forests.

24 APRIL 2012

The strings in Hun Sen’s rhetorical bow

Between their anodyne pageantry and colorless mission statements about regional economic cooperation, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings are rarely known for their excitement. But on the last day of this month’s annual summit in Phnom Penh, the current chairman of the 10-country bloc, Cambodia’s long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen, did his best to inject some verve into the proceedings

15 APRIL 2012

Hun Sen attacked for ‘excess generosity’

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been criticised for being overly generous to red-shirt supporters of former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who is in Cambodia this weekend.

19 MARCH 2012

UN judge quits Cambodia war crimes tribunal

An international judge has resigned from the UN-backed Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal, citing political interference by Cambodia’s government after he tried to investigate more suspects. Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet, the Swiss co-investigator, whose predecessor Siegfried Blunk quit for similar reasons in October, said he had been constantly undermined by his Cambodian counterpart, You Bunleng


Khmer Rouge tribunal judge reopens court’s third case

A judge at Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal has reopened investigations into the court’s controversial third case, after an earlier probe was deemed ‘defective,’ according to documents released Thursday

3 FEBRUAY 2012

Life term for Cambodia Khmer Rouge jailer Duch

Cambodia’s UN-backed genocide court has rejected an appeal by Khmer Rouge jailer Duch and increased his sentence to life imprisonment

25 JANUARY 2012

UN expert: Khmer Rouge Tribunal judge can investigate

A United Nations expert on the Khmer Rouge Tribunal said Wednesday 25 that a judge can investigate upcoming cases at the court, despite Cambodia’s decision not to endorse his appointment

7 JANUARY 2012

Cambodia vows to finalise Asean human rights declaration this year

Cambodia aims to finalise the drafting of an Asean Human Rights Declaration this year as it chairs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Cambodian Human Rights Committee chairman Om Yin Tieng said


Nuon Chea: Khmer Rouge ‘were not bad people’

Pol Pot’s deputy has told a court the Khmer Rouge were not « bad people », blaming deaths of Cambodians under the Maoist regime on
neighbouring Vietnam

21 NOVEMBER 2011

Cambodia begins trial of Khmer Rouge leaders

Three former Khmer Rouge senior officials (Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary) accused of orchestrating Cambodia’s « killing fields »
massacres have gone on trial before a UN-backed tribunal, more than three decades after some of the 20th century’s worst atrocities

17 NOVEMBER 2011

Cambodian genocide defendant Ieng Thirith ruled unfit for trial

Cambodia’s U.N.-backed tribunal on Thursday ruled a former senior Khmer Rouge leader unfit to stand trial for genocide and other crimes because she has Alzheimer’s disease. The tribunal said the illness diminishes Ieng
Thirith’s mental capacity and ordered the 79-year-old defendant freed from detention. She behaved erratically at earlier court appearances, and her lawyers had requested the medical exams.

10 OCTOBER 2011

Cambodia war crimes tribunal judge quits

Siegfried Blunk, who was responsible for indicting suspects at Cambodia’s UN-backed tribunal, said on Monday he had quit because of « repeated statements which will be perceived as attempted interference by government officials ».


Thailand has agreed to a July ruling by the International Court of Justice calling for Thailand and to remove troops from a disputed flashpoint zone on their common border, Cambodia said


Vann Nath, a Cambodian painter whose life and art were powerful symbols of the county’s struggle to overcome the horrors of the Khmer
Rouge era, has died at a private hospital in Phnom Penh.

18 JULY 2011

The UN’s highest court on Monday ordered Thailand and Cambodia to immediately withdraw their troops from a disputed area around an
ancient temple on the border between the two Asian neighbours

27 JUNE 2011

Four former senior Khmer Rouge leaders, including « Brother No. 2 » Nuon Chea (pictured), appeared at a UN-backed tribunal in Phnom Penh on Monday to face war crimes charges for atrocities committed during the 1975-1979 reign of terror.

29 MAY 2011

Cambodia’s king a ‘prisoner’ in his palace

King Norodom Sihamoni may be heir to a royal line trailing back some 2,000 years, but he always seemed more suited to the arts scene in Europe, where he was a ballet dancer, than the rough and tumble politics of his homeland. Now, close aides and experts say, he has become
figuratively, and more, a prisoner in his own palace.

8 MAY 2011

South-East Asian leaders end their summit in Jakarta, pledging to raise the bloc’s global role, but an unsolved border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia clouded the gathering.

30 APRIL 2011

Cambodia asks the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to clarify its 1962 ruling over the Hindu temple of Preah Vihear as its military clashes with Thailand continued after a truce

24 APRIL 2011

United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon call on Cambodia and Thailand to halt fighting along their disputed jungle border as troops exchanged fire for a third day. At least 10 soldiers have been killed and thousands of civilians forced to flee the area since fighting broke out on Friday, shattering a tense two-month ceasefire

23 APRIL 2011

Thailand strongly rejects accusations it used chemical weapons against Cambodian troops in fighting that extended into a second day Saturday and has killed 10 soldiers  and forced thousands of civilians from their homes.

22 APRIL 2011

Cambodian and Thai troops in border clash. Several soldiers reported dead as fighting shatters two-month lull in long-standing tensions between the two nations.

14 APRIL 2011

How Bad Are Things in Cambodia?

Cambodia’s Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land by Joel Brinkley. Public Affairs. US$27.99. Available on Amazon.

1 MARCH 2011

Cambodia’s exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy losts a final appeal against a two-year jail term imposed in absentia – a sentence his lawyer denounced as politically motivated

22 FEBRUARY 2011

Thailand and Cambodia agree to accept Indonesian observers and avoid further clashes over a border dispute that has claimed at least 10 lives and displaced thousands. The agreement came during a meeting of foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Indonesia, which holds the current chair of the 10-member block


Thai and Cambodian troops clashed for a fourth day over a disputed border area surrounding a 900-year-old Khmer temple, which both sides claim as their own. Thai nationalists are calling on their government to « reclaim » the area.


Border skirmish between Thai and Cambodian troops broke out  at the disputed area in Si Sa Ket province near the 900-year-old Hindu temple of Preah Vihear


Thailand’s nationalist activists, Veera Somkwamkid and Ratree Pipatanapaiboon, are given lengthy prison sentences in Phnom Penh over
charges of illegal entry and espionage in a case that could worsen ties between Thailand and Cambodia.

22 NOVEMBER 2010

At least 380 people are reported dead and hundreds more injured in the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, as a deadly stampede during a concert on Koh Pich brought a tragic end to a three-day water festival.

12 OCTOBER 2010

Thailand’s top investigative agency alleges that anti-government ‘red shirts’ received training in neighboring Cambodia to assassinate top leaders such as Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

23 SEPTEMBER 20110

In Cambodia, Sam Rainsy, leader of opposition to Hun Sen, is sentenced to 10 years in prison. Rainsy is in voluntary exile in France. According to the opposition party Cambodia is ceding its territory to Vietnam, offending Khmer nationalism. The sentence is seen as a way to eliminate opposition,-leader-of-opposition-to-Hun-Sen,-sentenced-to-10-years-in-prison-19531.html


Cambodia’s UN-backed war crimes tribunal indicts four former Khmer Rouge leaders. Nuon Chea, deputy to Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, will stand trial next year, along with former head of state Khieu Samphan, former Foreign Minister Ieng Sary and his wife Ieng Thirith.

23 AUGUST 2011

Thailand says it will resume diplomatic ties with Cambodia after Phnom Penh announced the resignation of ousted Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra as its economic advisor. The two countries recalled their ambassadors in November 2009 amid a row over the controversial appointment.

11 AUGUST 2010

Cambodia slams Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, saying he was incapable of leading a government or being a member of Asean or even the United Nations.

10 JULY 2010

William Burns, US Under-Secretary of State for political affairs, said military aid from the United States to Cambodia was intended to boost a civil-military relationship that was essential to a « healthy political system ».

8 MARCH 2010

Cambodian premier Hun Sen on Monday said the head of Southeast Asia’s regional body was unsuitable for the job, accusing him of « crazy work » for reportedly questioning a recent rocket drill.


Cambodia’s Premier Hun Sen visits the area close to the ancient Preah Vihear temple at the centre of the land dispute with Thailand by opening a school and giving supplies to villagers caught up in violence last year between the two countries’ troops

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