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
12 APRIL 2016
Cambodian court charges opposition leader Um Sam An over criticism of government
A prominent lawmaker has been arrested and faces up to five years in jail for his criticism of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government. Cambodia’s border policy with Vietnam has been a source of controversy
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.
19 MARCH 2016
PM Names Ministers in Cabinet Shakeup
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday revealed the names of the ministers who will be changing jobs in a cabinet reshuffle expected to be approved by ruling-party lawmakers early next month
2 FEBRUARY 2016
Cambodia’s low jobless rate hides harsh reality
When the International Labor Organization (ILO) released its annual world employment outlook last week, the data showed something remarkable—almost no one was jobless in Cambodia last year
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
14 DECEMBER 2015
Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal charges ex-navy chief
The navy commander of Cambodia’s former Khmer Rouge regime, Meas Muth, is formally charged on Monday for genocide, homicide and other offences by a United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal
10 DECEMBER 2015
Cambodia: A Generation Gap Divides a Struggling Nation
Recent surveys offer some interesting insights into Cambodian life and politics
9 DECEMBER 2015
Former senior Khmer Rouge official charged with genocide by UN-backed court
Cambodia’s UN-backed court on Wednesday charged another former Khmer Rouge cadre with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes despite the country’s leader repeatedly warning against such prosecutions
24 NOVEMBER 2015
Cambodia ‘near tipping point’: UN expert
Cambodia’s increasingly fractious political situation is pushing the country towards a « dangerous tipping point », the UN rights envoy to the kingdom said
16 NOVEMBER 2015
Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy delays return amid arrest fears
Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy delays his return to the country after being stripped of parliamentary immunity and threatened with arrest over an old defamation charge
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
10 SEPTEMBER 2015
Three Cambodia National Rescue Party staff members have fled, via Thailand, to another country in the region and are applying for asylum
Two of the men – Satya Sambath, 25, and Chong Leang Ueng, 20 – administer the Facebook page of CNRP President Sam Rainsy, while the third, 24-year-old David Sambath, brother of Satya, is a personal assistant to Sok Hour, a Sam Rainsy Party senator
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
25 JUNE 2015
Cambodia to probe past union leader killings
Cambodia has belatedly set up a committee to probe the murders of three trade unionists, a move greeted with caution by rights groups in a country where political killings have long been carried out with impunity
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.
29 APRIL 2015
Cambodia strongman PM seeks 2018 re-election
Asia’s longest-serving leader, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, announced his intention on Wednesday to run for another term, warning that only his re-election in 2018 would keep the country from civil war
12 APRIL 2015
Cambodia pardons jailed female land rights activists
Ten female Cambodian land activists jailed over protests last year have been pardoned and released from prison, a rights group said Sunday, following an outcry over their arrests
9 APRIL 2015
Cambodian MPs appoint new election body after fraud allégations
Cambodia’s parliament Thursday appointed a new election committee in a bid to clean-up polls routinely tainted by allegations of fraud and as part of an agreement between the ruling and opposition parties. http://news.asiaone.com/news/asia/cambodian-mps-appoint-new-election-body-after-fraud-allégations
6 APRIL 2015
Cambodia opens Japan-funded bridge across Mékong
Cambodia on Monday inaugurated the Japan-funded, 2.2-kilometere Tsubasa bridge across the Mekong River, the longest bridge in the country
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.
2 FEBRUARY 2015
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
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.
4 DECEMBER 2014
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.
3 DECEMBER 2014
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
30 SEPTEMBER 2014
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.
19 SEPTEMBER 2014
CAMBODIA: SEARCH FOR BALANCED FOREIGN POLICY IN THE REGION
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
11 SEPTEMBER 2014
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.
2 SEPTEMBER 2014
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.
7 FEBRUARY 2014
Cambodia Realigns Its Foreign Relations
Facing political opposition and diminished Chinese support, Hun Sen government seeks greater regional integration
5 FEBRUARY 2014
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).
3 FEBRUARY 2013
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
6 DECEMBER 2013
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
3 DECEMBER 2013
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.
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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.
30 SEPTEMBER 2013
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
24 SEPTEMBER 2013
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.
23 SEPTEMBER 2013
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.
21 SEPTEMBER 2013
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.
20 SEPTEMBER 2013
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.
18 SEPTEMBER 2013
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.
15 SEPTEMBER 2013
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.
14 SEPTEMBER 2013
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)
13 SEPTEMBER 2013
Cambodian deadlock at crucial juncture
8 SEPTEMBER 2013
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.
7 SEPTEMBER 2013
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.
4 SEPTEMBER 2013
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.
2 SEPTEMBER 2013
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. http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2013/07/16/chinese-investment-and-aid-in-cambodia-a-controversial-affair/
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.
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. http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/asia/356010/cambodia-pm-says-garment-firms-may-quit-over-wage-rows
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. http://asiancorrespondent.com/108809/cambodia-govt-party-seeks-to-expel-opposition-mps/
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 http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130603-427201.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22757730
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. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/cambodia/10089229/Khmer-Rouge-leader-accepts-responsibility-for-Cambodias-Killing-Fields.html
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. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/talks-05102013142715.html
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. http://thediplomat.com/2013/05/09/cambodias-economic-opportunity/
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 http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/strife-05092013182255.html
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. http://www.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Asia/Story/A1Story20130506-420715.html
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 http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/media-05012013234119.html
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. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/hun-sen-04192013173854.html
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. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/china-04102013151022.html
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 http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/03/201331454337915782.html http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/13/17303769-khmer-rouges-ieng-sary-dies-during-cambodia-trial?lite
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. http://asiancorrespondent.com/102092/cambodian-appeals-court-frees-activist-mam-sonando/
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. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/election-03072013191801.html
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. http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/election-02222013203358.html
6 FEBRUARY 2013
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 http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/OB07Ae01.html
5 FEBRUARY 2013
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
4 FEBRUARY 2013
The cremation ceremony of Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihanouk http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/worldnews/9847986/The-cremation-ceremony-of-Cambodias-King-Norodom-Sihanouk.html#?frame=2470522 http://sea-globe.com/to-cremate-a-king/
2 FEBRUARY 2013
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. http://asiancorrespondent.com/96813/sihanouk-cambodias-last-true-king/
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 http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/rainsy-01082013154916.html
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 http://www.voanews.com/content/cambodian-election-officials-block-rainsy-run/1577815.html
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. http://thediplomat.com/2013/01/03/cambodias-failed-trickle-down-economy/
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.
3 NOVEMBER 2012
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
27 SEPTEMBER 2012
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.
13 SEPTEMBER 2012
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 http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_asiapacific/view/1214288/1/.html http://www.rfa.org/english/video?param=value&storyId=Cambodia-Preah-Vihear
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
9 FEBRUARY 2012
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
5 DECEMBER 2011
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
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 ».
15 SEPTEMBER 2011
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
5 SEPTEMBER 2011
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
7 FEBRUARY 2011
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.
4 FEBRUARY 2011
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
1 FEBRUARY 2011
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
16 SEPTEMBER 2010
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.
6 FEBRUARY 2010
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