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3 OCTOBER 2019

Cambodia Judge Orders Re-Investigation of RFA Reporters’ Case

The judge in Cambodia’s trial of two former Radio Free Asia journalists on Wednesday called for a reinvestigation of the espionage and the production of pornography charges, a ruling that a rights expert said was “ridiculous and punitive” and showed the weakness of the case


Cambodia’s exiled former opposition leader Sam Rainsy calls for uprising

The former Cambodian opposition leader who lives in exile is calling for a people’s uprising, and an army rebellion, against the government

20 AUGUST 2019

Cambodian PM sues opposition leader Sam Rainsy in French court

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has filed a defamation lawsuit in French court against his longtime political enemy Sam Rainsy, a lawyer for the Southeast Asian leader said Tuesday

4 AUGUST 2019

Khmer Rouge ‘Brother Number Two’ Nuon Chea dies in Cambodia aged 93

Nuon Chea, the chief ideologue of the communist Khmer Rouge regime that destroyed a generation of Cambodians, died on Sunday, the country’s UN-assisted genocide tribunal said. He was 93

29 JULY 2019

Cambodia set to buy US$40 million more arms from China, prime minister says

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced that US$40 million would be spent on weapons from China. That includes tens of thousands of guns to replace old stock that were already being shipped, he said

26 JULY 2019

Espionage trial of two former RFA journalists starts in Cambodia

The trial of two Cambodian journalists charged with espionage has begun in the capital, Phnom Penh, in a case human rights groups say should never have been brought to court

22 JULY 2019

Cambodia, China ink secret naval port deal: report

Chinese armed forces will be allowed 30 years of exclusive access to a Cambodian naval base on the Gulf of Thailand, according to a Wall Street Journal report that quoted anonymous US officials

20 JULY 2019

US House Passes Bill to Sanction Cambodia’s Top Officials

U.S. lawmakers have sent a clear signal to Cambodian leaders that they have to reverse course on limiting democracy or face consequences

18 JULY 2019

Cambodian police arrested several activists and prevented public commemoration of the third anniversary of prominent political analyst Kem Ley’s murder

9 JULY 2019

Cambodia: Three years and still no effective investigation into Dr. Kem Ley’s killing

On 10 July 2016, Kem Ley was shot and killed while having a morning coffee at a gas station located on Monivong Boulevard in central Phnom Penh. This killing occurred amidst a backdrop of attacks on human rights defenders and members of the political opposition, and a documented history of killings of human rights defenders with impunity in Cambodia

1 JULY 2019

US presses Cambodia over its ‘larger plans’ to host Chinese military

The US Defence Department has asked Cambodia to explain why it suddenly turned down an offer to repair a naval base, saying the decision had raised speculation of possible plans for hosting China’s military

18 MAY 2019

In Cambodia, the BRI must benefit locals too

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s delegation has returned from the second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, bringing back 10 newly signed agreements. The trip was closely followed by Cambodians, who have an increasing interest in the course of the relationship between Cambodia and China

10 MAY 2019

Why Hun Sen still fears jailed rival Kem Sokha

There are only two likely reasons why Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha has been held in detention without trial for almost 19 months on treason charges that could sentence him to 30 years in prison

1 MAY 2019

Cambodian Court Summons 12 CNRP Members Over ‘Banned’ Activities

Authorities in northwestern Cambodia’s Battambang province summoned 12 members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party to court this week to answer charges they were still active in the opposition group dissolved by court order almost two years ago

30 APRIL 2019

Cambodian PM says China ready to help if EU imposes sanctions

China will help Cambodia if the European Union (EU) withdraws special market access over its rights record, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Monday as he announced a 600 million yuan ($89 million) Chinese aid package for his military

8 APRIL 2019

Hun Sen’s Legitimacy Dilemma

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is facing significant challenges to his legitimacy amid mounting Western pressure

29 MARCH 2019

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Unveils ‘Strategy’ to Offset Loss of EU Trade Scheme

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday unveiled his strategy to offset the loss of a preferential trade agreement that the European Union is likely to withdraw in response to his government’s failure to reverse rollbacks on democracy, saying he is “done taking orders” from other countries

21 FEBRUARY 2019

Cambodia economy: High growth expected to continue

Cambodia has been one of the best-performing economies in the world over the past two decades, and that’s forecast to continue this year

18 FEBRUARY 2019

Cambodia: Like it or not, the CPP still needs the West

11 FEBRUARY 2019

EU to hit Cambodia with trade sanctions over rights abuses

The EU has begun the process of ending Cambodia’s preferential trade deal with the bloc. It says the country needs to do more to address human rights issues at home

24 JANUARY 2019

Hun Sen calls on military to ‘destroy’ opponents

Cambodia’s strongman premier Hun Sen on Thursday (Jan 24) called on his country’s military to “destroy” opponents if the government comes under threat, in a tirade in which he described himself as the “the one who steers the wheel” of the army–destroy–opponents-11162142

22 JANUARY 2019

Cambodian leader Hun Sen, in Beijing, says China pledges S$800m in aid

China has pledged four billion yuan (S$800 million) in aid to Cambodia from 2019 to 2021, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday (Jan 22), highlighting strong ties between Beijing and Phnom Penh amid a European Union threat of trade sanctions

19 JANUARY 2019

Cambodia opposition member Kong Mas charged with ‘incitement’

Kong Mas, an activist from the Supreme Court dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was arrested in Phnom Penh on Wednesday for incitement and allegedly disseminating fake news

14 JANUARY 2019

Cambodia’s Hun Sen marks 34 years in power with opposition threat

Cambodian premier Hun Sen on Monday (Jan 14) marked 34 years in power with a threat “to step on the throat” of his rivals if the EU ends trade preferences over the kingdom’s slide into one-party rule

31 DECEMBER 2018

Make or break for Hun Sen’s one-party state

At first blush, 2019 should be a doddle for the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), which marks 40 uninterrupted years in power on January 7

20 DECEMBER 2018

Cambodia prime minister’s son tapped for powerful party commitee

The eldest son of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen was promoted on Thursday (Dec 20) to the ruling party’s permanent committee, an official said, as questions swirl over who might succeed the strongman

13 DECEMBER 2018

Cambodian lawmakers pass measure to ease political ban

Cambodia’s Parliament passed legislation Thursday that could allow a five-year ban on political activity by some top opposition politicians to be lifted


Cambodian premier says no to foreign military bases

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday that his government will not allow any foreign military bases in its territory and called media reports that China is seeking a naval base there “fake news.”


Cambodia mulls law to restore opposition politicians’ rights

Cambodia’s parliament will consider legislation to allow politicians banned from political activity to have the ban lifted, a measure that long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government is touting as a step “to strengthen democracy and political space.”

16 NOVEMBER 2018

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling

Almost four decades on from the collapse of Pol Pot’s tyrannical communist regime, an international tribunal has ruled that the Khmer Rouge committed genocide, a landmark verdict that is hoped will bring closure to millions of Cambodians

14 NOVEMBER 2018

EU to Cambodia: Fix human rights or face economic hardship

Both Cambodia and Myanmar heavily depend on the European Union’s duty and quota free trade agreement. But the European bloc believes it is time that these countries address human rights abuses. Ate Hoekstra reports


Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen denies nepotism after promoting sons to high-level government positions

Strongman leader has long shrugged off accusations that he favours relatives, despite his administration being full of officials with links to his family

10 OCTOBER 2018

Cambodia Faces Potential Economic Collapse

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is facing economic pressure to reverse a recent crackdown on opposition groups and basic freedoms in his country

6 OCTOBER 2018

Former CNRP member jailed in Cambodia for insulting king

A Cambodian court sentenced a former opposition party member to a year in jail for sharing a Facebook post criticizing the country’s king in the first such case brought to trial after a law went into force this year forbidding insults to the royal family


Cambodia pardons Australian film-maker James Ricketson weeks after jailing him for espionage

An Australian film-maker jailed for espionage in Cambodia received a royal pardon and was released on Friday (Sept 21), less than a month after he was sentenced to six years in prison in a case observers slammed as a farce


Cambodia’s Hun Sen tells world: Leave Indochina alone

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said countries outside Indochina are too critical of politics in the region and Southeast Asian nations should be left to solve their own problems


Cambodia opposition leader Kem Sokha released from prison

The leader of Cambodia’s now dissolved opposition party was freed on highly restrictive bail Monday after being jailed for a year on a treason charge, the latest government opponent to be released since Prime Minister Hun Sen’s landslide election victory

31 AUGUST 2018

James Ricketson, Australian filmmaker, found guilty of espionage, sentenced to six years in Cambodian prison

He has already spent 15 months in Phnom Penh jail since being arrested for flying a drone without a permit over a political rally organised by the now-banned opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). He has always maintained his innocence

29 AUGUST 2018

Are China’s gifts a blessing or a curse for Cambodia?

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Cambodia–China diplomatic ties, and the relationship between the two countries has never been closer. China is increasingly becoming Cambodia’s most important economic and diplomatic partner. In the last two years alone, Cambodia signed more than 30 bilateral agreements with China

28 AUGUST 2018

Cambodia pardons more jailed opposition members

Fourteen anti-government activists were given pardons Monday that will free them from long prison terms, the latest in a series of releases engineered by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen after his party’s election sweep last month

15 AUGUST 2018

Cambodia ruling party wins all seats in parliament: Election committee

Lawmakers in Cambodia’s new parliament will come from only one party – the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of long-time Prime Minister Hun Sen, the National Election Committee announced on Wednesday night (Aug 15)

30 JULY 2018

Hun Sen’s full house: Ruling party claims it has won every seat in Cambodia election

 Cambodia’s next parliament looks set to consist only of members of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party after it said that it swept all 125 seats being contested in the general election on Sunday (Jul 29)

29 JULY 2018

Cambodia: Hun Sen re-elected in landslide victory after brutal crackdown

Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, has won a landslide election victory, a result that was seen as a foregone conclusion after a months-long brutal crackdown destroyed all opposition

20 JULY 2018

China lends Cambodia $351 million for road, as leaders mark 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties

China has lent Cambodia $351 million to build a new road in the capital Phnom Penh with Cambodia describing relations between the two countries as being at the “best stage” ever

5 JULY 2018

Cambodia restores railway link to Thailand after 45 years

Cambodia on Wednesday (Jul 4) reopened the final stretch of a railway running from the capital Phnom Penh to the border with neighbouring Thailand, the first time the line has been operational in 45 years

28 JUNE 2018

HRW Calls for Sanctions on Cambodia’s ‘Dirty Dozen’

A new report by the international rights group Human Rights Watch links two of Cambodia’s highest military figures contesting seats in next month’s legislative election to murders, tortures, rapes, kidnappings and land grabbing

27 JUNE 2018

Charged with spying on Cambodia, Aussie filmmaker wants out of prison hell

 More than a year has passed since filmmaker James Ricketson entered Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar prison – half the duration of his granddaughter’s life. Accused by Cambodian authorities of espionage, he is yet to be prosecuted for any crime

19 JUNE 2018

China pledges US$100 million in military aid to Cambodia

China has pledged around US$100 million to help modernise Cambodia’s military, the government said on Tuesday (Jun 19), the latest largesse showered on the country amid a crackdown on dissent before national elections

17 JUNE 2018

Cambodia Prince Ranariddh injured and wife killed in car crash

Funcinpec party president prince Norodom Ranariddh was injured in a traffic accident on Sunday while his wife died in Preah Sihanouk province when a taxi-car crashed into their car, police said

14 JUNE 2018

US Sanctions Cambodian General Over Human Rights Abuses

The United States has imposed sanctions on the commander of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s personal bodyguard unit over human rights abuses

18 MAY 2018

Injustice continues: Cambodian court extends detention of two journalists

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum-Asia) has condemned the continued detention, which has now exceeded six months, of two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists, Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, since their arrest on November 14, 2017

8 MAY 2018

The Phnom Penh Post: CEO and five staff quit Cambodia’s last independent newspaper over interference

The Australian CEO and five senior staff at The Phnom Penh Post have quit in protest over editorial interference at Cambodia’s last independent newspaper

7 MAY 2018

Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Post sold by Australian owner to Malaysian investor who had previous business links with Hun Sen

A newspaper regarded as Cambodia’s last independent English daily has been sold to a Malaysian investor whose PR firm reportedly had previous business links to the prime minister, raising fears of a further squeeze on the free press ahead of July elections

6 MAY 2018

Cambodia’s opposition threatens to withdraw from election

Officials within the Grassroots Democracy Party are threatening to pull out of the national elections in July

22 MARCH 2018

Cambodia urged to release opposition leader, hold fair election by 45 nations

45 nations have called upon Cambodia at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to hold a free and fair elections this year, as well as release jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha

21 MARCH 2018

China-Cambodia Defense Ties in the Spotlight with Military Drills


Cambodia PM’s son assumes senior military post as joint chief of staff of Cambodia’s Armed Forces

The eldest son of Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has assumed a position as joint chief of staff of Cambodia’s Armed Forces, the latest promotion of one of Mr Hun Sen’s family members to a senior post aimed at apparently consolidating his grip on power

27 FEBRUARY 2018

US makes symbolic cut to Cambodia aid

The White House on Tuesday (Feb 27) said it was cutting US$8.3 million worth of aid programs to Cambodia, a largely symbolic move to protest against an anti-democratic crackdown

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court orders the seizure of former Cambodia National Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy’s land which houses the former party headquarters and Rainsy’s private residence, to pay fines levied in two defamation convictions

25 FEBRUARY 2018

Cambodia’s ruling party claims sweeping win in Senate vote

The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed a sweeping win in Sunday’s elections for the country’s Senate, a victory that it assured itself by eliminating any serious opposition from the contest


Cambodia criminalises criticism of king

Cambodia’s government on Friday approved the country’s first lese majeste law handing a five year sentence to anyone found guilty of insulting the king, a move rights groups fear will be used to target dissent


Opposition leader Kem Sokha denied bail after rare Cambodia court appearance

Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha was denied bail by the Appeal Court on Thursday (Feb 1), after being allowed to leave jail for the first time since being held in September

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