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CPP Newspaper Pens Article on Piseth Pilika

A CPP-aligned newspaper on Wednesday published and then quickly deleted an online article asking why there had never been arrests in the murders of starlets including Piseth Pilika—an alleged mistress of Prime Minister Hun Sen who a report in 1999 claimed was killed on his wife’s orders.

CNRP’s Elections Appointee to Go on Trial

One of the opposition’s four appointees to the board of the National Election Committee (NEC) will be put on trial over criminal charges of “intentional violence,” according to a letter obtained on Wednesday.

Historian Says Hun Sen Will Never Be Beaten

Preeminent foreign historian of Cambodia David Chandler has said he does not believe the country will ever have free and fair elections and that political change could only ever occur through the death or armed overthrow of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

CPP Absent as People Demand Sensible Government

Almost three years after declaring the need to reform his party, Prime Minister Hun Sen has instead spent much of its time jailing lawmakers and rights monitors and pursuing U.N. officials and political analysts.

Cambodian Issues Raised in Australian Election Campaign

An Australian opposition lawmaker representing the large Cambodian community in Melbourne has pledged to put pressure on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government on issues of human rights and fair elections if she is re-elected on July 2.

US Lawyer Seeks a ‘Default’ Decision Against Hun Manet

An American attorney representing opposition official Meach Sovannara in his “wrongful imprisonment” lawsuit filed against Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son in the U.S. last month said on Sunday he is now pushing for a “default” decision in his favor.

Hun Sen Says Newspaper Could Face Legal Action

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Thursday threatened legal action against The Cambodia Daily for having “distorted” his remarks from a speech on Tuesday, also telling the newspaper’s journalists that he would prefer they no longer wrote articles about his speeches.

Prime Minister Bans Color-Coordinated Demonstrations

Though Prime Minister Hun Sen has repeatedly warned that color-coded demonstrators have revolutionary motives, critics point to the irony of the rhetoric given the prime minister's all-black, explicitly-revolutionary Khmer Rouge uniform during the 1970s.

Free English Press Masks an Unfair Media

The government's tight grip on media has not extended to the nation's relatively small-circulation English-language press, which it points to as evidence of a free media environment.

Paranoia Setting In as CPP Ponders Its Fate

Popular discontent with the government has been met with increasing paranoia as the ruling CPP chooses crackdowns over attempts to win back its popularity.

Parties Spar, But Who Knows Who’s in Vogue?

In the absence of national opinion polls for commune elections that will give the first glimpse of voting trends since 2013, leaders of both parties are predicting sweeping victories.

Time Limits Keep Japanese Minister from Cambodia

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is not visiting Cambodia during a visit to the region due to time constraints, an official at the country’s embassy in Phnom Penh has said.

Prisons Filling With Critics of Ruling Party

Over the past year alone, more than 20 critics of government have been jailed, and the list of those behind bars runs the gamut from lawmakers and Facebook users to rights monitors and a senior elections official.

Embassies Keep Wary Eye on Cases Against Rights Workers

Foreign diplomatic missions in Phnom Penh say they are closely watching the handling of the cases of human rights monitors and a national election official charged and jailed on Monday in connection with a sex scandal being prosecuted against an opposition leader.

UN, Adhoc Staff Charged Over Sex Scandal

Four senior officers from local rights group Adhoc and a former officer who now works for the National Election Committee (NEC) were imprisoned on Monday on bribery charges over a sex scandal involving deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha.

On Regional Tour, Japanese Minister Skips Cambodia

Cambodia is conspicuously missing from Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida’s itinerary for a trip to Southeast Asia this week that will see him visit Burma, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand.

CNRP Stronger Amid Attacks, Sokha Claims

Speaking in public for the first time in more than a month, besieged CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha on Sunday said that support for the opposition party has only been growing stronger amid the government’s far-reaching prosecution of claims he took a mistress.

Government Runs Amok as Opposition Leaders Absent

With opposition leader Sam Rainsy banished to Paris and his deputy Kem Sokha tongue-tied, the CPP has appeared intent on beheading the opposition before elections arrive in 2018.

CNRP Asks the King to Intervene, but Prince Says Bad Idea

Fifty-three lawmakers from the CNRP have written to King Norodom Sihamoni asking him to intervene to end what they describe as the CPP’s absorption and abuse of state institutions, although a prominent royal member of the party said on Thursday that he believed the letter was unwise.

CNRP Prohibited From Erecting TV Antenna

Authorities in Kandal province’s Takhmao City have banned the opposition CNRP from erecting a television antenna on land they purchased there for what is meant to be Cambodia’s first opposition-aligned station—a key element of the July 2014 political deal.