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Local rights groups have raised major concerns about Cambodia’s sweeping new Telecommunications Law, which gives the government virtually unchecked spying powers and criminalizes any electronic communication deemed to cause “national insecurity.”
A senior CNRP lawmaker said Tuesday that he was being blackmailed over an alleged sex scandal, a week after the apparent leak of a series of recorded conversations purported to be between deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha and his mistresses.
A Cambodian-American activist group, which last month staged a protest against Prime Minister Hun Sen during his first official state visit to the U.S., has warned of the possibility of further demonstrations if the premier’s eldest son visits the U.S. next month as planned.
Cambodia’s ambassador to Asean on Friday rebuked his U.S. counterpart for comments she made on the country’s human rights situation, asking her to refrain from “criticizing Cambodia inappropriately.”
In rural Cambodia, rice handouts buy allegiance. This is the seventh in a 12-part series on Cambodia’s annual rice cycle, to be published monthly.
The top U.S. envoy to Asean said on Wednesday that despite trade and security issues being at the center of last week’s U.S.-Asean Summit, U.S. President Barack Obama also used the setting to address the region’s human rights problems.
Cambodians continue to suffer from a raft of human rights abuses including “arbitrary restrictions” on freedoms of assembly and expression, according to Amnesty International’s latest global report released this morning.
While Prime Minister Hun Sen advertised his visit to the U.S. as a sign of recognition by a world power, the CNRP and activists painted the invitation as a strategic necessity for U.S. President Barack Obama.
The trial of a German expatriate accused of sexually abusing five young boys at his Phnom Penh home concluded at the municipal court on Thursday with the defendant claiming that he had been “treated like a dog” over the course of his prosecution.
With Cambodian-American protesters sequestered on a street away from the Sunnylands resort in southern California, Prime Minister Hun Sen greeted U.S. President Barack Obama and posed for a handshake free from harassment on Monday before the start of a two-day U.S.-Asean summit.
Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that it was his government’s goal to build at least one public university in each of the country’s 24 provinces, although the premier did not specify a timeframe for the plan.
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday sentenced Hang Vibol, the former director of anti-pedophile NGO Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), to three years in prison for abusing 11 victims under his care at the Phnom Penh orphanage he founded in 1999.
In a sign of the shifting dynamics of the ruling party, the former headquarters of late CPP President Chea Sim’s personal bodyguard unit, which was disbanded following his death in June, is now the office of a private security firm.
Garment workers were involved in more than 4,300 separate traffic accidents as they traveled to and from their factories last year, leading to 60 fatalities, according to a report released by the government on Thursday.
A witness at the Khmer Rouge tribunal told the Trial Chamber on Wednesday that there was no plan to “smash” ethnic Vietnamese living within the borders of Democratic Kampuchea—contradicting testimony he provided the day before.
Prime Minister Hun Sen is nearing the pinnacle of Cambodian social media popularity, having now passed opposition leader Sam Rainsy in their heated race for “likes” on Facebook.
One of the country’s most prominent academics has found himself enmeshed in yet another controversy involving social media—this time threatening a lawsuit against a former student at his Phnom Penh university over a Facebook post complaining about fees at the school.
Cambodia’s fourth-largest microfinance institution, Hattha Kaksekar Limited, is set to be purchased by one of Thailand’s largest banks, its president and CEO confirmed on Thursday.
Cambodia is now perceived to be the most corrupt country in Southeast Asia, according to Transparency International’s 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index, which was released on Wednesday and promptly dismissed by the country’s anti-graft chief.
After a breakdown in political discourse last year led to a sometimes-violent offensive against opposition leaders and activists, Cambodia slipped 10 spots in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest Democracy Index—to the “cusp” of authoritarianism.