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Reporters Without Borders ‘Concerned’ by Threats

International media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said in a statement released on Tuesday that it was concerned by what it characterized as a “surge” in threats against journalists and news organizations in Cambodia in recent weeks.

Prime Minister Boasts of Photos, Info on Sokha, Mistress

Prime Minister Hun Sen revealed on Thursday that he had obtained extensive personal information about the alleged mistress of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha, including details of her passport application, photographs of her travels with Mr. Sokha and other proof of their affair.

Water Festival’s Political Spectacle on the Wane

When Prime Minister Hun Sen abruptly canceled this year’s Water Festival for the fourth time in five years, many criticized the move as a cynical political ploy designed to keep crowds out of Phnom Penh.

Moving Dirt

From certain angles, Trach Tol looks like any other Cambodian village. There are a handful of brick houses, a tiny pavilion where religious ceremonies are held, and not much else. Gleaming rice paddies stretch out in all directions. Wedding music rumbles in the distance. But turn around, look more closely, and the holes come into focus.

Moving Dirt

A lucrative dirt trade is leaving gaping holes in communities

Nuon Chea Seeks Testimony of Filmmakers

In connection with his appeal in August against being jailed for life for crimes against humanity, Nuon Chea is asking the Khmer Rouge tribunal to summon filmmakers Thet Sambath and Rob Lemkin to give evidence, according to a court document made public last week.

Nuon Chea Claims to Have Found Key Khmer Rouge Witness

Nuon Chea’s legal team says it has discovered a never-before-interviewed witness who claims to have been a powerful deputy of Ruos Nhim, the secretary of the Northwest Zone of Democratic Kampuchea who was purged in 1978.

The Tweeted Picture

Rithy Panh usually tweets at night, when he cannot sleep—which is most of the time, most nights. He seems to find it most comforting around midnight, 1 a.m., 2 a.m., the hours when most denizens of Phnom Penh are either in bed or far gone in some bar or beer stall, lingering over his iPad with a Dominican cigar and sending out streams of images into the darkness, to anyone who might be awake and watching.

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Chief Marks 6 Years On ‘Sick Leave’

The Khmer Rouge tribunal’s director of administration, Sean Visoth, has now been on “sick leave” for six straight years, a court spokes­man said on Friday.

After Lawyers’ Boycott, Khieu Samphan To Get ‘Standby Counsel’

Judges at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, frustrated by what they characterize as the obstruction of proceedings by Khieu Samphan’s lawyers over the past two months, on Friday ordered new “standby” lawyers to be appointed to represent the former Khmer Rouge head of state during his genocide trial.

Samphan’s Lawyers Are Now ‘Court-Appointed’

In a last-ditch effort to force Khieu Samphan’s lawyers to come to court and participate in their client’s genocide trial, judges at the Khmer Rouge tribunal issued a ruling Friday reclassifying them as “court-appointed counsel.”

ECCC Warns Defense Teams For Misconduct

The Khmer Rouge tribunal has issued a misconduct warning to lawyers for Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, accusing them of obstructing proceedings for staging a boycott of their clients’ genocide trial.

In Video Recording, KR Tribunal Judge Calls Court ‘Fairish’

Lawyers for Khmer Rouge second-in-command Nuon Chea have filed a motion with the Khmer Rouge tribunal to admit as evidence a video recording of a trial judge stating publicly that the court was not “totally fair.”

ECCC Struggles to Dispose of ‘Extra’ Charges Against Leaders

After Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, the two most senior surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, were convicted of crimes against humanity last month, largely for their roles in forced evacuations, attention turned to the next phase of their trial, which will deal with a more representative selection of crimes.

Cross-Border Gas Smugglers Stymied by Junta

Before the Thai junta seized power in late May, Pich, a 45-year-old teacher from Banteay Meanchey, used to join a queue of about 400 cars every morning lined up at the Poipet International Checkpoint to enter Thailand.

Thai Junta Helps Media Get Migrant Story Straight

At a press event on Friday aimed at “enhancing social understanding,” officials from Thailand’s military government met with nearly 100 Cambodian journalists to defend the junta’s handling of a crackdown on illegal labor that began earlier this month.

Budget Cuts Force Out KRT Spokeswoman

Khmer Rouge tribunal spokeswoman Yuko Maeda left the court Tuesday after her job was eliminated due to planned budget cuts.

Empty Building Represents KRT’s Uncertain Legacy

In 2009, the Japanese government gave Cambodia over $2 million to build a permanent center for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) to store its archives and help students and scholars from around the world study the war crimes trials taking place here.

Defense, Civil Parties Object to Idea of Dropping Accusations at KRT

Two defense teams at the Khmer Rouge tribunal said this week they oppose a proposal by prosecutors to allow criminal accusations against suspects and accused persons to be dropped.

Prosecutors Propose Rule to Reduce Scope of Cases at KRT

Prosecutors at the Khmer Rouge tribunal have proposed a rule change that would allow judges to reduce the scope of the court’s three ongoing cases, according to an interoffice memorandum obtained this week.