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Human Rights Day Peaceful as Gov’t Talks Khmer Rouge

Citizens defied a ban from City Hall and marched through Phnom Penh on Thursday to mark International Human Rights Day, which passed with no violence as authorities peacefully shunted the demonstrators around the city.

Anti-Corruption Chief Claims Reporting Skewed Against Him

Anti-Corruption Unit chairman Om Yentieng on Wednesday used a press conference after an event marking the U.N.’s International Anti-Corruption Day to blast The Cambodia Daily because it only published unflattering stories about him and corruption.

Fifth Person Dies After Eating Poisoned Dog

A fifth person died in Kratie province on Tuesday after eating the meat of a dog that died from poisoning, while a further eight people remain in the hospital after consuming the toxic flesh, police said.

Poisoned Dog Dish Kills Four in Kratie

Three people died after eating poisoned dog meat in Kratie province on Sunday, and another died on Monday after the same dog meat was served at a funeral for one of the deceased, officials said.

CNRP Lawyer Argues For Attempted Murder

A lawyer for CNRP lawmakers Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Saphea, who were severely beaten on October 26 in front of the National Assembly, filed a new complaint with the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Monday asking that those arrested for the crime be charged with attempted murder.

US Lawmakers Call for End to ‘Persecution’ of Opposition

Sixteen U.S. lawmakers have written to Prime Minister Hun Sen to add their voices to a multitude of recent appeals for the restoration of a democratic environment in Cambodia and for the rescinding of the arrest warrant issued for opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

NGO Cancels Prison Visit Over Government Restrictions

Rights group Licadho says it is canceling its annual prison visits on international Human Rights Day, which this year falls on Thursday, for the first time in two decades in protest over what it says are new government restrictions.

Sokha Warns Youth Against Provocative Use of Facebook

Deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha on Thursday told a conference of the CNRP’s provincial youth leaders to be careful with what they post on Facebook, asking them to remain polite in political arguments to prevent provoking any trouble with the ruling CPP.

Heng Samrin Marks 37 Years of Salvation Front

Former socialist President Heng Samrin presided over a ceremony on Wednesday to mark the 37th anniversary of the Salvation Front, formed near the Vietnamese border in Kratie province, that would replace the overthrown Pol Pot regime in January 1979.

City Hall Bans Human Rights Day March Over Security Fears

The Phnom Penh municipal government has rejected a request from NGOs to mark international Human Rights Day on December 10 with a march from the National Assembly to Freedom Park, claiming the walk would pose a threat to public security.

Arrest Ordered for Rainsy Facebook Manager

An arrest warrant was issued on Tuesday for an assistant of opposition leader Sam Rainsy who helps run his popular Facebook page and is allegedly responsible for producing the video in which now-jailed Senator Hong Sok Hour presents a forged treaty.

Opposition Lawmakers To Boycott Assembly

The opposition CNRP’s 55 lawmakers will boycott this morning’s sitting of the National Assembly and all future sessions until the ruling CPP guarantees their safety and returns to a spirit of parliamentary cooperation, opposition leader Sam Rainsy said on Sunday.

Draft Telecoms Law Gives Gov’t Broad Spying Powers

A new draft of the proposed Telecommunications Law would give authorities the right to eavesdrop on any conversation, along with a host of other powers that a rights group has warned would effectively nationalize private service providers.

Sokha Returns With Injured Lawmakers, Calls for Calm

Returning to Cambodia alongside two opposition lawmakers beaten by pro-government protesters last month, CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha on Tuesday called for calm in the wake of recent political turmoil that peaked with an arrest warrant for opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

Latest Draft Of Union Law Leans in Unions’ Favor

Trade unions appear to have prevailed over employers in their yearslong tug-of-war over a controversial draft Trade Union Law that reached the National Assembly last week.

Rainsy Heads to Europe; Kem Sokha Returns

As opposition leader Sam Rainsy heads to Brussels today in the hopes of coaxing the European Union to put pressure on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government, deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha will return to Phnom Penh with two CNRP lawmakers who were beaten last month.

PM Invited to US as Rainsy Seeks Support In Europe

As a grinning Prime Minister Hun Sen shook hands with U.S. President Barack Obama and received his first invite for an official trip to Washington over the weekend, opposition leader Sam Rainsy said he was headed to Europe seeking to place diplomatic pressure on the premier.

Security Beefed Up for Russia’s Medvedev During 4-Day Visit

Large numbers of security forces have been deployed at locations in Siem Reap province and Phnom Penh to protect Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who arrived in Cambodia on Sunday with a delegation of Russian officials for a combination of official meetings and sightseeing.

Sam Rainsy Seeking Deal Before Return

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy will not be returning to Cambodia to face a two-year jail sentence in the coming days and is hoping to instead forge a deal with the CPP to allow him to return freely, CNRP lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang told reporters on Wednesday.

Hun Sen’s Fixer Steps In To Mediate Rainsy’s Return

Soy Sopheap, a prominent media personality and longtime fixer for Prime Minister Hun Sen, is mediating a resolution that could allow opposition leader Sam Rainsy to return to the country without facing arrest, according to those involved in the discussions.