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Indonesia Blocks Entry of Cambodian Opposition Leader: Malaysia Airlines

Cambodian opposition figure Sam Rainsy was denied entry into Indonesia Wednesday after a visit to Malaysia, according to sources, as the self-exiled leader struggled to return to his home country to push for democratic reforms.

Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy Says EU Pressure Over Trade Status Will Further His Goals

The European Union on Tuesday completed a preliminary report on the temporary suspension of trade privileges with Cambodia in response to democratic rollbacks by Prime Minister Hun Sen, drawing support from opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who said the bloc’s position could further his goals for the country.

US Ambassador Wants Cambodian Opposition Leader Kem Sokha Freed, Despite Easing of Restrictions

The U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia Patrick Murphy on Monday called for the full restoration of former opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha’s freedom, saying that the easing of restrictions as part of his de facto house arrest over the weekend does not go far enough.

Cambodia Eases Kem Sokha House Arrest Restrictions

Cambodia eased restrictions on opposition leader Kem Sokha Sunday, more than two years after his arrest heralded an authoritarian crackdown, in a move human rights groups denounced as a ploy by Prime Minister Hun Sen to evade international censure.

Exiled Cambodian Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy Reaches Malaysia

Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy flew into Malaysia on Saturday, saying his campaign to challenge Prime Minister Hun Sen was “on the right track” even though he made it only part way in his return from exile.

Cambodia’s Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy Aboard Flight to Asia in Hopes of Return From...

Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy was aboard a plane to Asia, a senior party official said Friday, a day after he was blocked from taking a flight to Thailand, from where he hopes to return to his home country from exile to lead protests against the three-decade rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Opposition Leaders in Limbo as Obstacles to Planned Cambodia Return Mount

The plans of Cambodian opposition party leader Sam Rainsy and another top party official remained in limbo Thursday after the two were blocked from traveling to locations in neighboring countries they hoped to use as springboards for a return home from self-imposed exile this weekend.

Thailand PM Refuses Entry to Cambodia Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy Ahead of Repatriation Bid

The head of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy will not be permitted to enter Cambodia through Thailand, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Wednesday, likely derailing his plans to return home from self-imposed exile later this week.

Cambodia Must End ‘Arbitrary Arrests, Prosecution’ of Opposition Members: Amnesty International

Cambodia must end its campaign of “arbitrarily arresting and prosecuting” former members of the country’s banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and release all prisoners held for peacefully exercising their rights, London-based rights group Amnesty International said Tuesday.

Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy Promises ‘Decent Salaries’ For Cambodian Soldiers Who Back His Return

The acting president of Cambodia’s opposition party, Sam Rainsy, on Monday promised members of the armed forces “decent salaries and benefits” if they offer him protection when he returns home from exile later this week to lead a “restoration of democracy” in the country, amid threats of arrest.

Cambodia Threatens Airlines With ‘Serious Consequences’ For Ferrying Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy

Cambodia’s civil aviation authority has issued a directive banning commercial airlines that serve the country from boarding acting opposition president Sam Rainsy, who has vowed to return home from exile next week, warning they will face “serious consequences” as accomplices to a coup attempt.

Opposition Leader Says Will Give up ‘Freedom and Even my Life’ For Cambodia Democracy

Exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Thursday he was ready to go to jail or die for the cause of restoring democracy in Cambodia, vowing to return home on Nov. 9 in the face of threats by “brutal dictator” Hun Sen.

Cambodia Opposition Activist Dies in Fall From Police Motorbike During Arrest

An activist with the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) died Wednesday while being taken into custody by authorities for “plotting a coup” in connection with the return of acting party president Sam Rainsy from exile, according to a family member.

Polluting Casino in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville Applies to Rebuild in New Location

Owners of a Chinese-run casino closed for polluting a beach in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville have applied to build a new casino in another location, amid growing concern that their already-shuttered first facility has not yet been torn down, sources say.

Cambodian Police Arrest CNRP Member, Leave Sick Wife Behind

Cambodian authorities arrested a member of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Monday, seizing him as he returned home from working in the fields and taking him away in his sarong despite pleas by his ill and bedridden wife that he be allowed to dress, sources said.

Police Undergo Anti-Protest Training in Cambodia’s Border Provinces as Sam Rainsy Return Draws Near

Authorities in Cambodia’s border provinces of Battambang and Mondulkiri have launched anti-protest training initiatives for members of the security forces, as the clock winds down on the planned return from exile next month of Sam Rainsy, the acting president of the country’s banned opposition party.

Cambodia NGOs Call For End to Societal Division on Anniversary of Paris Peace Accords

Several nongovernmental organizations gathered in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh on Wednesday to mark the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, which ended war between Vietnam and Cambodia, calling for an end to divisions in society amid an ongoing political crisis.

Thailand Denies Cambodian Opposition VP Mu Sochua Entry Citing ‘Security Concerns’

Authorities in Thailand have refused entry to opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) vice president Mu Sochua citing “security concerns,” she said Tuesday, after she flew to Bangkok to assist in preparations for the return of acting party president Sam Rainsy to Cambodia next month.

Rights Group Urges Foreign Governments, Donors to Press Cambodia on Political Prisoners

Cambodia must end the arrest and detention of opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) members and activists for “exercising their basic rights,” according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), which urged foreign governments and donors to press for the release of those “wrongfully detained.”

Activists in Cambodia March Against Polluting Casino

They’re demanding the demolition of a shuttered Chinese-owned casino accused of polluting a Sihanoukville beach.