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Protests More Effective in Cambodia Than Politically Influenced Trials: Rights Group, Lawyers

Frustration drives recent peaceful protests by activists that have resulted in a spate of arrests.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Says Expanded Naval Base to be For Use by ‘Any...

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen defended the country’s right to expand a naval base in his first public comments following criticism from Washington over the demolition of U.S.-funded buildings at the facility and amid reports that the development is being funded by China.

Autistic Son of Jailed Opposition Member Says He Was Beaten in Custody by Police

The teenager had been arrested for ‘illegally entering a prohibited place.’

Police in Cambodia Arrest 15-Year-Old Autistic Son of Jailed Opposition Member

Police in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh have arrested the 15-year-old autistic son of a jailed member of the country’s banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) after he entered the party’s abandoned headquarters to collect flags, according to his mother.

Demolition of U.S.-Funded Cambodia Navy Facility a ‘Sovereign’ Decision-Defense Minister

“We are developing Ream Naval Base to make it larger. Now it is small and the water is shallow,” Tea Banh told RFA.

NGOs Beg to Differ as Cambodia Denies it Harasses Citizens at UN Rights Events

Cambodia has rejected a UN Human Rights Council report accusing the government of sending police to monitor human rights gatherings – intimidating local participants and NGOs – but rights groups said harassment was in fact the norm in the Southeast Asian nation.

Top Cambodian General’s Family Tied to $100 Million Australian Fraud

A pair of dodgy investment schemes link an Australian businessman to the upper echelons of the Cambodian People’s Party.

Cambodian Former Political Prisoner Files Complaint with UN Over Government Surveillance

A recently released political prisoner in Cambodia has submitted a complaint to the United Nations, saying that even though he has completed his 18-month sentence, government agents are closely watching him, he told RFA.

CNRP Leader Sam Rainsy Vows Again to Return to Cambodia, Confront Hun Sen

The promise follows an attempt last year that was blocked when Thai authorities would not allow him to board a Thai Airways flight from Paris, where he lives in exile.

Tropical Storm Noul Wreaks Havoc in SE Asia, Killing At Least a Dozen

About a dozen are dead and hundreds displaced in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Noul, which slammed into mainland Southeast Asia last week, sources in the region told RFA.

US Ambassador, Cambodian Defense Minister Hold Rare Meeting Following US Sanctions

U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy has held a rare meeting with Cambodia’s Minister of Defense General Tea Banh in the wake of sanctions Washington leveled against a Chinese developer operating in the Southeast Asian nation.

Hundreds of Cambodian Villagers Displaced by Land Grabs Protest in Phnom Penh

Around 1,000 villagers from three Cambodian provinces blocked the road leading to the Land Ministry in Phnom Penh on Monday to demand government help in resolving disputes over land taken by private companies and politically connected businesspeople, sources in the country said.

Court in Cambodia Sentences Seven Opposition Activists to Jail For ‘Treason’

A court in Cambodia sentenced seven activists with the country’s banned opposition party—including a new mother—to between five and seven years in prison Tuesday for “treason,” as the party’s acting president vowed to return home from self-imposed exile, despite an aborted earlier attempt.

Freed Opposition Activist Decries Mistreatment of Political Prisoners at Prey Sar

An activist with Cambodia’s banned opposition party who was released from prison last week after serving his year-long sentence for “incitement” and “cursing public officials” has called on the government to improve conditions in his former jail, saying guards routinely mistreat political prisoners.

Chinese Developer in Cambodia Sanctioned ‘Unfairly’ by US, Cambodia’s Defense Minister Says

A Chinese company sanctioned this week by the U.S. Treasury Department for land grabs, rights abuses, and corruption in Cambodia has been targeted unfairly and is operating in line with the country’s laws, Cambodia’s defense minister said on Friday.

Cambodia Slams US Sanctions on Chinese Developer as Attack on Sovereignty

Cambodia’s government on Wednesday condemned the U.S. Department of Treasury’s decision to sanction a Chinese developer building a massive project in the country’s Koh Kong province over graft and rights abuses, calling the allegations “false” and saying the jungle resort plan was going ahead.

Cambodian Rappers Are Denied Help by Government Lawyers, NGOs Move to Assist

Two Cambodian rappers charged with ‘inciting’ public discontent over the 35-year rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen are ineligible for assistance from a legal team set up by the government to defend the poor, Cambodian sources told RFA Thursday.

Cypriot Passport Bought by Shadowy Ally of Cambodian Interior Minister

A mysterious Chinese-Cambodian tycoon with ties to Interior Minister Sar Kheng purchased Cypriot citizenship in 2018, according to documents shared exclusively with Radio Free Asia by Al Jazeera as part of their Cyprus Papers investigation.

US Treasury Sanctions Chinese Developer For Land Seizure, Graft in Cambodia Project

The U.S. Department of Treasury on Tuesday sanctioned a Chinese developer for the “seizure and demolition of local Cambodians’ land” during construction of the Dara Sakor project in Cambodia, which has been touted by Beijing as one of the key pieces in its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.

Cambodia Arrests Second Rapper in Days Over Politically Charged Rhymes

Authorities in Cambodia have arrested a second rapper on charges of “incitement” in days, a court official in the country’s Siem Reap province said Tuesday, after he released songs suggesting that Prime Minister Hun Sen’s lack of leadership had led to economic decline.