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Some 150 Cambodian migrant workers and students on Wednesday urged their government to allow them to return home from Malaysia, where they were left stranded after Prime Minister Hun Sen refused to accept them, citing fears they could be infected with the coronavirus.
Cambodia’s National Assembly will proceed with a review of draft legislation authorizing a state of emergency to contain the spread of the coronavirus, despite concerns that the bill has not been adequately vetted and Prime Minister Hun Sen saying Tuesday that there is no need to invoke it any time soon.
Cambodia’s government should take “urgent measures” to reduce the risk that the country’s “severely overcrowded” jails will suffer coronavirus outbreaks, a human rights group said over the weekend, calling on authorities to release prisoners at greater risk, as well as those detained for minor offenses.
A group of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) on Friday called on Cambodia’s National Assembly to approve legislation channeling a portion of the national budget towards fighting the coronavirus outbreak after Prime Minister Hun Sen urged civil servants to donate their salaries to the effort.
Draft legislation authorizing a state of emergency to contain the spread of the coronavirus in Cambodia would “empower Prime Minister Hun Sen to override fundamental human rights protections,” a rights group said Thursday, urging his government to withdraw the bill.
A two-week military exercise with China helped build up Cambodia’s military capacity and relationship with the Chinese, the country’s defense minister said, rejecting criticism that it was unwise to admit foreign visitors amid the coronavirus epidemic.
Three Cambodian political opposition figures arrested last week on charges of treason after they posted information on the COVID-19 outbreak in the country have been unfairly detained and may suffer damaged health in custody, a lawyer for the group said. Keo Thai, Thai Sokunthea, Yim Sareth
Authorities in Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang province on Friday arrested the second activist with the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in two days, charging him with “conspiracy to commit treason,” sources said.
As Thailand’s economy shuts down due to government efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, migrant workers from neighboring Southeast Asian countries Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos have found themselves suddenly unemployed and scrambling to go home.
An official of the outlawed opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was arrested and detained Thursday by police in his house in Cambodia’s Komapong Chhnang province, the latest target of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s crackdown against CNRP members.
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said he is considering requesting that King Norodom Sihamoni declare a state of emergency as the number of infections from the coronavirus neared 100 in his country.
A Cambodian appeals court upheld an 18-month jail sentence for a member of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party for posts he made on Facebook in early 2019 criticizing government policies.
Citizens of Cambodia living along the country’s border with Thailand are struggling to make ends meet as authorities close checkpoints between the two nations to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), prompting calls for a government bailout.
Cambodia’s government on Thursday announced it is temporarily closing the country’s checkpoints along its border with Vietnam as part of a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus disease COVID-19.
As coronavirus cases edged up in Southeast Asia Wednesday, Laos closed primary schools nationwide, Cambodia attempted to silence its critics, and Vietnam suspended flights from France and Malaysia.
Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday expressed “great disappointment” over recent remarks by U.S. Ambassador Patrick Murphy pertaining to the treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha, suggesting he had placed “undue influence” on a judiciary widely seen as beholden to the ruling party.
A father and son have pulled the strings in Cambodia’s energy policy for the past two decades, and during that time their family have acquired several million dollars’ worth of real estate and farmland in the U.S. states of Florida and Georgia.
Cambodia’s garment industry received a shot in the arm this week as more than 200 containers from China arrived in the country carrying raw materials, easing the shortage of inputs that idled factories in the wake of COVID-19 epidemic.
Cambodia placed 15th out of 15 countries surveyed in the East Asia and Pacific region for adherence to rule of law, according to a report released on Wednesday by the World Justice Project, which also ranked the autocratic Southeast Asian state near the very bottom of its list of countries examined worldwide.
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday threatened to cut short opposition chief Kem Sokha’s bail and return him to prison, suggesting he was trying to “get away” with treason amid a postponement in his trial.