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Three United Nations human rights experts on Friday expressed concerns over the treason trial of Cambodia’s opposition leader Kem Sokha, saying the entire process has been “beset by irregularities” and calling for an end to the charges against him.
Prime Minister Hun Sen with family. Back row, from left to right: son-in-law Sok Puthyvuth; eldest son, Hun Manet; youngest daughter, Hun Maly; second son, Hun Manith; former governor of Phnom Penh, Pa Socheatvong. Front row from left to right: eldest daughter, Hun Mana; Hun Sen. Source: Hun Sen’s Facebook page
Thousands of villagers in southern Cambodia’s Kampot province are being forced from their homes by work on a nearby seaport which has filled in long stretches of seashore, barring them from traditional fishing areas, sources in the country say.
A commission set up by Cambodia’s National Military Police heard testimony from five witnesses Thursday in an alleged torture case that resulted in the death this month of a man who was detained for joining a land-rights protest.
A court in Cambodia held the second day of hearings in the treason trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha on Thursday, as the defendant’s party decried what it called a “political show” orchestrated by the government and authorities came under fire for refusing observers access to the proceedings.
The treason trial of Cambodia’s opposition leader Kem Sokha got underway Wednesday with prosecutors presenting evidence of a “conspiracy with foreign powers” that his lawyer said lacked context and could not be used to convict him.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen Tuesday ordered the country’s Police Commander in Chief Sao Sokha to apprehend any suspects involved in an alleged torture case that resulted in the death of a man who was detained for his participation in a land-rights protest.
Cambodia should immediately drop “bogus” charges against opposition chief Kem Sokha, rights groups demanded Tuesday, the eve of a planned two-day treason trial in a case they said will be overseen by a politically controlled judiciary beholden to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.
Days ahead of the trial of opposition chief Kem Sokha, a court in Cambodia’s capital has summoned a spokesman for the country’s ruling party to testify at his hearing, drawing concerns from observers who say the move is part of a bid to smear his character.
Almost a thousand protesters gathered on Monday outside the Ministry of Land Management in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh to urge direct intervention by the Ministry in long-running land disputes, saying that handing the responsibility off to provincial authorities has stalled resolution.
They also called for the reinstatement of union president Chhim Sithar, who was suspended by the NagaWorld casino in September for seeking to protect worker rights.
A Cambodian rights group is calling for an investigation into the death of a jailed land-rights protester, saying that witness accounts of events leading to the man’s death contradict official denials of abuse by police.
The number of foreign tourists visiting Cambodia’s iconic Angkor Wat temple complex fell last year, with NGOs and other sources blaming the drop in numbers on political instability in the country and high service fees charged to visitors.
Authorities in Cambodia have arrested 16 North Koreans, shortly after announcing that they would shut down North Korean-owned businesses in an attempt to comply with U.N. sanctions, which stipulate that all North Koreans working abroad had to be repatriated by the end of last year.
A court in Cambodia’s capital on Wednesday issued a summons requesting that a former elected official with the country’s banned opposition in Banteay Meanchey province give testimony next week at the treason trial of his party’s president, Kem Sokha, despite never having spoken with him.
The owner of the seven-story hotel in Cambodia’s Kep Province that collapsed late last week was released on bail Tuesday, in a rare move in the country’s justice system.
Cambodia has ended its search for victims in the rubble of a seven-story hotel that collapsed late last week, as the number of casualties jumped to an estimated 36 dead and 23 injured—many of whom were living in the unfinished building as members of the crew that was constructing it.
Six people were killed and at least 24 were injured when a seven-story hotel under construction collapsed Friday in southern Cambodia’s Kep province.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen’s new “Thank You Peace” slogan campaign is a sleight of hand trick meant to “divert public attention” from his abuse of power and the constitution to further his personal interests, a political analyst said Thursday.
Cambodia’s National Police Commissioner Neth Savoeun on Tuesday marked the end of 2019 with a New Year’s message lauding his subordinates for their work cracking down on members of the country’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).