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Kem Sokha’s Lawyers Submit New Evidence on Third Day of Treason Trial

The third day of the treason trial of Cambodia’s opposition leader Kem Sokha kicked off Wednesday with his defense team submitting dozens of pieces of evidence they say will exonerate their client, as controversy continued over a lack of access to the hearings for members of the media and NGOs.

Authorities in Cambodia Arrest Police Officials Over Role in Alleged Torture Case

Authorities in Cambodia have arrested two police officials for their roles in an alleged torture case that resulted in the death this month of a man who was detained for joining a land-rights protest.

Cambodian Court Postpones Ruling on Reinvestigation of Spying Charges Against RFA Reporters

A court in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh on Monday postponed its ruling on a request by two former RFA reporters to drop a reinvestigation into espionage charges against them, saying it will deliver its decision on Jan. 28.

UN Human Rights Experts Decry ‘Irregularities’ in Cambodian Opposition Chief Kem Sokha’s Trial

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.

Foreign Homes of Cambodia’s Top Officials and Family Reflect Tenuous Grip at Home

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

Cambodian Villagers Lose Fishing Jobs as Company Blocks Access to the Sea

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.

Police Commission Hears Witnesses in Probe of Cambodian Protester’s Alleged Death by Torture

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.

Cambodian Court Under Fire From Opposition, NGOs on Second Day of Kem Sokha Trial

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.

Prosecutors Present ‘Evidence’ as Trial of Cambodia Opposition Leader Kem Sokha Underway

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.

Hun Sen Orders Investigation Into Cambodian Prisoner’s Alleged Death by Torture

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.

Rights Groups Demand Cambodia Drop ‘Bogus’ Charges Against Kem Sokha on Eve of Treason...

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.

Cambodian Court Summons Ruling Party Spokesman to Testify in Kem Sokha Treason Trial

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.

Hundreds in Cambodia Protest Lack of Progress in Resolving Land Disputes

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.

Cambodia Casino Workers Strike for Better Pay (video)

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.

Cambodian Protester Dies in Custody, Police Deny Abuse

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.

Tourist Numbers Fall at Cambodia’s Historic Angkor Wat

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.

Cambodia Deports North Korean Workers, Shuts Down Businesses to Comply With Sanctions

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.

Cambodian Court Orders Testimony in Kem Sokha Trial From ‘Witness’ Who Never Spoke With...

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.

Cambodian Collapsed Building Owner Released on Bail

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 Calls Off Rescue Efforts in Building Collapse as Death Toll Hits Three Dozen

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.