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Investigation Underway in Cambodia Over Thai Activist’s Disappearance

Cambodia’s national police force has launched an investigation into the alleged abduction of Thai political activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit despite earlier calling his disappearance “fake news,” prompting frustration over delays from a rights group that demanded an independent and transparent probe.

Cambodian Court Denies Bail for 10 Jailed Opposition Officials

An appellate court in Cambodia Monday denied the bail request of 10 officials of the banned opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party who were jailed in January on charges of being complicit in treason.

Rights Groups Call for Probe in Thai Activist’s Kidnapping in Cambodia

A Thai political activist was snatched from the streets of Cambodia’s capital in broad daylight, human rights groups alleged on Friday, as they urged authorities to investigate the case amid a spate of abductions of Thai exiles in Southeast Asian countries.

The ‘Respectable’ Faces That Help Cambodia’s Elite Loot the Country

In August 1990, one year before he took up his role as U.S. ambassador to Cambodia, Charles Twining wrote that “the Phnom Penh regime is … acquiring a significant reputation for corruption.”

Cambodian Environmental Activists End Bicycle Campaign Citing Threat of Arrest

A Cambodian environmental advocacy group on Thursday suspended a campaign calling on the government to protect an island habitat in Koh Kong province after its bicycle-mounted youth activists faced harassment and the threat of arrest from local authorities, according to the group’s members.

Cambodia Charges Former Opposition Official With ‘Incitement’ as Calls Grow For Loan Relief

A court in Cambodia’s capital on Tuesday officially charged a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) commune councilor with “incitement to commit a felony,” a day after Prime Minister Hun Sen vowed to “eradicate” the opposition party’s local network for allegedly seeking to topple his government.

COVID-19 Pandemic ‘Greatest Threat to Cambodia’s Development’: World Bank

Concerns over the spread of coronavirus have severely damaged Cambodia’s economy, with the country’s important tourism, export, and construction sectors especially hard hit, the World Bank said in a new report on Friday.

Cambodia’s Farmers Thrive as Coronavirus Border Closures Keep Out Crop Competition

Farmers in Cambodia’s Battambang province are some of the few people in the country to benefit from efforts to contain the coronavirus outbreak, saying they finally have a market for their crops and can earn a living now that the border of neighboring Thailand has closed due to the pandemic.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Reopens Border to Cambodians Stranded Abroad Due to Pandemic

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday announced that he was reopening the country’s borders to Cambodian nationals who have been living abroad during the coronavirus pandemic, regardless of whether they have been medically cleared of infection.

Cambodia’s Supreme Court Rejects Return of Former RFA Reporters’ Passports

Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to hand back the passports of two former RFA reporters being investigated on charges of espionage, but returned the ID card of one of the two men.

Cambodians Forced to Sell Assets to Repay Loans as Coronavirus Hammers Economy

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer the economy, many Cambodians are being forced to sell their livestock and farms to pay off debts to banks and microfinance institutions, prompting calls for the government to prevent lenders from collecting during the outbreak.

Vietnamese Military Shelters Remain in Disputed Border Area Despite Cambodian Diplomatic Protest

Vietnam has yet to dismantle a string of military shelters set up in a disputed area along its border with Cambodia more than a week after Phnom Penh lodged a diplomatic protest through its embassy in Hanoi, Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Kuy Kong said Friday.

COVID-19 Border Closure Hits Cambodians Serving Thai Border Hard

Cambodia’s border restrictions to combat the coronavirus pandemic have taken a huge toll on the livelihood of citizens relying on commerce or migrant work in neighboring Thailand, workers and local leaders near the frontier told RFA on Thursday.

Chinese Sugar Company Leases Parts of Cambodian Land Concession to Farmers

A Chinese sugar company with a large long-term land concession in Cambodia came under fire from NGOs Tuesday for leasing parts of the concession to local villagers, collecting rent instead of engaging in the activities stipulated in its contract with the Cambodian government.

Cambodia Announces Drive to Clear Cases in the Country’s Courts

Cambodia has launched a new campaign to reduce backlogs and pending cases in provincial and municipal courts as a first step in a reform of the country’s judicial system, Cambodia’s justice minister said on Monday.

Cambodian Opposition Member Urges King Sihamoni to Intervene in Political Deadlock

A member of Cambodia’s opposition party marked the 67th birthday of King Norodom Sihamoni on Thursday by urging him to stop “ignoring” the country’s political stalemate, prompting the ruling party to dismiss the widely held view that it exerts pressure on him to harden its grip on power.

Cambodian Fishing Villages Fear Job Loss Due to Mangrove Beach Development Plans

Thousands of villagers in southern Cambodia’s Kampot province are fearing loss of their fishing rights amid plans by a company linked to the ruling party to develop large stretches of a coastal mangrove forest for a port, satellite city, and golf course, residents said Thursday.

Civil Society Urges Cambodia’s Government to Amend Newly Enacted Law on State of Emergency

A group of more than five dozen civil society organizations (CSOs) and communities called Wednesday for Cambodia’s government to “immediately undertake consultation and amend” a newly enacted law authorizing a state of emergency to contain the spread of the coronavirus, citing a threat to human rights.

Young Woman Becomes 16th Targeted in Brutal Assaults on Cambodia Opposition Since Mid-2019

A young woman activist with the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has been attacked by an unknown assailant, bringing to 16 the number targeted since mid-2019 and prompting condemnation from the opposition Tuesday over what they allege is a campaign of intimidation by authorities.

Cambodian Police to Ease Crackdown on Traffic Law Violators Amid Coronavirus

The Cambodian National Police Commission said Friday it would ease a crackdown on traffic violations after a public uproar about arbitrary and excessive fines at a time when the population is struggling economically during the COVID-19 pandemic.