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Six killed and 24 injured in Cambodian Hotel Building Collapse

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.

Cambodia PM Hun Sen Using ‘Thank You Peace’ Campaign to Divert Attention From Abuses:...

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 Top Cop Lauds Crackdown on Opposition in New Year Message

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).

Cambodian Court Rejects Request to Drop Reinvestigation of Former RFA Reporters

A court in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh on Monday rejected an appeal by two former RFA reporters to drop a reinvestigation into pornography charges against them, while the pair also await a decision on whether authorities will proceed with a further investigation into accusations of espionage.

Opposition Activists Increasingly Flee Cambodia For Thailand Amid Government Pressure

An increasing number of activists from Cambodia’s opposition party are fleeing to Thailand to pursue their goals amid growing pressure from local authorities, they said Friday, despite what appears to be a relative easing of restrictions on the country’s political space.

Cambodian Authorities Bar Villagers in Land Dispute From Hearing RFA

Local authorities in central Cambodia’s Kampong Chhnang province have warned villagers locked in a land dispute not to listen in groups to reports by Radio Free Asia, saying that broadcasts heard over loudspeaker have disturbed their neighbors, sources in the region said.

Cambodian Court to Issue Ruling on ‘Reinvestigation’ of Case Against Former RFA Reporters

An appeals court in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh will rule Dec. 30 on an appeal by two former RFA reporters to drop a reinvestigation into pornography charges against them, with a decision on a further investigation into charges of espionage still outstanding, sources said.

Cambodian Deputy Police Inspector Arrested for Shooting Restauranteur Dead

Authorities in Cambodia have arrested on murder charges a police official accused of shooting a restauranteur in the head at point-blank range over delays in his food order.

Cambodia’s King Signs Controversial Treaty Defining Border With Vietnam

Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni has put into effect a treaty that would complete the demarcation line between Cambodia and neighboring Vietnam, drawing criticism from opponents of Prime Minister Hun Sen who say the move violates the country’s sovereignty.

$5 million apartment a launchpad to London high society for niece of Hun Sen

Moving to the English capital has allowed Hun Chantha to overhaul her public persona from ‘klepto-brat’ into respectable socialite.

Waste From Chinese Gold Mines Sickens Villagers, Kills Livestock and Fish in Cambodia

Villagers in Cambodia’s Kratie and Mondulkiri provinces are voicing fears for their health following the release into rivers of toxic waste from Chinese gold mines that has sickened local residents and killed livestock and fish, local sources say.

Chinese Tourists to Cambodia Grow, But Yield Little Revenue For Locals

More than two million Chinese tourists visited Cambodia in the first 10 months of the year, the government said in a report, representing nearly a quarter increase for the same period in 2018, but a local tourism association suggested numbers had dwindled and yielded little revenue for Cambodians.

Chinese Police Work in Cambodia to Handle Chinese Suspects

For almost a year, Chinese police officials have worked from an office in Cambodia’s National Police headquarters to help identify and handle Chinese nationals suspected of committing crimes in the Southeast Asian country, RFA has learned.

Proposed Amendments to Cambodia’s Law on Trade Unions Fall Short of Labor Rights Standards:...

Proposed amendments to Cambodia’s Law on Trade Unions (TUL) fail to meet labor rights standards and were adopted without consulting relevant stakeholders, a group of civil society organizations (CSOs) said Wednesday, calling on Prime Minister Hun Sen to revisit the provisions before they are signed into law.

Top EU Envoy Urges Cambodia to Open Political Space With Two Months to Go...

Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union, has called on Cambodia to take “immediate action” to reinstate democratic freedoms with less than two months remaining until the bloc decides whether to suspend the Southeast Asian nation’s tariff-free access to its markets.

Beijing Asks Cambodia to Send Accused Chinese Home for Trial

China’s embassy in Cambodia has requested assistance from the Cambodian government in arresting Chinese nationals who are suspected of committing crimes in the Southeast Asian country, and deporting them back to China, officials told RFA’s Khmer Service

Cambodia’s Draft Law on Access to Information Fails to Meet International Standards: Rights Groups

Cambodia’s recently introduced Draft Law on Access to Information, which could strike a blow to systemic graft in the country, “has numerous shortcomings” and should be amended to include key recommendations that would bring it in line with international standards, according to rights groups.

Cambodia Responds to Damning EU Report on Rights Record as Loss of Trade Status...

Cambodia’s government on Thursday said it had responded to a list of concerns from the European Union that could lead to the suspension of its tariff-free access to the bloc’s markets if it fails to take drastic action to improve the country’s rights record.

With EBA Status on the Line, Hun Sen Says Cambodia Will Ignore EU’s Recommendations

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday reiterated his stance that the country would not give in to the European Union’s recommendations on human rights and governance simply to preserve the country’s status under the trade bloc’s Everything But Arms (EBA) program.

Cambodia Angered Over US Sanctions on Two Businessmen Accused of Graft, Illegal Logging

Cambodia on Tuesday slammed a decision by the U.S. to sanction a business tycoon and a government official accused of graft and illegal logging, calling the move an attack on its national sovereignty and interference in its internal affairs.