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Authorities Steer Clear of Prosecuting Senator, Generals in Mondulkiri Land Grab

A Cambodian People’s Party Senator, military generals, local officials, and commune chiefs have gotten off with only a rap on the knuckles after being involved in an attempted land grab in the northeastern province of Mondulkiri.

US Counters China with New Aid for Five Countries in Southeast Asia

The U.S. government aims to take another bite out of Chinese influence in Southeast Asia with a partnership to aid five countries that traditionally tap Beijing for help, experts in the region say.

Senator Ly Yong Phat’s Family Given Preah Sihanouk State Land for Tourism Development

The Cambodian government has granted a 600-hectare concession to the family of notorious tycoon Ly Yong Phat, whose sugarcane concessions have been at the center of human rights violations.

City Hall, Trash Collectors Reach Agreement Over Labor Benefits

Trash collection workers are expected to return to work after reaching an agreement with City Hall, which guaranteed that workers would get mandatory labor benefits if their contracts were terminated by waste management firm Cintri Cambodia.

Civil Society Groups Say Draft Cybercrime Law Risks Free Expression, Privacy

A recent draft of the cybercrime law obtained by VOA Khmer has drawn concerns from NGOs and rights groups over clauses that could help the government intensify its crackdown on freedom of expression, while also raising privacy and data collection concerns.

Online Journalist Convicted and Given Suspended Sentence for Quoting Hun Sen

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court convicted online journalist Sovann Rithy on Monday morning and handed him an 18-month suspended sentence, nearly six months after he was arrested for reporting comments made by Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Cambodian Garment Workers Fear For Their Future (video)

The Cambodian government has allocated $1.2 billion to bolster an economy struggling with the withdrawal of some European trade perks and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Luke Hunt reports from Phnom Penh.

Unknown Assailants Damage Car and Beat Two Kratie Journalists

Two journalists in Kratie province have filed a police complaint in Tbong Khmum province accusing unknown assailants of beating them while on a reporting trip to cover forestry crimes.

U.N. Rights Office Says Cambodian Police Intimidated Local Staff, Civil Society Groups

A United Nations report to the Human Rights Council showed that its human rights activities and programs were subject to uninvited police presence and surveillance in Cambodia, with local rights monitoring groups facing similar adversities.

At U.N. Meeting, Hun Sen Blasts E.U. Trade Sanctions As “Biased and Unfair”

Prime Minister Hun Sen criticized the partial withdrawal of trade privileges by the European Union at the United Nations General Assembly session on Saturday, characterizing the economic bloc’s move as “biased” and “unfair.”

Cambodian Dissidents Sentenced as Crackdown Continues

In a move that signals a significant escalation in the Cambodian government’s crackdown on the outlawed opposition party and dissent, a court has sentenced seven of its former officials for “plotting” in a case linked to their support of the unsuccessful return of self-exiled opposition figure Sam Rainsy in November 2019.

As ADB Revises Growth Estimates, Concerns Remain Over Garment and Construction Sectors

The Asian Development Bank said the slowdown in the garment and construction sectors continued to pose a risk to the economy, estimating a four percent contraction in its latest Cambodia update.

US Aims to Boost Trade with Cambodia, Encourage, Strengthen Human Rights, Ambassador Murphy Says

U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy spoke with VOA Khmer reporter Bopha Phorn late last month at his residence in Phnom Penh.

Escalating Attacks on Cambodian Activists Test the E.U.’s Post-EBA Influence

Moung Sony lost contact with his younger brother, Moung Sopheak, on the afternoon of September 10. Hours later, Moung Sony, the president of the Khmer Student Intellectual League Association, was informed by the United Nations officials that Moung Sopheak was arrested by the police.

Cambodia Allocates $1.2 Billion to Bolster Economy

The Cambodian government has allocated $1.2 billion to bolster an economy struggling with the withdrawal of some European trade perks and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former CNRP Official Calls Two-Day Interrogation an Act of “Intimidation”

Former Cambodia National Rescue Party official Oeur Narith was released on Monday after being questioned for two days in police custody, labeling the detention as an attempt to intimidate him.

US Aims to Boost Trade with Cambodia, Encourage, Strengthen Human Rights, Ambassador Murphy Says

U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia W. Patrick Murphy spoke with VOA Khmer reporter Bopha Phorn late last month at his residence in Phnom Penh.

U.N., E.U. Call for Government to Cease Escalating Attacks on Activists

The European Union on Friday expressed serious concern over the recent spate of arrests and detentions of youth and rights advocates, linked to a government crackdown on protests emanating from the arrest of trade unionist Rong Chhun.

Hun Manet Warns Troops of Opposition Attempts to Sow Dissension

Army Commander Hun Manet asked troops to be wary of opposition groups attempting to sow dissent among the ranks in an attempt to destroy peace, which is a thinly-veiled reference to Sam Rainsy’s past calls for the military to disobey orders if asked to kill Cambodian citizens.

UN Agency Condemns Cambodia’s Repression of Human Rights Defenders

The U.N. human rights office is condemning what it calls growing repressive measures by the Cambodian government that stifles freedom of expression and assembly practiced by the country's human rights defenders.