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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.

Cambodians Remember the Past With Death of Khmer Rouge Commandant (video)

In charge of a notorious S-21 extermination camp, Kaing Guek Eav – commonly known as comrade Duch – presided over the killings of at least 16,000 people.

Rights Advocates Decry Lenient Punishment for Ousted Police Chief

Rights advocates have called for criminal proceedings to be initiated against ousted Kampong Thom police chief Ouk Kosal, who was fired by the Ministry of Interior on Monday after being accused in July of physical harassment by four of his officers.

Rights Monitors Raise Concerns Over Detention of Cambodian Youth Activists

The Special Rapporteur for Human Rights to Cambodia expressed concern on Tuesday over the recent slew of arrests of youth and rights activists, who attempted to protest restrictions on the right to free assembly in Phnom Penh.

Resolution of Wartime Debt Remains Challenge, Potential Key to Improving US-Cambodia Ties, Analysts Say

An agreement to convert Cambodia’s contentious wartime debt to the United States to development aid or which would forgive the sum would substantively improve US-Cambodia relations, analysts and observers say.

Cambodia’s Plan to Establish Internet Gateway Raises Concerns

The Cambodian government has proposed the establishment of a national internet gateway to control and monitor online traffic, drawing concerns among rights groups and businesses.

Khmer Rouge Prison Chief Duch Dead At 77, Leaves “Notorious” Legacy

Khmer Rouge Prison chief Kaing Guek Eav, who ran one of the regime’s most notorious and brutal prisons that resulted in the torture and deaths of thousands of Cambodians, died on Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.

COVID-19 No Match for Southeast Asia’s Booming Drug Trade

A string of mammoth drug busts and low street prices for methamphetamine across Southeast Asia this year suggest COVID-19 has done little to stem the flood of illegal drugs washing over the region, even as the pandemic seals borders.

China Pledges Year-Round Data to Mekong Countries Amid Drought Conditions in the Lower Basin

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday pledged to share year-round hydrological data for the Mekong River, addressing recent concerns raised by countries in the Lower Mekong who are facing low water levels and drought conditions during the current wet season.

Battambang Teachers Use Makeshift Classrooms to Tutor Students (video)

The Cambodian government had shut down all schools and educational institutions in March, on account of the increasing number of novel coronavirus cases.

U.S. Pushes Diplomatic Ties to Reset Cambodia Relationship

Observers and analysts have said the United States embassy was looking to reset its relationship with Cambodia on the back of the prolonged celebrations to mark 70 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Vietnamese Fishing Boats “Intrude” Cambodian Waters: Chinese Think Tank

A Beijing-based think tank released a report in early August to show that a few hundred Vietnamese fishing boats had entered Cambodia-controlled maritime areas in the Gulf of Thailand since June.

As The Tonle Sap Dries Up, Villagers Worry About Dwindling Fish Catch

Come August, Pursat province’s Kampong Luong commune is usually flooded from the swelling Tonle Sap Lake. The waters fill the village’s dusty paths, with all activity conducted around seven meters above ground level.

Sar Kheng: Laos Allowing Drugs to Enter Cambodia

In candid remarks, Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Saturday revealed that a huge influx of drugs was being smuggled from Laos into Cambodia as a result of loose border controls by Laos authorities.

Minor Food Jolt During COVID-19 Signals Greater Need For Local Production, Say Experts

Civil society groups and agriculture experts have said that while Cambodia’s food security was not severely impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, they believe that the contagion should be a wake-up call to strengthen domestic agricultural production and processing capabilities.

EU Trade Sanction Against Cambodia’s Crackdown Enters Into Force

The European Union’s partial suspension of trade privileges for Cambodia kicked in on Wednesday, leaving the country to absorb a potential loss in exports in light of a COVID-19-induced economic slowdown.