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Heightened Security Measures Dampen Water Festival Celebrations in Phnom Penh

Visitor numbers have nearly halved for the first day of the Water Festival celebrations in Phnom Penh, owing to a heavy presence of security personnel.

UN Rapporteur Pushes for Kem Sokha’s Release, Rights Group Calls For Sustained Pressure

United Nations Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith on Tuesday called on the government to either conclude the case against opposition leader Kem Sokha or drop the charges against him in order to restore his political and civil rights.

Kem Sokha Meets Diplomatic Representatives Following Easing of Bail Restrictions

A day after his bail conditions were eased, opposition leader Kem Sokha met with the French and U.S. ambassadors at his residence on Monday.

Cambodian Opposition Leader Sees Partial Easing Of Bail Conditions, Treason Charges Remain

Opposition leader Kem Sokha said he would continue to fight for his innocence hours after a Phnom Penh court changed the conditions of his bail, allowing him to move within the country, but still restricting his travel overseas or preventing him from engaging in political activity.

Cambodian Opposition Figure Rainsy Promises to Intensify Action

Cambodia’s self-exiled opposition veteran Sam Rainsy said on Sunday he would help organize protests against authoritarian ruler Hun Sen to build on growing international pressure for change in his home country.

Cambodia Fortifies Border Town Ahead of Sam Rainsy’s Possible Return

Members of Cambodia’s opposition have spent the past few days crossing Southeast Asia in an attempt to return to Cambodia, a return promised by their exiled leader, Sam Rainsy.

Poipet Sees Heightened Security Cover, Residents Prevented From Accessing The Border

The blockade in Poipet comes as CNRP leaders have faced difficulties reaching Thailand.

Cambodian Opposition Leader Doesn’t Return as Promised

Self-exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who had promised to return Saturday to Cambodia from Paris to mark the country's 66th Independence Day, landed in Malaysia Saturday, but he did not return to Cambodia, after months of speculation and escalating tensions here.

CNRP Leaders, Supporters Face ASEAN Blockade Over Planned Return

If Rainsy did not return to Cambodia on November 9, it certainly would deal a heavy blow to the morale of CNRP supporters, said Astrid Norén-Nilsson, author of Cambodia's Second Kingdom: Nation, Imagination, and Democracy.

Prime Minister Hun Sen Sends Another Warning To CNRP Supporters

The prime minster was speaking at a development strategy event in Phnom Penh and even mocked Sam Rainsy, saying he was too cowardly to return to Cambodia.

Security Forces Fortify Border Town ahead of Sam Rainsy’s Return

The extreme security measures have made But Pov’s husband, Kat Buny, anxious and reluctant to speak to the media. He is worried any comments can be misconstrued by the authorities, who have characterized Sam Rainsy’s return as an attempted coup.

Increased Expectations in Phnom Penh, Concerns about Potential Political Violence, as Politics in Cambodia...

Sam Rainsy has been in exile since 2015, when an arrest warrant was issued for him, causing him to remain in self-imposed exile. Since then, Cambodian courts have found him guilty on multiple charges, which he says are trumped up.

U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo Urged by House Members to Act for Cambodians

Five U.S. Congressmen want Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to urge the Cambodian government to “uphold Cambodia’s constructional commitment to principles of liberal multi-party democracy.”

Live Blog: Cambodia’s Opposition Returns

Despite efforts by Cambodian government of Prime Minister Hun Sen to block their return to the country, leaders of the Cambodia National Rescue Party have vowed to return home on Saturday, Nov 9 -- the country's independence day.

Warning over Cambodia’s Garment Workers As EU Tariff Threat Looms

Tens of thousands of garment workers in Cambodia could face exploitation if proposed EU trade sanctions cause major fashion brands to downsize there, labour rights activists have warned.

Awaiting Political Foes, Cambodia Stages Security Exercise

Sam Rainsy has been Hun Sen’s most prominent foe for decades. He went into exile in late 2015 to avoid a two-year prison sentence on charges of criminal defamation. Other legal cases have since been lodged against him by the government.

Interior Ministry Increases Security Ahead of Sam Rainsy’s Return

The minister also ordered the monitoring of people at the village level and asked officials to educate them to stay away from any anti-government activities.

Rights Groups Call for Release of Youth Activists Arrested During Kem Ley Memorial

The APHR statement criticized the Supreme Court’s failure to rule on Kong Raiya’s bail application, pushing back the decision to November 4. Soung Neak Poun’s bail application is due before the court on November 15.

Government Admits to Monitoring Opposition Officials ahead Of Sam Rainsy’s Return

Cambodian observers have long expressed concern over the government’s surveillance capabilities.

Cambodia’s Draft 2020 Budget Shows Significant Increase in Defense Spending

The government draft 2020 budget released recently shows an increase in national security and defense spending, accounting for more than a quarter of all government spending next year.