Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Home Authors Posts by VOA Cambodia

VOA Cambodia


Judge, Prosecution Suggest Foreign Funding and Assistance Given to Kem Sokha’s Political Party

The prosecution and a judge in the Kem Sokha’s treason trial strongly hinted on Thursday that foreign assistance and funding was given to the opposition leader’s Human Rights Party, though providing little evidence to support the thinly-veiled suggestion.

Amnesty International Highlights Ongoing Oppression Of Gov’t Critics

More than two years after the main opposition party was dissolved and independent media were shuttered, rights group Amnesty International said civil and political rights, and press freedom in Cambodia remain severely constrained.

Court Asks Kem Sokha About “Secret Structure” Of Volunteers At CCHR

The Council of Judges asked opposition leader Kem Sokha Wednesday morning if he ran a “secret structure” of volunteers at the provincial offices of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, an allegation flatly denied by the defendant.

Analysts: Kem Sokha Trial To Reveal Govt’s Political Calculations

As opposition leader Kem Sokha’s treason trial enters its third week, observers and political analysts say even the commencement of the trial, setting aside questions about the charges, signals a further deterioration in Cambodia’s more than two-year long democratic backslide.

Land Dispute Victims Point To Military Police Beatings In Tuy Sros Death

Two people arrested with Tuy Sros told VOA Khmer they saw military police personnel beat up the farmer mercilessly and refused to acknowledge his pleas for treatment.

Cambodia Confirms One Case of Coronavirus in Coastal Town of Sihanoukville

The Cambodian Ministry of Health confirmed Monday evening the first case of the novel coronavirus in the country’s coastal province of Preah Sihanouk.

Cambodia Ranks Poorly in Global Corruption Perception Index

Cambodia continued to rank lowest compared to other Southeast Asia countries, according to a corruption index released by Transparency International on Thursday, ranking at 162 of 180 countries.

Kem Sokha Denies US Pushed for ‘Yugoslavia Style’ Revolution, Says CCHR Did Not Foment...

Opposition leader Kem Sokha said the United States government did not recommend he start a “Yugoslavia” style revolution in Cambodia and that the Cambodian Center for Human Rights was not used as a platform to instigate a grassroots uprising against Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Kem Sokha Trial: Day 3 Begins With Submission of Defense Evidence, “Treason” Video To...

The defense began the proceedings by detailing all 35 pieces of evidence. This included the one-hour video clip of his 2013 speech in Australia, which has already been admitted by the judges.

Kem Sokha Trial: Defense and Prosecution Disagree On Alleged ‘Treason’ Video

The defense said that two sections of the 1-hour video – one around 105 seconds and the other 31 seconds – had been edited together.

Cambodian Authorities On Alert for Novel Coronavirus During Chinese New Year

There were no reported cases of the novel coronavirus in Cambodia as of Monday, Ly Sovann said, but that health officials were on alert during the Chinese New Year holidays.

UN Rapporteurs Point To Irregularities In ‘Tainted’ Sokha Trial

The experts said the trial had been “tainted” by the “clear neglect” of international, human rights and domestic laws. Kem Sokha faced up to 30 years if he is found guilty of conspiring with a foreign power.

Khmer Rouge Victims Welcome Preservation of Textiles At Tuol Sleng Museum

The launch of the project was attended by Culture Minister Phoeurng Sackona and U.S. Ambassador W. Patrick Murphy last Thursday. The U.S. ambassador said it was critical to preserve the “sacred objects”, which were visual reminders of the genocidal regime.

Appeal Court Considers Ex-RFA Reporters Motion On Lower Court Ruling

Yeang Sothearin agreed with his lawyer, saying that the elongation of the investigation period was only meant to burden him and Uon Chhin.

Gov’t Rejects Human Rights Watch Report, Calls It “Revenge”

The report said there had been an increase in political prisoners, which is linked to the criminalizing of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, forcing its supporters and activists to live in fear or flee the country.

Kem Sokha Says Court Equating His Political Strategy to Color Revolution

Kem Sokha also recounted that he questioned the court on his treason charge saying that the Criminal Code was enforced in 2010, but that his alleged crimes were, according to the court, dating back to 1993.

Kem Sokha Trial Adjourned Till Next Week, Defense Given Time To Submit Evidence

Journalists have so far relied on short comments from government and defense lawyers when the court is in recess, but have lacked a lot of critical details about the two days of hearings.

Kem Sokha Says Court Unable To Understand His Political Strategy

The court has resumed the trial hearing Thursday morning, where the judges will delve into Kem Sokha's work from 2008 till he was arrested in 2017.

Kem Sokha Arrives For First Day Of Treason Trial

Two and half years after he was first arrested, Kem Sokha will face a panel of three judges on a treason charge, widely considered to be frivolous.

Kem Sokha Wants Court To Play Entire “Treason” Video

After the two-minute edited clip was played in court, Kem Sokha, responding to queries from the panel of three judges, said that the video did not belong to him, but that he was the person who was speaking in the clip.