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Treason Trial Opens for Cambodia Opposition Leader

The treason trial of Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha opened Wednesday, more than two years after his arrest in a case decried by his family as a "farce" and widely pilloried as politically motivated.

Young Cambodian Activists Challenge Social and Political Status Quo (video)

With two-thirds of its population under the age of 30, Cambodia is undergoing a generational shift that is challenging the nation’s social and political status quo.

Threats Against Cambodian Journalists Linger After Crackdown on Free Press (video)

Independent news organizations in Cambodia are struggling to recover from a major crackdown on the free press during the 2018 election. VOA’s Brian Padden reportsthe Cambodian government eased its pressure on the media somewhat after the EU threatened sanctions, but journalists continue to face increased risks of imprisonment and persecution.

Chinese Investment in Cambodia Comes at a Political Price (video)

China's close alliance with Cambodia has been forged, in large part, with billions of dollars in aid and investment tied to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, which provides developmental assistance around the world to strengthen trade ties and political influence.

Swedish Parliamentarian Visits Opposition Leader in Cambodia

The Cambodian government will have to enact substantial political reforms if it wants to retain a preferential trade agreement with the European Union, a Swedish lawmaker has warned. Under the agreement, known as Everything But Arms, Cambodia can export goods to the EU duty free, but that arrangement is contingent on the nation complying with international conventions regarding human and labor rights.

Observers: Cambodian Government Tightened Grip on Power in 2019

This past year, Cambodia’s prime minister, Hun Sen, consolidated his power, observers say, pointing to intimidation of the opposition and a minimal improvement of human rights following the European Union’s threat to withdraw the trade agreement Everything But Arms.

New Program Aimed at Aiding Delivery of Public Services in Phnom Penh

FILE - Trucks carry workers on a flooded street as the daily transportation brings them home from work near Trapang Anchanh village, outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Oct. 27, 2018.

Ex-Cambodia Daily Reporter: ‘No Clue’ What Triggered Criminal Charges

It was in the spring of 2017 that veteran Cambodia Daily reporters Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter traveled to Pate commune, the only constituency among 50 in Ratanakiri province that Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party, or CPP, had failed to win in prior local elections.

Cambodia’s Working Moms Turn to Baby Formula

Before Sim Ark gave birth to her second child, she didn't think much about what a workplace needed to accommodate a new...

A Glimmer of Hope for Online News in Cambodia

Minutes before a recent show, “VOD Roundtable” host Lim Thida readied notes and warmed up the day’s guests.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Tells Trump he Welcomes Better Relations

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has responded positively to a letter from U.S. President Donald Trump that encouraged him to promote democracy and improve strained relations between the two countries.

Cambodia Backs China on Hong Kong Protests

Cambodia this week reiterated its support for China’s attempts to quell violent protests in Hong Kong, citing its adherence to the “One China” policy.

Cambodia Urged to Drop Charges Against Former RFA Journalists

Rights groups and the U.S. Embassy on Thursday called for the Cambodian government to drop the charges against two former Radio Free Asia reporters who were arrested in 2017 and released on bail a year ago.

Cambodian Opposition Says Time Is Right for Democracy

Self-exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy says the European Union’s proposal to limit trade with Cambodia could support democracy there.

Cambodia Releases Opposition Leader From House Arrest

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 and preventing him from engaging in political activity.

Sam Rainsy’s Planned Return to Cambodia Sparks Fears of Political Violence

Political tensions are simmering in Cambodia. While most people are going about their everyday lives, there is an undercurrent of apprehension. Saturday is the day longtime opposition leader Sam Rainsy pegged as the date he planned to return to Cambodia, potentially ending nearly four years of exile.

E.U. To Release ‘Everything But Arms’ Investigation Report in November

The trade scheme is critical to Cambodia’s garment and footwear sector, which employs nearly one million people

As Cambodia’s Opposition Leader Plans Return, Government Cracks Down

To protect her family, Him Taing Or lied to local authorities that she and her husband had divorced.

Crackdown in Cambodia Ahead of Planned Return of Opposition Leader

Cambodian authorities have launched a crackdown on activists in a move observers say is an attempt to intimidate opposition supporters ahead of the planned, but uncertain return next month from self-exile of Sam Rainsy, the acting head of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, and other opposition leaders.

Cambodian Reporters’ Legal Limbo Traumatizes Their Families

Surrounded by a scrum of journalists bristling with equipment and shouting questions, 8-year-old Yeang Socheata has the been-here-done-that air of a person twice her height.