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No Cases of Coronavirus in Cambodia, Health Ministry Says

Cambodia has no confirmed cases of a new respiratory virus that has killed at least 17 people in China and spread to five countries, a Health Ministry spokesman said on Friday.

Cambodia Again Ranked Most Corrupt Among Asean Countries

Cambodia continues to rank below most of Asia in Transparency International’s global corruption index, dropping one spot to No. 162 worldwide.

Sokha Tells Court to Ask the US About His Intentions

Banned opposition party leader Kem Sokha urged the court to question U.S. officials if the presiding judge doesn’t believe his stated relationship with foreign states.

Full Kem Sokha Video a ‘Gift’ to Prosecution, Government Lawyer Says

A government lawyer called the defense teams’ evidence a “gift” to his case at the end of the third day of a treason trial against banned opposition leader Kem Sokha.

Unions Repeat Call to Find Justice for Murdered Labor Leader Chea Vichea

Union leaders on Wednesday urged a reinvestigation into the murder of labor leader Chea Vichea, who was shot dead while buying a morning newspaper in Phnom Penh 16 years ago.

Former CNRP Councilor Attacked in Latest Assault on Opposition Activists

A former CNRP commune councilor was attacked by two unidentified men on a motorbike in Phnom Penh on Monday, adding to a string of assaults on politicians and activists from the banned political party.

Military Drone Found Near UDG Site Was Made in China, Official, Experts Say

A crashed military drone found in Koh Kong province last week about 7 km from a controversial Chinese development project was manufactured in China, drone experts and a Cambodian Air Force official said on Monday.

Workers at Struggling Factories Protest Over Unpaid Wages

Nearly 2,000 garment workers in Kandal province protested this week as owners reduced their work or shut down the businesses altogether.

Two Military Police Officers Jailed Over Detainee’s Death

The Banteay Meanchey Provincial Court charged two military police officers and placed them in pretrial detention following the death of a land activist who was arrested during a protest last month and allegedly tortured by officers.

Workers Protest for Severance From Closed Five-Star Hotel

More than 100 former employees of the shuttered Great Duke Phnom Penh hotel protested on Monday morning in front of the hotel demanding that their seniority payments and other benefits get paid out.

UN Says Kem Sokha Trial ‘Tainted by Irregularities’

U.N. representatives issued a statement on Friday calling the trial of Kem Sokha, the leader of the outlawed opposition, “tainted by irregularities,” and criticized his arrest without a warrant, arbitrary detention and the lack of public access to trial proceedings.

Military Police Questioned Over Alleged Torture Death, Official Says

Military police officers in Banteay Meanchey province are being questioned in regards to the alleged torture of five detained land activists, one of whom died this month while in custody, the military police spokesman said on Wednesday.

Let Us Observe Kem Sokha Trial Firsthand, Civil Society Groups Say

Civil society groups on Thursday called on the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to give them and journalists access to the trial of the leader of the dissolved opposition, Kem Sokha, as the first day of hearings saw nearly no journalists or NGOs allowed to observe.

Kem Sokha Defends Actions as Democratic, Not Hostile: Lawyers

Kem Sokha argued in court on Thursday that his political and NGO activities adhered to democratic and human rights principles, and therefore would not be a crime under the charge of conspiring with a foreign power, according to his lawyers.

Kem Sokha Trial, Day 1: Hearing Concludes With Questions About Rights Group Funders

The first day of opposition leader Kem Sokha’s trial for treason begins at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court today, more than two years after his arrest. Journalists were denied passes to attend the hearings, though a Reuters reporter said “a few” were allowed in on the day.

Court Lacks Means to Let Journalists Report on Kem Sokha Trial: Official

Justice Ministry spokesman Chin Malin denied that the courts were excluding journalists from opposition leader Kem Sokha’s trial on Wednesday out of principle — they just did not have enough space for them or the equipment to broadcast the proceedings.

Swedish MP: Cambodia Is Breaking EBA Rules; ‘We Cannot Tolerate That’

Swedish parliamentarian Asa Eriksson told VOD in an interview that Cambodia was “breaking the rules” of the “Everything But Arms” duty-free trade scheme with the E.U. by disrespecting human rights, which could not be tolerated.

Striking NagaWorld Employees Back to Work After Reaching Deal

More than 1,000 striking NagaWorld workers were poised to return to their jobs on Saturday after striking a deal to reinstate their union representative and receive higher wages.

Land Activist Beaten Before Death in Custody, Fellow Detainees Claim

Three land rights activists say they were beaten at the Banteay Meanchey provincial military police headquarters alongside a fellow detainee who later died after being transferred to the provincial prison.

Mentally Ill Man Detained After Allegedly Throwing Rocks at PM’s House

​A man who is living with a mental illness was sent to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday and remains in detention after allegedly throwing rocks at Prime Minister Hun Sen’s residence in the capital earlier this week, his mother said.