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More Opposition Activists ‘Confess’ to Crimes Ahead of Rainsy’s Promised Return

At least 10 opposition activists have now “confessed” and been forgiven for having supported acting party leader Sam Rainsy’s planned return to the country on November 9, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday, while government-aligned Fresh News released a video of 50 others in Svay Rieng province disavowing the party.

Two Border Provinces Ban Civil Servants From Taking Leave Around Rainsy’s Return

At least two provincial governors have banned their civil servants from taking leave or going overseas until November 13, citing orders by the Interior Ministry.

Police Request Search-and-Rescue Dogs as Missing Tourist’s Family Arrives in Koh Rong

The family of missing British tourist Amelia Bambridge has arrived on Koh Rong island as local police on Monday requested search-and-rescue dogs from national authorities to aid in their continuing search.

Paris Peace Agreements Day Celebrated as a National Holiday for the Last Time

Hundreds of activists gathered on Wednesday to celebrate the Paris Peace Agreements — the last time October 23 will be marked as a national holiday.

Six Swedish Parliamentarians Weigh In on Rainsy’s Return

Six Swedish parliamentarians urged Prime Minister Hun Sen in an open letter to allow acting opposition leader Sam Rainsy and other top party officials to return to Cambodia “without harassment or repercussions of any kind.”

Police Confirms Arrest, Extradition to Turkey of Ex-School Director

Former Zaman International School director Osman Karaca has been arrested and sent to Turkey out of “cooperation” with Ankara, National Police spokesman Chhay Kim Khoeun said on Sunday.

Rainsy’s Promise to Return a Mere ‘PR Stunt,’ Kem Sokha’s Daughter Says

The daughter of detained opposition party president Kem Sokha, who is also a spokesperson for his outlawed Cambodia National Rescue Party, called exiled party leader Sam Rainsy’s promise to return to Cambodia next month a mere “PR stunt.”

​Court Sentences Four Opposition Officials for Insult and Incitement

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has sentenced a former opposition official to one and a half years in prison for calling for a boycott of the 2018 election and criticizing the government in Facebook posts.

On Tour’s Last Stop, Hun Sen Rejects Notion of Democratic Backsliding

High turnout and the abundance of parties contesting last year’s national election showed it “went well” and democracy was “not moving backward,” Prime Minister Hun Sen said he told the Bulgarian president during a tour of Europe.

Hun Sen Asks Hungary to Support Cambodia in EBA Review

On the second stop of his European tour, Prime Minister Hun Sen again asked his hosts for support in retaining trade preferences as the E.U. reviews its “Everything But Arms” deal with Cambodia over alleged violations of political and human rights.

CNRP Members Abroad Vow Return Amid Mounting Arrests

Members of the outlawed opposition CNRP who have fled the country said this week that they will return to Cambodia next month alongside leader Sam Rainsy, despite the growing number of people arrested in connection with their support for Rainsy’s promised homecoming.

During Hun Sen Visit, Czech Premier Says Rights Are His Foreign Policy Priority

Amid a review of possible trade sanctions against his country, Prime Minister Hun Sen said he hoped to be “treated fairly” by Europe, while Czech premier Andrej Babis emphasized that human rights and democracy were his nation’s foreign policy priority.

300 Confiscated Chainsaws Turned Into Elephant Sculpture

Three-hundred chainsaws confiscated from illegal loggers have been disassembled into pieces and reconstructed into a metallic elephant sculpture that authorities hope will raise awareness about conservation in Mondulkiri province.

CNRP Activist Jailed for 18 Months Over Facebook Criticisms of Officials

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday sentenced opposition activist May Hongsreang to a year and a half in prison for incitement to commit a felony over Facebook posts criticizing government officials.

Access to Information Draft Law of ‘Average Quality,’ Expert Says

Cambodia’s draft access to information law is of “average quality” if compared to international standards, an expert who has analyzed the draft law said on Wednesday.

12 More CNRP Supporters Charged or Arrested for Backing Rainsy’s ‘Coup’

At least 12 more supporters of the outlawed opposition CNRP have been charged since Saturday with “plotting” an attack over their support for exiled party leaders’ promised return to the country next month, with four of them arrested this week.