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Government spokesman Phay Siphan on Thursday appealed to media outlets to stop seeing the potential loss of duty-free trade with the E.U. as “an evil that is terrifying for Cambodia.”
The European Union has called on Cambodia to protect labor and human rights associated with land titling, press freedom, political participation, trade union organizing for teachers and informal workers, and other areas of concern, in order to keep its duty-free trade access to the bloc.
The E.U. on Tuesday sent the Cambodian government its preliminary report on the possible suspension of duty-free trade over political and human rights concerns, the bloc said in a statement.
A day after having his court restrictions relaxed, opposition leader Kem Sokha on Monday met with the French and U.S. ambassadors at his home, though he refrained from speaking to journalists because he was unclear whether it would violate his ban on participating in politics.
Two VOD journalists were detained for three hours at the Poipet military police headquarters on Saturday after reporting on border security in the area.
Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha has been released from de facto house arrest following a 2017 arrest on widely criticized treason charges, but remains under court supervision, according to a court statement published by government-aligned Fresh News Sunday.
CNRP acting president Sam Rainsy, who had pledged to return to Cambodia today with aims of putting the nation on a democratic path, will arrive in an undisclosed Asian country this afternoon, opposition vice president Mu Sochua said.
CNRP acting president Sam Rainsy arrived in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon, an official for the party’s overseas wing said.
Some international airlines said this week that they had not been warned against bringing exiled senior opposition leaders back into the country, seemingly contradicting earlier statements by the Cambodian government.
Five members of Cambodia’s outlawed opposition party met with dozens of others in Kampong Speu province in December over Cambodian noodles to celebrate the CNRP’s new acting president.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry has revoked the Cambodian passports of 12 senior opposition leaders, with a ministry spokesman saying the officials were fleeing from the law.
CNRP vice-president Mu Sochua confirmed on Thursday evening that she has been released from detention at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Nearly 20,000 members of the armed and police forces will be deployed during upcoming public holidays from Saturday, when leaders of the outlawed opposition party have vowed to return to the country.
The National Assembly on Monday ratified two treaties demarcating the border between Cambodia and Vietnam.
Nearly 50 airlines have been warned that they could face criminal prosecution if they carry Sam Rainsy and other senior opposition officials into Cambodia, the Civil Aviation Secretariat has said, while Rainsy on Monday again vowed to return to the country this weekend.
The family of a former opposition activist who died after falling off a police motorbike on the way to being questioned has demanded that the officers take responsibility for her death.
As opposition leader Sam Rainsy vowed to put his freedom and life on the line in his attempt to return to Cambodia on November 9, the ruling party said on Tuesday that the day would mark his “final day.”
The Interior Ministry will discuss amendments to the controversial Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations next week, it said on Monday.
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.
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.