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Gov’t Discourages Terrifying EBA News Reports

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.”

EU’s EBA Concerns Span Press, Politics, Unions

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.

EU Submits EBA Report to Government

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.

After Kem Sokha Meeting, US Advises Gov’t to Drop Charges

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.

Poipet Military Police Detain VOD Journalists for Three Hours

Two VOD journalists were detained for three hours at the Poipet military police headquarters on Saturday after reporting on border security in the area.

Kem Sokha Allowed to Leave Home, but Ordered to Remain in Cambodia

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.

Rainsy Heads to Asia but ‘All Routes to Cambodia for Us Are Closed’

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.

Rainsy Lands in Kuala Lumpur, not Headed to Cambodia Today

CNRP acting president Sam Rainsy arrived in Kuala Lumpur this afternoon, an official for the party’s overseas wing said.

Some Airlines Deny Receiving Government’s Rainsy Warning

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.

In a Bangkok Park, Cambodian Opposition Members Weigh Returning Home

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.

Foreign Affairs Ministry Cancels Passports of 12 Opposition Officials

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.

Mu Sochua Released From Detention in Malaysia

CNRP vice-president Mu Sochua confirmed on Thursday evening that she has been released from detention at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Nearly 20,000 Forces to Be Deployed on Independence Day, Water Festival

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.

National Assembly Approves Cambodia-Vietnam Border Treaties

The National Assembly on Monday ratified two treaties demarcating the border between Cambodia and Vietnam.

47 Airlines Warned of Prosecution if They Fly Rainsy Into Cambodia

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.

Family of Deceased CNRP Activist Calls for Justice

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.

Nov 9 Will Be Rainsy’s ‘Final Day,’ CPP Spokesman Says

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.”

Interior Ministry, Civil Society to Discuss Changes to Controversial NGO Law

The Interior Ministry will discuss amendments to the controversial Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations next week, it said on Monday.

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.