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Kem Sokha on Tour: Goodwill Trips or ‘a Way to Do Politics’?

Ahead of the third anniversary of his arrest on a treason charge this week, opposition leader Kem Sokha has been busy, holding meetings and traveling the country.

In Rural Mondulkiri, Teachers Fear Poorer Students Have Fallen Behind

Sor Sonith, a fourth-grade teacher in Bosra commune’s Sreu Kleng primary school, quickly realized that the classes the Education Ministry was broadcasting across state television stations wouldn’t work for her 30 students in Lames village.

Police, Military Police Build Outposts in Central Phnom Penh Public Park

Police and military police have built new headquarters in a Phnom Penh public park where a large banyan tree has long been used as a gathering place for protesters.

Imprint of Abducted Thai Activist Begins to Fade From Neighborhood

Three months after a Thai activist was allegedly abducted from outside a Chroy Changvar district apartment, neighbors say other Thai regulars who used to be seen in the area are no longer around, while apartment management denies the man had even lived there.

Pagoda Visitors Scarce on First Day of Pchum Ben Amid Covid-19 Fears

Worshippers merely trickled into several Phnom Penh pagodas on the first day of Pchum Ben early Thursday, with visitors saying they had to balance Covid-19 advisories and health risks against their desire to make ancestors’ spirits happy.

Police Officer Who Allegedly Shot Man in the Back Charged, Jailed

A Poipet police officer was charged with aggravated intentional violence and sent to pretrial detention on Wednesday evening after allegedly shooting a motorcyclist in the back last week.

Holiday Period a Small Reprieve for Embattled Tourism Industry

Beleaguered by widespread closures and job losses, Cambodia’s tourism industry enjoyed a small bump last month from a surge in domestic travel, a welcome reprieve amid an outlook that remains dim.

Three Mother Nature Activists Arrested as One-Woman March Shut Down Mid-Production

Members of the environmental group Mother Nature spent Thursday trying to trace the whereabouts of three of its prominent activists, who were arrested by Phnom Penh police in the middle of producing the group’s latest campaign video.

Concerns Raised as City Hall Deploys Drones to Monitor Protesters

City Hall says protesters should have nothing to fear from its drones recently being deployed to monitor them, as long as they do nothing wrong.

Still No Date for Resuming Kem Sokha Trial After Five Months: Lawyer

Seeking a “quick and fair” trial, a lawyer for opposition leader Kem Sokha said the ongoing suspension of his client’s court proceedings could impact his rights.

‘Karmic Justice Awaits’: Duch, Dead at 77, Was Symbol of Genocide

When a pair of journalists tracked down Kaing Guek Eav in Battambang in 1999, he was an aid worker and born-again Christian.

Breaking: Khmer Rouge Torture Center Chief ‘Duch’ Dies

The former head of Khmer Rouge detention center S-21, Kaing Guek Eav, known by his alias “Duch,” died late Tuesday night in a Phnom Penh hospital, the spokesperson of the tribunal that convicted Duch of crimes against humanity and other crimes said on Wednesday.

Man Accuses Police Officer of Shooting Him in the Back

A victim of an alleged police shooting filed a court complaint on Monday against a police official in Banteay Meanchey province for attempted manslaughter and illegal use of a weapon — an incident national police brushed off as being only a “warning shot.”

28 Opposition Officials Summoned for Incitement in Kampong Cham: CNRP

As many as 28 former opposition party members from Kampong Chamhave been summoned to appear in the provincial court over accusations of incitement, while a former CNRP district councilor for Phnom Penh also faces questioning for alleged incitement to disturb social security in the capital, the CNRP said.

CNRP Breakaway Son Chhay Often Challenged Leaders, Including His Own

In a 2014 interview with an Australian magazine, Son Chhay bemoaned that Cambodian politics had become “a personal game” between Prime Minister Hun Sen and then-CNRP president Sam Rainsy, criticizing his own boss.

Youth Activist Group Plans 8-Day Protest After Two Members Jailed

The youth activist group that has been driving this month’s protests in support of unionist Rong Chhun will again attempt to hold a demonstration against the arrests of government critics — including two of its members now in jail — early next month.

Select Public Schools to Reopen After Six-Month Covid-19 Closure

The Education Ministry will allow grade 9 and 12 students from one public high school in Phnom Penh, and students across four provinces deemed “low-risk” for Covid-19 transmission, to head back to classrooms in just over a week, following six months of shuttered schools.

Tourism Complex Workers Continue Protest Amid Negotiations

Performers and staff from the Cambodian Cultural Village in Siem Reap continued protesting through Thursday, fearing the loss of an administrative office would make working conditions worse in the future.

Farmers Displaced by Planned Phnom Penh Airport Seek Better Deal

About 50 villagers who say their farmland falls within the planned site of the new Phnom Penh International Airport submitted a petition at Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Takhmao City residence on Tuesday to ask for a bigger payout from the airport’s developer.

Appeal Court Rejects Rong Chhun’s Bail Request

The Appeal Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court decision to arrest and jail unionist Rong Chhun over his claims that Cambodia had ceded land to Vietnam, denying him release on bail as his supporters continued to rally outside the court.