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Cambodia: Drop bogus “espionage” charges against former Radio Free Asia journalists

Ahead of the two-year anniversary of the arrest of former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin, Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East and Southeast Asia, said:

The Cambodian Case: Ideological Challenge to South-East Asia

At the request of the Phnom Penh authorities, Mu Sochua, a senior figure in the Cambodian opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), was briefly detained by Malaysian immigration officers when she tried to enter Cambodia on 7 November.

Wishing Cambodia well as it peaceably moves forward

On a visit to Siem Reap in Cambodia some years ago, an expatriate Malaysian there intimated an open secret: that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is an admirer of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

ASEAN and Non-Interference: What Do Cambodia’s Evolving Opposition Dynamics Reveal?

A closer look at Southeast Asia’s evolving approach to non-interference and the cross-border impacts of Cambodia’s recent opposition dynamics.

Hun Sen’s media witch-hunt must end

Almost two years after their arrest on outlandish charges of "espionage", two of Cambodia's finest journalists are snared by a government assault on free expression.

Sam Rainsy’s circus casts a pall over Cambodia

Annual Water Festival tempered by tight security and threats of war.

Dynamism of Chinese investment in Cambodia

According to the “ASEAN Investment Report 2019,” Cambodia’s FDI inflows reached an all-time high last year, with growth concentrated in manufacturing and services, particularly finance and insurance. Foreign direct investment increased by 15% to US$3.1 billion, the highest level ever recorded.

Sam Rainsy Return Hype Ripples Across ASEAN

Even though the opposition leader’s return to Cambodia itself may be unlikely, his loudly trumpeted voyage has sparked headlines across the region.

Cambodia politics as high-stakes game of chicken

Long-exiled opposition politician Sam Rainsy plans to return home on November 9 to mount a pro-democracy protest authorities vow to crush.

Why a 65-year-old grandmother is freely flying to probable imprisonment in Cambodia

In a few days, a 65-year-old grandmother will freely board a plane on a journey to probable imprisonment in a foul Cambodian jail. Mu Sochua, one of Cambodia’s most influential politicians, is the vice president of the outlawed opposition party trying to return democracy to Cambodia. She carries a U.S. passport but is under no illusion that this will protect her from the ire of Hun Sen, the strongman of Cambodia.

A football match, and Cambodia’s women

Oct. 10 was a landmark night for the disparate nations of Cambodia and Iran. Facing off in Tehran for their World Cup 2022 qualifier, Iran inflicted the Cambodian national team’s heaviest ever defeat with 14-0.

Why the West should not give up on Cambodia

It would be a mistake for the US and Europe to take harsh measures against Phnom Penh.

What Happens After a Cambodia Opposition Party Comeback?

A look at a range of scenarios that could follow a significant potential development.

Why the US has gone soft on Cambodia

Concerns China could gain a naval foothold in the country has caused Washington to rethink its previous punitive stance.

Cambodia’s strongman wants ‘democracy’ without competition

Hun Sen, the authoritarian prime minister of Cambodia, is worried, and is using every trick in the book to threaten Sam Rainsy of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, who plans to return to Cambodia from exile on Nov. 9.

Confronting Cambodia’s Waste Management Challenge

The country, especially its capital, has long had a problem with waste that needs to be addressed.

Cambodia’s energy security woes

Economic growth in Cambodia is constrained by a lack of appropriate policy for electricity access and energy security.

Time to end EU golden visas for corrupt elites

An explosive new investigation by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist has revealed how relatives and allies of the Cambodian regime stashed tens of millions of dollars abroad.

Cambodia-Czech Republic Defense Ties in Focus with Hun Sen’s Europe Tour

The security aspect of the relationship was in focus amid the premier’s visit.

Angkor Wat: The Impacts of Mass Tourism

Destinations will have to understand how they can tap into the growing Asian-dominated market, without compromising the interests of other markets.


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Cambodia says it defeated opposition effort to topple govt

Cambodia’s government has claimed victory in its jousting with exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who was unable to meet his self-imposed deadline to return to the country in an attempt to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen.