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The EU’s Values Based Foreign Policy: The Case Of Cambodia – OpEd

In February, the EU partially withdrew the tariff preferences for Cambodia under its ‘Everything but Arms’ (EBA) trading scheme due to systematic human rights violations.

Cambodia hails pact on border issues with Laos

Cambodian Minister of Interior Sar Kheng and Lao Minister of Public Security Vilay Lakhamfong signed the minutes of cooperation for 2020 in Laos and agreed to continue to work together on border issues including taking action to crack down on drug trafficking and illegal crossings.

Cambodia, Laos continue working on border security issues

Cambodian Interior Minister Sar Kheng and Lao Minister of Public Security Vilay Lakhamfong co-chaired a meeting in Vientiane on March 5 to review bilateral cooperation in 2019 and sign a 2020 cooperation agreement, according to the Khmer Times.

EU punishes Cambodia over human rights abuses

In December 2019, Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen dismissed a threat from the European Union (EU) to halt special trade privileges over human rights issues.

Singapore fengshui master barred from Cambodia for disrespect during dance performance

A Singapore fengshui master has been barred from Cambodia after he was rebuked by Prime Minister Hun Sen for showing disrespect during a Cambodian classical dance performance.

Courting opposition

Amid a boom in supposed opposition parties filling the CNRP void, Cambodian democracy seems even farther out of grasp than before.

PM of Cambodia criticizes Mongolian President for being quarantined after visit to China

Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Sen has criticized the President of Mongolia Khaltmaagiin Battulga for his isolation for quarantine after visit to China.

Sar Kheng Warns of Complacency, Says Officials Must Serve Despite No Opposition

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Wednesday told provincial officials that the absence of an opposition party did not mean they could ignore serving the average Cambodian and they needed to address citizens’ needs.

Hun Sen slams Cambodian royal ballet performance in Singapore

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday (March 3) criticised a performance by the Royal Ballet of Cambodia in Singapore, saying it insulted Cambodian culture and arts because a Singaporean magician performed in front of them as they sat in prayer behind him.

Hun Sen creates new refugee group

For 35 years, Hun Sen has ruled Cambodia with a swath of scandals, his heavy-handed approach for political opponents, brutality and oppression.

Work starts on Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument in Kampong Speu province

The construction of a Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument was commenced in Kampong Speu province in Cambodia on March 2.

Cambodian PM says U.S. cancels summit with ASEAN leaders

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Monday that the United States has cancelled the ASEAN-U.S. summit, which was previously scheduled on March 14 in Las Vegas.

UN Human Rights Chief Says Violations In Cambodia Unrelenting

The government’s unprecedented crackdown in 2017 saw the jailing of opposition leader Kem Sokha, disbanding of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), harassment and surveillance of civil society groups and members, and closure of independent media organizations.

Cambodia confident that China will soon bring COVID-19 situation under control

Cambodia's Health Minister Mam Bunheng said on Monday that he is confident that China will be able to bring the COVID-19 situation under control in the near future.

U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia sits for edit board with Sun

Hundreds of Americans were on the Westerdam cruise ship but with fears of the novel coronavirus, also called COVID-19, gripping the region, the boat was turned away from dock after dock.

Sweden to help make Cambodia’s labour services more effective

Sweden signed on 27 February 2020 a five-year agreement with the Arbitration Council of Cambodia.

Top JGSDF official met Cambodian PM

A top Japan Self-Defense Forces official and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen have agreed to boost bilateral defense cooperation.

Kem Sokha’s Lawyers, Prosecutors Spar Over New Evidence

Lawyers for Kem Sokha and the government on Thursday debated whether new evidence introduced by prosecutors should be permissible, with the defense arguing that if additional evidence was still needed, there was not enough to find Sokha guilty.

At Sokha Trial, State Lawyers Suggest Foreigners Pushed CNRP Formation

Opposition leader Kem Sokha was again questioned in court on Wednesday about whether foreigners, including former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, mediated the merger of Sokha and Sam Rainsy’s past political parties to create the now-banned CNRP.

Procedural Arguments Stall Kem Sokha Trial, No Progress on Treason Charge

The prosecution and defense spent all of Thursday morning debating whether the former could introduce new evidence during the trial, with Kem Sokha’s lawyer arguing prosecutors were restricted to evidence uncovered during the investigation period.

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National Assembly approves gov’t cabinet reshuffle

The National Assembly approved Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet reshuffle on Monday, replacing four ministers who were in turn appointed as “senior ministers” without portfolio.