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Cambodia: Caught in the middle

As it navigates a post-Covid recovery, Cambodia needs to strike a balance between the US and China.

Cambodia says ‘no clues so far’ on disappearance of Thai political activist

Cambodian authorities have not found any clues on the disappearance of Thai pro-democracy activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, 37, who was abducted from his apartment in Phnom Penh on June 4, the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Cambodia says ASEAN-Russia FMs to discuss COVID-19 via video conference

The foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Russia will hold a special meeting on COVID-19 via video conference on Wednesday, said a Cambodian foreign ministry's statement on Monday.

Activists Protest at Cambodian Embassy for Disappeared Critic

Pro-democracy activists held a protest at the Cambodian Embassy to demand Cambodian’s assistance in finding a Thai fugitive activist who was kidnapped there nearly two weeks ago.

Keep missing activists in public memory

Nearly two weeks into what is believed to be the forced disappearance of self-exiled activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the investigation into the case seems to be going nowhere.

Sweden to Refocus Cambodia Aid Due to Rights Concerns

Sweden said it would phase out bilateral development funding to Cambodia by the middle of next year in order to focus aid on promoting human rights, democracy and rule of law in the country following severe rights restrictions in recent years.

Thai protesters demand investigation of exile’s kidnapping

Protesters in the Thai capital held a small rally outside the prime minister’s offices on Friday urging authorities to investigate the suspected kidnapping of an exiled activist by unknown gunmen last week in Cambodia.

Wanchalearm Satsaksit’s abduction in Cambodia: How they covered it

Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a prominent critic of the Thai government, has been missing and presumed dead since June 4. Eyewitnesses claim he was abducted in Phnom Penh, where he had lived since fleeing his homeland in 2014.

NGOs Urge Cambodia to End Arrests of Opposition Activists, Warn of ‘Societal Split’

A group of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) on Friday urged Cambodia’s government to stop arresting those critical of its policies, including opposition activists, saying the campaign is a violation of their rights and will lead to a “societal split” that will be ruinous for the nation.

Cambodia Pressed for Thorough Probe of Thai Activist’s Suspected Abduction

Rights groups and lawmakers are calling on Cambodian authorities to carry out a thorough and transparent investigation into the possible kidnapping of a Thai dissident in the capital, Phnom Penh, last week.

Cambodian PM holds phone conversation with India’s Modi to discuss Covid-19, ties

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen held a telephone conversation with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Wednesday evening, discussing the Covid-19 pandemic and bilateral ties, said a foreign ministry's press statement on Thursday (June 11).

Card swapping: The Mekong countries’ problem with activist kidnapping

When Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit was bundled into a car in Phnom Penh on June 4, he became merely the latest in a string of forced disappearances in the region. With several authoritarian governments coexisting in close proximity, the peculiarly Mekong country issue of activist kidnapping shows no sign of abating

Cambodian Opposition Activists Launch Campaign to Suspend Debt Repayment Amid Outbreak

Exiled activists with Cambodia’s banned opposition party have launched a campaign to convince villagers to delay loan repayments during the coronavirus outbreak, saying the government has failed to take measures to protect those who have lost their income during the pandemic.

Police Execute Search Warrant Even As Activist Monk Denies Alleged Intimate Relationship

Siem Reap police said Wednesday they had searched and confiscated materials from the home of prominent activist monk and human rights defender Venerable Luon Savath, who has since denied being part of an alleged love scandal.

Out of Prison, Not Out of Court: With Cases Pending for Years, Activists Struggle...

Some five years ago, several protesters dragged an effigy, wrapped in a sheet splattered with fake blood to represent a corrupt government official across Poipet town. They wanted to voice opposition against their community’s eviction from their land to make space for a railway project.

China Has Designs on Democracy in Southeast Asia

A Base in Cambodia Is Only the Beginning

PM Narendra Modi discusses COVID-19 pandemic with Cambodian PM Hun Sen

Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the COVID-19 pandemic with his Cambodian counterpart Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen on Wednesday and conveyed India's commitment to further strengthening its relationship with the Southeast Asian country in all areas.

Modi speaks to Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen

Cambodian leader is an ally of China who shares close ties with India.

Cambodia’s Top Rights Body Wants Tariff-Free EU Trade, But Won’t Budge on Political Reforms

Cambodia’s top human rights body said Wednesday that the country does not want to lose preferential trade status in the European Union but is unable to comply with the bloc’s requirements on rights reforms to retain those privileges, citing its status as a sovereign nation.

Protesters Demand Truth About Missing Exiled Thai Activist (video)

Dozens of protesters rallied outside the Cambodian embassy in Bangkok, demanding to know the fate of Wanchalearm Satsaksit, a Thai political activist living in exile in Cambodia's capital, whom rights advocates said had been abducted by unknown gunmen.

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Cambodian casinos to reopen pending COVID-19 safety measures

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has given the green light for almost 200 casinos across the country to reopen, provided they meet certain COVID-19 safety measures as approved by the Ministry of Health.