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Police Interrogate Facebook Users After Xenophobic Live Broadcast

A group of Facebook users were questioned by police on Wednesday after streaming live from a pagoda in Takeo province, and preparing to distribute copies of the Paris Peace Agreements while urging viewers to think about which foreigners stood behind various officials.

National Police Commissioner Warns Against Rebels Crossing Borders

In an apparent reference to Sam Rainsy and his supporters, Commissioner General of National Police Neth Savoeun has demanded vigilance along the borders to prevent “malicious people” from entering Cambodia.

With New Arrest, Cambodia’s Permanent Crackdown Intensifies

Amid the economic fallout from COVID-19, Hun Sen’s government has succeeded in keeping a lid on rising public discontent—but for how much longer?

Hun Sen cracks down on Cambodia’s slow boiling pot of dissent

Authorities step up campaign of repression as economy reels from COVID fallout.

Land to lose: coronavirus compounds debt crisis in Cambodia

At least 1.76 million jobs in the nation of about 16 million people are at risk due to COVID-19, while the poverty rate could double, to about one-in-four people, the World Bank said in May. Cambodian human rights groups have this year called for a freeze on loan repayments due to the virus and for lenders to return more than one million land titles held as collateral.

UN steps up pressure over abducted Thai activist

Cambodian authorities accused of cover-up after claiming there is no evidence he was snatched in Phnom Penh.

Chinese Developer in Cambodia Sanctioned ‘Unfairly’ by US, Cambodia’s Defense Minister Says

A Chinese company sanctioned this week by the U.S. Treasury Department for land grabs, rights abuses, and corruption in Cambodia has been targeted unfairly and is operating in line with the country’s laws, Cambodia’s defense minister said on Friday.

Cambodian Rappers Are Denied Help by Government Lawyers, NGOs Move to Assist

Two Cambodian rappers charged with ‘inciting’ public discontent over the 35-year rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen are ineligible for assistance from a legal team set up by the government to defend the poor, Cambodian sources told RFA Thursday.

In the Shadow of Riches, Fishers Face Eviction, Desperately Low Waters

Yan Khouvry was out fishing till 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning. He had set out late morning on Monday and plied the waters near Koh Dach all day and night.

US Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Company for Rights Abuses in Cambodia

The United States government has stepped up its diplomatic pressure on Beijing and imposed sanctions on a Chinese state-owned company for human rights abuses and the seizure of land in Cambodia used in a $3.8 billion property development.

According to 3 Witnesses, ‘No Reports of Abduction,’ Gov’t Tells UN

U.N. officials raised concerns that Cambodian authorities did not fully investigate evidence into the disappearance of Thai pro-democracy activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, in spite of the government’s insistence that it had pursued all available leads.

Labor Protests Draw Thousands of Workers, Warning Issued to Unionist

Thousands of workers took to the streets in multiple protests this week over unpaid wages from suspended factories as well as grievances related to benefits, as the Labor Ministry issued a warning against one unionist alleging an illegal strike and a man was detained while photographing a rally.

Cambodia Arrests Another Activist For ‘Incitement’ as UN, Rights Group Slam Government Repression

Cambodia has arrested yet another rights activist for “incitement” as the United Nations and a major human rights group lambasted the country’s government Friday for repressing voices critical of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s leadership. RFA listener

‘Bamboo Shoot’ Hun Manet Stands In for Father at Military Ceremony

Hun Manet presided over a military ceremony in lieu of Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday, making a speech in front of government ministers and high-ranking officials in what one analyst said was a display of his intention to eventually succeed his father.

Rights Monitors Raise Concerns Over Detention of Cambodian Youth Activists

The Special Rapporteur for Human Rights to Cambodia expressed concern on Tuesday over the recent slew of arrests of youth and rights activists, who attempted to protest restrictions on the right to free assembly in Phnom Penh.

At Least 14 Activists Arrested in Cambodia since August

An unprecedented string of arrests has taken place since early August 2020 and shows no sign of slowing down as the government targets youth and environmental activists.

Government Approves More Buildings on One of Phnom Penh’s ‘Last Lakes’

Fifteen more hectares of one of Phnom Penh’s “last lakes” will be filled in to make way for government buildings, according to a decree signed two days before authorities arrested environmental youth activists campaigning for the lake’s preservation.

Three Mother Nature activists charged with incitement

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged three environmental activists with incitement to disturb social security on September 6, a move civil society groups have said is meant as a threat to others who dare to criticize the government.

Garment unions join global campaign to protect workers

Several of Cambodia’s independent garment workers’ unions joined a global anti-union busting campaign this month as leaders and activists have said they are facing discrimination, with hundreds of members laid off in the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Cambodian Opposition Activist’s Wife Hospitalized After Authorities Disperse Protest

The wife of an activist with Cambodia’s banned opposition party was severely injured Friday and several other women were roughed up when security personnel violently dispersed their protest of their husbands’ pre-trial detention in the capital Phnom Penh, according to one of the women.

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Chinese Covid-19 Quarantine Fugitives Still at Large After 2 Weeks

Phnom Penh’s police chief said on Wednesday that authorities have yet to track down two Chinese men who escaped from Covid-19 quarantine on September 9 despite authorities searching for two weeks.