Monday, September 23, 2019

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Cambodia’s human rights record under spotlight in third Universal Periodic Review

Cambodia is among the 41 states whose human rights records are under scrutiny at the ongoing 32nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group.

US Lawmakers Confident Cambodia Sanctions Bill Will Pass

The bill aims to apply travel and economic sanctions on individuals who have “undermined democracy” in Cambodia and violated human rights.

Sar Kheng: Only ‘fifty-fifty’ chance of Rainsy returning

Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng said on Sunday there is a 50 per cent possibility that outlawed opposition leader Sam Rainsy would return to Cambodia as his diplomatic measures abroad had reached a dead-end.

NHS bosses spend £1m sending medics to multi-millionaire Angelina Jolie’s charity in Cambodia despite...

Medics travel to Cambodia as part of the Improving Global Health programme. Around 40 volunteers have taken part in the past decade, costing up to £1million.

Who gave Thailand’s ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra a Cambodian passport?

Officials insist Thailand’s former leader Yingluck Shinawatra hasn’t been given a Cambodian passport. So how she used one to register a company in Hong Kong is a mystery that points to the ‘highest levels’, observers say.

Cambodia’s Interior Ministry Has Warrant to Arrest Opposition Chief Sam Rainsy on Return: PM...

Cambodia’s Interior Ministry has received a warrant to arrest acting president of the now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Sam Rainsy upon entering the country, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Friday, daring the opposition chief to honor his pledge to return from self-imposed exile.
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Six Arrested, One Critically Injured After Police Fire on Land Protest in Cambodia’s Sihanoukville...

Six villagers were arrested and one was left critically injured Thursday after authorities fired on a protest against the forcible eviction of residents from land in southwest Cambodia’s Sihanoukville province, in the country’s first violent police crackdown since a July election widely seen as unfree and unfair.

China Pledges $10 Billion in Support to Cambodia as Relations With West Deteriorate

China's pledge followed a meeting between Prime Minister Hun Sen and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday on the third day of the prime minister's four-day visit to Beijing.

Cambodia Faces Next Trade-Sanctions Move by the European Union

The European Union moved closer to imposing trade sanctions against Cambodia as a result of alleged human-rights violations in the country.

Xi calls for building of China-Cambodia community of shared future

President Xi Jinping met with visiting Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse Monday, calling for joint efforts to build a community of shared future with strategic significance between China and Cambodia.

Families wrongly listed as immigrants in Cambodia

A group of 17 families protested against local authorities after officials included them on a list of Vietnamese immigrants – despite the fact that they were Cambodian by birth.

Cambodian PM in Beijing to promote investment opportunities and deepen bilateral ties

Cambodian PM Hun Sen will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping today, to discuss their growing bilateral relationship and China’s growing investment interests in the country.

Cambodia Allows Ceremony for Murdered Union Leader, But Blocks March

Cambodian authorities this week gave permission for trade union members to commemorate the 2004 murder of their former president Chea Vichea, forbidding participants to march, however, and warning against the involvement of former opposition party members now banned from political life.

US warned not to interfere despite successful meeting

A senior Ministry of National Defense official said the Tuesday meeting between the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia Joseph H Felter and General Neang Phat had helped strengthen relations between the two countries’ militaries.

Italy Wins Three-Year EU Tariffs on Rice From Cambodia, Myanmar

The European Union will impose tariffs this week on rice from Cambodia and Myanmar for three years in response to a request by Italy for local producers to gain protection from the imports.

Cambodia to end border check

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has unveiled a new campaign to boost economic independence and reduce the reliance on preferential trade statuses offered by advanced countries, saying the government will provide better trade facilitation and eliminate unnecessary procedures.

Cambodian PM: Western Sanctions Would Hurt Opposition

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that if Western countries impose threatened economic sanctions on his country, it would cause the death of the country's political opposition.

Base instinct: how Chinese visit to Cambodia reignited rumour of navy port plan

Docking of warships revived speculation about implications of close military ties and whether Beijing wants to strengthen its hand in disputed waters.

Cambodia PM says EU holding country ‘hostage’ with tariff threats

In October, the European Union threatened to withdraw the duty-free Everything But Arms scheme (EBA), which benefits exports from Cambodia's garment and footwear sector.

One Detained, Others Fearing Arrest, in Long-Running Land Dispute

Y Sovann’s unexpected detention caused anger among his fellow villagers, who traveled to Phnom Penh to seek intervention from Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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