Monday, September 23, 2019

Today’s Top News

James Ricketson: Basic Changes Could Ease Suffering of Cambodia’s Prison Population

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson spent 15 months in Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar prison on espionage charges. In the third installment of a four-part interview with The Cambodia Daily, Ricketson outlines a series of changes that could ease the suffering of Cambodian prisoners and their families.

Turkey, Cambodia aim to boost trade to $1 billion

Turkey and Cambodia have agreed to increase bilateral trade to $1 billion in the near future, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Oct. 22, days after a meeting in Brussels where he failed to allay European Union criticism of authoritarianism.

James Ricketson: If Arrested, Don’t Count on your Embassy for Help

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson spent 15 months in Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar prison on espionage charges. In the second installment of a four-part interview with The Cambodia Daily, Ricketson criticizes the Australian government for what he says was a lackluster effort to secure his freedom.

Fifteen Months’ Imprisonment and “15 Minutes of Fame”

Australian filmmaker James Ricketson is back in Australia enjoying what he calls “15 minutes of fame” after his grueling 15 month stretch in Phnom Penh’s notorious Prey Sar prison.

Federica Mogherini holds bilateral meetings in the margins of the ASEM Summit

Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in order to address the deterioration of democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law.

Cambodia talks fail to end trade sanction threat, EU says

Cambodia failed on Friday to allay criticisms of authoritarianism and rights abuses that threaten the country’s duty-free trading access to the European Union, the EU’s top diplomat said after talks with its premier.

Global Lawmakers Condemn ‘Blatant’ Rights Violations of Cambodia’s Opposition MPs

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) on Thursday expressed “serious concerns” about rights violations against lawmakers from Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and called for a meeting with CNRP chief Kem Sokha, who is currently held under house arrest.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Aims to Dodge Trade Sanctions in Brussels Talks

In a move aimed at countering European criticism of his rule, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen arrived in Brussels on Wednesday for top-level meetings hoping to persuade European leaders to forgo threatened sanctions against his government following national elections widely regarded as rigged.

Cambodia’s high-rises, slavery and climate change

A legion of Cambodians are trapped as debt slaves in the brick-making industry as skylines and climate change expand.

Prominent Land Rights Activist Meets US Officials After Prison Release

Tep Vanny was recently released from prison after more than two years in jail for taking part in a protest in Phnom Penh.

Leaked Cambodia memo shows Hun Sen tightening grip on dissent

Government document details increased surveillance of critics and opposition.

Youk Chhang Part 4: A New Life — And a Pledge to Remember

Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), was recently awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as “Asia’s Nobel Prize,” for his work bringing to light the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. In this final installment of a four part series, the Cambodia Daily’s Michelle Vachon examines the pioneer’s journey from the killing fields to the podium.

Cambodian Government Critic Kim Sok Arrives Safely in Finland

Cambodian political commentator Kim Sok arrived safely in Finland with his daughter on Friday after gaining political asylum following weeks of hiding in Thailand under threat of arrest in Cambodia for his criticism of Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen.

Youk Chhang, Part 3: The Long Trek to an Uncertain Future

Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), was recently awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as “Asia’s Nobel Prize,” for his work bringing to light the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. In the third installment of a four-part series, the Cambodia Daily’s Michelle Vachon examines the pioneer’s journey from the killing fields to the podium.

Critic of Cambodian Strongman Hun Sen Flies to Finland After Getting Political Asylum

Cambodian political commentator Kim Sok flew to Helsinki with his daughter on Thursday after gaining political asylum in Finland, following weeks of being in hiding in Thailand under threat of arrest for his criticism of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Youk Chhang, Part 2: The Khmer Rouge Nightmare

Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), was recently awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as “Asia’s Nobel Prize,” for his work bringing to light the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. In the second installment of a four-part series, the Cambodia Daily’s Michelle Vachon examines the pioneer’s journey from the killing fields to the podium. 

Cambodia Faces Potential Economic Collapse

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is facing economic pressure to reverse a recent crackdown on opposition groups and basic freedoms in his country.

Youk Chhang, Part 1: The Long Journey to Asia’s Most Respected Award

Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), was recently awarded the Ramon Magsaysay Award, known as “Asia’s Nobel Prize,” for his work bringing to light the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime. In this four part series, the Cambodia Daily’s Michelle Vachon examines the pioneer’s journey from the killing fields to the podium. 

New US Agency Offers Asian Countries Development Finance Alternative to China: Experts

The $60-billion overseas investment agency could counterbalance surging Chinese investment and loans across Asia, though China will likely continue to dominate large infrastructure finance.

Cambodians in Japan lodge protest with Hun Sen

Cambodian residents of Japan have taken to the streets in Tokyo to protest the results of July's general election in their home country. Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party won all 125 seats in the National Assembly.

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