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Opposition acting president Kem Sokha walks out of the CNRP party office after a meeting yesterday in Phnom Penh.
Mon, 20 February 2017

CNRP to boycott Party Law vote

Controversial amendments to Cambodia’s Political Law are set to sail through the National Assembly today after the opposition party announced yesterday it will boycott the vote. The news comes in the wake of a joint statement from the Electoral Reform Alliance and a number of NGOs who on Friday “vehemently request[ed] that the amendment to the law on political parties not be adopted, especially by the ruling party acting alone at a time of upcoming elections”. The reforms, which threaten to dissolve political parties led by people with criminal convictions, prompted the resignation of long-time opposition leader Sam Rainsy.

CNRP activist Oun Vansak, who fled the country rather than answer a Friday court summons, is seen outside CNRP headquarters in Phnom Penh in an undated photo. Photo supplied
Mon, 20 February 2017

Fearing arrest, CNRP activist flees

Oun Vansak, a 25-year-old Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) activist, has become the latest government critic to flee the country fearing arrest. Late last month, Vansak, manager of the I Love Cambodia Hot News II Facebook page, a site that is frequently critical of government policy, received a summons to court for questioning over a charge of “incitement to discriminate”. The summons singles out no individual post made by Vansak, pointing only to a 2013-16 timeframe during which numerous posts could theoretically qualify under the oft-nebulous charge of incitement.

Political analyst Kim Sok walks with Buddhist monks to the Phnom Penh municipal court on Friday where he was arrested for defamation and inciting unrest.
Mon, 20 February 2017

Analyst Kim Sok arrested, jailed after showing up for questioning

Political analyst Kim Sok was charged, arrested and placed in pre-trial detention on Friday afternoon after showing up for questioning at Phnom Penh Municipal Court, according to court spokesman Ly Sophana. Sok faces a pair of defamation and incitement cases filed by Prime Minister Hun Sen. The first came after statements the premier alleges suggest the ruling Cambodian People Party’s involvement in the July murder of political analyst Kem Ley. The second, ironically, came after Sok went on Radio Free Asia to explain his original statement.

Loggers haul timber east on National Road 44 in Kampong Speu province on Saturday.
Mon, 20 February 2017

Deadly shortcut in Kampong Speu: Trails and rules don’t always protect loggers from their profession’s perils

On Tuesday February 7, Run Ret shifted his homemade tractor into gear and crossed onto HLH Agriculture’s sprawling cassava plantation in Kampong Speu province, the start of a well-trodden loggers’ route into the eastern Cardamom Mou

Police stand with NGO members accused of extortion in Pursat. Photo supplied
Mon, 20 February 2017

NGO staffers arrested for ‘extorting’ loggers

District authorities in two provinces arrested eight environmental NGO staffers for alleged extortion over Thursday and Friday.

Mon, 20 February 2017

NGOs push for greater number of observers

A group of non-profits have banded together to push for the recruitment of thousands more election observers they say are necessary for the June 4

A view of the Stung Tatai hydropower dam after its inauguration in 2015.
Mon, 20 February 2017

Cardamoms in power’s path

The Council of Ministers on Friday gave the green light for construction of a transmission line from Koh Kong province’s Stung Tatai hydropower dam to Phnom Penh, raising concerns from conservationists who fear the impact of cutting

Officials arrested two suspects for clearing forest land illegally in Mondulkiri’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday. Photo supplied
Mon, 20 February 2017

Duo ‘cleared sanctuary’

Two men were charged and placed in pre-trial detention on Saturday for allegedly clearing nearly 2 hectares of forest within the Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary, Mondulkiri provincial court spokesman Sou Sovichea said yesterday.

Mon, 20 February 2017

Cambodian vendors scatter as Thailand cracks on knockoffs

Cambodian vendors scattered after Thai authorities again cracked down on the sale of fraudulent fare over the weekend.

Mon, 20 February 2017

Equipment sale ordered to pay wages

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has issued a warrant for the temporary seizure of Top World Garment Cambodia Ltd’s property in order to get the employer to appear and find a solution for