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Candlelight Party congress issues official policy plans

The Candlelight Party has decided to adopt a seven-point policy plan in the run-up to the June 5 commune council elections. The decision came at the May 15 extraordinary congress of the party in Khmuonh commune’s Anlong Kgan village of the capital’s Sen Sok district. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/candlelight-party-congress-issues-official-policy-plans

Hun Manet says press freedom is alive and well in Cambodia

The likely prime ministerial successor Hun Manet has downplayed worsening restrictions on press freedoms, as civil society groups continue to warn of a deteriorating space for civil rights. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/hun-manet-says-press-freedom-is-alive-and-well-in-cambodia/

Overarching problems hinder search for justice for abused women: BAKC

Despite the implementation of provisions to defend abused women and girls in 2021, the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC) noted some challenges due to the lack of cooperation by relevant specialised state institutions. ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/overarching-problems-hinder-search-justice-abused-women-bakc

Hun Manet says power has to be respected, not feared

News media is considered the “fourth power”, but this power has to be respected, not to be feared, in order to ensure its sustainability. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501068971/hun-manet-says-power-has-to-be-respected-not-feared/

PM Hun Sen acknowledged challenges of the media and encouraged them to keep up

Cambodia Prime Minister acknowledged challenges faced by journalists and media agencies, reaffirmed the government support for the sector, and urged continuous capacity building among them. ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501068985/pm-hun-sen-acknowledged-challenges-of-the-media-and-encouraged-them-to-keep-up/

Appeal trial held for ‘Adhoc 5’ over bribery case

The Court of Appeal on Thursday heard the case of the “Adhoc 5”, five current and former staffers of the rights group who in September 2018 were found guilty of bribing a mistress of former opposition leader Kem Sokha.​ ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/appeal-trial-held-for-adhoc-5-over-bribery-case/

Cambodia reiterates commitment to uphold press freedom

The Ministry of Information has extended its congratulations and reaffirmed its commitment to continue to uphold the press freedom in Cambodia.   ...

Khmer Times Staff
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501066434/cambodia-reiterates-commitment-to-uphold-press-freedom/

U.S. report highlights human rights abuses by Cambodian armed forces

 The U.S. Department of State’s 2021 country report on human rights pertaining to Cambodia, released on Tuesday, found that Cambodian government officials continue to violate human rights – notably, by threatening the use of force against political opponents of Prime Minister Hun Sen. ...

Khuon Narim
https://cambojanews.com/u-s-report-highlights-human-rights-abuses-by-cambodian-armed-forces/

Information ministry plans media terminology ‘E-book’

The Ministry of Information is to establish an “E-Book” to register more than 200 new terminologies related to media and news, all of which have been approved by the National Council for Khmer Language at the Royal Academy of Cambodia.   ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/information-ministry-plans-media-terminology-e-book

Sar Kheng to cops: Keep foreigners safe

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng reminded police officers at both the national and sub-national levels that the use of threats and violence against foreigners was strictly forbidden and that actions such as those were contrary to the national interest because they discouraged other foreigners from ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-cops-keep-foreigners-safe

UN Myanmar envoy briefs PM on ‘three-layered solution’

Noeleen Heyzer, the UN secretary-general’s Special Envoy on Myanmar, has shared with Prime Minister Hun Sen that she had initiated a “three-layered solution” for the ongoing crisis plaguing the bloc’s westernmost country. ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/un-myanmar-envoy-briefs-pm-three-layered-solution

28 delegations at UN speak out in favour of Kingdom’s civic space

Of the 36 delegations present at the Oral Update of the UN Human Rights Council held on March 29, only eight were critical of the Kingdom’s civic and personal space while the 28 spoke in favour of the situation in the country, according to the ...

Nov Sivutha
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/28-delegations-un-speak-out-favour-kingdoms-civic-space

PM: No human rights without peace

Prime Minister Hun Sen once again spoke on weighty matters of war and peace, reiterating that development and democracy would not be possible without peace. ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/pm-no-human-rights-without-peace

Ministry urges on-the-job skill training for journalists

A senior Ministry of Information official urged journalists to take advantage of the information age by continuing to study and improve their skills. In depth, up-to-date knowledge is required to provide comprehensive information to the public, he said. ...

Orm Bunthoeurn
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/ministry-urges-job-skill-training-journalists

Civic space open, UN told

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has told visiting UN special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia Vitit Muntarbhorn that the Kingdom “adheres” to the principle of multi-party democracy, in response to concerns he expressed to the UN Human Rights Council about the ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/civic-space-open-un-told

CHRC kick-starts Asean meeting with focus on human rights promotion

Cambodia Human Rights Committee (CHRC) did not speak on the Myanmar crisis but instead focused on Asean’s Human Rights Achievement 2021 and strategic plans on the first day of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) 34th meeting being held via videoconference from yesterday ...

Son Minea
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/501050285/chrc-kick-starts-asean-meeting-with-focus-on-human-rights-promotion/

Justice ministry, UN rapporteur discuss laws

A senior Ministry of Justice official held a virtual meeting with UN special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia Vitit Muntarbhorn on March 21 to discuss the legal situation regarding human rights and the modernisation of the laws in the Kingdom. ...

Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/justice-ministry-un-rapporteur-discuss-laws

Veteran journalists honoured

Fourteen journalists from five different periodicals have been selected to receive “Inspirational Journalism Awards” for their contributions to the promotion of journalism in the Kingdom. The award ceremony is scheduled for March 24. ...

Mom Kunthear
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/veteran-journalists-honoured

Eight NagaWorld protesters free on bail

Eight of the 11 union leaders and members who were formerly employed at the NagaWorld integrated resort and were arrested for organising protests over their layoffs were released on bail by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on March 14. ...

Lay Samean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eight-nagaworld-protesters-free-bail

Sar Kheng, Vitit discuss rights

Minister of Interior Sar Kheng has met with the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia to discuss several concerns, including the bail release of NagaWorld protesters and the upcoming commune council election.   ...

Ry Sochan
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/sar-kheng-vitit-discuss-rights

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