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PM tells ministry to ‘work on’ bail for Rainsy plot supporters

Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Minister of Justice to work with prosecutors to release on bail under court supervision those activists who had supported Sam Rainsy’s plan to return and overthrow the government. Speaking at the inauguration of a cement factory in Kampot ...

https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/pm-tells-ministry-work-bail-rainsy-plot-supporters

Sokha charge calls are ‘judicial interference’

A Ministry of Justice spokesman and Cambodia’s Permanent Mission to the UN Office at Geneva (Unog) have described demands for the treason charge against Kem Sokha to be dropped as tantamount to interference in the judiciary. Rhona Smith, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/sokha-charge-calls-are-judicial-interference

Cambodian Permanent Mission to UN hits out at Smith statement

The Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG) said it had learned “with great dismay” the statement by Rhona Smith, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/cambodian-permanent-mission-un-hits-out-smith-statement

UN concerned over political crackdown

UN human rights experts have expressed concern about what they call an escalating trend of silencing political opinion, saying the government has used criminal law to deny former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) members’ the rights to expression and to hold gatherings. However, senior government ...

Khorn Savi
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/un-concerned-over-political-crackdown

140 ex-opposition members summoned by courts: rights group

Cambodian courts and police authorities have summoned a total of 140 ex-members of the opposition party in recent weeks, a local human rights group said, as government efforts to intimidate and suppress the opposition continue more than a year after the party was banned. Dozens of ...

Hul Reaksmey
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/ex-opposition-members-summoned-by-courts-rights-group/4930060.html

Prime Minister: Ignore group’s calls to stage ‘a coup d’etat’

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday told Sar Kheng and other government officials not to respond to an unnamed group who he said had urged the Minister of Interior to stage a coup against the leader of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). He said ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/prime-minister-ignore-groups-calls-stage-coup-detat

Thousands attend CNRP-organised pro-democracy vigil in South Korea

Thousands of supporters of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Saturday gathered in the South Korean city of Gwangju to hold a candlelight demonstration calling for the “liberation” of democracy in Cambodia. Yim Sinorn, a CNRP member in South Korea, said on ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/thousands-attend-cnrp-organised-pro-democracy-vigil-south-korea

Facing no opposition, Cambodia’s ruling party expects easy local election wins

Cambodia’s ruling party is preparing for local elections to be held in May, but few Cambodians appear to be paying much attention to what has become largely a sideshow after the Cambodian People’s Party banned the main opposition two years ago and handed their jobs ...

Sun Narin
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/facing-no-opposition-cambodia-ruling-party-expects-easy-local-elections-wins/4881573.html

Government notes 25 UN UPR rights recommendations as political

The government on Tuesday said it had “noted” 25 recommendations made by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR), saying they were part of a political agenda and linked to the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). It accepted the other 173 recommendations ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/government-notes-25-un-upr-rights-recommendations-political

King ‘rehabilitates’ Kong Korm and son to pave way for return

King Norodom Sihamoni on Tuesday granted “rehabilitation” to Kong Korm and his son Kong Bora – the first of 118 opposition officials banned from politics for five years to request a royal decree – allowing them to return to the political fold. The 118 high-ranking ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/king-rehabilitates-kong-korm-and-son-pave-way-return

PM warns banned rivals over return

Prime Minister Hun Sen told banned former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) politicians to request a restoration of their political rights or miss out on the 2022 commune elections. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/pm-warns-banned-rivals-over-return

Senate unanimously passes the amendment to Article 45

The amendment to Article 45 of the Law on Political Parties was approved by the Senate on Tuesday. It will be reviewed by the Constitutional Council (CC) on Friday for its consistency before passing into law, the CC said.​ ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/senate-unanimously-passes-amendment-article-45

Former CNRP lawmaker predicts Sam Rainsy role may ‘split’ the part

Former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker Ou Chanrath predicted on Tuesday that Sam Rainsy’s contentious new position as acting president may cause an inevitable “split” in the party. ...

Mech Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/former-cnrp-lawmaker-predicts-sam-rainsy-role-may-split-party

Kong Korm: ‘Arrogant’ Sam Rainsy has ‘betrayed the people’s will’

Kong Korm, the former top adviser to the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) who recently announced his return to the political stage, has blasted Sam Rainsy’s “arrogance”.​ He said the leadership of the newly nominated “acting president” of the party has “betrayed the people’s ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/kong-korm-arrogant-sam-rainsy-has-betrayed-peoples-will

Hun Sen rejects ‘rift’ rumours spread by ‘stupid gangsters’

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday denied a “rift” among top leaders of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), and rejected claims that Senate president Say Chhum and Interior Minister Sar Kheng were set to be removed from their positions as rumours spread by “gangsters”. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-rejects-rift-rumours-spread-stupid-gangsters

One year on, CNRP fate unclear

A year after the dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), the fate of the former main opposition party remains unclear. While its senior officials claim the Supreme Court-dissolution of their party is a “death knell for democracy” in Cambodia, Council of Ministers spokesman ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/one-year-cnrp-fate-unclear

CPP: ‘Behave or Sokha suffers’

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) spokesman warned Kem Monovithya on Thursday that her attempt to damage “national reputation and prestige” would lead to her father, Kem Sokha, receiving even harsher punishment. ...

Ben Sokhean
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/cpp-behave-or-sokha-suffers

Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey Veng ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-sokha-requested-security

U.S. urges Cambodia to remove restrictions against opposition leader

The United States urged Cambodia’s government on Tuesday to drop all charges against opposition leader Kem Sokha, who was released on bail but has been placed under house arrest. Kem Sokha was released from prison on Monday after spending more than a year in jail on ...

Prak Chan Thul
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-politics/u-s-urges-cambodia-to-remove-restrictions-against-opposition-leader-idUSKCN1LR0EP?il=0

Release of Sokha on bail ‘amounts to house arrest’

Former president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha was released from prison on Monday on court-supervised bail due to unspecified health conditions, with one of his lawyers saying the conditions set were so strict they amounted to house arrest. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/release-sokha-bail-amounts-house-arrest

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