Cambodia: over 145 opposition members summoned

Cambodian authorities should immediately end the harassment of former opposition party members and their supporters, Human Rights Watch said today. European Union officials arriving in Cambodia on June 3, 2019 to review the Cambodian government’s rights record in connection with the Everything but Arms (EBA) trade privileges should ...

Human Rights Watch

Cambodia reviews ban on opposition after EU sanctions threat

Cambodia’s parliament is reviewing a five-year ban on more than 100 members of the main opposition party, which could allow them to return to politics, following threats by the European Union to deny duty-free trading access to the Southeast Asian nation. ...

Prak Chan Thul

US rights group calls for end to prosecutions of opposition officials, activists

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the Cambodian authorities to end “baseless” convictions of former opposition officials and activists ahead of this year’s general election. The prominent US-based rights group said in a statement on Monday that the authorities should throw out the cases against 11 ...

Hul Reaksmey

UN Rights envoy claims general election ‘not genuine’ without banned opposition party

Rhona Smith, the UN’s special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, has said that the country’s forthcoming national election will not be “genuine” without the participation of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party. ...

Hul Reaksmey

Cases against CNRP are making progress

Court cases and investigations involving former Cambodia National Rescue Party officials are continuing apace, with new charges laid against opposition leader Sam Rainsy, another appeal for bail filed on behalf of jailed party leader Kem Sokha and a National Police spokesman saying yesterday that the ...

Ben Sokhean, Erin Handley and Mech Dara

Hun Sen says he will ‘stop talking’ about CNRP

Prime Minister Hun Sen said from now on he will “stop talking” about the recently dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party and instructed his government officials to do the same, before vowing that self-exiled opposition members who returned to Cambodia would not face arrest. ...

Ben Sokhean and Leonie Kijewski

Party law vote set for Monday

Opposition lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang said yesterday that Cambodia National Rescue Party banners featuring self-exiled former party President Sam Rainsy will be taken down nationwide after a National Assembly vote on Monday that is expected to ban the use of his image in party materials. ...

Meas Sokchea and Alex Willemyns

Changes to party law ban convicts

The National Assembly’s permanent committee will today schedule a plenary session of parliament to debate and vote on laws that would ban the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party from associating with its former leader Sam Rainsy, or ever using images of his face, recordings of ...

Meas Sokchea, Touch Sokha and Alex Willemyns

Old CPP chiefs a bane for new CNRP ones in Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville

Two newly elected opposition commune chiefs in Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville are struggling to dislodge their Cambodian People’s Party predecessors following their recent swearing in to office. ...

Touch Sokha

New commune chiefs sworn in, with CNRP unconcerned about CPP interference

The process of swearing in commune councillors across the country began yesterday, marking the start of their five-year terms in local administration, with opposition commune chiefs saying they were undeterred by Interior Minister Sar Kheng’s comments last week. ...

Touch Sokha and Ananth Baliga

CNRP lauds female candidates

The Cambodia National Rescue Party yesterday celebrated its top female candidates before the upcoming communal elections at an event under the slogan “Thousands of Lights for Women”, though women’s rights activists criticised the strategy as lacking teeth in fostering greater representation for women. ...

Leonie Kijewski and Kong Meta

First meeting for union law working group set

The National Assembly has announced the formation of a bipartisan working group, first promised earlier this month, to examine the controversial draft trade union law.The working group, which was established on Wednesday, is composed of five opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party members and five members ...

Mech Dara

Deadline ambitious for Sun TV

A new TV station funded by the opposition will be beamed into homes in and around Phnom Penh by early next year, a CNRP spokesman said yesterday, though questions linger as to whether funding can make that a reality. ...

Jamie Elliott

CNRP blamed for land woes

A senior environment official yesterday alleged that the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party and human rights groups should shoulder much of the blame for the destruction of the country’s protected areas. ...

Lay Samean

Parties seek to mend ‘culture of dialogue’

Six opposition lawmakers have been assigned to a committee to repair the so-called culture of dialogue with the ruling party, which has yet to announce candidates for its own working group to tackle the issue. ...

Meas Sokchea

CNRP will take 2018 majority: Rainsy

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, currently in self-imposed exile in France, has said he remains confident that his Cambodia National Rescue Party will win a majority of seats in parliament at the 2018 general election. ...

Meas Sokchea

CNRP picks union law team

The opposition has selected five of its members to join a bipartisan committee to examine the draft trade union law, a step the ruling party has not yet made amid murkiness about when the group will actually meet.The law has come under fire from independent ...

Charles Rollet and Khouth Sophak Chakrya

CNRP lawmakers set to retake seats in NA

The CNRP yesterday announced its lawmakers will attend Wednesday’s plenary session at the National Assembly, ending the party’s almost two-month boycott that began after the brutal beating of two of its lawmakers outside parliament by pro-government protesters. ...

Meas Sokchea

CNRP boycott puts parliament perks at risk: CPP

Cambodia’s embattled opposition risks losing its official salaries and government-provided Lexuses if it continues to boycott sessions of the National Assembly, a ruling party spokesman said yesterday.The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party began boycotting parliamentary sessions at the end of last month when it pulled ...

Meas Sokchea

Parties meet as Rainsy calls for re-engagement

Following a decision by opposition leader Sam Rainsy for the CNRP to cautiously re-engage with the CPP in parliament rather than carry out a full-blown boycott, senior officials from the parties met at the National Assembly on Thursday for the first time since last month’s ...

Khy Sovuthy

Rainsy gets help from US Congress

Sixteen members of the US Congress have signed a joint letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen calling on the premier to “immediately cease the harassment and persecution” of the opposition.The letter, sent late last week, pointed to the National Assembly’s decision last month to expel ...

Meas Sokchea

MPs revisit Vietnam border pond issue

Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmakers Mao Monivann and Son Chhay visited a disputed area on the border between Ratanakkiri’s O’Yadav district and Vietnam on Monday and urged the government to take action over several ponds allegedly dug by the Vietnamese in Cambodian territory. ...

Pech Sotheary

Assembly passes budget as CNRP boycotts vote

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party passed the government’s $4.3 billion budget for 2016 unopposed yesterday as Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmakers followed through on a pledge to sit out the National Assembly session if concerns for their members’ safety were not addressed. ...

Vong Sokheng and Charles Rollet

‘Busy’ CPP pols in no rush to meet with CNRP

Reversing a statement he made on Sunday, CPP lawmaker and spokesman Sok Eysan said a tentatively scheduled meeting between party leaders, including Interior Minister and senior CPP official Sar Kheng and CNRP acting president Kem Sokha, set for either yesterday or today had been cancelled ...

Meas Sokchea

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