Ruling party continues adhering to liberal democracy, pluralism and rule of law

The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) continues to move forward on the path of liberal democracy, pluralism and the rule of law in line with the context of Cambodian society, and fully responds to the sacred aspirations of the people. ...

Khmer Times Staff

Elections a symbol of Kingdom’s departure from strife-torn eras: PM

The electoral process has driven Cambodia’s transformation into a democracy, in a stark departure from the eras of war and genocide that have heavily shaped preconceptions of the Kingdom, Prime Minister Hun Sen told international election observers on June 4. ...

Ry Sochan and Mom Kunthear

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

Sasakawa asked to assist Sokhonn

Prime Minister Hun Sen asked Japanese special envoy Yohei Sasakawa to continue working with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Prak Sokhonn in his role as ASEAN special envoy on Myanmar in the effort to revive its democracy. ...

Ry Sochan

No peace, no democracy: Hun Sen

Prime Minister Hun Sen has reiterated that peace is Cambodia’s top priority, amid the escalation of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, as he warned ordinary Cambodians not to be complacent about the harmony which has been achieved in the Kingdom.   ...

Ry Sochan

EBA withdrawal a destruction of EU achievements, PM says

Prime Minister Hun Sen said the EU’s possible suspension of its Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement amounted to a destruction of its achievements in the Kingdom and the demise of the opposition group. Hun Sen made the remarks while addressing more than 6,700 students during ...

Niem Chheng

PM urges ‘democracies’ to learn from horrors Cambodia faced

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday chided countries that he said declared themselves a democracy while supporting a military coup that eventually gave birth to the Khmer Rouge regime. Speaking during the 2nd Asia-Pacific Summit at the Peace Palace, Hun Sen said without naming those ...

Khorn Savi

Opinion divided on current political situation in Kingdom

With an opposition figure having announced his return to the Kingdom next month to “arrest” the prime minister and major tariff-free export agreements under consideration, opinions are divided on the current political situation in Cambodia. Government spokesperson Phay Siphan said on Thursday that Cambodia was ...

Niem Chheng

Mahathir Mohamad speaks on Kingdom’s democracy

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad yesterday urged Cambodian students to be proud of their culture while adopting aspects of democracy that work for the Kingdom. Mr Mahathir is in the Kingdom for three days, along with his wife Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali and a delegation of ...

Ben Sokhean

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

Global Witness calls on the US to sanction tycoons

Global Witness has called on the United States to impose sanctions against four Cambodian tycoons for their alleged roles in the demise of Cambodian democracy and for human rights abuses. Its allegations, in a report on Friday, were brushed off by a ruling CPP spokesman ...

Khuon Narim

Cambodia: voters to choose between economic development and democracy

In less than four weeks, millions of Cambodians will head to the polling stations to exercise their democratic right to shape their country’s future. It will be the country’s biggest festival of democracy as 20 political parties are taking part despite a call for a ...

Veeramalla Anjaiah

As Cambodian democracy weakens, U.S. imposes sanctions on a high-ranking Cambodian official

Cambodia’s democracy has been in increasing trouble in recent months, with Prime Minister Hun Sen dissolving the main opposition party and cracking down on independent media. Now there’s a sign that the U.S. government is paying attention. ...

Shibani Mahtani

What’s missing from Cambodia’s democracy?

In a nationally televised speech after the dissolution of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen declared that “the government will commit to protecting the multiparty democracy process.” Indeed, 20 parties have submitted applications to compete in this year’s national ...

Andrew Nachemson

Spokesman vows Cambodia will fight against ‘colonisation’ after US cuts aid

The Cambodian government expressed “dismay” yet remained defiant yesterday in the face of a US decision to cut aid to the Kingdom in response to its ongoing political crackdown, saying it would not comply with demands to restore the forcibly dissolved opposition CNRP. In a statement, ...

Mech Dara and Daphne Chen

US cuts aid to Cambodia with aim to ‘urge government to reconsider its current course’

The White House is cutting aid to several assistance programs in Cambodia due to “recent setbacks to democracy”, it announced late Tuesday. Some programs supporting Cambodia’s Tax Department, military and local government will be cut or reduced “to ensure that American taxpayer funds are not being ...

Daphne Chen and Erin Handley

World Democracy in Crisis, New Freedom House Report Says

The report, “Freedom in the World 2018”, released on January 16, found that 2017 was the 12th consecutive year of decline in freedom globally, with 71 of the 195 countries included in the report suffering declines, including Cambodia. ...

Freedom in the World

Why the West was doomed to fail in Cambodia

Backed by China, Prime Minister Hun Sen has entered 2018 triumphant from his decades-long struggle with the West – and set the stage for his succession. ...

Paul Millar

US democracy ‘not a good fit for Cambodia’, says academic

Pro-government academic and head of Cambodia’s Royal Academy Sok Touch yesterday continued to voice support for the government’s recent actions against the opposition while dismissing US pressure for Cambodia to maintain democratic principles, claiming the “American democracy” model was not palatable to the “culture and ...

Niem Chheng

‘Scholar’ spins CNRP dissolution into strengthening of democracy

Just days after the Supreme Court dissolved Cambodia’s primary opposition party, government officials and affiliates yesterday gathered to praise the unprecedented move as a strengthening of democracy, even as international organisations and governments around the world have condemned it. ...

Soth Koemsoeun

US Embassy under fire

Government officials reacted strongly yesterday after the US Embassy questioned Cambodia’s commitment to democracy. ...

May Titthara

Cambodian-Americans say election results a ‘positive sign for democracy’

Cambodian-American community activists and analysts have said that the recent local elections that saw the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party win a large share of the vote was a positive development for Cambodian democracy. ...

Men Kimseng

World MPs see rights crisis in Kingdom

Two separate groups of international parliamentarians this week raised concerns over the state of democracy in Cambodia, seeing threats to pluralism and human rights in harassment of opposition politicians, trade unions and civil society activists. ...

Cristina Maza and Meas Sokchea

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Slams U.S. Threats Over Aid

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday criticized U.S. threats to cut aid to the impoverished Southeast Asian nation if its election wasn’t free and fair, and dared American lawmakers to follow through on their warning. His comments came after U.S. lawmakers started processes in the ...

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