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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
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/eba-withdrawal-destruction-eu-achievements-pm-says

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
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/pm-urges-democracies-learn-horrors-cambodia-faced

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
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/opinion-divided-current-political-situation-kingdom

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
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50639704/mahathir-mohamad-speaks-on-kingdoms-democracy/

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

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
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50514516/global-witness-calls-on-the-us-to-sanction-tycoons/

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
https://www.eurasiareview.com/05072018-cambodia-voters-to-choose-between-economic-development-and-democracy-oped/

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
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2018/06/13/as-cambodian-democracy-weakens-u-s-sanctions-a-high-ranking-cambodian-official/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.3cc07c5edd4c

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
https://thediplomat.com/2018/05/whats-missing-from-cambodias-democracy/

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
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/spokesman-vows-cambodia-will-fight-against-colonisation-after-us-cuts-aid

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
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-cuts-aid-cambodia-aim-urge-government-reconsider-its-current-course

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
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/world-democracy-in-crisis-new-freedom-house-report-says/4210004.html

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
http://sea-globe.com/where-next/

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
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-democracy-not-good-fit-cambodia-says-academic

‘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
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/scholar-spins-cnrp-dissolution-strengthening-democracy

US Embassy under fire

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

May Titthara
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/5079943/us-embassy-fire/

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
https://www.voacambodia.com/a/cambodian-americans-say-election-results-a-positive-sign-for-democracy/3906564.html

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
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/world-mps-see-rights-crisis-kingdom

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 ...

http://stream.wsj.com/story/latest-headlines/SS-2-63399/SS-2-293500/

Big opposition gains

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party saw its ironclad grip on the National Assembly weaken dramatically, dropping 22 seats in winning 68 of 123, with the opposition the beneficiary and the CPP’s royalist coalition partners winning none at all in an election rife with alleged irregularities. Though ...

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/big-opposition-gains

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