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Unions in push for park rally

As the razor-wire came down from Freedom Park on Wednesday, a group of unions quickly filed a request to be the first people to hold a demonstration inside the park since it was put into lockdown in early January. The letter, obtained by the Post yesterday, calls on ...

Mom Kunthear and Alice Cuddy
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/unions-push-park-rally

Ban lifted from Freedom Park

City Hall has lifted the ban on public assembly at Freedom Park, which was at the center of opposition protests over the last year and the ignition point for violent clashes that led to the arrests of a handful of opposition lawmakers. Shortly after the clashes, ...

Heng Reaksmey and Kong Sothanarith
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/ban-lifted-from-cambodia-freedom-park/1973078.html

Freedom Park open as city ‘returns to normal’

The razor-wire was removed, riot police departed and Freedom Park was opened to the public for the first time in seven months Wednesday morning as City Hall declared that Phnom Penh had “returned to normal” following the swearing-in Tuesday of the CNRP’s 55 lawmakers. “Because security, ...

Mech Dara and Matt Blomberg
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/freedom-park-open-as-phnom-penh-returns-to-normal-65893/

Cambodian capital sees 445 protests during year-long standoff

Phnom Penh, capital of Cambodia, recorded 445 demonstrations during a year-long political crisis following disputed election results in July last year, municipal police chief Chuon Sovann said Wednesday. “About 445 protests had occurred in the past 12 months, including more than 80 protests led by the ...

Xinhuanet News Staff
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-07/30/c_133520567.htm

After jailing, Mu Sochua ‘more determined’ print share

Mu Sochua, the outspoken lawmaker of the opposition who just spent a week in jail, says she is going to continue pushing for democratic reforms in Cambodia. “I’m not intimidated by arrest,” she told “Hello VOA” on Wednesday. “Instead, my will to defend the people and ...

Men Kimseng
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/after-jailing-mu-sochua-more-determined/1964382.html

After deal, unions expect support

News of an end to a year-long political deadlock has labour union leaders believing the opposition party can bring their interests to parliament, but a lack of follow-through could cost the Cambodia National Rescue Party vital support from one of its key interest groups. Different union ...

Sean Teehan, Mom Kunthear and Khouth Sophak Chakrya
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/after-deal-unions-expect-support

Sam Rainsy to return to Cambodia tomorrow amid tension

The opposition leader Sam Rainsy will return home on Saturday this weekend, said the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) spokesman Yem Punhearith. ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=11&token=ZjY0ZDM4OWE3MjJ

Most guards ‘over worst’

A day after the government issued a statement saying that 22 of the Daun Penh district security guards beaten by opposition protesters on Tuesday were in “critical condition”, officials yesterday told the Post that most of them are now well on the way to recovery. Daun Penh district ...

Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Alice Cuddy
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/most-guards-%E2%80%98over-worst%E2%80%99

Cambodian authorities take two more opposition MPs into custody

Thursday while a court summoned its deputy chief for questioning following violent clashes when party supporters tried to force the reopening of Freedom Park in the capital. Elected members of parliament Nut Rumduol and Long Ry were taken into custody by policemen in plain clothes from ...

Parameswaran Ponnudurai
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/violence-07172014203608.html

Ministry of Interior orders authorities to take legal measures against violent acts

Interior Minister Sar Kheng ordered cities and provincial authorities to take action to prevent rallies, following a violent clash at the Freedom Park, injuring dozens of security guards and protesters. ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=15&token=OTkxOTI4NGMyYzc

CNRP officials imprisoned on insurrection charges

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday charged at least seven opposition CNRP lawmakers-elect and a party activist with insurrection and incitement over a protest that turned violent on Tuesday, sending six of the group to Prey Sar prison. Meng Sopheary, a lawyer on the defense ...

Kuch Naren
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/cnrp-officials-sent-to-prison-on-charges-of-insurrection-64320/

Cambodian court charges opposition lawmakers

A Cambodian court charged six opposition activists on Wednesday with leading an insurrection after clashes with security forces prevented their followers from rallying in a public park, deepening a yearlong political crisis after a disputed election. Lawyers and rights activists said six leading members of the ...

AlJazeera America News Staff
http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/7/16/cambodia-oppositionprotestjailed.html

Police back up district security guards after clashes at Phnom Penh's Freedom Park

Several security guards have been injured after an opposition-aligned protest turned violent in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. The Phnom Penh Post is reporting that at least eight district security guards have been injured, some severely, and three opposition MPs have been arrested. ...

ABC Radio Australia News Staff
http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2014-07-15/police-back-up-district-security-guards-after-clashes-at-phnom-penhs-freedom-park/1343133

CNRP demands release of three lawmakers

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Tuesday called for the authority to release its three lawmakers arrested in a violent clash at the Freedom Park. The CNRP also expressed its regret over the violent clash between district security forces and protesters who demand ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff
http://www.thecambodiaherald.com/cambodia/detail/1?page=15&token=YzNiMTE4YzExODA

Make park free again, urges CNRP

Elected opposition lawmakers will today call on Interior Minister Sar Kheng to lift the ban on gatherings at Freedom Park and release the results of a government investigation into deadly violence at a garment protest in early January. ...

Alice Cuddy
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/make-park-free-again-urges-cnrp

Six months on, no justice for shootings

Six months ago today, security forces opened fire on garment workers protesting for a doubling of their minimum wage on Phnom Penh’s factory-lined Veng Sreng Boulevard. At least five people were killed in what rights groups called the worst state violence against citizens in 15 ...

Vong Sokheng and Buth Reaksmey Kongkea
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/six-months-no-justice-shootings

Cambodia’s Defense of Rights Record at UN Review Slammed

Foreign donors should push Cambodia’s government to end its human rights abuses as part of its bid to maintain political control of the nation, a rights group said Wednesday, after Phnom Penh allegedly snubbed recommendations by foreign governments to improve the country’s rights record. Representatives of ...

Joshua Lipes
http://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/review-07022014161641.html

UN rights envoy Surya Subedi concerned by barricading of Cambodia's Freedom Park

The UN human rights envoy to Cambodia says the space for democracy has shrunk following a bloody crackdown on protesters earlier this year. Months of anti-government protests boiled over in January this year, when police open fired on striking workers and opposition supporters. The next day, as ...

Tom Maddocks
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-06-25/un-rights-envoy-concerned-by-closure-of-cambodia27s-freedom/5547916

Freedom Park remains closed to public

Twenty-three labor activists are free from jail, but Freedom Park remains closed to the public. The park is a government-sanctioned place of protest, but it was closed after opposition demonstrations there in April. Phnom Penh spokesman Long Dimanche said there is “no threat” of protests ...

Kong Sothanarith
http://www.voacambodia.com/content/freedom-park-remains-closed-to-public/1931123.html

Villagers vow to defy fresh ban on marches

More than 1,500 villagers plan to march to the Anti-Corruption Unit and National Assembly in Phnom Penh on Thursday in defiance of a fresh ban issued by City Hall prohibiting them from doing so. The villagers form a group known as the Land Communities for Peace ...

Joshua Wilwohl
http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/villagers-vow-to-defy-fresh-ban-on-marches-59966/

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