Minister to address beatings

Minister of Information Khieu Kanharith has pledged to meet with Daun Penh District Governor Sok Sambath to discuss the targeting of journalists by hired district security guards, said UNESCO country representative Anne Lemaistre, who met with the minister on Friday. The minister is also keen on ...

Kevin Ponniah and Mom Kunthear

Nearly 850 protests this year: police

Almost 850 demonstrations or strikes have occurred nationwide since the year began – a seemingly anarchic average of more than six a day, the General Commissariat of National Police announced this week, blaming politicians, NGOs and trade unions for helping to incite demonstrators and “complicating ...

May Titthara

Beaten journo preps lawsuit

A journalist with Voice of Democracy (VOD) who was badly beaten by security forces at the site of a planned demonstration in the capital earlier this month left for Thailand yesterday for an operation, and plans to file suit against his attackers next week, he ...

Meas Sokchea

Journalists garner support, monks silent in wake of attacks

Condemnation has grown following Friday’s attack on a journalist near Freedom Park as the Ministry of Information joined the U.N. Human Rights Office in denouncing the attacks. On Saturday, the U.N.’s human rights representative in Cambodia, Wan-Hea Lee, called for an investigation into the beating of ...

Kuch Naren and George Wright

Ministry calls for journalists’ safety amid recent violence

The Ministry of Information condemned recent insult, threat and violence against journalists, saying that those activities seriously violated the freedom of press in Cambodia. The appeal was made after many journalists were recently threatened and seriously injured in an attack by security forces, while they were ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Injured to file complaints over crackdown

A monk, an opposition lawmaker-elect and a journalist, all assaulted by Daun Penh district security guards near Freedom Park on Friday, said they are in the process of filing legal complaints against the district forces as they recover from their injuries. “I am planning on filing ...

George Wright

Security dressed down

For months now, Daun Penh district security forces, identifiable by their dark blue uniforms, black motorbike helmets and merciless truncheon swinging, have been unleashed on protesters, opposition and otherwise, as the all-too-willing enforcers of government-approved crackdowns. But as district forces have begun targeting more journalists during ...

Vong Sokheng and Alice Cuddy

Five injured in Labor Day clashes near Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park

Security forces in the Cambodian capital violently dispersed Labor Day demonstrators gathered near the city’s Freedom Park Thursday, injuring at least five people, including bystanders, according to eyewitnesses and rights groups. They took the action after opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leaders finished speaking to ...

Rachel Vandenbrink

Cambodia breaks up May Day rally

Several people were injured Thursday when Cambodian authorities broke up a Labour Day rally involving hundreds of garment workers and opposition party supporters in central Phnom Penh. Am Sam Ath, senior monitor of local human rights group Licadho, told Kyodo News he saw at least five ...

Bangkok Post News Staff

Opposition leader declares new demonstration

The opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Thursday announced to hold demonstration again to demand the release of 23 detained protesters who have been arrested in violent clashes earlier this year. Sam Rainsy renewed the opposition protest plan while he as well as Kem Sokha led supporters ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Complaints filed against city official for last week’s violence

Three people have filed separate complaints against a Phnom Penh district official, accusing him of ordering violence in a clash between security forces and bystanders near Freedom Park last week. At least 10 people were injured in clashes last Monday, as opposition member Mu Sochua staged ...

Heng Reaksmey

Cambodia bans trade unions from marking May Day at capital's Freedom Park

Cambodian authorities on Wednesday refused permission for the 18 opposition-aligned trade unions and associations to celebrate an International Labor Day event on May 1 at the capital’s Freedom Park. “The Phnom Penh Municipality does not allow the trade unions and associations to organize this event at ...

Xinhuanet News Staff

CNRP lawmaker files suit against official

Opposition lawmaker-elect Lim Kim-Ya filed charges with Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday morning against a government official he claims led an attack on a peaceful crowd at Freedom Park last Monday. Ket Khy, a Cambodia National Rescue Party lawyer, told the Post that Kim-Ya was seeking financial compensation ...

Chhay Channyda and Alice Cuddy

CNRP youths ‘to enter park’

More than 100 opposition supporters gathered in Phnom Penh yesterday morning for training in “defending freedom” ahead of a planned attempt to enter Freedom Park on Wednesday. Opposition lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua, who has been forcibly removed from the park a number of times this month, led ...

Alice Cuddy

Labor unions, associations not allowed to celebrate Labor Day at Freedom Park

Phnom Penh City Hall has refused labor unions and associations to celebrate 128th International Labor Day (May 1) at Freedom Park. The decision was made during a meeting on Thursday between representatives of labor unions, association and Phnom Penh City Hall officials. ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

UN envoy hits out at Freedom Park cutoff

The United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of assembly has called the Cambodian authorities’ continuous blockade of Freedom Park, the enforcement of which saw security guards attack journalists and supporters of opposition lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua on Monday, “deeply disturbing”. “The authorities have no legal basis for ...

Kevin Ponniah

CNRP to file lawsuit against deputy governor

Officials from the opposition CNRP announced Tuesday that they will file lawsuits against deputy Daun Penh district governor Sok Penhvuth, who on Monday ordered district security guards to attack a small and peaceful group of CNRP supporters near Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park. Speaking at a press ...

Khuon Narim

Seven injured as Opposition leader attempts to enter Freedom Park

Seven people were injured Monday when opposition lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua clashed with security forces outside Freedom Park in the Phnom Penh. Mu Sochua is leading a non-violent campaign by attempting to enter the park in protest of the government’s current ban on public gatherings. ...

Suy Heimkhemra

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