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US told to refrain from interfering in Sokha case

Senior Cambodian officials said on Thursday that the US can monitor Kem Sokha’s trial as it wishes but would not be allowed to interfere in court procedures. The point was made in response to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s comments on Wednesday at a ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/us-told-refrain-interfering-sokha-case

Sar Kheng: Return of Sokha up to courts

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said on Thursday that the reinstatement of opposition leader Kem Sokha’s political rights, which would open the door for his possible return to the political stage, was purely dependent on legal proceedings as his court case is ongoing. ...

Mech Dara and Voun Dara
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-return-sokha-courts

Government blasts European Parliament’s resolution

The government has lashed out at a European Parliament resolution passed last week that calls for former opposition leader Kem Sokha’s treason charges to be dropped and human rights to be restored, arguing the resolution was biased. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50533677/government-blasts-european-parliaments-resolution/

Sar Kheng: Sokha requested security

Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Sunday revealed the story behind the transfer of former opposition party leader Kem Sokha from Trapaing Phlong prison in Tbong Khmum province to his house in the capital. Speaking at the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) headquarters in Prey Veng ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sar-kheng-sokha-requested-security

UN ambassador addresses rights criticism

Ney Sam Ol, Cambodian Ambassador to the United Nations, expressed disappointment on Tuesday in Geneva over a call made by the newly-appointed UNHCR head to release all political prisoners in the country. ...

Khuon Narim
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50533020/un-ambassador-addresses-rights-criticism/

U.S. urges Cambodia to remove restrictions against opposition leader

The United States urged Cambodia’s government on Tuesday to drop all charges against opposition leader Kem Sokha, who was released on bail but has been placed under house arrest. Kem Sokha was released from prison on Monday after spending more than a year in jail on ...

Prak Chan Thul
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cambodia-politics/u-s-urges-cambodia-to-remove-restrictions-against-opposition-leader-idUSKCN1LR0EP?il=0

Release of Sokha on bail ‘amounts to house arrest’

Former president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha was released from prison on Monday on court-supervised bail due to unspecified health conditions, with one of his lawyers saying the conditions set were so strict they amounted to house arrest. ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/release-sokha-bail-amounts-house-arrest

Sokha released with conditions

Opposition leader Kem Sokha was released on bail this morning after more than a year in pre-trial detention at Trapiang Thlong prison, also known as Correctional Centre 3 (CC3). He was held on treason charges. One of his lawyers Chan Chen confirmed the release and ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/breaking-sokha-released-conditions

Europe to discuss Kem Sokha’s detention

The European Parliament is set to hold urgent debates on selected human rights, democracy and rule of law topics on Thursday in Strasbourg, France, a briefing released by the body said last week. Discussion on Cambodia will centre on the imprisonment of court-dissolved Cambodia National ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/europe-discuss-kem-sokhas-detention

US to ramp up sanctions after ‘flawed’ national polls

At a press conference on Wednesday, the US State Department announced that it would expand visa sanctions on the Cambodian officials and individuals it deems responsible for “undermining democracy” in Cambodia. At the briefing, spokesperson Heather Nauert reiterated that the department regarded the July 29 ...

Niem Chheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-ramp-sanctions-after-flawed-national-polls

The European Commission backs up EU’s demands

The European Commission (EC) has reiterated the European Union’s (EU) demand for the immediate release of opposition leader Kem Sokha and called on Cambodia to take the necessary measures to ensure that the court-dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) be swiftly reversed. ...

Mech Dara and Vong Sokheng
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/european-commission-backs-eus-demands

Ex-Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha to remain in jail before trial: Appeal Court

Former Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha is to remain in jail while awaiting his trial after the Appeal Court on Tuesday (Mar 27) upheld the decision of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to extend his pre-trial detention by an additional six months. ...

Ouch Sony
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/ex-cambodian-opposition-leader-kem-sokha-to-remain-in-jail-10080296

US funding conditional on Cambodia’s release of political prisoners, reinstatement of CNRP

The United States Senate has passed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that looks to cut funding for Cambodia unless it releases all political prisoners and reinstates the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. The passage of the omnibus bill on Friday, which averts a US government ...

Erin Handley
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/us-funding-conditional-cambodias-release-political-prisoners-reinstatement-cnrp

After Australia protests, Hun Sen vows no more pardons for CNRP

Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a scathing critique of his political opposition on Wednesday, conflating them with fiery protesters in Australia and doubling down on his vow to keep politically sensitive prisoners behind bars. ...

Ben Sokhean and Erin Handley
https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national-politics/after-australia-protests-hun-sen-vows-no-more-pardons-cnrp

UN rapporteur denied prison meeting with Kem Sokha

UN special Rapporteur Rhona Smith’s request to meet with jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha in a Tbong Khmum prison was rejected by an investigating judge who cited “important tasks” that needed to be completed before outsiders were allowed such access. ...

Ben Sokhean and Niem Chheng
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-rapporteur-denied-prison-meeting-kem-sokha

Kem Sokha’s pre-trial detention extended by six months

Jailed opposition leader Kem Sokha may not face trial until after the July elections, after a Phnom Penh Municipal Court decision on Monday to extend his pre-trial detention up to another six months. Meng Sopheary, Sokha’s lawyer, confirmed that Investigating Judge Ky Rithy extended the ...

Niem Chheng and Ananth Baliga
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/kem-sokhas-pre-trial-detention-extended-six-months

Hun Sen tells jailed opposition figures not to expect pardons

Prime Minister Hun Sen rejected the possibility of negotiating with the former CNRP yesterday, maintaining that jailed opposition figures Kem Sokha and Um Sam An will not be pardoned, and that there would “be no second Paris peace agreement”. ...

Mech Dara and Ben Sokhean
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/hun-sen-tells-jailed-opposition-figures-not-expect-pardons

UN releases memos on concerns

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday published a batch of communications held with the Cambodian government since June last year, showing that the international body has voiced its concern about a range of issues from the arrest of ...

Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/un-releases-memos-concerns

EU council condemns crackdown but stops short of concrete action

The Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union yesterday adopted a set of conclusions condemning “recent worrying political developments and the continuing deterioration of democracy” in Cambodia, though some politicians expressed regret about a missed opportunity to take concrete measures. The conclusions, passed by the European ...

Leonie Kijewski
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/eu-council-condemns-crackdown-stops-short-concrete-action

Sokha’s witness request denied

An investigating judge has rejected Kem Sokha’s request that he interview a representative from the US government in connection with the former opposition leader’s “treason” case, despite the fact that Sokha stands accused of plotting a US-backed overthrow of the Cambodian government. ...

Mech Dara and Andrew Nachemson
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/sokhas-witness-request-denied

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