Government denies claims former Thai PM Yingluck issued Cambodian passport

Government officials on Thursday denied claims that a Cambodian passport was issued to former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who reportedly used it to register a company in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong-based English language South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Wednesday reported Hong Kong ...

Niem Chheng

Multiple suspects arrested over grenade attack, but police offer few details

Police have arrested at least five suspects over the past two days in connection to agrenade attack that rattled a Phnom Penh neighbourhood two weeks ago, injuring four people, but officials yesterday remained tight-lipped as to the suspects’ identities and motives. ...

Mech Dara and Khouth Sophak Chakrya

For ‘police’ vehicles, no tax, no problem

Prime Minister Hun Sen has quashed an attempt by the Ministry of Finance to collect back taxes owed on 470 police vehicles, granting them tax-exempt status after a request from the Ministry of Interior. The request, dated September 8, was approved on Tuesday. ...

Mech Dara and Andrew Nachemson

Kem Ley’s brother brands official’s comments ‘insulting’

After an Interior Ministry spokes­man last week suggested that an investigation into the murder of Kem Ley had been slowed by his wife fleeing the country, the slain analyst’s friends and family on Sunday blasted the government’s slow and secretive response over the past two ...

Ouch Sony

CNRP talks mass protests after Sokha conviction

Opposition leaders on Sunday called on supporters to consider mass demonstrations after the conviction on Friday of CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha, while a government spokesman warned that those who attempted to heed the call to action would pay a “very high price.” ...

Khuon Narim and George Wright

Police asked to pay vehicle tax

The owners of vehicles sporting police number plates must pay vehicle taxes by the end of the month or face having their vehicles impounded, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance. In a letter to Interior Minister Sar Kheng, Economy and Finance Minister Aun Ponmoniroth ...

Pech sotheary

CNRP: Vietnamese renting land

The government is in a seemingly never-ending PR battle to prove its independence from Vietnam, but that battle took a turn for the worse yesterday when opposition members told government officials that local residents in Svay Rieng province were renting land to Vietnamese farmers, an ...

Taing Vida

Ninth ‘black Monday’ sees clashes, threats

Anti-government protests marking the ninth “Black Monday” culminated in violent clashes between activists and security guards in Phnom Penh on Monday.   ...

Ben Sokhean and George Wright

US to train Cambodian government on combating cybercrime

The United States has invited senior Cambodian officials to learn about cybercrime from U.S. experts. Numerous countries and nongovernmental organizations have expressed concern in recent years over the drafting of a Cambodian cybercrime law, which critics say could be used to restrict freedom of expression and ...

Phorn Bopha

Prime minister bans color-coordinated demonstrations

The potential for color to serve as a rallying point for a political insurrection has not been lost on Prime Minister Hun Sen over the years, with the premier repeatedly inveighing against Eastern European-style “color revolutions.” ...

Kuch Naren and Alex Willemyns

Wanted monk says Sweden granted him asylum

Soeung Hai, a dissident former monk wanted for arrest by the government, said on Tuesday that he had been living in Sweden since February after the U.N.’s refugee agency helped him secure political asylum there. ...

Ben Sokhean and Alex Willemyns

Fire officials to aid CPP village push

Twenty-four officials from the Interior Ministry’s fire department have been ordered to join the ruling Cambodian People’s Party’s local working groups operating in Battambang province.   ...

Mech Dara

Cambodian opposition lawmaker arrested for border comments

Prominent opposition lawmaker Um Sam An was arrested late Sunday in Siem Reap province for comments he made about the border with Vietnam, a government spokesman said Monday.   ...

Neou Vannarin

Preah Vihear disputants allowed to keep land

More than 250 Preah Vihear families who have been living under the threat of eviction since 2010 are to be allowed to keep their homes, according to a letter from the Interior Ministry obtained yesterday. ...

Pech Sotheary

Montagnards ‘to be processed’

Immigration officials yesterday sought to dial back public remarks by Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak, who on Wednesday appeared to tell reporters that the more than 100 Montagnard asylum seekers currently waiting to have their claims assessed would be summarily deported. ...

Mech Dara

Government to hire 4,500 police officers for national security

In a sub-decree released Wednesday, the Cambodian government said they need an additional 4,500 police officers to assist the Interior Ministry with “public order and national security” throughout the Kingdom. ...

Ros Chanveasna

Ministry seeks to arrest photoshopper abroad

The Interior Ministry has asked Interpol to help arrest a “Cambodian living abroad” it believes is responsible for doctoring and circulating an image of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s wife, according to a ministry spokesman. ...

Anthony Jensen and Kuch Naren

New law to address the high death toll on Cambodia’s roads

A new traffic law will come into force on January 1 that is hoped to reduce the number of people killed on Cambodia’s roads each year.Road accidents cost the economy an estimated $300 million annually, and the death toll from road accidents keeps rising. According ...

Phorn Bopha

As world grapples with terrorist attacks, Cambodians want more security

In the wake of attacks in Paris and San Bernadino, California, young Cambodians say they are concerned their country is not prepared for similar attacks. Cambodian officials say the government is ready to respond to attacks, though, as the recent mob beatings of two opposition ...

Hul Reaksmey

Interior ministry names 22 new spokespeople, no contact details

The job of spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, long held by General Khieu Sopheak, has been split up and given to 22 different ministry officials, according to a statement released Friday, though contact details for the new point people have not been published. ...

Matt Blomberg and Khuon Narim

Hun Sen says lawmakers hurled insults before beatings

Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday that the soldiers who violently attacked two CNRP lawmakers last week were only reacting to racial insults, while Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said he would have “used a gun” against the lawmakers. ...

Khuon Narim and Mech Dara

Three men arrested for lawmaker assaults

Three of the men at a pro-CPP protest who beat CNRP lawmakers Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Saphea last week as they tried to leave the National Assembly turned themselves in Tuesday, Interior Ministry spokesman Khieu Sopheak said. ...

Alex Willemyns and Mech Dara

Refugees from Nauru are searching for jobs

The first group of refugees to arrive in Cambodia as part of a controversial deal the government signed with Australia last year are now renting their own apartments and searching for jobs, having left their temporary accommodations in Phnom Penh, the International Organization for Migration ...

George Wright

Rohingya refugee likely back in Burma

A Rohingya refugee who landed in Phnom Penh in June as part of a controversial resettlement deal with Australia is likely back in Burma after requesting to return home, according to the Interior Ministry. ...

Zsombor Peter and Mech Dara

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