Vietnam agrees to hasten border demarcation

Cambodia and Vietnam agreed to hasten the demarcation of their shared border and not allow “hostile forces” and “extremists” to threaten security during a two-day meeting in Ho Chi Minh City that wrapped up Wednesday, according to Vietnamese and Cambodian newspapers. ...

Mech Dara

CNRP abandoned Military, Court reforms in July 22 deal

Opposition negotiators were demanding last year’s July 22 political deal include concrete vows to depoliticize the military and courts in a comparable fashion to the National Election Committee (NEC) but suddenly abandoned the demands in the final days, those involved have said. ...

Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren

European diplomats concerned by arrests

European diplomats called on Interior Minister Sar Kheng yesterday to express their concerns about the recent spate of activists’ arrests, with the minister reportedly saying that he believed a one-year sentence speedily handed down to seven Boeung Kak lake protesters last week was rather “heavy”. ...

Kevin Ponniah

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

Japan Asked Government to Protect Its Interests During Strike

Japan has expressed its deep concern about the situation in Cambodia following the deadly crackdown on striking garment workers last Friday, and admitted Thursday that it had contacted the government during the protests to ask for protection of Japanese citizens and companies. Military police armed with ...

Simon Henderson

Siem Reap’s Secret Multimillion Dollar Land Swap

Inside the grounds of this city’s old provincial hall, past a green corrugated iron fence, municipal street cleaners and their families are squatting in what was once a bustling government office filled with civil servants. Across the road, the former department of rural development is a ...

Phorn Bopha and Simon Marks

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