Observers see Cambodia’s democracy in retreat

Political intimidation, the suppression of political expression and restrictions on freedom of assembly have Cambodia’s young democracy under threat, observers in the country say. ...

Dy Khamboly

Official to address Vietnamese land allegation

Prime Minister Hun Sen announced yesterday that he will appoint a government official to answer questions in the National Assembly about economic land concessions (ELC) allegedly granted to members of the Vietnamese military in Rattanakiri province. ...

Taing Vida

Rainsy alleges Khmer Rouge culture still pervades Cambodia

Although the Khmer Rouge no longer holds power, self exiled Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy alleged that the regime’s residue pervades Cambodian society and culture. He made these claims via Skype  at the Choeung Ek Genocide Center – also known as the Killing Fields – yesterday. ...

Taing Vida

Former SRP president slams arrest of Um Sam An

As the opposition marked the 41st anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge, one of its senior officials yesterday lashed out at the imprisonment of a CNRP lawmaker for criticising the government’s handling of the Vietnamese border issue. ...

Meas Sokchea

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

In blow for immunity, lawmaker arrested

Demolishing the constitutional protection forbidding the arrest of lawmakers without National Assembly consent, police apprehended opposition lawmaker Um Sam An early Monday morning in Siem Reap City over his advocacy against Vietnamese border intrusions. ...

Aun Pheap and Alex Willemyns

Vietnam, Cambodia both violating border

After four months of study, Sok Touch, the head of a research group from the Royal Academy, announced yesterday that both Cambodia and Vietnam are in violation of each other’s borderlines, but was hesitant to release his team’s exact findings to protect the government from ...

Taing Vida

Samrin blocks letter about Vietnamese army ELCs

National Assembly President Heng Samrin has refused to forward to Prime Minister Hun Sen a letter from an opposition lawmaker asking that a group of rubber plantations owned by Vietnamese Ar­my commanders be canceled because they violate the Constitution. ...

Aun Pheap

CNRP lawmaker enters exile in solidarity with Rainsy

Opposition lawmaker Um Sam An, who was at the fore of the CNRP’s efforts earlier this year to reveal Vietnamese encroachments into Cambodia, said on Monday that he had entered self-imposed exile along with opposition leader Sam Rainsy. ...

Kuch Naren

CNRP lawmaker continues to accuse Gov’t of illegal maps

Two weeks after opposition leader Sam Rainsy said he would order the party’s lawmakers to stop attacking the government’s border work, CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An said Tuesday he is continuing his tour in the U.S. to tell supporters there that the CPP is using ...

Kuch Naren

CNRP lawmaker says use of larger maps unconstitutional

Opposition CNRP lawmaker Um Sam An on Tuesday criticized Prime Minister Hun Sen’s admission last week that the CPP government has not been using the maps that are mandated by the Constitution for its demarcation of Cambodia’s border with Vietnam. ...

Kuch Naren

CNRP to order lawmakers silent on VN border issue

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Sunday that the CNRP’s 55 lawmakers will in the coming days be ordered to fall in line with the party leadership and cease attacking the ruling CPP on issues concerning the border with Vietnam. ...

Alex Willemyns and Mech Dara

Svay Rieng Court summons CNRP lawmakers for questioning over violent clash at the border

The Svay Rieng provincial court will summon a number of lawmakers from Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) to give answer before court over the violent clash on June 28th near border pole 203.​ ...

The Cambodia Herald​ News Staff

CNRP lawmaker denies border incitement, predicts arrest

Opposition lawmaker Um Sam An on Tuesday denied claims by the government that he was inciting instability in a Facebook post last week in which he boasted about finding a copy of a map of Cambodia’s border with Vietnam at the U.S. Library of Congress. ...

Kuch Naren

Disputes continue over Cambodian government’s official map

A Cambodian official in charge of the country’s borders denounced an opposition lawmaker who accused him of lying about a map of the Southeast Asian nation he found in the U.S. Library of Congress, amid ongoing debate over the charts that the government uses to ...

Hong Sokunthea

CNRP's Um Sam An sustains rhetoric on map

As the government threatens to prosecute those who speak out against the maps it uses to demarcate the border with Vietnam, one opposition lawmaker says he has found a map in the United States’ Library of Congress that he claims could shine new light on ...

Meas Sokchea

With maps, border tension defused—for now

At the height of the CNRP’s campaign to draw attention to illegal Vietnamese incursions into Cambodia, the opposition party in June shifted its offensive toward an old claim—that the government has been complicit in planting border markers well inside Cambodian territory. ...

Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren

Hun Sen thanks UN for maps; opposition CNRP not satisfied

Prime Minister Hun Sen thanked the U.N. on Sunday for providing maps that he said prove that the government had upheld the law in its work demarcating the country’s border with Vietnam. ...

Kuch Naren

Cambodian opposition MP ‘attends to personal affairs’ in US amid fears of arrest

An outspoken opposition lawmaker from Cambodia has arrived in the U.S. to “attend to personal affairs” amid fears of his arrest, after authorities detained a colleague over the weekend for posting a disputed diplomatic document online relating to the country’s border with neighboring Vietnam. ...

Morm Moniroth

Committee established to review maps from UN

Prime Minister Hun Sen issued a directive on Thursday for the formation of an ad hoc committee of government officials to review maps loaned to Cambodia by the U.N. in order to check them against maps being used by “concerned parties.” ...

Kuch Naren

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