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Cambodian King Leaves Signing of Controversial Constitutional Amendments to Ruling Party

Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni left the country on Thursday for a medical checkup in China, a day after the country’s Senate approved a new law making it a crime to insult the monarch along with controversial changes to several articles of the constitution.

Interview: ‘I Still Seek Justice For my Husband’ Kem Ley

Bou Rachana, widow of slain Cambodian government critic Kem Ley, was granted asylum in Australia and arrived with her five sons in Melbourne on Feb. 17. She spoke to Chun Chanboth of RFA’s Khmer Service about the unresolved issues surrounding the killing and funeral her husband, who was gunned down in broad daylight in Phnom Penh on July 10, 2016, 36 hours after discussing on an RFA Khmer call-in show a report by the London-based group Global Witness detailing the wealth of the family of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for 32 years.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Vows to ‘Assault’ Critics Who Protest Next Month in Australia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday warned critics he will “follow you all the way to your doorstep and beat you right there” if they joined protests in during next month's ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney.

Widow of Slain Cambodian Government Critic Kem Ley is Granted Asylum in Australia

Bou Rachana, widow of slain Cambodian social commentator and government critic Kem Ley, has been granted asylum in Australia, leaving with her five sons from Thailand and arriving in Melbourne on Feb. 17, an Australian lawmaker told RFA's Khmer Service on Monday.

Cambodian Political Opposition Movement Calls For Boycott of Firms Owned by PM’s Family

A movement started by exiled Cambodian opposition lawmakers has launched a campaign boycotting products sold by companies owned by the family of Prime Minister Hun Sen, the country’s longtime leader who is using his power to eliminate his competitors before a general election in July.

Cambodian Opposition Lawmakers Call For End to Persecution of Former Commune Chief

They ask the UN human rights agency and other international organizations to help ensure the safety of Sin Chanpeou Rozeth.

Cambodia’s Ongoing Imprisonment of Former RFA Reporters ‘Unjustified’: Media Watchdogs

The ongoing imprisonment of two former RFA reporters held for three months on charges of “espionage” is “unjustified” and in violation of Cambodia’s constitutional right to freedom of expression, a consortium of journalist organizations said Tuesday, calling for their “immediate release.”

Two Mother Nature Activists Freed From Jail in Cambodia

Two Cambodian environmental activists who had received one-year jail sentences, partly suspended, for charges arising from photographing the controversial practice of commercial sand dredging, were released from prison on Wednesday.

Interview: Hun Sen Uses Facebook to Promote a ‘False Popularity’

On Feb. 12, Sam Rainsy spoke with RFA Khmer Service reporter Vuthy Huot via Skype from Australia where he is conducting a political campaign to seek support for the CNRM.

Cambodian Opposition Activist Arrested For ‘Insulting’ Ruling Party

Cambodian police arrested a former opposition party activist on Thursday on charges of insulting the ruling Cambodian People’s Party after the woman, who had fled the country to avoid arrest, was expelled from neighboring Thailand for overstaying her visa, Cambodian media reported today.

China Envoy Pushes Back Against Complaints About Chinese Investors in Cambodia

China’s ambassador to Cambodia took the rare step on Thursday of calling a news conference to criticize recent media reports that a wave of Chinese investment in the Southeast Asian country represented money laundering, calling them “fake” news.

Cambodia’s Supreme Court Rejects Appeal by Jailed Land-Rights Activist

Cambodia’s Supreme Court today upheld the 30-month sentence imposed last year by a lower court on prominent land rights activist Tep Vanny, sending her back to prison to serve out her term in a case widely seen as politically motivated.

Cambodian Opposition Chief Kem Sokha Will Go to Phnom Penh For Bail Hearing

Jailed Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha will appear in Phnom Penh early Thursday morning to ask an Appeals Court to grant him bail following his arrest last year on charges of seeking to overthrow the government, sources said.

Cambodia’s Former Opposition Chief Sam Rainsy Officially Launches Political Movement

Cambodia’s exiled former opposition leader Sam Rainsy has officially launched a movement to keep his now-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) “alive” without fear of government reprisal, outlining an action plan with the objective of ensuring elections this year are free and fair.

Cambodia Court Slaps Hun Sen Critic with $125,000 Defamation Damages

An outspoken former Cambodian deputy prime minister, now living in exile to escape a political crackdown, was ordered on Thursday to pay about US$125,000 in compensation for defamation after the veteran politician claimed Prime Minister Hun Sen bribed a minor political party to help him dissolve the opposition.

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