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Jailed Opposition Members in Cambodia ‘Suffering’ From Poor Treatment in Prison

Fifteen Cambodians imprisoned on charges widely viewed as politically motivated are suffering as the result of undue punishment in jail, according to two opposition officials who visited them Tuesday.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Slams Cabinet Member For Contradicting Official Line on Poisoning Deaths

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen blasted a member of his cabinet on Friday for saying that cyanide run-off from Chinese-operated gold mines had caused the deaths of villagers recently poisoned by local water sources.

Cambodia’s Government Doubles Down on Legal Threats Over Calls For Election Boycott

Cambodia’s government on Thursday doubled down on threats to prosecute anyone calling for a boycott of this year’s general election, after the country’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) told supporters to avoid the polls because it had been banned from participating.

Cambodia’s Hun Sen Calls Parties on Ballot Real Opposition

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen denied on Tuesday that 20 small and little-known political parties registered to compete in July 29 national elections were created by his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to provide an illusion of political opposition in the coming polls.

Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior Threatens to Seize Assets of Opposition Officials Urging Boycott

Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior has threatened to seize the assets of officials from the country’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) if they do not end a call to boycott the general election in July, drawing concern from observers who say there is no legal precedent to do so.

Gold Mine Waste Blamed for Deadly Poisoning in Cambodia

Toxic substances including chromium and cyanide used to flush gold mines were improperly handled and seeped into a river, sickening hundreds and killing more than a dozen people in two northeastern Cambodian provinces, the country’s industry minister said on Thursday.

Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen ‘Violating Law’ by Asking For Votes Outside of Campaign Period:...

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen is in breach of the country’s electoral laws by urging people to vote for him in an upcoming general ballot, election observers said Thursday, because he is rallying for his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) outside of the official campaign period.

Cambodian Electoral Watchdog Group Decides Against Monitoring General Elections

The Committee on Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Comfrel), a respected independent vote monitor, will not sign up observers for July’s parliamentary elections in face of government restrictions on NGO activities, a senior election observer told RFA’s Khmer Service on Tuesday.

Scores of Indigenous Villagers Fall Ill After Drinking Stream Water in Cambodia’s Mondulkiri Province

Scores of indigenous ethnic Phnorng residents of four villages in east Cambodia’s Mondulkiri province have fallen ill after drinking contaminated water, a representative said Tuesday, as the death toll from a similar incident in neighboring Kratie province increased to 18.

Cambodian Environmental Activist Demands Probe of Attempt on His Life

An environmental activist based in the Areng valley region of southwest Cambodia’s Koh Kong province on Tuesday urged authorities to launch an investigation into an attempt on his life over the weekend, saying he is no longer safe in his own home and expects his would-be killers will strike again.

Southeast Asian Lawmakers Decry Buyout of Last Independent Daily, Media Crackdown in Cambodia

Southeast Asian lawmakers have expressed “grave concern” over the buyout of The Phnom Penh Post, the last remaining independent newspaper in Cambodia, by a Malaysian investor with reported ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen, amid a wider crackdown on media freedoms in the country.

Few Cambodian Parties Sign Up to Contest July General Elections Amid Opposition Crackdown

Only four political parties have now officially registered with Cambodia’s National Election Committee to contest elections scheduled for July, with government authorities granting five days beyond Monday’s deadline to allow 16 others to complete required paperwork.

Former CNRP Chief Says His Party Will Replicate Malaysia’s Opposition Victory in Cambodia

The former president of Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has suggested that his party will replicate the success of Malaysia’s opposition, which assumed power this week after voters rejected a ruling party that had governed the country since its independence.

Cambodia Appeal Court Upholds ‘Insurrection’ Convictions Against 11 CNRP Members

A court in Cambodia on Thursday upheld “insurrection” convictions against 11 members, supporters and activists of the now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), amid an ongoing political crackdown in the country.

NGOs, Rights Groups Slam Takeover of Cambodia’s ‘Last Independent Paper’

n a statement released on Wednesday, Cambodian civil society organizations slammed the takeover by a government-linked businessman of The Phnom Penh Post, calling the move and the subsequent firings or resignations of large numbers of its staff a “blow to press freedom” in the country.

‘The Dictatorship Will Ultimately Die After People Stay Home in Protest’: Interview

Sam Rainsy, former president of the now banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), has called on Cambodian voters to boycott the general election on July 29 if his party is not allowed to participate.

Cambodian Villagers Return From Hospital, Worry Over Water Source

Cambodian villagers hospitalized after drinking water taken from a polluted river have begun to return home, with many openly concerned that clean water distributed by authorities may soon run out, leaving them again dependent on a contaminated source.

Election Watchdog Slams Cambodia Ruling Party Official For Labeling Non-Voters ‘Traitors’

The head of an election watchdog in Cambodia on Tuesday slammed a senior official from the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) for labeling anyone who refrains from voting in the country’s upcoming general election a “traitor” to the nation, amid calls for a boycott of the ballot.

Cambodia’s Last Independent Newspaper in Peril Amid Editorial Concerns Over Sale

Cambodia’s Phnom Penh Post newspaper saw an exodus of senior staff Monday after the editor-in-chief of the country’s last independent daily was dismissed by the paper’s new owner—a Malaysian investor with reported ties to Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Cambodian Villagers Dispute Government Findings, Blame Deaths on Polluted Water

Not everyone who died or fell ill could have been sickened by rice wine, they say.

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