From Radio Free Asia
Cambodia Launches Probe Into Leading Rights Group Following Call From PM Hun Sen
Cambodia’s government on Wednesday launched a probe into a leading human rights organization, days after Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened to shut it down, prompting an outcry from groups who called the move further evidence of the country’s slide into dictatorship ahead of elections next year.
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From Voice of America
Hun Sen: Media Is a ‘Double-Edged Sword’ That Could Destroy the Country
Prime Minister Hun Sen has claimed that the media is a “double-edged sword” that “could destroy the nation” in a letter to a Cambodian media forum.
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From Voice of America
‘Climate of Fear’ Hangs Over Former Opposition Officials Who Claim Intimidation, Surveillance
At least 50 former commune councilors have so far gone into hiding for security reasons, according to a former opposition commune chief.
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From The Diplomat
Is Cambodia’s Opposition a Victim of its Own Success?
The CNRP inspired people to believe their votes count even in a system where this was always unlikely to be the case.
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From The Nation (Thailand)
Cambodia: From pet project to problem child
As international condemnation began to pour in earlier this month lambasting the Supreme Court’s decision to dissolve the country’s largest opposition party, ruling party elites were quick to ask: Why us?
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From The Phnom Penh Post
Mixed feelings as unelected lawmakers are sworn in to National Assembly
As forty-four lawmakers were sworn in yesterday to the National Assembly at the Royal Palace, capital residents expressed displeasure at seeing elected representatives from the recently dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party replaced by representatives from three parties with next to no popular support.
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From The Phnom Penh Post
US ambassador says Cambodia ‘not interested in a positive relationship’ with US
In an unusually candid interview with VOA Khmer, United States Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt today questioned whether the Cambodian government ever had “an honest desire” to form a relationship with the US.
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From Reuters
Cambodia PM leaves for China to seek more aid
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, under Western donor pressure over a crackdown on his critics ahead of 2018 elections, will seek more aid and investment from China during a visit this week, his aide said.
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