Politics
Chinese Officer and Hun Sen

Chinese Official Meets Hun Sen, Plans Sihanoukville Trip

Wang Yajun, the vice minister of the international relations department of the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee, met with Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh on Friday to discuss China’s investment plans in Cambodia.

Lawyer Sam Sokong

CNRP Lawyer Says Court Toying With His Clients

Sam Sokong, a defense lawyer for former opposition party activists summoned for questioning in Battambang over illicit noodle lunches, has decried the provincial court’s handling of the cases after nine of his clients were upon arrival at the court informed their scheduled questionings had been pushed to another day.

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith

Information Minister Attempts to Rein In Absentee Officials

Information Minister Khieu Kanharith warned he would publicly shame ministry officials who failed to come into work despite collecting salaries, tactics an accountability expert called questionable despite the need for reform.

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Four More Testify in Battambang Interrogations

Four more former opposition commune officials were questioned at the Battambang Provincial Court on Tuesday about meeting at colleagues’ homes for meals, the latest in a series of interrogations against 35 members of the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

Day of Remembrance Used to Extol Hun Sen’s Firm Rule

For Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Khmer Rouge genocide is evidence of progress and security under his rule — a doctrine he repeated again on Monday, the National Day of Remembrance. For some political observers, however, the lesson lies less in the virtues of his firm grip over the country’s politics, and instead in the dangers of unrivaled power.

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US Urges End to Harassment of Ex-Opposition Members

The U.S. State Department said it was “deeply troubled” by the death of a former opposition official in detention amid a wave of judicial harassment against ex-members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

General of the National Police

Police Chief Urges Vigilance Against Popular Uprisings

National Police Chief Neth Savoeun has added to ongoing government rhetoric raising fears of popular uprisings by announcing on Thursday that Cambodia was under threat from revolutionary movements and calling for police to stay alert.

Hun Sen at the National Assembly's 6th mandate on September 5, 2018. Image: Chorn Chanren

Hun Sen Ponders How to Prevent a Gov’t Overthrow

Prime Minister Hun Sen last week issued a letter to officials that seemed to reveal concerns that changes in the political situation at the grassroots level in Cambodia could cause risks for his usual mechanisms for maintaining control and power.