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Kem Sokha (right), with his wife Te Chanmono (left) and his mother Sao Nget, at his Phnom Penh home the day after he was released from Correctional Center 3 prison in September 2018. (Chhea Bunnarith)

Ministry to US: Kem Sokha in ‘Comfort of His Home’

Cambodia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry on Tuesday responded to a video from the U.S. State Department, which called opposition leader Kem Sokha’s ongoing detention without trial “baseless,” by noting that Sokha had been released from prison to the “comfort of his home” a year ago.

Kem Sokha (center), with his wife Te Chanmono (left) and his mother Sao Nget, at his Phnom Penh home the day after he was released from Correctional Center 3 prison in September 2018. (Chhea Bunnarith)

Two Years After Arrest, Kem Sokha Still Kept Out of Sight

Two years since his arrest, opposition leader Kem Sokha’s ongoing detention has kept him out of sight and out of mind, with supporters saying he has not been forgotten, but that they feel powerless to help him.

Analysis: Why Does the US Care About Kem Sokha?

Political tensions are threatening Cambodia’s duty-free access to the E.U. and U.S. markets. Driving the tensions is the E.U. and U.S.’s insistence on Cambodia restoring the appearances of democracy, including the release of former opposition leader Kem Sokha from house arrest.

As EU Threats Loom, Cambodia Prepares Reply to UN Rights Review

Cambodia will not accept recommendations to release opposition leader Kem Sokha from house arrest when it delivers its formal reply to the U.N.’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of its rights record later this year, an official involved in the process said, but will take on board more “general” reform advice.

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Sam Rainsy Accuses Hun Sen of Spreading Opposition Breakup Rumors

Amid a looming deadline for banned opposition officials to seek clemency from the government, former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy claimed the prime minister was engaging in “psychological warfare” amid his supposed “panic” due to international pressure.