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Cambodian PM Threatens Opponents With Legal Action, Violence
January 11, 2023

Cambodian PM Threatens Opponents With Legal Action, Violence

By Sebastian Strangio
Despite his party's nearly unchallenged dominance, Hun Sen is bent on preventing the emergence of a political alternative.

Commemorative ASEAN Summit Watches Cost $500,000, Cambodian PM Says
November 15, 2022

Commemorative ASEAN Summit Watches Cost $500,000, Cambodian PM Says

By Sebastian Strangio
Hun Sen commissioned the 25 luxury tourbillon watches in order to showcase his country's “scientific and technical progress.”
Cambodian Dissident Begins Hunger Strike Over Prison Conditions
November 07, 2022

Cambodian Dissident Begins Hunger Strike Over Prison Conditions

By Sebastian Strangio
Theary Seng’s stand comes ahead of U.S. President Joe Biden’s visit to Cambodia for this week’s ASEAN summits.

The Tyranny of Compelled Speech in Cambodia
October 31, 2022

The Tyranny of Compelled Speech in Cambodia

By David Hutt
Censorship and self-censorship are less repressive than being forced to express and affirm a regime's lies.

Hun Sen Knows What is Going on Under His Watch
October 26, 2022

Hun Sen Knows What is Going on Under His Watch

By Kasit Piromya
Donor countries mustn’t be fooled by the Cambodian leader’s claims that he knows nothing about the country’s rampant cyber-scam human trafficking operations.

Cambodian Court Sentences Opposition Leader to Life Imprisonment
October 20, 2022

Cambodian Court Sentences Opposition Leader to Life Imprisonment

By Sebastian Strangio
Sam Rainsy is accused of plotting to cede four Cambodian provinces to the country's indigenous peoples.

Why Did Cambodia’s Hun Sen Sue His Rival in a French Court?
October 13, 2022

Why Did Cambodia’s Hun Sen Sue His Rival in a French Court?

By David Hutt
The Cambodian leader may have wanted simply to clear his name – but there is another, more chilling, explanation.
French Court Rejects Cambodian PM’s Claim of Defamation Against Opposition Leader
October 12, 2022

French Court Rejects Cambodian PM’s Claim of Defamation Against Opposition Leader

By David Whitehouse
Exiled opposition figure Sam Rainsy had accused Prime Minister Hun Sen of responsibility for the deaths of a leading Cambodian trade unionist and the former chief of police.

Opposition Politician Found Guilty of Defaming Cambodian Ruling Party
October 10, 2022

Opposition Politician Found Guilty of Defaming Cambodian Ruling Party

By Luke Hunt
Son Chhay of the Candlelight Party has been ordered to pay $750,000 for questioning the fairness of this year's commune election.

Cambodia Needs to Move Past the Narrative of ‘National Salvation’
September 28, 2022

Cambodia Needs to Move Past the Narrative of ‘National Salvation’

By David Hutt
For decades, politicians on all sides of the political spectrum have framed the country's choice as one between salvation and extinction.

Will Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Resign Next Year?
September 16, 2022

Will Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Resign Next Year?

By David Hutt
There are numerous signs that the long-planned transition of power from the prime minister to his son may happen sooner rather than later.
Cambodia Opens Third Mass Trial of Opposition Activists
September 16, 2022

Cambodia Opens Third Mass Trial of Opposition Activists

By Sebastian Strangio
The 37 defendants are accused of "incitement to treason" over an opposition politician's failed attempt to return to Cambodia from exile in early 2021.

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