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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.

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.
Why Cambodia’s Opposition Parties Must Unite
August 22, 2022

Why Cambodia’s Opposition Parties Must Unite

By David Hutt
Unity offers the only hope for defeating Prime Minister Hun Sen – but cynicism and egotism stand in the way.

Cambodia Confirms CPP’s Landslide Victory in Commune Election
June 27, 2022

Cambodia Confirms CPP’s Landslide Victory in Commune Election

By Sebastian Strangio
Prime Minister Hun Sen's party won nearly three-quarters of the vote in an election marred by claims of vote-buying and intimidation.

Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha’s Divorce of Necessity in Cambodia
June 20, 2022

Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha’s Divorce of Necessity in Cambodia

By David Hutt
The split between the country's two most prominent opposition leaders has been five years in the making.

Cambodia’s Ruling Party Sues Opposition Politician Over Election Criticism
June 16, 2022

Cambodia’s Ruling Party Sues Opposition Politician Over Election Criticism

By Sebastian Strangio
Son Chhay, the vice president of the Candlelight Party, has been accused of "seriously damaging" the reputation of the ruling Cambodian People's Party.

Cambodia’s Local Elections Have Ended Hun Sen’s One-Party System
June 15, 2022

Cambodia’s Local Elections Have Ended Hun Sen’s One-Party System

By Sam Rainsy
Despite another victory for the ruling Cambodian People's Party, an old opposition party has pried back open the political space.
Cambodia Sentences 31 Opposition Figures to Prison in Second Mass Trial
June 14, 2022

Cambodia Sentences 31 Opposition Figures to Prison in Second Mass Trial

By Sebastian Strangio
Outside the courtroom, police arrested the prominent Cambodian-American activist Theary Seng.

Putting a Positive Spin on Cambodia’s Local Election
June 09, 2022

Putting a Positive Spin on Cambodia’s Local Election

By David Hutt
For the first time, an opposition party not led by a magnetic political personality has made inroads.

Provisional Results Give Cambodian Ruling Party Victory in Local Elections
June 07, 2022

Provisional Results Give Cambodian Ruling Party Victory in Local Elections

By Sebastian Strangio
According to the National Election Committee, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s party won 9,338 out of the 11,622 commune council seats up for election.

As Expected, Cambodia’s Ruling Party Claims ‘Sweeping’ Victory
June 06, 2022

As Expected, Cambodia’s Ruling Party Claims ‘Sweeping’ Victory

By Luke Hunt
But what are the actual numbers?
In Cambodia, Local Elections Hold Out a Glimmer of Progress
June 02, 2022

In Cambodia, Local Elections Hold Out a Glimmer of Progress

By Andrew Nachemson
The long-ruling CPP is almost certain to win this weekend's commune election, but a revived opposition could reopen the political space.

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