Phnom Penh police deny beating lockdown pedestrians but confirm stricter enforcement

Police patrols have been keeping residents in their homes in the Stung Meanchey I commune, one of seven areas designed as "red zone" lockdown site. Videos shared on social media have shown police beating people with bamboo sticks to force them into their homes, April 21, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

In a measure that human rights monitors have blasted as extreme, Phnom Penh police have begun flogging people deemed to be violating the sweeping metropolitan lockdown order.

In locked down areas, trials mostly suspended apart from pandemic-related cases

Motorists drive past the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, March 31, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court and Kandal Provincial Court have temporarily suspended nearly all hearings during the lockdown, except for those related to violations of the lockdown order and the controversial new COVID-19 law. But rights monitors warned that the backlog in cases could lead to excessive pre-trial detention for many defendants.

Seven former CNRP members allowed to join politics again

Kem Sokha’s Cabinet Chief Muth Chantha (R), and Kem Sokha wait to meet visitors, in Phnom Penh, November 11, 2019. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Seven more former members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party have been permitted to reenter politics, according to a royal decree issued Sunday, in a move that one senior opposition official said was aimed at legitimizing future elections.

Government calls for people to remain in their homes in Phnom Penh and Takhmao city lockdowns

Authorities man a barricade in Phnom Penh after the two-week lockdown went into effect, April 15, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday afternoon called for stronger measures in Phnom Penh and Kandal’s Takhmao city, saying too many people had been violating a two-week lockdown that began Thursday.

TikTok users arrested and charged with spreading fake news about COVID-19 vaccines

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Chinese-made Sinovac vaccine during Cambodia's ongoing COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Phnom Penh, April 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Police have arrested three more people under a recently passed law the government says is intended to maintain public order during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.