As the country prepares to mark Constitutional Day on September 24, civil society groups say the government has undermined the democratic principles enshrined in the constitution, a claim government officials denied.
Several civil society groups said on Wednesday that grassroots communities lack access to information on significant development projects affecting their communities including economic land concessions, often with a serious impact on people’s livelihoods.
Environmental activist Chhorn Phalla was arrested and placed in pretrial detention in Ratanakiri province on Monday on charges of clearing state forest land dating back to 2020. Phalla had returned to the province in February after being allegedly attacked and beaten at a public forum in July last year.
Prime Minister Hun Sen has backtracked on his order to arrest political commentator Seng Sary after having previously accused the analyst of supporting former opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s suggestion to form a shadow government.
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday threatened a political analyst who had made comments critical of Cambodia’s foreign policy toward China, and said another analyst who had spoken of government negotiations with Sam Rainsy should be arrested.