NGOs say the government undermines some constitutional guarantees

Authorities seized banners from the family members of activists from the forcibly dissolved CNRP as they submittes a petition to a UN office in Phnom Penh, June 4, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

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.

Civil society groups call for transparency in development projects

Villagers gather to demonstrate in front of police barricades where authorities blocked a road leading to their farmland, which is being cleared to prepare the site for a planned airport in Kandal Stung district, Picture taken on September 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

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.

R’kiri environmental activist imprisoned for allegedly clearing forest land

Environmental activist Chhorn Phalla, who was sent to pre-trial detention on Monday, speaks at a press conference in Phnom Penh on July 16, 2020. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

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.

Hun Sen rescinds order to arrest political analyst Seng Sary

Political analyst Seng Sary speaking at an event. Photo taken from his Facebook.

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.

PM warns analysts not to criticize Kingdom

Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at the start of the 6-12 year-old vaccination campaign at the Peace Palace on September 17, 2021, photo posted on his Facebook page.

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.