Rong Chhun’s incitement trial kicks off to a heated start

A Prisons Department vehicle with jailed unionist Rong Chhun enters the Phnom Penh court on Friday. Panha Chhorpoan

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court began a trial on Friday into incitement charges against prominent unionist Rong Chhun, with the hearing getting fiery as all parties sparred over the facts of the case.

As Cambodian courts proceed with CNRP-linked trials, Kem Sokha is kept on hold

Former CNRP president Kem Sokha arrives at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in February 2020. Panha Chhorpoan

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has shown no inclination to resume opposition leader Kem Sokha’s treason trial, which was suspended last March, with observers saying political calculations around the trial were affecting the former CNRP president’s fair trial rights.

EU report reveals resurgence in Prey Lang deforestation

Members of the PLCN patrol the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary in December 2020, with a new report showing a recent increase in deforestation.

A European Commission report showed a resurgence in deforestation at the Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary, after reaching peak forest canopy loss in 2016 when the forest was given protected status.

The price of protest: With husbands locked up, families of alleged activists drown in debt

Dos Kimteang stands with an image of her jailed husband outside the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh on January 8. Panha Chhorpoan

Armed with a giant photograph of her jailed husband, Dos Kimteang went to the U.S. Embassy on Friday knowing that the day’s protest could be her last.

Gov’t says draft access to information law delayed by COVID-19 pandemic

Lam Socheat, from the Advocacy and Policy Institute, speaks at a press conference about the draft access to information law in September 2020. Panha Chhorpoan

The Cambodian government again failed to pass the long-delayed draft access to information legislation, despite Prime Minister Hun Sen assuring its passage at the start of 2020.