Hun Sen Claims Sam Rainsy Expelled from Malaysia, But Contrasting Narrative Emerges

Sam Rainsy meets with several members of Malaysian parliament in a personal visit. (Sam Rainsy Facebook)

Opposition figure Sam Rainsy came to Malaysia for a planned day-long “private visit” which included a “greet and meet” with three legislators on Tuesday and then returned to Paris the next day, according to a Thursday afternoon statement from parliamentarian Wong Chen.

“Soaring Number” of Children Detained in Prisons, Rights Group Reports

The outside of Correctional Center 1 in Phnom Penh, photographed on November 11, 2021. (CamboJA/ Pring Samrang)

A “soaring number” of minors are being detained in the majority of prisons at an “alarming rate,” human rights NGO Licadho reported in a Thursday statement published on international Children’s Day.

Candlelight Seeks to Negotiate Participation in Elections, But Authorities Say “It Is Over”

Prime Minister Hun Sen attends an inauguration ceremony at the Russei Keo bridge in Phnom Penh on May 31, 2023. (Hun Sen’s Facebook)

Candlelight Party leaders denied Prime Minister Hun Sen’s accusations that it had intentionally disqualified itself from the national elections as a political ploy, in a Tuesday statement.

Three CCFC Members Released on Bail After Confessing Crimes

Ratanakiri provincial court, where a judge charged four people with plotting and incitement this week. (Supplied by Licadho)

Three detained land rights activists from the Coalition of Cambodian Farmers Community (CCFC) were released on bail Tuesday evening after confessing to plotting and incitement and publicly apologizing to Prime Minister Hun Sen. 

Relocation Site Expanded for Thousands More Angkor Families Facing Removal

Knou Sovann, 51, shows the 1.5 hectares of farmland at Peak Seng Chas village in Siem Reap’s Peak Sneng commune on March 8, 2023, which authorities will use as a second relocation site for families removed from the Angkor complex. (CamboJA/Khuon Narim)

An additional 896 hectares of land in Siem Reap have been allocated to expand a second relocation site for the thousands of families being removed from the Angkor Archaeological Park, according to a December sub-decree signed by Prime Minister Hun Sen released publicly in the Royal Gazette on May 17.

Hun Sen Claims Candlelight Botched Election Registration as Political Tactic

Prime Minister Hun Sen votes at a polling station in Kandal province’s Takhmao city on June 5, 2022. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang.

After the leading opposition Candlelight Party was officially disqualified from participating in the national elections, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Friday that he thought the party’s leaders had secretly botched their registration to generate political pressure from the international community.

Constitutional Council Rules Candlelight Party Cannot Compete in National Elections

Candlelight Party signs at the party’s headquarters in Phnom Penh on April 4, 2022. (CamboJA/Pring Samrang)

Updated: The Candlelight Party will not be allowed to participate in the national elections, Cambodia’s Constitutional Council ruled on Thursday. 

NagaWorld Union Leader Chhim Sithar Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Chhim Sithar leaves the Phnom Penh municipal court after hearing her verdict on Thursday. (CamboJA/Pring Samrang)

Phnom Penh municipal court sentenced NagaWorld union president Chhim Sithar to two years in prison after convicting her of incitement and social unrest on Thursday for leading a strike which has been ongoing since December 18, 2021.