Banteay Srei Residents Defy Apsara Authority’s Offer to Claim Their Land

Villagers from Banteay Srei district protested outside the Siem Reap Provincial Hall on Monday asking for a fair resolution to a land dispute they an entangled in since 2005 with the Apsara National Authority. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Around 20 families are refusing to accept a deal from Apsara Authority to move to smaller plots of land in Siem Reap province’s Banteay Srei district, with the Angkor park management threatening to sue them in two weeks.

Cambodia-US relations strained further as military scholarship program ends

A man holds a Cambodian flag in front of the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Picture taken on April 13, 2018. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Cambodian Ministry of Defense has asked the US to review the existing cooperation agreement between the two countries after six Cambodian students at US military academies were informed their scholarship programs were being ended due to a loss of eligibility for the Kingdom.

Their trial finished, Paris Peace Agreement protesters now await verdict in incitement case

Former CNRP activists arrive at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for their hearing, July 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has finished the trial of activists who took part in an October 23 protest outside the Chinese embassy calling for the Cambodian government to respect the Paris Peace Agreements and oppose a Chinese military presence.

Digital surveillance increasingly used to oppress civil society, rights groups say

Zoom users having a meeting on the app in Phnom Penh, June 28. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

As authorities jail multiple activists for their online speech, rights groups and civil society members are decrying the government’s digital surveillance and criminalization of speech.

Week-long airport protest continues as communities consider rights groups intervention

Villagers set up camp to block a street leading to a new airport construction site. The development is locked in a dispute with villagers in Kandal province's Kandal Stung district, May 17, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

A number of families affected by the new airport project in Kandal province have continued to block the road after a week of protest. Dozens of people have protested since Friday last week after the company developing the multi-billion-dollar project used tractors to clear their rice crops, damaging more than 1 hectare of rice fields. […]