Former opposition members convicted for criticising COVID-19 response

A police officer walks in fron of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, picture taken on July 27, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Seven former party members and activists of the outlawed opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have been sentenced to 18 months in prison on incitement charges over social media posts criticizing the government leadership over deaths caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

UN raises concerns over Cambodia’s detention of environmental activists and human rights defenders

An NGO staff member holds up a photo of imprisoned Mother Nature environmental activists as part of a social media campaign calling for the six youths' release.

The UN Human Rights Office and the UN Environment Programme on Wednesday expressed their concern over the arrest and detention of environmental human rights defenders in Cambodia after authorities arrested three activists from environmental group Mother Nature on June 16. According to the statement, at least 24 human rights defenders, 12 of whom are women, are currently in detention in Cambodia.