Candlelight Party Member’s Arrest Intended to Scare Opposition, Say Critics

The Candlelight Party holds a congress on November 27, announcing it will take part in the 2022 commune election and the 2023 general election. CamboJA/ Khuon Narim

Observers say the jailing of a member of the Candlelight Party in Oddar Meanchey last week is meant to send a chilling message to other opposition politicians looking to run in next year’s local elections.

Chinese Foreign Minister hands over $150 million stadium and pledges $270 million in aid to Cambodia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen walks next to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi as they attend the handover ceremony of the Morodok Techo National Stadium in Phnom Penh, September 12, 2021. Tang Chhin Sothy/Pool

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday pledged $270 million in aid and three million doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Cambodia. He also formally handed over the newly built Morodok Techo National Stadium, which cost $150 million and is China’s largest infrastructure grant to Cambodia yet.

UN experts condemn conviction of union leader Rong Chhun

Union leader Rong Chhun joining a demonstration with Violet Apparel factory workers in Phnom Penh on July 28, 2020. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

UN human rights experts criticized Cambodian authorities over the conviction of union leader Rong Chhun, who was sentenced to two years in prison last week over comments he made about border demarcation. Two other activists were handed 20 month sentences for later holding a peaceful demonstration calling for his release.

CNRP splinter parties cause internal strife, analysts say

Drivers pass a sign for the newly formed Cambodia National Love Party in Battambang city. Photo taken on August 17, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

A widening rift between former Cambodia National Rescue Party leaders and members that have split off to form their own parties threatens any chance of a united opposition front, analysts say.

New Adhoc president urges government to release all political prisoners before commune election

New Adhoc president, Ny Sokha, speaks during an exclusive interview with CamboJA in Phnom Penh, July 7, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The newly appointed president of rights group Adhoc urged the government to release all prisoners of conscience before the 2022 commune election as a step to ensuring a more democratic society.