NGOs say the government undermines some constitutional guarantees

Authorities seized banners from the family members of activists from the forcibly dissolved CNRP as they submittes a petition to a UN office in Phnom Penh, June 4, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

As the country prepares to mark Constitutional Day on September 24, civil society groups say the government has undermined the democratic principles enshrined in the constitution, a claim government officials denied.

PM warns analysts not to criticize Kingdom

Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks at the start of the 6-12 year-old vaccination campaign at the Peace Palace on September 17, 2021, photo posted on his Facebook page.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday threatened a political analyst who had made comments critical of Cambodia’s foreign policy toward China, and said another analyst who had spoken of government negotiations with Sam Rainsy should be arrested.

CSOs continue digital campaign calling for release of human right defenders

CSOs posted images of unionist Rong Chhun image on social media during the sixth week of a campaign calling for the release of imprisoned human right defenders.

In light of heightened targeting of human rights defenders and environmental activists, civil society groups have started an online campaign calling for the release of those who have been imprisoned while exercising their freedom of expression.

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.

Three convicted Mother Nature activists handed an additional plotting charge

Mother Nature activists arrive at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for a hearing earlier this year, Picture taken on March 31, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Three environmental activists convicted earlier this year on incitement charges related to a planned protest have been handed a new charge of ‘plotting’ by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in connection with an ongoing case against four other activists.