Political opposition charts uncertain path as former CNRP leaders join separate parties

Supporters of the former CNRP gather during the commune election campaign in Phnom Penh. Picture taken on May 20, 2017. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

As more former CNRP officials split to form a new party for the upcoming election, political observers are cautioning that quality beats quantity when it comes to building a competitive opposition.

Youth activists deny incitement charge after protesting unionist’s arrest

Chhoeun Daravy an activist with youth group Khmer Thavrak arrives at Phnom Penh Municipal Court for her hearing on July 27, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Four youth activists with the Khmer Thavrak and Khmer Student Intelligent League who were arrested last year and charged with incitement for protesting a unionist’s arrest maintained their innocence at a court hearing in Phnom Penh Tuesday as part of a sprawling case rights activists have called politically motivated.

Former CNRP Kampong Speu commune chief imprisoned

Pedestrians walk past the former Cambodia National Rescue Party headquarters in Phnom Penh. Picture taken on May 24, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A former opposition commune chief in Kampong Speu province was arrested and detained on charges of incitement on Thursday in connection with her alleged involvement in the planned return of former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Sam Rainsy on November 9, 2019.

Civil society leaders urge release of imprisoned opposition members ahead of 2022 commune elections

A woman searches for her name on a voting list during commune elections in Phnom Penh. Picture taken on June 4, 2017. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

In a Wednesday press conference held online, representatives of roughly 60 civil society groups urged the government to release prisoners of conscience and work to establish political neutrality among the judiciary, military and National Election Committee ahead of the 2022 commune council polls.

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.