Court sentences 14 youth activists and ex-CNRP officials of incitement

Khmer Thavarak activist Chhoeun Daravy and fellow defendants arrive at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to receive their verdicts, October 26, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A group of 14 activists who were arrested last year for arranging protests in support of the jailed unionist Rong Chhun were convicted Tuesday of charges of incitement.

Council of Ministers endorses draft constitutional amendment barring those holding dual citizenships from top leadership posts

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks during a meeting at the Office of the Council of Ministers in Phnom Penh, October 8, 2021. Picture via SPM

Cabinet ministers on Friday endorsed amendments to the constitution that would bar those holding multiple citizenship from holding top offices.

A son of Ex-CNRP trialed for the incitement charges, and insulting public officials

Kak Sovann Chhay's mother Prum Chantha waves to her son in the prisoner's van in front of the Municipal Court of Phnom Penh after his hearing, September 29, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Wednesday tried the 17-year-old son of a former CNRP official who was charged with incitement and insulting government leaders in a private Telegram group — a case that has been decried by civil society as a surveillance overstep. 

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.