With no credible opposition, minor parties prepare for non-competitive elections

Motorists drive past the Khmer Will Party's headquarters in Phnom Penh, July 12, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

Ou Chanrath, the founder of the newly formed Cambodia Reform Party (CRP) and a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker, said that party officials had been repeatedly questioned by authorities while collecting fingerprints to submit to the Ministry of Interior so that the party can compete in the upcoming commune elections.

Their trial finished, Paris Peace Agreement protesters now await verdict in incitement case

Former CNRP activists arrive at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for their hearing, July 1, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court has finished the trial of activists who took part in an October 23 protest outside the Chinese embassy calling for the Cambodian government to respect the Paris Peace Agreements and oppose a Chinese military presence.

Public reluctant to trust the independence of new NEC president

Prach Chan (R), the new chairman of the National Election Committee, receives the NEC seal from Minister of the Royal Palace Kong Sam Ol at a ceremony in Phnom Penh, June 30, 2021.CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The new chairman of the National Election Committee (NEC) pledged his commitment to ensuring that Cambodia’s upcoming commune and national elections are free and fair amid doubts from civil society groups about the former CPP lawmaker’s independence.

Former CNRP official’s son arrested on charge of incitement in Telegram chat

Families members of imprisoned former CNRP officials submitted a petition Friday to the UK embassy in Phnom Penh asking Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to intervene on behalf of their loved ones. That same day, a son of one of the protesting women was charged in municipal court for alleged incitement and insult of public officials, June 25, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The 16-year-old son of a former CNRP official has been charged on Friday with incitement and insulting public officials while chatting on the Telegram messaging app.

Women still willing to participate in politics despite intimidation, study finds

Sin Chan Pov Rozeth, the former chief of O'Cha commune in Battambang province, told CamboJA women face several barriers to political activity. A member of the CNRP before the party was forcibly dissolved, she is pictured here in her office on October 11, 2017. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A new report examining the participation of women in politics within a single-party Cambodian state has found that male violence remains a key barrier to entry.