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.

Oxfam urges government to use IMF COVID recovery fund transparently

Vendors sell food on the street at a village in Phnom Penh, August 11, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

Oxfam has urged the Cambodian government to ensure that a $240million debt-free fund announced by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support Cambodia’ economic recovery is used to benefit all Cambodians affected by COVID-19.

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.

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.