Cambodia will temporarily accept up to 300 Afghan refugees

Drivers pass the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh, Picture taken on August 3, 2021. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

The Cambodian government said it has agreed to shelter up to 300 Afghan refugees while they are being processed for third country resettlement.

UN experts condemn conviction of union leader Rong Chhun

Union leader Rong Chhun joining a demonstration with Violet Apparel factory workers in Phnom Penh on July 28, 2020. CamboJA/ Panha Chhorpoan

UN human rights experts criticized Cambodian authorities over the conviction of union leader Rong Chhun, who was sentenced to two years in prison last week over comments he made about border demarcation. Two other activists were handed 20 month sentences for later holding a peaceful demonstration calling for his release.

Government praises human rights progress to UN in latest report contested by civil society

Security personnel seize banners from relatives of imprisoned CNRP members at a small demonstration. Protestors had submitted a petition to a UN office in Phnom Penh seeking help in freeing their family members, June 4, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

A laudatory human rights report compiled by the Cambodian government for the UN accusing protestors of “unlawful or mercenary” behavior has drawn the ire of rights observers in the country who say the true situation has only grown more dire in recent years.

Cambodian government refutes UN criticisms of internet gateway law

A person drives past the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications on Monivong Blvd, in Phnom Penh, June 7, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

The Cambodian government defended the country’s planned National Internet Gateway (NIG), after three UN Special Rapporteurs raised concerns, saying it could be used to suppress online freedom of expression.

UN rights envoy raises concerns over controversial internet gateway law

UN special envoy Vitit Muntarbhorn speaks at a high-level webinar on press freedom, Phnom Penh, May 27, 2021. CamboJA/ Pring Samrang

In his first speech since taking office in May, the UN’s newly appointed special rapporteur to Cambodia, Vitit Muntarbhorn, raised concern over a new law creating a national internet gateway and over any form of control over media or online access.