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.

No Covid in prisons: officials respond to UN concerns

Prisoners arrive at Phnom Penh Municipal Court ahead of their trials on June 2020. Panha Chhorpoan

Cambodia’s overcrowded prisons remain free of COVID-19, an official said on Wednesday, responding to calls from the United Nations to blanket test all inmates at facilities visited in November by an official at the center of Cambodia’s first community outbreak of the contagious disease.