(22-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

CNRP Not Allowed to Meet With Elected Officials in Prison Ten opposition lawmakers were barred from meeting three elected officials at Phnom Penh’s Prey Sar prison on Tuesday, with prisons authorities saying they should have sought permission from the courts because crim­inal cases against each remain open.

A spokesman for the court, however, said no such permission was needed and that such visits did not interfere with court procedures.

(22-June-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

Opposition Meets Detainees Fifteen officials and opposition activists who have been charged and detained in prison appealed to party leaders yesterday to continue their campaign promoting human rights and the reduction of political tension.

After a visit to Prey Sar prison yesterday, Eng Chhai Eang, a senior official and member of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), said he had spoken to the 15 detainees.

(22-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Duch questioned about plots against DK regime Former S-21 prison chief Kaing Guek Eav was probed on the arrests of upper level Khmer Rouge cadre suspected of spying for Vietnam and planning a coup d’état against the Pol Pot regime at the Khmer Rouge tribunal yesterday.

Touching on an issue key to the defence of co-accused Nuon Chea – the regime’s former “Brother number two” – Eav, better known as Duch, was confronted with questions about alleged Vietnamese infiltration into the ranks. The Chea defence has argued that the Khmer Rouge was riven by competing factions, and faced a legitimate threat from Vietnam – a threat that Duch obliquely acknowledged.

(22-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Adhoc staff grilled in court again Two Adhoc officials appeared before the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday for additional questioning, with both continuing to deny charges they had bribed a witness.

Nay Vanda and Ny Sokha, senior staffers at the human rights group, were questioned by judge Theam Chanpiseth, who grilled them about their interactions with Khom Chandaraty, the alleged mistress of opposition leader Kem Sokha.

(22-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

CNRP again calls for CPP to resume talks The Cambodia National Rescue Party yesterday once again called for the ruling party to reconsider negotiating a solution to the current political crisis, with the leadership of smaller parties also calling for the government to give the opposition a break.

Speaking to reporters after a visit to Prey Sar prison to meet jailed CNRP activists, opposition lawmaker Eng Chhay Eang asked that the CPP resume the so-called culture of dialogue.

(22-June-2016 / Phnom Penh Post)

Sky Nice factory agrees to workers' demands After two days of protests by about 300 workers, the Sky Nice International footwear factory in Phnom Penh has agreed to meet most of their demands – which included better benefits and wages.

The employees’ main request was the reinstatement of three worker representatives. A company representative said Sky Nice had agreed to rehire two of the leaders and would consider reinstating the third.

(21-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Police Arrest Four as Black Monday Campaign Continues Four black-clad women were bundled kicking and screaming into police trucks on Monday, marking yet another Black Monday protest, as the campaign to have four rights workers and an election official released from prison entered its seventh week.

At about 9 a.m., five activists from eviction-hit communities congregated near Phnom Penh International Airport in Pur Senchey district as dozens of police and district security guards surrounded the area.

(21-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Hun Sen Launches Attack on CNRP Over ‘Contempt’ for King Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday launched an attack on the CNRP, criticizing the opposition for holding a prayer ceremony over the weekend and for its alleged “contempt” for the king in submitting petitions with duplicate thumbprints.

The CNRP held a ceremony in Siem Reap City on Sunday to pray for a cooler political climate in the country after months of arrests of government critics and unfulfilled threats to put deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha behind bars.

(21-June-2016 / Cambodia Daily)

Prime Minister Defends Sea Stance After Summit Breakdown Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday defended his strict hands-off policy toward territorial disputes in the South China Sea following news reports that his government scuttled yet another proposed joint statement from Asean on the issue.

Following a meeting of Asean foreign ministers and their Chinese counterpart in China’s Yunan province last week, news reports emerged citing anonymous diplomats who claimed that Cambodia, Burma and Laos forced the recall of a joint statement by withdrawing their support for it.

(21-June-2016 / Khmertimeskh)

PM Threatens Thumbprint Crackdown Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday threatened to take action if the thumbprints submitted in a Royal petition by the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) were found to be illegitimate.

Speaking to students at the National Institute of Education’s Royal School of Administration graduation ceremony, Mr. Hun Sen said the possibility that the CNRP’s petition, which asks for intervention from the King in the increasingly volatile political landscape, was fraudulently assembled was contemptible.