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(14-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

CNRP faithful massed outside the party’s Phnom Penh headquarters Monday afternoon to welcome five opposition figures and three monks who were imprisoned in recent months on charges widely seen as political and released on bail following court hearings Monday morning. During the hearings, judges agreed to release the activists before the Khmer New Year holiday, which begins today, because their detention was not necessary to continue proceedings against them.

(14-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Upon officially taking the helm of the country’s revamped National Election Committee (NEC) on Monday, Sik Bunhok promised to follow in the footsteps of the outgoing committee members, most of whom were widely lambasted as tools of the ruling CPP. Since the government created the NEC 17 years ago and stacked it with old CPP hands, opposition parties, rights groups and election monitors have regularly accused the committee of running the country’s elections in the ruling party’s favor.

(14-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

A 36-year-old man was arrested in Koh Kong province on Sunday night after he allegedly attempted to rape and then murdered his friend’s 15-month-old daughter by grabbing her by the legs and smashing her head against stones on the ground, local police said Monday.

(13-April-2015 / Licadho Cambodia)

This afternoon, eight more of the Free the 19 activists were released from detention in Prey Sar’s CC1 prison. Three defrocked monks – Venerable Seung Hai, Venerable Khith Vannak, and Venerable Sang Kosal – and five CNRP members and supporters – Meach Sovannara, Sum Puthy, Tep Narin, Ke Khim, and Ouk Pich Samnang – were released on bail. All eight were arrested between September and November last year and face a variety of charges. The cases against all those released remain open

(13-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Newly appointed election monitor Rong Chhun has come out swinging ahead of today’s official swearing in of the nine new National Election Committee members, saying he is “sharpening his spurs” for a potential showdown. The longtime president of the Cambodian Independent Teachers Association yesterday said that he would not follow the lead of previous under-the-radar NEC appointees, but would instead voice his concerns to the media whenever possible.

(13-April-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

Five months behind bars has done nothing to deter Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak activists from taking their demands to the streets. Just one day after their release from the capital’s Prey Sar prison, the female activists – often at the helm of Phnom Penh demonstrations – vowed yesterday to continue protesting for “as long as land disputes and social injustices remain”.

(13-April-2015 / The Diplomat)

After a lawyer and lawmaker for Cambodia’s opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) announced that negotiations between the ruling party and the CNRP had taken place over the release of imprisoned activists and opposition politicians, ten land rights activists from Phnom Penh’s Boeung Kak Lake received a royal pardon and were released from prison on Saturday afternoon.

(13-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

A lieutenant colonel in the military has been arrested and charged with fraud for posing as the deputy head of the army’s counterterrorism department and extorting money from job-seekers hoping to work alongside the department’s commander, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s son, police said Sunday.

(13-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

Ten imprisoned land-rights activists celebrated at CNRP Vice President Kem Sokha’s villa in Phnom Penh on Saturday afternoon after being released from jail following the end of political negotiations between the CPP and CNRP.

(13-April-2015 / The Cambodia Daily)

An environmental activist and a fisherman said Sunday that about 70 residents of Koh Kong province had worked together over the past few days to chase away sand-dredging barges they accused of operating illegally around Koh Kapi island and damaging vital fishing grounds.