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(27-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

An NGO director claimed Sunday that authorities in Svay Rieng province blocked a group he was leading from visiting homes they had rebuilt near the Vietnamese border in Romeas Hek district.

(27-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Responding to an apology from opposition lawmaker Um Sam An, who was punished last week for a critical Facebook post, National Assembly President Heng Samrin wrote on Saturday that the dispute would end with the decision to sanction the outspoken parliamentarian.

(27-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Authorities in Phnom Penh on Sunday arrested and released six people dressed in prison uniforms and chained together by their legs for protesting outside the National Assembly against a recently approved law that threatens to muzzle NGOs critical of the government.

(25-July-2015 / khmertimeskh)

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – After being suspended from his seat in the National Assembly, for criticizing its president on Facebook on July 14, Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmaker Um Sam An has apologized for the comments and asked for forgiveness.

“I have used impolite language about Samdech president on social media affecting the reputation of Samdech president,” Mr. Sam An wrote in his letter to National Assembly President Heng Samrin. “My impolite behavior and words have affected the prestige of the National Assembly as well as the reputation of Samdech president,” he continued.

“Please Samdech president forgive me accordingly,” he requested in the July 24 letter.

(25-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

As hundreds of protesters rallied outside the Senate Friday morning, 44 ruling party senators voiced their support for the controversial NGO law before approving it unanimously and sending it on to the Constitutional Council.

Senate spokesman Mam Bun Neang said that eight senators offered their opinions in support of the law—roundly derided by NGOs and international donors—before approving it at the end of a 3-hour meeting. Eleven Sam Rainsy Party senators boycotted the session.

(25-July-2015 / Cambodia Daily)

Opposition lawmaker Um Sam An has been suspended from the next 15 sessions of parliament and will have his salary cut as punishment for critical comments he posted to Facebook earlier this month, according to a statement issued Friday by the National Assembly’s Sec­retariat General.

Mr. Sam An, whose post on July 14 claimed that CPP Assembly President Heng Samrin had unconstitutionally blocked a letter to Prime Minister Hun Sen, will also be publicly shamed through notifications posted at commune offices in his constituency of Siem Reap province, the statement said.

(24-July-2015 / bigstory.ap.org)

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's Senate on Friday approved tight restrictions on non-governmental organizations, rejecting appeals from rights groups that say the law could be used for political repression.

About 400 protesters gathered peacefully outside Parliament during the vote on the bill, which states that local and foreign non-governmental organizations must register with the government, and that all NGOs must be politically neutral. It also gives the government unchecked power to block registrations and dissolve groups in the name of national security.

Senators from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party boycotted the session in protest against the bill, as the party's lawmakers in the lower house did last week when the bill passed there.

(24-July-2015 / bignewsnetwork)

The leader of Cambodia's opposition party on Thursday denounced the conviction and sentencing of 11 party activists to prison terms of up to 20 years for participating in a protest that turned violent as a "brutal act of repression."
Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), issued a letter from Paris, where he is on a trip to build support for Cambodia's democratic ambitions, to respond to public criticism of him on social media that he was an irresponsible leader for leaving the country on Tuesday, the same day that the CNRP activists were convicted.

(24-July-2015 / khmertimeskh)

PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – The Senate is scheduled to vote Friday on the controversial Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO), despite a boycott by the opposition party and heated opposition from civil society.

The draft law has drawn flak from human rights organizations, the main opposition political party, and citizens who say it gives the government excessive control over NGOs and creates a chilling effect for free speech. Government supporters, meanwhile, say that the legislation will prevent terrorism and money laundering, while removing a tool foreign governments use to interfere with national politics.

(24-July-2015 / Phnom Penh Post)

More than 20 of the 23 people who received suspended prison sentences of between one and four and a half years for their involvement in garment worker protests in early 2014 are appealing the verdict.

A total of 23 people were arrested on January 2 and 3 of 2014 for taking part in a January 2 protest in front of Yakjin (Cambodia) Inc in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district and a protest on Veng Sreng Boulevard the next day, at which military officials shot at least five dead.

All were found guilty of charges including intentional violence with damage.