Dangerous Time for Cambodia –Polls on June 4

Dangerous Time for Cambodia –Polls on June 4The next year will be a crucial time in Cambodian politics, with two elections coming up this Sunday and in July 2018. Sunday’s seem the less important, but will be closely watched by the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP), which has been bleeding consensus in the past few years, and the Cambodia National Rescue Party…

Cambodia Goes After Opposition Well in Advance of Elections

Cambodia Goes After Opposition Well in Advance of ElectionsAfter taking a relative drubbing during 2013 elections, when the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) won only 68 of the 123-member parliament’s seats, the government headed by Hun Sen, is now trying to silence the opposition. Fearing a worse election result, Hun Sen is determined to intimidate the oppositon stay in power after community and…

Analyst’s Murder Highlights Cambodian Misrule

Analyst’s Murder Highlights Cambodian MisruleMinutes after prominent Cambodian independent political analyst Kem Ley was gunned down in broad daylight, police arrested a “suspect” who had “confessed” to the assassination. Within hours, a video of the suspect’s interrogation—the man bleeding from the head and scared witless—was released to the TV Station BTV, which is 100 percent owned by the daughter…

Cambodian Parliamentary Immunity in Danger

Cambodian Parliamentary Immunity in DangerParliamentary immunity is enshrined in Article 80 of the 1993 Cambodian Constitution, which states that members of the National Assembly can only be prosecuted, arrested or detained with the approval of two-thirds of the National Assembly. The constitution provides one narrow exception to this rule: negating the necessity for a vote if a parliamentarian is…

Going Viral in Cambodian Cyberspace

Going Viral in Cambodian CyberspaceSocial media is on the rise in Cambodia, and it may just mark the beginning of the end of the systemic culture of judicial impunity, as well as the long-dysfunctional democratic system. To shine some context on the matter, social media vigilantes have been busy linking brutal attacks on two lawmakers outside the National Assembly…

Cambodia’s NGO Law: Legislation with Chinese characteristics

Cambodia’s NGO Law: Legislation with Chinese characteristicsAs the Cambodian government prepares to finalize its draft Law on Associations and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), which has faced severe criticisms from international rights groups, Cambodia’s civil society – one of Asia’s most vibrant – risks taking a giant leap backwards. The draft NGO law, if passed, might also signal that Cambodia is falling further…

After 30 years of Hun Sen, where is Cambodia

After 30 years of Hun Sen, where is Cambodia2015 marks 30 years in power for Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who became prime minister in January 1985 at only 33 years old. He has consolidated his power base through charismatic leadership, paternalism, coercion and a system of patronage. There are mixed views on Hun Sen’s leadership. It is essential to understand the national…

Reform in Cambodia May Signal Change

Reform in Cambodia May Signal ChangeCambodia had a year of political reform in 2014, and observers are skeptical about how much change it will bring. But it might be premature to dismiss Prime Minister Hun Sen’s reform efforts as cosmetic. The year began with a series of mass protests organized by the Cambodian National Rescue Party over alleged massive fraud…

Cambodian Opposition Figures Headed for Jail

Cambodian Opposition Figures Headed for JailA year ago, huge streams of young Cambodians moved through the streets of Phnom Penh, rallying to take on the increasingly putrid government of President Hun Sen, who had been in power for 28 years. Together, they wrought a remarkable election in the face of heavy intimidation. After the polls closed, the opposition Cambodian National…

‘Killing Fields’ Producer Turned Trade Rep Backs Hun Sen

‘Killing Fields’ Producer Turned Trade Rep Backs Hun SenDavid Puttnam, the once-brilliant film-maker who is best known for producing the amazing movie of Khmer Rouge terror, “The Killing Fields” has stunned journalists, diplomats and others, by praising the current Khmer government and its leader Hun Sen, for “its commitment to ending corruption.” The current member of Britain’s House of Lords, speaking in one…
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