Former opposition leader Kem Sokha is escorted by police following his midnight arrest in Phnom Penh in September. AFP

Cambodia on a ‘downward trend’, according to Freedom House

Publication date 16 January 2018 | 18:13 | ICT

The American NGO Freedom House has singled out Cambodia as being on a "downward trend" in terms of liberties, but despite an ongoing political crackdown that has drawn international condemnation, Cambodia’s 2017 score by the organisation



  • The homemade gun which a man allegedly accidentally shot his wife with before a hunting trip. Photo supplied

    Man arrested for accidentally shooting wife with homemade air rifle

    Publication date 16 January 2018 | 18:05 | ICT

    A Pailin province man has been arrested for allegedly seriously injuring his wife when he accidentally shot her in the stomach while repairing his homemade airgun, with the wife’s family members asking for his release.

  • In a speech yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen expressed displeasure over questions about his health raised in a Southeast Asia Globe article earlier this month. Facebook

    Hun Sen fires back at comments about his health

    Publication date 16 January 2018 | 06:54 | ICT

    Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday took umbrage with an article published by the Southeast Asia Globe in which three foreign observers commented on his health, challenging the trio to a golf or chess match to prove his vitali

  • Funcinpec President Norodom Ranariddh signs in at the National Assembly ahead of a plenary session yesterday.

    Funcinpec shoots down rumours of Chinese VP

    Publication date 16 January 2018 | 07:02 | ICT

    The royalist Funcinpec party yesterday denied local media reports that it had appointed a Chinese national as vice president.

  • The exterior of the new National Cancer Center, a state-of-the-art facility at Calmette Hospital, which was inaugurated yesterday.

    Cancer facility inaugurated

    Publication date 16 January 2018 | 08:35 | ICT

    Cambodia's National Cancer Center – a more than $23 million modern teaching facility – was inaugurated at Calmette Hospital yesterday, though the centre’s director and experts acknowledged that oncology services still fall well belo

  • Phnom Penh court calls worker over Veng Sreng strike

    Publication date 16 January 2018 | 08:59 | ICT

    At least one worker and potentially over a dozen more from the Meng Da footwear factory have been summonsed for questioning in court over their roles in a strike on Veng Sreng Boulevard in early December over allegedly unpaid bonuse

  • Prak An, 71, receives treatment after being gored by a wild boar at his cassava farm within the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary. Fresh News

    Wild boar attack leaves man seriously injured

    Publication date 16 January 2018 | 08:59 | ICT

    A 71-year-old man was seriously injured in a wild boar attack yesterday while tending to his farm within the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary in Pursat province, prompting fellow villagers to hunt down and kill the animal.

  • Bruising on the body of 19-year-old Vy Pheakdey (pictured) raised his father’s suspicions that his death in custody was not a ‘suicide’, as police alleged. Photo supplied

    Family seeks UN inquiry into ‘suicide’ in custody

    Publication date 16 January 2018 | 09:00 | ICT

    A mourning father yesterday called for a United Nations investigation into his son’s death in Oddar Meanchey police custody alongside a fellow inmate, which police contend was suicide.

  • A girl walks through the Andong village resettlement site, where many former residents of Borei Keila have been offered new homes.

    Life after Borei Keila: Evictees lament a lack of jobs and infrastructure at relocation site

    Publication date 16 January 2018 | 06:48 | ICT

    Some 16 kilometres from the centre of Phnom Penh, rows of faded white houses sit sleepily in the sun. Next to them is a small lake, its surface dotted with bits of rubbish.

  • GDP board members meet on Sunday to discuss selecting candidates for July’s national elections. Now, they warn they might not participate if the political atmosphere doesn’t change. Photo supplied

    GDP says its billboards were removed by ruling party officials

    Publication date 16 January 2018 | 07:05 | ICT

    Official within the Grassroots Democracy Party threatened to pull out of the national elections in July, demanding a more positive atmosphere after ruling party officials allegedly removed GDP billboards in Battambang and Phnom Penh

  • A screenshot of a video posted to Facebook showing fire fighters attempting to battle a blaze in Daun Penh this afternoon. Facebook

    Two boys rescued from Daun Penh blaze

    Publication date 15 January 2018 | 19:29 | ICT

    Two boys sustained serious burns shortly before they were rescued from a blaze that erupted in a fourth-floor home in the capital's Daun Penh district this afternoon.