The Reichstag, which houses the lower house of the Germain parliament, in Berlin. The German Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently disclosed to parliament measures taken in response to Cambodia’s crackdown on the opposition. JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP

Germany puts pressure on Cambodia, ending preferential visa treatment for Hun family and high-ranking officials

Publication date 19 February 2018 | 07:36 | ICT

In a response to a parliamentary inquiry, the German government on Wednesday laid out a number of measures it has quietly taken over recent months to pressure the Cambodian government following its crackdown on media outlets, NGOs and the



  • NEC official Dim Sovannarom (second right) inspects ballots for the upcoming Senate elections yesterday.

    Thousands of excess Senate ballots printed

    Publication date 02 February 2018 | 08:36 | ICT

    The National Election Committee (NEC) yesterday announced plans to distribute 25,950 ballots for the upcoming Senate election this month, more than double the amount of eligible voters.

  • Kampuchea Krom activists protest outside the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh in 2014.

    Khmer Krom warned not to join Rainsy’s new movement

    Publication date 01 February 2018 | 06:22 | ICT

    The head of a Khmer Krom advocacy association yesterday issued a statement urging his followers not to join ex-opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s newly minted Cambodia National Rescue Movement, claiming it will provoke violence.

  • Cambodian People’s Party stalwart Svay Sitha (black shirt) oversees a ceremony to welcome hundreds to the ruling party, among them 44 purported former opposition youth activists. Fresh News

    Ruling party touts hundreds of defections over weekend

    Publication date 30 January 2018 | 07:22 | ICT

    The ruling party continued to tout purported defections to its ranks over the weekend, months after the Cambodia National Rescue Party – the nation’s only viable opposition – was dissolved at the government’s behest.

  • Sam Rainsy speaks to supporters at the official launch of the Cambodia National Rescue Movement in Long Beach, California. Facebook

    Rainsy officially launches Cambodia National Rescue Movement, lays out five-point plan

    Publication date 30 January 2018 | 07:11 | ICT

    Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy officially launched his new “movement” yesterday, outlining the body’s agenda while conti

  • The Human Rights Party, pictured here voting on a party decision in 2013, has voted to dissolve their party, according to President Son Soubert (left).

    Kem Sokha’s Human Rights Party decides to close

    Publication date 30 January 2018 | 07:14 | ICT

    The Human Rights Party closed yesterday of its own accord, officially removing itself from any conversation about potential challengers to the ruling party in the absence of the CNRP.

  • Sar Kheng outlines proposed amendments to the Constitution in December. Fresh News

    Government looks to make controversial amendments to Constitution

    Publication date 30 January 2018 | 06:53 | ICT

    The Council of Ministers is planning to meet later this week to discuss amendments to the Constitution, including changes to an article guaranteeing the right for citizens to form organisations and political parties.

  • Prime Minister Hun Sen meets with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj during a visit to India last week. Facebook

    Hun Sen requests election monitors from India

    Publication date 29 January 2018 | 08:27 | ICT

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has asked the Indian government to send observers for the national elections in July, amid wide-spread international concern about the legitimacy of the ballot following the dissolution of the opposition CNRP.

  • Funcinpec party President Prince Norodom Ranariddh (right) attends a party meeting on Saturday in Phnom Penh.

    Funcinpec fires four

    Publication date 29 January 2018 | 08:38 | ICT

    A Funcinpec member who created a petition to remove other high-ranking party officials has instead himself been fired by party President Prince Norodom Ranariddh.

  • Former CNRP Commune Chief Sin Rozeth (centre) speaks to customers at her restaurant in Battambang, which she started following the party’s dissolution in November. Facebook

    CPP lawmaker accuses Sin Rozeth of supporting Rainsy’s movement, using restaurant as front for political activity

    Publication date 29 January 2018 | 08:37 | ICT

    Ruling party lawmaker Chheang Vun has accused popular former opposition Commune Chief Sin Rozeth

  • GDP board members meet earlier this month to prepare for July’s election. Yesterday they released part of their party platform that includes consolidating ministries. Photo supplied

    GDP to focus on government efficiency

    Publication date 26 January 2018 | 10:37 | ICT

    The Grassroots Democracy Party yesterday suggested taking a pin to Cambodia’s inflated bureaucracy, saying it would campaign on a proposal to reduce the number of ministries from 23 to just 15 in order to improve efficiency and cut