Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop  attend a meeting in Sydney on July 19, 2016. Jessica Hromas/AFP

Australia’s ‘dance with dictators’: Country expected to stay mum on rights abuses with Asean leaders in town

Publication date 16 March 2018 | 09:24 | ICT

While calls from all corners have demanded Australia take Cambodia to task – not only for its political crackdown but also for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s threats to beat up protesters on Australian soil – observers say any such confrontation



  • Women from the Boeung Chhouk land dispute community in Phnom Penh hold an International Women's Day event yesterday, where they called on authorities not to use violence against female demonstrators.

    Hun Sen pledges to bring more women into top government roles

    Publication date 09 March 2018 | 07:43 | ICT

    In celebration of International Women’s Rights Day, Prime Minister Hun Sen pledged to nominate more female secretaries and undersecretaries of state if he were given another mandate while chiding his ministers for not having hired m

  • Prime Minister Hun Sen speaks to garment workers in Takeo yesterday, where he suggested he may stay in power beyond the 10-year deadline he previously set for himself. Facebook

    Hun Sen repeats vow to serve 10 more years, noting ‘it could be more’

    Publication date 08 March 2018 | 07:00 | ICT

    In a speech to garment workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen repeated his pledge to serve “not less th

  • Mam Sonando greets opposition supporters at a post-election rally at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park in 2013.

    Beehive party founder Sonando set to rejoin politics after blessing from Hun Sen

    Publication date 07 March 2018 | 06:58 | ICT

    Veteran political figure Mam Sonando has signalled he will once again take the reins of his Beehive Social Democratic Party just months out from Cambodia’s national elections, in a move critics say undermines democracy and plays int

  • Young women attend a Cambodian People’s Party campaign rally in Kampong Speu last year. Newly obtained figures indicate the number of female commune councillors increased since the dissolution of the opposition party. Facebook

    Women still underrepresented in politics

    Publication date 06 March 2018 | 07:00 | ICT

    Following the redistribution of seats held by the now-dissolved opposition, female representation in local politics increased slightly but remains low, according to figures obtained this week, with women’s rights organisations deman

  • Say Chhum, seen voting in the 2015 Senate president election, which he won, recently signed a handful of controversial legal and constitutional amendments into law in his capacity as acting head of state. Photo supplied

    Lèse majesté law now in effect

    Publication date 05 March 2018 | 06:52 | ICT

    A set of controversial laws and constitutional amendments was quietly signed by Senate President Say Chhum in place of the King last week, going into effect immediately despite the Justice Ministry previously claiming there would be

  • Prime Minister Hun Sen shows his inked finger after voting in Sunday’s Senate election, which was swept by his ruling Cambodian People’s Party. Facebook

    CPP spokesman touts one-party rule, points to China’s example

    Publication date 27 February 2018 | 07:01 | ICT

    Fresh off a clean sweep in the Senate elections on Sunday, a ruling party spokesman and newly elected senator yesterday espoused the benefits of one-party rule in Cambodia, pointing to the example of chief patron China while glossin

  • Candlelight Party member Teav Vannol speaks to reporters yesterday at the former CNRP headquarters, where a congress was held to amend its bylaws.

    Candlelight Party amends rules to allow easy dissolution

    Publication date 27 February 2018 | 07:54 | ICT

    The Candlelight Party yesterday met to amend its bylaws to allow it to dissolve the party with a simple majority vote, while reiterating that it will boycott July’s elections.

  • Grassroots Democratic Party members from Phnom Penh attend a primary-style event to select the party’s National Assembly candidates.

    GDP’s new party model a boon, burden

    Publication date 26 February 2018 | 07:14 | ICT

    Before a crowd of about 70 of his peers on Saturday, Khath Sothy walked up to the podium and started to list his resume.

  • CPP claims all 58 seats up for grabs in Senate

    Publication date 26 February 2018 | 07:07 | ICT

    Absent any legitimate competition, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party swept all 58 elected seats in Sunday’s Senate elections, giving it near-absolute control in the upper house of parliament, according to preliminary results.

  • Kem Rithisith (third left, yellow shirt) has announced the formation of a political party bearing the name of his brother, the slain political analyst Kem Ley. Fresh News

    Kem Ley’s brother sets up political party in analyst’s name

    Publication date 26 February 2018 | 07:51 | ICT

    Slain political commentator Kem Ley’s brother over the weekend announced the creation of a new political party called Kem Ley Party, a move that was quickly denounced by Ley’s widow, Bou Rachana.