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Cambodia premier condemns use of rights as 'political tool'

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:33 PM

In a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Cambodia's premier Hun Sen says rights issues are being used as a 'hostage' in talks on economic ties

HUN SEN. In this file photo, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen attends the plenary session of the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bangkok on June 22, 2019. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

Hun Sen denies Cambodia is Chinese 'colony' as work on $2 billion road begins

Mar 22, 2019 - 3:56 PM

Beijing's communist rulers lavishes the poor but strategically useful kingdom of Cambodia with aid and loans

DEFENDING CHINA. Cambodian premier Hun Sen defends China's road project in the country. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Hun Sen calls on military to 'destroy' opponents

Jan 25, 2019 - 12:02 AM

Hun Sen urges the army to 'destroy... revolutions that attempt to topple the legitimate government,' adding he is 'not afraid to issue an order' if faced with threats

CRITICIZE. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen hit Western governments for pushing democracy on the country. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Cambodia PM says EU holding country 'hostage' with tariff threats

Jan 12, 2019 - 5:38 PM

In October, the European Union threatened to withdraw the duty-free Everything But Arms scheme (EBA), which benefits exports from Cambodia's garment and footwear sector

CAMBODIA PM. In this file photo, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers his address before a huge gathering for garment workers in Phnom Penh on August 15, 2018. Photo by AFP

Cambodia celebrates 40th anniversary of Khmer Rouge ouster

Jan 07, 2019 - 5:40 PM

It was on January 7, 1979 when the country ended the reign of terror of the ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, that left two million Cambodians dead from starvation, hard labor, torture and mass executions

This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav -better known as Duch in the courtroom in Phnom Penh on March 20, 2012. Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court was rocked on March 19, by the second resignation of an international judge in recent months amid a row over whether to pursue more former regime members. AFP PHOTO / ECCC / NHET SOKHENG ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NHET SOKHENG / ECCC" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by NHET SOKHENG / ECCC / AFP)

Cambodia strongman Hun Sen derides 'democracy' in fiery speech

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:16 PM

'Don't make war by using what is called democracy and human rights, in which democratic countries used to make the mistake of supporting Lon Nol's coup,' says the country's strongman leader Hun Sen

CRITICIZE. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen hit Western governments for pushing democracy on the country. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Cambodia offers to resume search for U.S. Vietnam War missing

Oct 14, 2018 - 4:30 AM

Cambodian strongman Hun Sen says his intention is to restart the 'important' mission of retrieving the remains of American soldiers killed during the Vietnam War

REMAINS. A joint US/Kingdom of Cambodia team investigated the crash site at the Vietnam side of the border and found the remains of US military service members from the Vietnam War. File photo by Paul Richards/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Sieg Heil deja vu? Understanding the extreme right's global rise

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The extremist movements in Asia, while benefiting the elites, enjoy the support of the middle classes

Cambodian parliament launches era of one-party rule

Sep 05, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Parliament will reconvene on Thursday for the formality of voting Hun Sen back in as prime minister, extending his 33-year rule over the country by another 5 years.

CAMBODIA'S PARLIAMENT. This handout photo taken and released by the National Assembly on September 5, 2018 shows lawmakers meeting at the National Assembly during the opening ceremony of the parliament in Phnom Penh. Photo by Cambodia National Assembly/AFP

Cambodia king pardons jailed opposition lawmaker

Aug 25, 2018 - 9:57 PM

In an interview with government-aligned media, Um Sam An says his newfound freedom was a chance to 'reconcile the nation'

PARDONED. Former Cambodian opposition lawmaker Um Sam An (R) speaks to media at a pagoda after he was released by royal pardon in Phnom Penh on August 25, 2018. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Cambodia opposition leader denied bail again

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Kem Sokha's supporters earlier hoped he would be freed once the election result is beyond dispute

KEM SOKHA. Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha (L) is escorted by police at his home in Phnom Penh on September 3, 2017. File photo by AFP

[OPINION] Finding a way forward for Cambodia after sham elections

Aug 21, 2018 - 2:26 PM

The Prime Minister is treating Cambodia as a personal fiefdom that can one day be handed over to one of his sons

Cambodia ruling party sweeps parliament after vote with no opposition

Aug 16, 2018 - 4:29 PM

The dissolved opposition is planning on ramping up efforts with governments abroad to put more pressure on Cambodian leader Hun Sen

HUN SEN. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers his address before a huge gathering for garment workers in Phnom Penh on August 15, 2018. AFP PHOTO

Cambodia PM Facebook hacked to 'give away parliament seats'

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Hackers break into Hun Sen's official Facebook page and say the Cambodian People's Party would give away 4 seats to other parties

HUN SEN HACKED. Image of Hun Sen from http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51942 via Wikipedia

Cambodia strongman Hun Sen swears to die if vote numbers inflated

Aug 06, 2018 - 5:12 PM

Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party claims it won all 125 parliamentary seats in the deeply flawed July 29 poll, cementing the country as a one-party state and extending his 33-year grip on power

DIE BY THE NUMBERS. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) waves at supporters during a campaign rally in Phnom Penh on July 27, 2018.  Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

PH hails globally condemned Cambodia elections

Aug 05, 2018 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines says the Cambodian elections were 'successful' – a far cry from the chorus of condemnation from the United States, Australia, and the European Union

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen shakes hands during their meeting at the Peace Palace in Cambodia on December 14, 2016. ACE MORANDANTE/Presidential Photo

Cambodia ruling party claims 'huge victory' in vote decried as 'sham'

Jul 29, 2018 - 8:48 AM

(UPDATED) Unopposed strongman Hun Sen is set to extend his term once more as Cambodia's longest-serving head of government

POLLS OPEN. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) casts his vote during the general elections as his wife Bun Rany (center L) looks on in Phnom Penh on July 29, 2018. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Without an opposition, Hun Sen vows runaway win in Cambodia polls

Jul 27, 2018 - 2:55 PM

The only serious challenger to the ruling Cambodian People's Party was dissolved by the Supreme Court in November

RIVALS ELIMINATED. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (center) waves at supporters during a campaign rally in Phnom Penh on July 27, 2018. Photo bt Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Cambodian journalists charged with espionage for filing news to U.S.

Nov 18, 2017 - 5:14 PM

The journalists — Oun Chhin and Yeang Sothearin — now face up to 15 years in jail for allegedly running an illegal media studio from a guesthouse in Phnom Penh

U.S. calls on Cambodia to 'undo' opposition party ban

Nov 17, 2017 - 3:08 PM

Washington hits out after Cambodia's Supreme Court outlaws the Cambodia National Rescue Party and banned more than 100 of its politicians in a ruling blasted by a rights groups as the 'death' of the nation's democracy

HUN SEN. This handout photo taken and released on April 4, 2016 shows Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking during a meeting at the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh.  Photo by Cambodia National Assembly/AFP

Cambodian opposition party dissolved by Supreme Court

Nov 16, 2017 - 8:49 PM

The verdict was widely expected from a justice system heavily warped by the influence of long-standing premier Hun Sen, who is accused of ruthlessly targeting rivals in the run-up to 2018 polls

PARTY'S OVER. Supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) sit at CNRP headquarters in Phnom Penh on November 16, 2017. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

What were the other ASEAN countries up to in Manila?

Nov 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM

A rundown of the main concerns and activities of the ASEAN member-states at the 31st Summit in Manila

ASEAN SUMMIT. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and leaders and representatives of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states do the traditional ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo following the signing ceremony of the ASEAN Concensus on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights of the Migrant Workers at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

What DongYan fans should know about Cambodia PM Hun Sen

Nov 12, 2017 - 3:17 PM

Hun Sen's 32-year rule is seen as essentially authoritarian in a government accused of fraud, corruption and human rights violations

DONGYAN MEET HUN SEN. Actors and couple Marian Rivera and Dingong Dantes are invited by Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen to the welcome dinner for leaders attending the 31st ASEAN Summit. Photo from Dingdong Dantes' Facebook page

LOOK: Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes meet Cambodian PM

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:28 PM

(UPDATED) The Kapuso actress meets Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, who is in the Philippines for the ASEAN Summit. The leader had asked to see the actress, who has a large fan base in Cambodia.

LOOK: 10 years after chairing ASEAN, Arroyo keeps it presidential

Nov 11, 2017 - 9:15 PM

With President Duterte still in Vietnam, his predecessor Gloria Macapagal Arroyo hosts the welcome dinner for Cambodia's Hun Sen and Myanmar's Suu Kyi

PRESIDENTIAL. Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo looks every bit presidential in the welcome dinner she hosted for Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. All photos are screengrabs from RTVM feed

World leaders start arriving for ASEAN Summit

Nov 11, 2017 - 1:58 PM

(UPDATED) Cambodia's Hun Sen and Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi are the first two leaders to land in the Philippines for the biggest ASEAN event this year

ASEAN LEADER. Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi is one of two world leaders to arrive in the Philippines on November 11, 2017, for the ASEAN Summit. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cambodian PM invites Marian Rivera to ASEAN Summit 2017

Nov 10, 2017 - 8:26 AM

The 'Super Ma'am' actress is attending an event on Saturday, November 11, with husband Dingdong Dantes to meet Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen

IN PHOTOS: Duterte in Brunei to celebrate Sultan's golden jubilee

Oct 07, 2017 - 8:18 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte 'reaffirms the long and enduring ties' and 'renews the special friendship' between the Philippines and Brunei

50TH ANNIVERSARY. President Rodrigo Duterte visits Brunei as Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah marks his 50th anniversary on the throne. All photos from Malacañang

Half of Cambodia's opposition have fled crackdown, MP says

Oct 04, 2017 - 4:58 PM

Many leave for the US or European countries where they have family or dual citizenship

Cambodia opposition leader charged with treason, espionage – court

Sep 05, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The case comes as opponents of Cambodia s strongman premier as well as NGOs and the critical press have increasingly been smothered by court cases and threats ahead of a crunch general election next year

UNDER ARREST. Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha (L) is escorted by police at his home in Phnom Penh on September 3, 2017. Stringer/AFP

Cambodian political commentator jailed for 18 months

Aug 10, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Political analyst Kim Sok is charged with defamation and inciting unrest for comments in a radio interview suggesting links between the ruling Cambodia People s Party and the shooting of government critic Kem Ley

Local Cambodia polls test strongman's popularity

Jun 04, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Sunday s vote in more than 1 600 communes – village clusters – is seen as a warm up to next year s crunch national elections

In this file photo, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen attends the 30th ASEAN Summit in Manila, April 2017. File photo

A race to kill democracy

May 03, 2017 - 9:09 AM

Leaders in two Southeast Asian countries the Philippines and Cambodia have used a startlingly similar playbook to undermine the opposition and subvert democracy

IN PHOTOS: How Duterte bonded with ASEAN leaders

Apr 24, 2017 - 7:03 PM

From eating durian with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to singing with Malaysia s Najib Razak President Duterte has fond memories to share with the leaders he is welcoming to Manila for the 30th ASEAN Summit

BONDING. President Rodrigo Duterte embraces Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-chan after the state dinner. Photo by Simeon Celi/Presidential Photo

8 country leaders, Suu Kyi to attend ASEAN Summit

Apr 24, 2017 - 12:31 PM

UPDATED The heads of government will start arriving in Manila on Friday April 28

ASEAN SUMMIT IN MANILA. Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is accompanied by Parliament Speaker Mann Win Khaing Than (L) at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Interparliamentary Assembly in Naypyidaw on September 30, 2016. File photo by Aung Htet/ AFP

Man jailed for Facebook threat to Cambodian PM Hun Sen

Feb 24, 2017 - 3:05 PM

Ven Sopheap a resident of eastern Prey Veng province is given a two year prison sentence for issuing a death threat and inciting discrimination

This handout photo taken and released on April 4, 2016 by the Cambodia National Assembly shows Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking during a meeting at the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh.  Cambodia's parliament on April 4 approved a rare cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Hun Sen, a move he described as a "neccessary measure" as the under pressure strongman gears up for a tough election fight in 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CAMBODIA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY / Handout / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / CAMBODIA NATIONAL ASSEMBLY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Brash Cambodian PM backs Trump presidency

Nov 03, 2016 - 5:06 PM

Frankly speaking I really want Trump to win Hun Sen says in a speech to hundreds of police cadets in the capital Phnom Penh

HUN SEN. Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of World Economic Forum on Mekong region in Hanoi on October 25, 2016. File photo from AFP

Thousands in funeral march for slain Cambodia activist

Jul 24, 2016 - 8:10 PM

The procession for Kem Ley is one of the largest public gatherings in Cambodia in recent years

epa05438650 People attend the funeral procession of Cambodian independent political analyst Kem Ley in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 24 July 2016. Kem Ley was shot dead at a Star Mart Caltex gas station in Phnom Penh on 10 July 2016. EPA/KITH SEREY

Prominent Cambodian critic shot dead – police

Jul 10, 2016 - 1:55 PM

UPDATED The death of Kem Ley comes at a time of heightened political tensions between premier Hun Sen and Cambodia s political opposition

KILLED. Cambodian officials inspect the body of Cambodian independent political analyst Kem Ley as he lies on a floor at a Starmart Caltex gas station in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo by Mak Remissa/EPA

Cambodian PM heads huge business empire – watchdog

Jul 07, 2016 - 3:03 PM

Hun Sen and his relatives have amassed more than 200 million through their interests in 114 private companies according to a report from UK based watchdog Global Witness

This handout photo taken and released on April 4, 2016 by the Cambodia National Assembly shows Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen speaking during a meeting at the National Assembly building in Phnom Penh. Cambodia National Assembly/Handout/AFP

Cambodian PM denies role in ASEAN U-turn on South China Sea

Jun 20, 2016 - 6:00 PM

In an angry speech Hun Sen also accuses the Hague based Permanent Court of Arbitration of political bias as it prepares to rule on a sea dispute between the Philippines and China

HUN SEN. Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen speaks during the Shaping the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Agenda for inclusion and Growth forum as part of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 1, 2016. File photo by Fazry Ismail/EPA

Cambodian opposition MP faces jail term for 'inciting revolt'

Apr 12, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Um Sam An a dual Cambodian US national is arrested in Siem Reap province after returning from overseas

Cambodia's Hun Sen denies buying up Facebook 'likes'

Mar 17, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Hun Sen s rival Sam Rainsy is accusing him of hiring foreigners to create fake Facebook accounts

Man arrested over Facebook threat to Cambodian PM

Jan 08, 2016 - 8:05 PM

A 25 year old man who faces up to two years in jail if found guilty is accused of being behind an FB post predicting the death of Hun Sen on January 7

Cambodia police 'will arrest' opposition chief on his return

Nov 16, 2015 - 2:48 PM

The opposition chief is Hun Sen s main rival and was in self exile at the time of the sentence as he also faced a string of other convictions he claimed were trumped up

RAINSY. Sam Rainsy, President of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), arrives at the National Assembly during a plenary session in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 9, 2015. File Photo by Mak Remissa/EPA

Cambodia PM refuses bet payout after Pacquiao loss

May 05, 2015 - 6:56 PM

Prime Minister Hun Sen the strongman who has ruled Cambodia for 30 years accuses the boxing judges of being biased toward American Floyd Mayweather Jr

File photo of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. Photo by Mak Remissa/EPA

Cambodia pardons jailed female land rights activists

Apr 12, 2015 - 4:13 PM

King Norodom Sihamoni grants a royal pardon to the activists – including a 75 year old woman known locally as Mommy

CAMBODIA'S MOMMY. This photo taken on September 6, 2013 shows Nget Khun (right), known locally as 'Mommy', holds lotus flowers in front of police officials during a protest in Phnom Penh. Photo by AFP

US First Lady urges Cambodian girls to hold leaders accountable

Mar 21, 2015 - 4:31 PM

Michelle Obama visits Cambodia to highlight what she has described as a crisis in women s education

VISIT. US First Lady Michelle Obama and Cambodian First Lady Bun Rany gesture to students during their visit to a school in Siem Reap province. AFP PHOTO / TANG CHHIN SOTHY

Cambodia court upholds convictions for land rights activists

Jan 26, 2015 - 3:49 PM

The tearful campaigners wearing orange prison uniforms repeatedly shouted very unjust in Khmer as they were led out of the courtroom

CAMBODIA'S MOMMY. This photo taken on September 6, 2013 shows Nget Khun (right), known locally as 'Mommy', holds lotus flowers in front of police officials during a protest in Phnom Penh. Photo by AFP

Jailed at 75, veteran campaigner leads Cambodia eviction battle

Nov 23, 2014 - 2:22 PM

Jailed 75 year old Nget Khun known as Mommy in her land leads Cambodians fight against forced eviction