January 28, 2021
Chea Yamorn (left) and Prum Rath, defendants in a mass trial against 60 CNRP politicians and supporters, speak with reporters outside the Phnom Penh Muncipal Court after a hearing on January 28, 2021. (Ouch Sony/VOD)

CNRP Mass Trial Defendant Asked: ‘Who Is the Dictator?’

Phnom Penh Municipal Court judges on Thursday grilled opposition defendants in ongoing mass trials over the meaning of their social media posts, including how they defined the words “liberate,” “dictator,” “struggle” and “democracy.”

A guard sleeps in a hammock in front of fenced-off land in Prey Nob district's Bit Traing commune in Preah Sihanouk province on December 1, 2020. (Danielle Keeton-Olsen/VOD)

Some 90 Hectares of State Land in Preah Sihanouk Commune Privatized

Nearly 90 hectares of forested state land in Preah Sihanouk’s Bit Traing commune was privatized late last year and conceded to two private firms, including a company led by a businesswoman who was caught building illegal houses on Koh Kong’s Koh Sdach island.

Seng Chanthorn, (second from right), holds a photo of her jailed husband, Sun Thun, while protesting with other women in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on September 25, 2020. They are calling for the release from prison of their spouses, all former CNRP officials. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

CNRP Mass Trials: The Cases and the Controversy

Six case files against 153 CNRP defendants, split into four trials, make up a web of ongoing prosecutions against the outlawed opposition’s senior leaders and grassroots supporters.