Matt Surrusco
Authorities grab a camera during a small protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh on October 23, 2020. (Matt Surrusco/VOD)

UPDATED: Authorities Break Up Small CNRP Protest Outside Chinese Embassy

UPDATED 10:45 a.m. — About 50 uniformed and plainclothes authorities on Friday forcibly stopped about a dozen people protesting across the street from the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh, with one woman being carried away down Mao Tse Tung Blvd. by authorities and three other demonstrators pulled into the back of a police truck and driven away.

Justice Minister Keut Rith at the National Assembly on April 10, 2020, in this photograph posted to National Assembly President Heng Samrin's Facebook page.

CNRP Lobbies Western Nations for ‘Further Sanctions’ Against PM Allies

As CNRP supporters prepare to hold anti-China protests in 20 cities around the world on Friday, the outlawed opposition says it’s also waging a campaign calling on more Western governments to sanction Cambodian officials — including the justice minister — over alleged human rights violations or corruption.

Preh Phnheas resident Chorb Kun looks at her IDPoor and loan documents in August 2020 in Battambang province. (Ananth Baliga/VOD)

Some 1.3M in Cambodia May Fall Back Into Poverty, UNDP Estimates

The number of Cambodians experiencing poverty this year could nearly double to 17.6 percent of the population — sending some 1.3 million people back into poverty — with the unemployment rate increasing almost seven-fold, a new U.N. report says.

Authorities surround protesters in Phnom Penh on September 7, 2020. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

In Activists’ Arrests, Some See Scared Gov’t, CPP Says It Has No Fear

A recent wave of arrests of youth activists show the government’s fear of outspoken dissidents, and the potential for small demonstrations to become large-scale protests, political activists and analysts say, while a ruling party official denied any such fear yet suggested that the CPP intended to put out a “fire” before it spread.