Politics
Supporters of the outlawed opposition CNRP hold up Cambodian flags near the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on November 26, 2020. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Unwieldy Mass CNRP Trial Packs Phnom Penh Court

The Phnom Penh court on Thursday sought ways to streamline the mass trial of more than 130 opposition supporters in the face of missed names, crammed-in defendants and complaints that the accused had no information about what they were accused of.

Sin Chanpeou Rozeth, a former CNRP commune chief in Battambang province, holds up a small Cambodian flag outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on November 26, 2020.

Defendant Arriving for Mass CNRP Hearings Says ‘I’m Not Scared’

Hearings are underway at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court for more than 100 supporters of the dissolved CNRP who were charged with incitement and plotting. Arriving defendants and their colleagues say the occasion is a chance for the persecuted opposition to show solidarity.

Zsombor Peter, a former Cambodia Daily associate editor, works at his computer in the newsroom in Phnom Penh on September 3, 2017, when staff produced the final issue of the newspaper. (Ben Woods)

Cambodia Daily Reporters’ Trial Set for Tuesday

The trial of former Cambodia Daily journalists Aun Pheap and Zsombor Peter, charged three years ago as the newspaper shut down amid a government crackdown, has been scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Ratanakiri Provincial Court.

Demonstrators, including activist Sath Pha (front center), rally outside the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh on October 23, 2020 (Mech Dara/VOD)

US Lawmakers Call for More Sanctions Against Cambodia

Citing an “alarming deterioration” in Cambodia’s democratic rule, a group of U.S. politicians appealed to their government to ramp up sanctions against Phnom Penh, as analysts said pressure from the U.S. was likely to rise with the coming change in administration.

CNRP co-founder Kem Sokha, center, and GDP co-founder Yang Saing Koma, right, during a visit to a farm in Pursat province in November 2020, in this photograph posted to Saing Koma's Twitter page.

Time to Find New Way Forward in Politics, Defectors, Minor Parties Say

After three years without a viable political opposition, politicians who stand apart or have broken from the outlawed main opposition party say the old vehicle of the CNRP should be left aside to give people with grievances a chance to participate in politics again.