Politics
Prime Minister Hun Sen gestures during a speech in Preah Sihanouk province, in this photograph posted to his Facebook page on June 1, 2020.

Hun Sen Vows to Arrest Economic Subversives, Three From CNRP Jailed

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday warned that those stirring up social unrest by calling for borrowers not to repay their debts, apparently alluding to opposition CNRP figure Sam Rainsy and his supporters, would be arrested — the same day a CNRP member was jailed.

Opposition leader Kem Sokha leaves the Phnom Pen Muncipal Court on February 27, 2020 (Ouch Sony/VOD)

Appeal Court to Hear Petition From Kem Sokha Lawyers

The Appeal Court will hear arguments next week from Kem Sokha’s lawyers, who are opposing a decision by lower court judges to accept new evidence submitted by the prosecution in the opposition leader’s stalled treason trial.

People cross the border as security forces monitor at the international border checkpoint at Poipet on November 9, 2019. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

State of Emergency Law Enacted

A sweeping state of emergency bill, which critics say would hand the government excessive powers during an ill-defined national crisis, was signed into law on Wednesday, an official said.

National Assembly President Heng Samrin gestures at the National Assembly on April 10, 2020, in this photograph posted to his Facebook page.

National Assembly Approves State of Emergency Draft Law

The National Assembly on Friday passed a sweeping state of emergency draft law, which rights advocates say is ripe for abuse, as the number of Covid-19 cases in the country has slowly, but steadily risen since last month.