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Authorities prevent protesters from marching to the Japanese Embassy in Phnom Penh to submit a petition calling for the release of jailed unionist Rong Chhun on August 24, 2020. (Hy Chhay/VOD)

Appeal Court Rejects Rong Chhun’s Bail Request

The Appeal Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court decision to arrest and jail unionist Rong Chhun over his claims that Cambodia had ceded land to Vietnam, denying him release on bail as his supporters continued to rally outside the court.

Phnom Penh Appeal Court in 2019. (Chorn Chanren/VOD)

Defendants Not Fully Informed of Trial Rights, CCHR Finds

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has called on judges to “inform and fully explain” to all defendants both their rights during trial and the charges against them, citing a 16-month review of proceedings at the Phnom Penh Appeal Court.

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.

A hearing at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court (UNOHCHR)

Government to Offer Digital Legal Advice to the Poor

A newly launched government service for free legal consultations could be part of the solution to the country’s judicial woes, experts said, though they also cautioned that the committee overseeing it would need to be transparent and take further steps in the future.