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Family members of sentenced ex-CNRP members, Eab Sour, 65, (left) and Kong Mouyly, 31, outside the Tbong Khmum Provincial Court in Suong City on September 22, 2020. (Michael Dickison/VOD)

Left Alone in Courtroom, Wife, Daughters Rattled by CNRP Sentencing

Human rights groups on Wednesday criticized the Tbong Khmum court’s decision to bar rights monitors, reporters and even some family members from the sentencing of seven ex-CNRP officials the day before, while a defense lawyer did not attend the hearing.

Relatives of jailed CNRP activists stand outside the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh seeking access to their detained family members, but are barred from meeting them by authorities, on August 7, 2020. (Khan Leakhena/VOD)

More CNRP Activists Arrested as Families Continue Calls for Release

Four opposition activists were arrested this week amid recurring protests calling for the release from prison of a prominent labor leader as well as members of the outlawed opposition CNRP, some of whose family members continued to demonstrate in the capital on Friday.

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.