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Activist Chhoeun Daravy is surrounded by authorities during a protest outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court near City Mall on the morning of August 13, 2020 (Licadho)

Another Activist Arrested as UN, Rights Groups Condemn Crackdown

Another activist was arrested in Phnom Penh on Thursday as the U.N., international rights groups and dozens of local civil society organizations condemned the government’s “campaign of fear and repression” against human rights defenders.

Sweden's Ambassador to Cambodia Bjorn Haggmark (left) meets with Kem Sokha, leader of the dissolved main opposition CNRP, at Sokha's home, in this photograph posted to Sokha's Facebook page on May 19, 2020.

Sweden to Refocus Cambodia Aid Due to Rights Concerns

Sweden said it would phase out bilateral development funding to Cambodia by the middle of next year in order to focus aid on promoting human rights, democracy and rule of law in the country following severe rights restrictions in recent years.

Activists submit a petition to the Health Ministry requesting alcohol-based sanitizers, face masks and other social support from the government on April 28, 2020. (Supplied)Activists submit a petition to the Health Ministry requesting alcohol-based sanitizers, face masks and other social support from the government on April 28, 2020. (Supplied)

Petitioners Held, Questioned After Requesting Debt Relief, Face Masks

Ten petitioners who called on the government this week to provide debt relief and protective health supplies to poor citizens were detained and questioned in Phnom Penh and Kampong Speu province, and then released after agreeing not to petition the state again.