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Government ‘Unlikely’ to Probe Prison Baby’s Death, Official Says

The government’s human rights committee was “unlikely” to further investigate anyone responsible for the death of a 5-month-old baby who was living with her mother in prison, since the committee had already determined that the child died of “poor health,” its spokesman said.

Ven Rachna, who sells clothing via her Facebook page under the name Thai Srey Neang, speaks in an apology video posted to the Phnom Penh Municipal Police's Facebook page on February 18, 2020.

Online Clothes Seller Charged for Pornography

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday charged an online clothes seller for pornography and indecent exposure over photos posted to her Facebook page in which the woman is wearing what authorities have deemed suggestive attire.

Online vendor Ven Rachna, who sells clothing via her Facebook page under the name Thai Srey Neang, is escorted by officers outside the Tuol Kork district police station on February 20, 2020 (Phnom Penh Municipal Police)

Court Questions Online Clothes Seller Over ‘Sexy’ Sales Videos

An online clothes seller was questioned in court and accused by police of committing pornography crimes on Thursday, after posting photos of herself in supposedly revealing attire on the same day that she was “educated” not to do so by authorities.

Prime Minister Hun Sen gives a speech on February 14, 2020, at the Sihanoukville port, where the Holland America Line's Westerdam cruise ship was docked. (Panha Chorpoan/VOD)

After EBA Loss, Hun Sen Welcomes Cruise, Touts Human Rights Respect

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday linked his decision to let a luxury cruise ship dock in Cambodia, after it had been turned away by other nations due to coronavirus fears, with the nation’s commitment to human rights, just days after the E.U. withdrew trade benefits over rights violations.

Participants gather at Phnom Penh’s Freedom Park to celebrate International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2019. (Mech Choulay/VOD)

As Human Rights Day Passes, Uncertainty Clouds Its Future

Unionists predicted muted International Human Rights Day celebrations in the years ahead, as the final time it was to be marked as a national holiday reignited debate over whether foreign pressure was justified to protect universal human rights.

Kem Sokha greets reporters outside his home on November 11, 2019; CNRP activists are escorted outside the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on November 14, 2019. (Panha Chhorpoan/VOD)

Gov’t to Note Release of Kem Sokha, Opposition Activists in EBA Reply

The E.U. is asking too much — it’s pushing the government to break the country’s laws — so Cambodia will merely update the bloc about the easing of restrictions for on trial opposition leader Kem Sokha and other concessions, the governmental Human Rights Committee said this week.

Land dispute victims in Preah Sihanouk province gather in front of the provincial hall on December 9, 2019 to deliver a petition, a day ahead of a rejected rally for International Human Rights Day. (CCFC)

Sihanoukville Denies Communities’ Request to Rally on Human Rights Day

The Preah Sihanouk provincial administration rejected a request from land dispute communities to hold a rally in Sihanoukville to mark International Human Rights Day on Tuesday, with a spokesman explaining that the communities are already given three days a year to air their concerns.