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American Danny Lee Pope, 60, was arrested in relation to human trafficking on March 2, 2019, in Phnom Penh. (Facebook)

Cambodia Downgraded in US Human Trafficking Report

Cambodia was downgraded to the “Tier 2 Watch List” in the latest U.S. human trafficking report, criticized for failing to act on debt slavery at brick factories and for using anti-trafficking laws against political opposition figures.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and US President Donald Trump at the ASEAN Summit in Manila in November 2017.

US Urges End to Harassment of Ex-Opposition Members

The U.S. State Department said it was “deeply troubled” by the death of a former opposition official in detention amid a wave of judicial harassment against ex-members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

US and China Squabble Over Impact on Cambodia

The Phnom Penh embassies of the U.S. and China — whose governments have a dubious history of destabilizing Cambodia for their own geopolitical ends and both stoked and prolonged the country’s two-decades-long civil war — have become embroiled in their second Internet flame war over the country this year.