2 Cambodian opposition politicians get bans dropped
PHNON PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A veteran Cambodian politician and his son on Wednesday became the first among 118 opposition members banned from politics for five years to have the restriction lifted.
Kong Korm and his son, Kong Bora, had their bans lifted when Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni signed a royal decree approving their application for restoration of political rights.
Out of Cambodian jail, filmmaker strolls on beach back home
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian filmmaker James Ricketson took a stroll on a Sydney beach at dawn Monday while recuperating from more than a year in a Cambodian prison, his nephew said.
Ricketson, 69, landed in Sydney on Sunday night two days after his 15-month stint in a Phnom Penh prison ended with clemency granted by Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni.
Jailed ex-Cambodian opposition lawmaker pardoned by king
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A former Cambodian opposition lawmaker who has been a strong critic of the government's handling of demarcating the border with neighboring Vietnam has been pardoned by the country's king.
Cambodian king pardons 4 imprisoned land rights activists
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A prominent leader of Cambodia's land rights movement and three female activists imprisoned with her were freed Monday under a royal pardon.
The pardon from King Norodom Sihamoni at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen came less than a week after the second anniversary of Tep Vanny's imprisonment on a charge of aggravated intentional violence in connection with a March 2013 protest outside Hun Sen's residence.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian school director has become the first person to be arrested on charges of insulting the monarchy after posting comments on Facebook critical of the authoritarian government.
The law protecting the monarchy was passed in February. Critics say it further erodes freedom of speech and political activities, already under stress from Prime Minister Hun Sen's government.
Cambodia’s ruling party claims sweeping win in Senate vote
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The ruling party of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen claimed a sweeping win in Sunday's elections for the country's Senate, a victory that it assured itself by eliminating any serious opposition from the contest.
Sok Eysan, a spokesman for the Cambodian People's Party, said it had won a landslide victory. Privately, the party was claiming to have won all 58 of the seats that were voted on by the country's 11,572 commune councilors.
Cambodian Cabinet endorses amendment banning insulting king
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's Cabinet on Friday endorsed an amendment to the criminal code making insulting the king a criminal offense punishable by a fine and up to five years in prison.
After the endorsement, the change must go to both houses of Parliament for approval.
The government said the amendment is needed to protect the honor and reputation of the monarch.
Cambodian king to open Jolie’s film on Khmer Rouge survivor
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni will preside over the premiere Saturday of Angelina Jolie's film based on a memoir from a Khmer Rouge survivor.
Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk and senior government officials will also attend the showing of "First They Killed My Father" at the centuries-old Angkor Wat temple complex, a spokesman for the government agency that oversees the archaeological site said Tuesday.
Cambodia PM stirs political pot with pardon for opponent
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's king on Friday pardoned the deputy leader of the country's opposition party, acting at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen in a complicated maneuver that could have a major political impact ahead of nationwide local elections next June.
China’s leader visits ally Cambodia to cement strong ties
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday began a two-day state visit to strong ally Cambodia, during which he will strengthen the already firm relationship and witness the signing of nearly 30 agreements.
It is Xi's first trip to the impoverished Southeast Asian nation since he became head of state. He is due to meet with King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen.