Cambodian court charges exiled politicians with rebellion
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court has charged seven top opposition politicians with plotting armed rebellion for planning to return from self-imposed exile to seek a change in...
Cambodian PM sues opposition leader in French court
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has filed a defamation lawsuit in French court against his longtime political enemy Sam Rainsy, a lawyer for the Southeast Asian leader...
Cambodian opposition says founder to end exile in November
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's popular but disbanded opposition party said Friday its self-exiled co-founder will make his long-promised return to the country in early November.
Near-erasure of Cambodian opposition makes noodles a target
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The bitter rivalry between Cambodian strongman Hun Sen and his self-exiled chief political rival Sam Rainsy has sometimes played out in deadly violence. But on Sunday,...
Cambodia parties register as Hun Sen vows vote will go ahead
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Registration began Monday for political parties contesting Cambodia's upcoming general election, with Prime Minister Hun Sen dismissing calls for a boycott by opposition supporters whose party was dissolved by pro-government courts last year.
Hun Sen said in a speech to school graduates on Monday that the July 29 election will proceed as planned and will not be obstructed by any individuals or groups.
Cambodia opposition leader seeks Japan role in fair election
TOKYO (AP) — Cambodia's self-exiled opposition leader urged Japan, his nation's biggest donor, on Friday to use its leverage and convince his nation's autocratic government to ensure that July elections are democratic.
Sam Rainsy, whose Cambodia National Rescue Party has been banned, said he's hopeful that Japan and its business community can send a message to Prime Minister Hun Sen that he needs to restore democracy or face isolation.
Cambodian election body warns against poll boycott calls
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's National Election Committee warned Monday that anyone urging voters to boycott the upcoming general election or otherwise interfere in the polls could face criminal charges and be fined, responding to a boycott call by the head of the country's now-dissolved opposition party.
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has rejected a request from an opposition leader for talks about the country's political problems, denigrating archrival Sam Rainsy as a traitor and a convict.
Cambodian court orders seizure of former opposition HQ
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A court in Cambodia has ordered the seizure of the headquarters of the country's former opposition party, which was dissolved last November after a ruling that it was involved in trying to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Cambodia court fines exiled opposition leader $1 million
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A court in Cambodia on Friday ordered an exiled opposition leader to pay $1 million for defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen in a Facebook post.
The Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Sam Rainsy guilty of defamation in the latest case against him brought by Hun Sen and his ruling party. Sam Rainsy has been in self-imposed exile since late 2015 to avoid a two-year prison sentence also on charges of criminal defamation.
Cut ties with Cambodian gov’t, says exiled opposition leader
WASHINGTON (AP) — An exiled leader of Cambodia's political opposition said Thursday the international community should cut ties with Prime Minister Hun Sen's government after the court-ordered dissolution of the only party challenging his three-decade grip on power.
Cambodian PM offers rival chance to return _ and risk prison
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's prime minister lifted a ban Wednesday on the return to the country of his main rival, daring him to risk imprisonment under an outstanding criminal conviction.
The order issued by Hun Sen allowing the return of Sam Rainsy, for two decades his most persistent political opponent, comes as attention is being turned to next year's general election. Hun Sen is one of Asia's most cunning politicians, wielding either carrot or stick to coopt or vanquish his foes.
Cambodia marks 20 years since deadly grenade attack
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Hundreds of members of Cambodia's opposition party held a ceremony Thursday marking the 20th anniversary of a grenade attack in the nation's capital that killed 16 people.
The 1997 attack was widely seen as an assassination attempt on Sam Rainsy, a former finance minister, political leader and fierce critic of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Cambodian opposition party elects new leader ahead of polls
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's only parliamentary opposition party has selected a new leader after his predecessor stepped down because of legal problems that threatened to have the group dissolved.
Kem Sokha was formally elected leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party on Thursday at a special meeting of party leaders at its headquarters in the capital, Phnom Penh.
Cambodian PM hits opposition chief with new defamation suit
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's exiled opposition leader is facing two new defamation lawsuits stemming from a Facebook post that accused Prime Minister Hun Sen of offering a young political operative $1 million to attack the opposition.
Cambodian court slams opposition leader with new conviction
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A court in Cambodia on Tuesday sentenced the country's exiled opposition leader to five years in prison after finding him guilty of conspiring to incite chaos by posting misleading documents on his Facebook page.
Cambodia’s exiled opposition leader on trial again
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Exiled Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy was tried in absentia Friday for allegedly conspiring to incite chaos in the country through false documents posted on his Facebook page, a crime punishable by up to 17 years in prison.
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.
Cambodia opposition ends boycott of parliament
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's opposition party ended a six-month boycott of the parliament Tuesday, saying it wants to ensure the national budget for 2017 is debated properly in the house.
Cambodian court convicts opposition senator of defamation
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court sentenced an opposition lawmaker in absentia to 18 months in prison on Thursday for suggesting the authorities were involved in the July killing of a popular political analyst who criticized the government.
Judge Ei Thavrak of Phnom Penh Municipal Court found Senator Thak Lany of the Cambodia National Rescue Party guilty of defamation and inciting chaos. Thak Lany has been abroad and did not appear at the trial.
Cambodian opposition chief found guilty over Facebook claim
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court on Tuesday found the country's exiled opposition leader guilty of defamation for alleging that a senior government official sought to inflate Prime Minister Hun Sen's online popularity by buying "likes" for his Facebook page.
US lawmakers raise plight of gov’t critics in Cambodia
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers called Thursday for Cambodian leader Hun Sen to cease harassment and intimidation of the political opposition, days after a prominent government critic was gunned down in the capital.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved a resolution supporting human rights and democracy in the Southeast Asian nation, where Hun Sen has been prime minister for three decades.
Democratic Rep. Alan Lowenthal called for a defamation charge to be...