Cambodia

Despite release of activists, suppression continues after ‘sham’ elections

After a 'sham' elections in July 2018, a number of activists were released. However suppression of freedom of expression and the conviction of HRDs have continued Read more

Despite release of activists, suppression continues after ‘sham’ elections

Hun Sen increases restrictions on media and online expression in Cambodia ahead of elections

In the lead up to the 29th July elections, the Hun Sen government has increased restrictions on online expression and the media with a series of directives and guidelines. Concerns about the clampdown on press freedom were raised by three UN experts in June 2018. Restrictive laws such as the lese-majeste provisions continue to used and activists remain jailed. There has still be a lack of accountability around the killing of political analyst Kem Ley. Read more

Hun Sen increases restrictions on media and online expression in Cambodia ahead of elections

Legitimacy of upcoming elections questioned with crackdown on media and opposition

The crackdown on the opposition and activists have continued ahead of the July elections. The UN has found the detention of opposition leader Kem Sokha to be arbitrary and have called for his release. Human rights groups have condemned the last blow to press freedom with the opaque sale of the Phnom Penh post. Two people have now been charged under the new lese majeste law Read more

Legitimacy of upcoming elections questioned with crackdown on media and opposition

Attacks on fundamental freedoms continue in the lead up to elections

New legislative changes proposed in Cambodia could further restrict civic space in the lead up to elections. The justice system continues to be misused to criminalise activists and government critics. Read more

Attacks on fundamental freedoms continue in the lead up to elections

Death knell for democracy as political opposition dissolved

As previously featured on the CIVICUS Monitor, the Cambodian authorities' disregard for civil and political freedoms has unleashed a backlash against independent media outlets, civil society groups and human rights defenders. On 17th November 2017, in a recent worrying development, the Supreme Court in Cambodia ruled to dissolve the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), effectively ending the main political opposition to Prime Minister Hun Sen in Cambodia. Read more

Death knell for democracy as political opposition dissolved

Closure of Cambodia Daily signals an escalating crackdown on dissent

The forced closure of one of Cambodia's last-remaining independent media voices represents a serious blow to civic space and freedom of expression, ahead of elections in 2018. Read more

Closure of Cambodia Daily signals an escalating crackdown on dissent

Local elections marred by irregularities and marginalisation of opposition

The recent elections in communal elections in Cambodia were overshadowed by repression of political opposition. Read more

Local elections marred by irregularities and marginalisation of opposition

Two prominent activists arrested in Cambodia as crackdown continues

On 17th August, following a Black Monday vigil in the Boeung Kak community, two prominent human rights activists, Tep Vanny and Bov Sophea were arrested and charged with “incitement.” Read more

Two prominent activists arrested in Cambodia as crackdown continues

Prominent Government Critic Kem Ley killed

On the 10th of July, prominent political opposition activist Kem Ley was gunned down Phnom Penh. As an outspoken critic of the government and grassroots organiser, Ley’s death comes at time of heightened tension between the government and political opposition; civil society and political opposition report a continued crackdown by authorities on their activities. Read more


Peaceful Assembly

People in Cambodia must give five days’ notice for most protests and 12 hours’ notice for gatherings of less than 200 persons. Additionally, a protest can only be held in the hours between 6am and 6pm. Read more