Cambodia

Journalists, opposition activists and unionists targeted during pandemic in Cambodia

Over the last few months, journalists and opposition activists have been arrested, charged and held in pre-trial detention. Four environmental activists were arrested while a Thai activist was abducted in Cambodia. The authorities blocked commemoration events around the killing of human rights defender Kem Ley. Unionists have been targeted during the pandemic while workers have been protesting around unpaid wages and job layoffs. Read more

Journalists, opposition activists and unionists targeted during pandemic in Cambodia

Politically motivated trial of Cambodian opposition leader continues despite international pressure

Over the last few months there have been continued attempts by the Hun Sen government to target the opposition. The trial of opposition leader Kem Sokha has begun, while many opposition members have been arrested and charged. The government has also failed to amend the NGO law, and two former RFA journalists continue to face judicial harassment. Read more

Politically motivated trial of  Cambodian opposition leader continues despite international pressure

Political opponents and human rights activists still being targeted in Cambodia

The CIVICUS Monitor has continued to document judicial harassment and attacks against political opponents since May 2019. Peaceful gatherings around the anniversary of the killing of human rights defender Kem Ley were disrupted with restrictions and arrests while journalists continue to be criminalised for doing their work. Read more

Political opponents and human rights activists still being targeted in Cambodia

Ongoing harassment and attacks on Cambodian opposition, while peaceful marches restricted

In recent months, civil society groups have reported ongoing judicial harassment and attacks on opposition leaders and activists and restrictions on peaceful marches around International Women’s day and International Labour Day. Its press freedom ranking by RSF continues to fall. Read more

Ongoing harassment and attacks on Cambodian opposition, while peaceful marches restricted

Despite UN and EU scrutiny, restrictions on civic freedoms remain

In January 2019, Cambodia’s human rights record was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. In February 2019, the European Union officially launched the process of suspending the country's valuable trade privileges over human rights concerns, Read more

Despite UN and EU scrutiny, restrictions on civic freedoms remain

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