Cambodia

Ongoing persecution of unionists, media and opposition ahead of commune elections in Cambodia

In recent months, the harassment and persecution of NagaWorld unionists and workers has persisted. Licences were revoked for three digital media outlets while civil society groups remained concerned about the internet gateway sub-decree. Activists have been charged around land disputes while opposition activists continued to be criminalised or targeted ahead of the commune elections. Read more

Ongoing persecution of unionists, media and opposition ahead of commune elections in Cambodia

Crackdown on union strike in Cambodia while repression of opposition and critics continues

In recent months, despite the release of activists, Hun Sen’s government continued to target members of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and journalists. The extradition of two opposition activists and political refugees from Thailand to Cambodia has raised criticism on the collusion between the two ASEAN countries and the lack of protection provided to those who have fled repression in Cambodia. Protests have also been suppressed including during the 30th anniversary of the Paris Peace agreements and most recently around the strike by a casino workers’ union. Read more

Crackdown on union strike in Cambodia while repression of opposition and critics continues

Prominent union leader convicted, as activists and journalists continue to be silenced in Cambodia

In recent months, the government has escalated its judicial harassment and attacks against human rights defenders, journalists, members of the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and peaceful protesters. Prominent union leader Rong Chhun received the maximum sentence for incitement, while additional charges were piled on Mother Nature Cambodia activists. Amidst continuing reprisals against journalists, the government formed a new committee with the power to ‘discipline’ journalists. This crackdown against fundamental freedoms has continued despite concerns and condemnations by UN bodies, the international community and civil society. Read more

Prominent union leader convicted, as activists and journalists continue to be silenced in Cambodia

Activists, journalists continue to face reprisals as COVID-19 law exacerbates violations in Cambodia

In recent months, environmental defenders have been charged and convicted for advocacy against environmental destruction. Opposition members, journalists and perceived dissidents continue to face reprisals from the government and from non-state actors. Read more

Activists, journalists continue to face reprisals as COVID-19 law exacerbates violations in Cambodia

Persecution of activists, opposition continue as Cambodia tightens control of online space

Over the last few months, human rights defenders and activists have continued to be targeted, with many facing trumped up charges. The authorities have also continued the judicial harassment of former members of the banned Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). Journalists and musicians have been convicted while a new sub-decree for an internet gateway puts digital freedoms and privacy at risk Read more

Persecution of activists, opposition continue as Cambodia tightens control of online space

Arrests of activists dangerously escalate while draft public order law draws flak in Cambodia

Prime Minister Hun Sen is ratcheting up attempts to silence dissent in the country. Over the last few months, we have seen an escalation in arrests of human rights defenders, activists and musicians on trumped up charges. Former members of the banned opposition party Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) continue to be targeted and have been prosecuted and convicted. Their families who have been protesting outside their detention centres have faced repression. Despite the pandemic, the government is introducing new laws and regulations that could be used to restrict civic freedoms, including a public order law and a national internet gateway. Read more

Arrests of activists dangerously escalate while draft public order law draws flak in 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