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Cambodia legislature appoints new electoral body
April 10, 2015
Cambodian lawmakers on Thursday voted by an overwhelming margin to approve a new electoral commission that promises to ensure fairness in the next national vote in 2018. The vote came after opposition leader Sam Rainsey criticized the electoral commission for being biased and disputed the 2013 elect....... [more]

Former Khmer Rouge member charged with crimes against humanity
March 27, 2015
The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Friday charged mid-ranking former Khmer Rouge cadre Ao An with crimes against humanity. The charges allege that An, 79, carried out crimes at an execution site and in two security centers during the Khmer Rouge's rule in the 19....... [more]

HRW: Cambodia must act on criminal charges against Khmer Rouge leaders
March 23, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Monday on the Cambodian government to act on criminal charges brought against former Khmer Rouge leaders. Earlier this month an international judge for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) charged two new suspects with homicide and crimes agains....... [more]

Cambodia passes controversial new election laws
March 19, 2015
Cambodia's Parliament on Thursday passed two controversial new election laws that rights groups are criticizing as ill-conceived and potentially damaging to free speech. The laws represent a compromise between the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in an eff....... [more]

Cambodia Khmer Rouge tribunal charges 2 new suspects
March 3, 2015
The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) charged two new suspects on Tuesday, despite a warning by the country's prime minister not to add new defendants. The ECCC announced that former Khmer Rouge navy chief Meas Muth and former district commander Im Chaem have been cha....... [more]

Cambodian commander admits to using force against opposition
January 25, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday accused a Cambodia leader of human rights abuse, reporting that the commander of the nation's gendarmerie admitted to using force against opposing individuals such as anti-government demonstrators and protesters. General Sao Sohka, leader of the gendarmerie and par....... [more]

Impediments to Justice and Recognition in the Khmer Rouge Tribunals
January 19, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Yvonne Y. Kwan, doctoral candidate of sociology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, discusses the politics surrounding the Khmer Rouge genocide tribunals ...Political narratives of pain and suffering are most often constructed by those who sanction the production and....... [more]

Cambodia Khmer Rouge tribunal restarts genocide hearings
January 8, 2015
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Thursday restarted genocide hearings against the former Khmer Rouge regime's surviving leaders. Proceedings had been postponed since November, when defense lawyers refused to participate because they were still working to appeal an earli....... [more]

Cambodia Khmer Rouge tribunal postpones war crimes trial to January
November 25, 2014
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) announced Monday that the trial of two Cambodian leaders accused of committing genocide will be postponed to January 2015. Lawyers for Khieu Samphan have refused to participate in trial proceedings before the appeal from the decision at the....... [more]

UN rights expert: Cambodia government using judiciary for political purposes
November 18, 2014
An independent UN human rights expert said Tuesday that Cambodia's government is manipulating the judiciary to silence opposition. The Special Rapporteur in Cambodia, Surya Subedi, emphasized recent arrests followed by mass convictions for a July 15 ant-igovernment demonstration highlight a recurr....... [more]

Pirate Bay co-founder arrested while entering Thailand
November 4, 2014
A founder of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay was arrested under an Interpol warrant on Monday when he was trying to cross from Laos into Thailand. Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, along with other Pirate Bay co-founders, was convicted of aiding copyright infringement by a Swedish court in 2009, an....... [more]




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