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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will reconsider its role in the five-point peace plan with Myanmar if its military junta continues to execute prisoners, ASEAN chair Hun Sen of Cambodia said Wednesday at the opening of the ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in Phnom Penh. This announcement comes in the wake of the military [...]

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The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution declaring that access to a clean, healthy environment is a universal human right. The move was lauded by UN Secretary-General António Guterres as a historic decision that evidenced the commitment of UN member states to fighting climate change and fostering a more sustainable environmental future. “The [...]

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According to state media Monday, Myanmar’s military junta executed four pro-democracy activists over the weekend. The four individuals put to death were Phyo Zeya Thaw, a lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s ousted party National League for Democracy, and veteran activist Ko Jimmy, both sentenced under the Myanmar Counter-Terrorism Law, and Ko Hla Myo Aung and Ko Aung Thura [...]

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The Phnom Penh Municipal Court of Cambodia on Thursday sentenced 20 opposition politicians and activities to five to ten years in prison for incitement, attempting to incite military personnel to disobey, and conspiracy. The 20 individuals were members of the now-dissolved Cambodian National Rescue Party who are in opposition to Prime Minister Hun Sen and [...]

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The basic international law One of the most fundamental rules of international law is that States are prohibited from using force to resolve their international disputes. Any State that uses force against the territorial integrity or political independence of another State violates this solemn rule of international law. Applying this rule, the use of force [...]

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The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions Wednesday against two members of the Cambodian Ministry of National Defence, Chau Phirun and Tea Vinh, for their involvement in corruption in Cambodia. While Chau Phirun is the Director-General of the Defence Ministry’s Material and Technical Services Department, Tea Vinh is the Commander of [...]

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The US and human rights groups Monday condemned the conviction of a teenage boy in Cambodia over social media messages insulting the ruling party. Sovann Chhay, who is sixteen and on the autism spectrum, was arrested after making the posts on Facebook and Telegram. He was charged with incitement and insulting public officials. These charges [...]

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The National Assembly of Cambodia unanimously passed amendments to its constitution on Monday to prohibit the country’s leaders from being citizens of other jurisdictions. The constitutional amendments are designed to “determine the sole Khmer nationality for the President of the National Assembly, the President of the Senate, the Prime Minister and the President of the [...]

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The Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Cambodia charged four environmental activists with conspiracy and insulting the king, a prosecutor confirmed Monday, after three activists were arrested for documenting waste discharge into a city river. Three of the charged conservationists were sent to pre-trial detention, and the fourth conservationist, Mother Nature Cambodia (MNC) co-founder Alex Gonzalez-Davidson, [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a statement Tuesday calling on the Cambodian government to immediately cease its assault on freedom of expression in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement is endorsed by 12 international human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists. The statement highlights Cambodia’s COVID-19 response, acknowledging that [...]

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