Cambodia parliament adopts lese-majeste law, prompting rights concerns

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Feb 14 : Cambodia’s parliament on Wednesday unanimously adopted a law that forbids insulting the monarchy as rights groups expressed concern the legislation, in effect in neighbouring Thailand, could be used against critics of the government. The lese-majeste law stipulates that a prosecutor can file a criminal suit on […]

Cambodian leader calls rival “crazy and stupid” over Facebook case

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Feb 13 : Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called a rival “crazy and stupid” on Tuesday over his petition to try to get Facebook to release details of the way the Southeast Asian country’s ruler has used social media. Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy’s legal team filed the lawsuit […]

Cambodia deports seven foreigners held over ‘pornographic’ dance party

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Feb 12 : Cambodia has deported seven out of a group of 10 foreigners who were charged with producing pornography in connection with a party in the tourist town of Siem Reap, a court said on Monday. The 10 were arrested on Jan. 25, along with 77 other foreigners, […]

Cambodian court upholds conviction of opposition MP

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Feb 9 : Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Friday upheld the conviction of an opposition MP jailed for 2-1/2 years for posting a map on Facebook professing to show the government had ceded territory to Vietnam. Cambodia has for centuries fretted about its much bigger neighbours – Vietnam to the […]

China to hold second military exercises with Cambodia

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH, Jan 24 : China will hold its second military exercise with Cambodia in March focusing on counter terrorism, the Cambodian army said on Wednesday, in another sign of the Southeast Asian country strengthening ties with Beijing. The Royal Cambodian Armed Forces said in a statement the exercise would involve […]