• Violence against human rights and other activists in Cambodia increased in the run-up to national elections in July 2013. Prime Minister Hun Sen has kept himself in office more than 27 years through force and intimidation, making him one of the world’s leaders longest in power. Violence involving state security forces occurred amidst increasing land grabs by powerful business and security interests, often through official corruption in unbridled foreign investment. Labor unrest grew as workers’ rights were suppressed. The opposition party leader remains exiled in France rather than face prison in Cambodia on politically motivated charges. Cambodian judicial officers continue to implement Hun Sen’s pronouncements by refusing to investigate additional Khmer Rouge suspects for the Khmer Rouge special tribunal.

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  • Australia's Minister of Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison speaks at a news conference during his working visit to Malaysia on February 5, 2014.

    A new refugee agreement between Australia and Cambodia does not meet Australia’s commitment to send refugees to a “safe third country,” and will undermine refugee protection in the region, Human Rights Watch said today. A Cambodian government press release states that the Australian immigration minister, Scott Morrison, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the settlement of refugees in Cambodia with the Cambodian interior minister, Sar Kheng, in Phnom Penh on September 26, 2014.

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  • Sep 25, 2014
    A new refugee agreement between Australia and Cambodia does not meet Australia’s commitment to send refugees to a “safe third country,” and will undermine refugee protection in the region, Human Rights Watch said today. A Cambodian government press release states that the Australian immigration minister, Scott Morrison, will sign a Memorandum of Understanding on the settlement of refugees in Cambodia with the Cambodian interior minister, Sar Kheng, in Phnom Penh on September 26, 2014.
  • Sep 24, 2014
    Since the National Assembly elections of July 2013 that were neither free nor fair, Cambodia has suffered a particularly serious series of human rights violations.
  • Sep 3, 2014
    Cambodian authorities should end the politically motivated prosecution of six trade unionists accused of involvement in violent incidents in January 2014.
  • Aug 8, 2014
    The convictions of two former Khmer Rouge leaders for crimes against humanity are welcome but are long overdue and do not make up for the fundamental failures of the Cambodian-controlled and United Nations-assisted Khmer Rouge tribunal, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 7, 2014, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) convicted Nuon Chea, 88, and Khieu Samphan, 83, and sentenced them to life in prison.
  • Jul 22, 2014
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  • Jul 2, 2014
    Though long forgotten by most, Wednesday is the 20th anniversary of the July 2, 1994 coup attempt by senior CPP figures against co-Prime Ministers Prince Norodom Ranariddh and Hun Sen.
  • Jul 1, 2014
    Cambodia has brushed aside calls at the UN Human Rights Council to reverse its crackdown on human rights and reform its abusive policies and practices, Human Rights Watch said today. Cambodia’s partners in the international community should redouble their pressure for Phnom Penh to address the many abuses the UN review process brought forward.
  • Jun 26, 2014
  • Jun 26, 2014
    The Universal Periodic Review of Cambodia comes at a time of serious concern about the deterioration in the country’s human rights situation since the government manipulation of national elections in July 2013. Efforts by the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to impose acceptance of those results, which it claims returned it to power albeit with a reduced parliamentary majority, have plunged Cambodia into a human rights crisis.