Cambodia

Cambodia’s autocratic regime desperately tries to legitimise its rule

By John Roberts, 1 September 2018

The opposition CNRP undoubtedly has ties to the US, but Hun Sen’s politically bankrupt regime is resorting to blatantly anti-democratic methods to retain power.

Cambodian government expels opposition party from parliament

By John Roberts, 30 October 2017

The measures will effectively wipe out the results of two elections and give the Cambodian People’s Party unchallengeable control of every level of government.

Cambodian government arrests opposition leader on treason charges

By John Roberts, 22 September 2017

Cambodian leader Hun Sen is seeking to cripple the opposition before the national elections next year.

Court in Cambodia convicts two former Khmer Rouge leaders

By John Roberts, 16 August 2014

The court proceedings were designed to cover up the crimes of the major powers, above all the US, in Indo-China.

200,000 Cambodians flee Thailand amid military crackdown

By Tom Peters, 18 June 2014

The junta is whipping up anti-immigrant xenophobia to divide the working class as it prepares to implement austerity measures.

Australian government to dump refugees in Cambodia

By Mike Head, 27 May 2014

Plans are underway to send asylum seekers, currently detained in an Australian-controlled camp on Nauru, to be “re-settled” in Cambodia.

Cambodian garment workers forced back to work

By John Roberts, 9 January 2014

The strike’s collapse followed a military police crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government.

Cambodian government bans rallies and protests

By John Roberts, 6 January 2014

Following the killing of striking workers on Friday, the government broke up an opposition protest site in Freedom Park in Phnom Penh.

Cambodian security forces shoot striking garment workers

By John Roberts, 4 January 2014

Military police yesterday opened fire on protesting workers, killing at least four and wounding 21.

Political deadlock over Cambodian election continues

By John Roberts, 18 September 2013

Opposition protests on Sunday calling for an election inquiry led to clashes between police and demonstrators that left one man dead and five injured.

Disputed election result fuels tensions in Cambodia

By John Roberts, 19 August 2013

The government has claimed victory in the July 28 election, but a challenge by the opposition will delay a final outcome to at least September 8.

Standoff over Cambodian election result

By John Roberts, 5 August 2013

The opposition CNRP has threatened to boycott parliament unless an independent investigation into the election result is held.

Imperialism and the Khmer Rouge trials

By Mike Head, 17 December 2011

The UN-orchestrated proceedings are designed to bury the underlying responsibility for the Cambodian catastrophe—above all, that of United States imperialism.

Trial of Khmer Rouge leaders underway in Cambodia

By John Roberts, 13 December 2011

The court has been carefully contrived to convict the Khmer Rouge leaders while covering up the responsibility of the major powers for the tragedy that engulfed the Cambodian people.

Trial of Khmer Rouge leaders underway in Cambodia

By John Roberts, 25 July 2011

What is taking place is a show trial designed to close the book on the Khmer Rouge genocide while covering up the responsibility of the major powers, including the US and China, for the atrocities.

ASEAN summit fails to resolve Thai-Cambodian conflict

By John Roberts, 12 May 2011

At present, the border conflict appears to be driven primarily by internal political considerations but both Washington and Beijing are no doubt calculating how best to exploit the Thai-Cambodian tensions to their own advantage.

Renewed fighting on Thai-Cambodian border

By John Roberts, 27 April 2011

Clashes erupted last Friday near two ancient temples, about 160 kilometres west of the Preah Vihear temple where fighting took place in early February.

UN rejects intervention in Thai-Cambodian border tensions

By John Roberts, 21 February 2011

By handing the border conflict to ASEAN, which historically has had little influence in dealing with the rival interests of its member-states, the UN Security Council inflamed an already volatile situation.

Thai-Cambodian border clash driven by internal political tensions

By John Roberts, 9 February 2011

Instability and political machinations within Thailand appear to be the key factors behind the renewed conflict.

Hundreds die in Phnom Penh bridge stampede

By John Roberts, 27 November 2010

Most of the dead were young people who had come to the capital from Cambodia’s rural areas for the annual Water Festival.

Cambodian garment strikers victimised as unions enter talks

By John Roberts, 1 October 2010

As soon as the strikers returned to work—at the behest of the unions and the Hun Sen government—employers began to suspend factory delegates.

Cambodian union leaders call off garment workers’ mass strike

By John Roberts, 20 September 2010

Cambodian union leaders last week struck a deal with the Hun Sen government to call off a four-day strike that had rapidly spread to involve more than 200,000 garment workers.

First Khmer Rouge defendant convicted in Cambodia

By John Roberts, 16 August 2010

Former Khmer Rouge prison commandant, Kaing Guek Eav, also known as “Duch”, was convicted last month in a UN-backed trial and sentenced to 35 years imprisonment.

Cambodian garment workers strike over low pay

By John Braddock, 10 August 2010

Thousands of Cambodian garment workers, mostly young women, have joined strikes over low pay and poor working conditions in recent weeks, doing battle with riot police using tear gas and electric shock batons.

Cambodian activists found innocent over toxic dumping protests

By Celeste Lopez, 23 August 1999

Charges were dropped against two Cambodian human rights activists, Kim Sen and Meas Minear, on July 21. They had been arrested during a protest last December 19 and 20 against the dumping of toxic waste by a Taiwanese plastics company.

Low pay and conditions in Cambodian textile industry

By Celeste Lopez, 27 April 1999

Over the last two and a half years, the textile industry in Cambodia has grown rapidly--from 36 factories in 1997 to over 110 in the capital Phnom Penh, employing more than 72,000 workers. Some 139 new factories are due to start up with licenses approved by the Hun Sen government to take advantage of low wages and poor conditions.