Release of Boeung Kak lake activists overshadowed by failure to achieve justice and further violence against peaceful demonstrators

Recent articles in Cambodia

Jailed opposition members and activists sit in a prison truck in front of the Phnom Penh municipal court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 14 January 2021, TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP via Getty Images

Civil society groups urge Cambodia to release all prisoners of conscience

Several groups in Cambodia pressed for the “release all non-violent prisoners of conscience as a mitigation measure to minimize the risk posed by the spread of COVID-19.”

Police block motorists from passing a checkpoint during a lockdown to halt a surge in Covid-19 cases, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 17 April 2021, TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP via Getty Images

Cambodia: Stop silencing critical commentary on COVID-19

The authorities’ actions are reinforcing the already widespread atmosphere of self-censorship, preventing participation in governance and public affairs, and extinguishing an important safeguard for government accountability.

Police direct people at a temporary COVID-19 testing facility in a red zone, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 24 April 2021, Andy Ball/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Journalists demand access to ‘red zones’ in Cambodia

Several media groups in Cambodia are urging authorities to restore their right to access the country’s COVID-19 ‘red zones’. They argued that the current restrictions are preventing them from fulfilling their duty of providing the public with adequate information about the pandemic.