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Cambodian court convicts 13 of plotting against government

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A Cambodian court convicted 13 people on Friday of plotting to overthrow the government, a case seen by rights groups as a politically motivated bid to discredit opposition to long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen. The 13, seven of whom appeared in a Phnom Penh court, are linked to a little-known group called the Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF), based in Denmark, said Phnom Penh Municipal Court judge Seng Neang.

Cambodia's political crisis may soon be over, leaders say

Cambodia's political crisis that has dragged on for nearly seven months may be nearing an end as the leaders from the ruling and opposition parties have reached a tentative deal, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday. Hun Sen of the Cambodian People's Party said he spent around 45 minutes on the telephone with Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, concerning election reform and the opposition party's call for an early election.

Cambodia's political crisis may soon be over, leaders say

Cambodia's political crisis that has dragged on for nearly seven months may be nearing an end as the leaders from the ruling and opposition parties have reached a tentative deal, Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday. Hun Sen of the Cambodian People's Party said he spent around 45-minutes on the telephone with Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, concerning election reform and the opposition party's call for an early election.

Cambodian police break up TV licence protest

Cambodian riot police on Monday used electrified batons and clubs to beat demonstrators demanding a licence for an independent television station for defying a ban on unauthorised rallies in the capital, rights groups said. Scores of armed police violently dispersed more than 100 protesters who tried to rally in a Phnom Penh park, activists and witnesses told AFP. At least two protesters were wounded, one hit by a police baton in the head and another punched in one eye, according to Am Sam Ath of local rights group Licadho.

Cambodian police break up TV licence protest

Cambodian riot police on Monday used electrified batons and clubs to beat demonstrators demanding a licence for an independent television station for defying a ban on unauthorised rallies in the capital, rights groups said. Scores of armed police violently dispersed more than 100 protesters who tried to rally in a Phnom Penh park, activists and witnesses told AFP. At least two protesters were wounded, one hit by a police baton in the head and another punched in one eye, according to Am Sam Ath of local rights group Licadho.

Cambodian police break up rally pressing for TV station

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian military police used smoke grenades and batons on Monday to quell a protest by demonstrators demanding that a new television channel be allowed to broadcast, wounding at least eight people, witnesses said. The demonstration was in breach of a ban on public gatherings imposed by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who is enduring one of the biggest challenges to his 28-year rule and mounting criticism of bloody crackdowns on dissent.

U.N. envoy urges investigation into deaths of protesters in Cambodia

A U.N. special envoy urged the Cambodian government Thursday to investigate the deaths of four striking garment workers pressing for higher pay after security forces opened fire on them on Jan. 3 on the outskirts of the capital. "I strongly recommend that an investigation be undertaken on who issued and who carried out the order to shoot," Surya Subedi, special rapporteur on human rights in Cambodia, told a press conference near the end of a five-day visit.

Cambodia defends bloody protest crackdown

Cambodia on Wednesday defended its bloody crackdown on street protests in the face of growing international alarm, denouncing the rallies against strongman premier Hun Sen as violent and illegal. Anti-government demonstrations have been banned indefinitely after several striking workers were shot dead by police last week while dozens of others were injured. On Monday five land activists were detained temporarily as they tried to hold a rally.

Cambodian opposition leader warns of another mass protest

Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Tuesday his party will organize another mass protest in the not-so-distant future to demand a fresh election. "We will have opportunity to organize new mass protest," Sam Rainsy told reporters at the headquarters of his Cambodian National Rescue Party, adding that care must be taken to avoid violence. Starting Dec. 15, Sam Rainsy and his deputy Kem Sokha led rallies for 21 consecutive days at the Freedom Park in central Phnom Penh, ending Saturday when authorities evicted the protesters.

Cambodian court summons opposition leaders over protests

A Cambodian court on Saturday issued summons to two leaders of the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party for questioning over recent protests that turned violent. According to the summons, Sam Rainsy, president of the CNRP, and his deputy Kem Sokha are to separately appear before the Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Jan. 14. According to the summons, seen by Kyodo News, both are to be questioned on "incitement to a criminal act or committing an act that leads to serious chaos which affects social security."
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