Hun Sen http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/37516/all en Cambodian activist slams 'unjust' jail term at appeal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/cambodian-activist-slams-unjust-jail-term-at-appeal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A prominent critic of Cambodia's government lashed out against his 20-year jail term at an appeal hearing Tuesday, as hundreds of supporters massed outside the court calling for his release.</p> <p>Radio station owner Mam Sonando, who has dual Cambodian-French citizenship, was convicted in October on charges including insurrection and inciting people to take up arms against the state.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/cambodian-activist-slams-unjust-jail-term-at-appeal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cambodia Entertainment Hun Sen International relations AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 07:30:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5773567 at http://www.globalpost.com Hun Sen a 'coward' says Cambodia opposition chief http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/hun-sen-coward-says-cambodia-opposition-chief <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cambodia's opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Monday branded strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen a "coward" for barring him from running in a key general election later this year.</p> <p>Rainsy, Hun Sen's main rival, lives in self-imposed exile in France to avoid prison for a string of convictions that critics contend are politically motivated.</p> <p>In November the 63-year-old Rainsy was told he could not stand in the polls because of his convictions by the National Election Committee (NEC), a body he says is a tool of the premier.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130311/hun-sen-coward-says-cambodia-opposition-chief" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cambodia Hun Sen Hun Sen Sam Rainsy Sam Rainsy AFP Mon, 11 Mar 2013 12:46:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5779613 at http://www.globalpost.com Cambodian court cuts land activist's steep jail sentence http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130314/cambodian-court-cuts-land-activists-steep-jail-sentence <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - A Cambodian court on Thursday cut the 20-year prison sentence handed down to a land rights campaigner for inciting villagers to secede, a case that attracted international condemnation, and he is likely to walk free this week.</p> <p>Mam Sonando, a 72-year-old radio broadcaster, was convicted last year of leading a rebellion against the state in the eastern province of Kratie, where villagers were protesting against a company that encroached on their land to expand a rubber plantation.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130314/cambodian-court-cuts-land-activists-steep-jail-sentence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Cambodia Hun Sen International relations War Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Mar 2013 06:45:26 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5783039 at http://www.globalpost.com Cambodia to release prominent activist from jail http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/cambodia-release-prominent-activist-jail <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Cambodian appeal court on Thursday cleared a prominent government critic of a secessionist plot, slashing his 20-year jail term and ordering his release from prison at the weekend. </p> <p>Radio station owner Mam Sonando, who has dual Cambodian-French citizenship, was convicted in October on charges including insurrection and inciting people to take up arms against the state. </p> <p>Sonando, who denies the charges and has been in custody since last July, was accused of involvement in an alleged plot to establish an autonomous region in eastern Kratie province.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130314/cambodia-release-prominent-activist-jail" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cambodia Hun Sen International relations AFP Thu, 14 Mar 2013 07:46:01 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5783087 at http://www.globalpost.com Cambodian opposition rally for leader's return http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/cambodian-opposition-rally-leaders-return <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>About 2,000 Cambodian opposition supporters rallied Wednesday to demand election reforms and guarantees their leader Sam Rainsy can return to the kingdom to contest polls this year without arrest.</p> <p>Demonstrators from the recently-formed Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) gathered at a park in the capital Phnom Penh holding banners reading "Without Sam Rainsy no free and fair election!".</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130424/cambodian-opposition-rally-leaders-return" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cambodia Hun Sen Sam Rainsy Sam Rainsy AFP Wed, 24 Apr 2013 08:46:41 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5823914 at http://www.globalpost.com Cambodian PM vows to leave power 'when I am 74' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130506/cambodian-pm-vows-leave-power-when-i-am-74 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cambodia's strongman leader Hun Sen offered a glimmer of hope to the country's opposition on Monday -- by saying he would stay in power for at least another decade.</p> <p>The 60-year-old, who has ruled Cambodia since 1985, responded to criticism over his tenacious hold on power by promising to step down when he is 74, a reduction from his previous vow to lead until he is 90.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130506/cambodian-pm-vows-leave-power-when-i-am-74" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cambodia Hun Sen Hun Sen AFP Mon, 06 May 2013 14:46:15 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5831850 at http://www.globalpost.com Election fever strikes Cambodia a month before polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130627/election-fever-strikes-cambodia-month-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cambodia on Thursday officially started campaigning for next month's general election, expected to be won by strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen who is seeking to extend his 28-year grip on the country.</p> <p>Thousands of supporters from several political parties took to Phnom Penh's streets in colourful rival rallies, as cars and motorcycles adorned with political banners roared through the capital.</p> <p>The rallies, held one month ahead of July 28 polls, mark the official start of election season in the kingdom. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130627/election-fever-strikes-cambodia-month-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cambodia Hun Sen AFP Thu, 27 Jun 2013 08:02:58 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5868939 at http://www.globalpost.com Cambodia denies foreign radio broadcast ban http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130629/cambodia-denies-foreign-radio-broadcast-ban <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cambodia on Saturday denied it had banned foreign radio broadcasts in the run up to next month's election, after the US accused the government of violating freedom of expression.</p> <p>This week, local FM radio stations were ordered to provide "neutral" coverage of election campaigning and to temporarily suspend broadcasting Khmer-language programmes made by foreign stations.</p> <p>But Chhum Socheat, an official at the information ministry, told AFP on Saturday "we do not ban broadcast by foreign radios".</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130629/cambodia-denies-foreign-radio-broadcast-ban" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cambodia Hun Sen Technology AFP Sat, 29 Jun 2013 13:06:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5871050 at http://www.globalpost.com Lawmakers urge Cambodia aid cut if election unfair http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130709/lawmakers-urge-cambodia-aid-cut-if-election-unfair <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Lawmakers called Tuesday for the United States to cut off aid to Cambodia unless veteran strongman Hun Sen allows free elections on July 28.</p> <p>Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for 28 years and vowed to stay in power for another decade, has been accused of muzzling dissent to eliminate any chance of losing.</p> <p>The main opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, lives in exile and faces prison if he returns as planned. Cambodia briefly banned foreign-produced radio broadcasts ahead of the election.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130709/lawmakers-urge-cambodia-aid-cut-if-election-unfair" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Business Cambodia Environment Health Hun Sen Politics Social Issues Sports Technology AFP Tue, 09 Jul 2013 21:06:36 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5879741 at http://www.globalpost.com Cambodian opposition leader Rainsy pardoned ahead of election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130712/cambodian-opposition-leader-rainsy-pardoned-ahead-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Prak Chan Thul</p> <p>PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's king has pardoned Sam Rainsy, a senior figure in the opposition to long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen, and he will now be free to return from self-imposed exile in France and campaign in a general election at the end of the month.</p> <p>Rainsy was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 2010 on charges of spreading disinformation and falsifying maps to contest a new border agreed by Cambodia and Vietnam.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130712/cambodian-opposition-leader-rainsy-pardoned-ahead-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cambodia Hun Sen Sam Rainsy Thomson Reuters Fri, 12 Jul 2013 12:07:31 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5882310 at http://www.globalpost.com Cambodia opposition chief Sam Rainsy barred from poll http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130722/cambodia-opposition-chief-barred-poll-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Cambodia's newly returned opposition leader Sam Rainsy cannot be a candidate in upcoming polls, election authorities ruled Monday </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cambodia&#39;s newly returned opposition leader cannot be a candidate in upcoming polls, election authorities ruled Monday, rejecting his application to stand against strongman premier Hun Sen.</p> <p>Sam Rainsy, who was greeted by huge crowds on Friday after his return from self-imposed exile in France, &quot;did not fulfil the conditions in the process of registering candidates,&quot; National Election Committee (NEC) president Im Sousdey said in a letter.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130722/cambodia-opposition-chief-barred-poll-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cambodia Hun Sen Politics of Cambodia Sam Rainsy Sam Rainsy Cambodia AFP Mon, 22 Jul 2013 12:34:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5890192 at http://www.globalpost.com Cambodia's strongman PM seeks to extend grip on power http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130727/cambodias-strongman-pm-seeks-extend-grip-power <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cambodians vote Sunday in elections expected to extend strongman premier Hun Sen's 28-year authoritarian rule in the face of alleged poll irregularities and the exclusion of the opposition chief.</p> <p>The former Khmer Rouge fighter appears so confident of victory that he did not even bother to personally campaign for the parliamentary polls.</p> <p>Yet galvanised by the return from exile of their leader Sam Rainsy, his political foes have injected some rare competition into the race.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130727/cambodias-strongman-pm-seeks-extend-grip-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cambodia Hun Sen Technology AFP Sat, 27 Jul 2013 22:02:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5895652 at http://www.globalpost.com Polls open in Cambodian general election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130727/polls-open-cambodian-general-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Voting began Sunday in a Cambodian general election with strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen seeking to extend his nearly three decades in power.</p> <p>Polls opened at 7:00 am (0000 GMT), according to an AFP reporter, and were due to close at 3:00 pm.</p> <p>The opposition has decried alleged poll irregularities and the exclusion of its newly returned leader Sam Rainsy from the election race.</p> <p>suy/dr/mtp</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> Hun Sen AFP Sun, 28 Jul 2013 03:32:05 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5895731 at http://www.globalpost.com Cambodian strongman PM seeks to maintain grip on power http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130728/cambodian-strongman-pm-seeks-maintain-grip-power <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cambodia's strongman premier Hun Sen looked set to extend his 28-year rule Sunday in elections marred by allegations of widespread irregularities and the exclusion of the opposition chief.</p> <p>The former Khmer Rouge fighter turned prime minister appeared so confident of victory that he did not even bother to personally campaign.</p> <p>Hours after polls opened, the opposition decried what it described as the kingdom's worst ever vote irregularities.</p> <p>"The situation is more serious than at any previous election," Cambodian National Rescue Party spokesman Yim Sovann told AFP.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130728/cambodian-strongman-pm-seeks-maintain-grip-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Cambodia Hun Sen Technology AFP Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:33:07 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5895878 at http://www.globalpost.com Cambodian opposition claims surprise win ahead of result http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130728/cambodian-opposition-claims-surprise-win-ahead-result <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Cambodia's opposition party on Sunday claimed it had won a surprise victory in elections Sunday, although there was no official confirmation with results yet to be announced.</p> <p>"Today is a historic day as the Cambodia National Rescue Party has won the country's fifth parliamentary election," opposition leader Sam Rainsy said in a statement.</p> <p>Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling Cambodian People's Party said it was still awaiting full results but believed it was leading the race, casting doubt on the opposition's claim. It had 90 of the 123 seats in the previous parliament.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130728/cambodian-opposition-claims-surprise-win-ahead-result" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Hun Sen Sam Rainsy AFP Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:02:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5895947 at http://www.globalpost.com