Two European rights groups are calling on Prime Minister Hun Sen to stop using the courts to punish his critics, in what they called an “end of year crackdown” on activists.
On that day, Vietnamese-led forces and Cambodian fighters entered the capital, ousting the Khmer Rouge, which had been in power since April 15, 1975.
The journalists, 53 in all, say they were not paid for work they did for an online and print publication that closed in September 2012.
Sihanouk, who abdicated the throne in 2004, after ruling over some of Cambodia’s most tumultuous years, died of a heart attack in Beijing on Oct. 15, two weeks shy of his 90th birthday.
The anniversary is a divisive day in Cambodia, with some celebrating the ouster of the brutal regime and others marking the beginning of a 10-year Vietnamese occupation.
Sam Rainsy lives in exile, facing criminal charges he says are politically motivated and are preventing his return to the country.
Sam Rainsy faces 12 year in prison on the charges if he returns to Cambodia.
The refugee office has seen its operations vastly reduced after the influx of Montagnard refugees tapered off in recent years, following a change in the way the US grants asylum.
Despite the improved relations, the US still has concerns with Cambodia’s human rights abuses and flawed electoral system.
The government has said it plans to make 2013 a year in which it tackles corruption—ahead of a elections to be held in July.
National parliamentary elections are scheduled for July 28, and Cambodia’s land problems are emerging as a key issue.
Authorities are questioning the father- and mother-in-law of Laurent Vallier after the two filed a land title with the provincial government.