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Sam Rainsy confirmed as Acting President of the CNRP

Sam Rainsy confirmed as Acting President of the CNRP

To avoid the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) being paralyzed at the leadership level after being arbitrarily dissolved by the Phnom Penh authorities, and with its President Kem Sokha being held under house arrest, the vast majority of the party’s officials and activists who can be contacted and accept to publicly express their will, have designated Sam Rainsy as Acting

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Cambodia’s repression intensifies

Cambodia’s repression intensifies

In the face of growing international pressure aiming to re-establish democracy in Cambodia, Prime Minister Hun Sen has found no better response than to adopt new measures to neutralize the final elements of the opposition and to make restoring democracy even more difficult. This is a real insult to the international community, notably the European Union, which is threatening the

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Sam Rainsy: European sanctions as a response to Cambodia’s totalitarian drift

Sam Rainsy: European sanctions as a response to Cambodia’s totalitarian drift

Since 2001 Cambodia has benefited from an exceptional trading advantage, granted by the European Union thanks to an initiative known as “Everything But Arms” (EBA). This provides the possibility of exporting to Europe without quotas or customs duties. The advantage was given to a group of countries in the process of development and transition towards democracy. The intention of the

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House of Commons adopts a “contempt motion”

House of Commons adopts a “contempt motion”

Tuesday 4 December the House of Commons voted in favour of a “contempt motion” for the Government May’s failure to publish the legal advice by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox concerning the EU Withdrawal Agreement. With 311 votes in favor and 293 against, the British MPs approved a motion finding Ministers in contempt and establishing the immediate publication of the full

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The EU’s Problematic Iran Strategy

The EU’s Problematic Iran Strategy

Earlier this month at a meeting of foreign ministers in Brussels, the European Union announced support for sanctioning measures that had been put in place by the government of France, in response to Iranian terror threats. This is a step in the right direction for European policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran, albeit a tentative one. This decision set

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Dutch government: public right to know on EU Council decision-making can be improved

Dutch government: public right to know on EU Council decision-making can be improved

Last April, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stef Blok, addressed a letter in response to the President of the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) expressing appreciaton for the recommendation of the European Ombudsman on transparency of the legislative process of the Council. Mr Blok wrote: “It is with great interest that I took note of the research and recommendations

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The Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s failed mission

The Khmer Rouge Tribunal’s failed mission

In 2003 the international community helped the Cambodian government to establish a special tribunal – with the participation of the United Nations – to prosecute the most important Khmer Rouge leaders. The name given to the institution was the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Prosecuting those responsible for the mass killings perpetrated under the Khmer Rouge regime

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