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Legal News
15 Apr 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on Monday heard oral arguments in the border dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over land surrounding the Temple of Preah Vihear [UNESCO profile]. The ICJ awarded [judgment, PDF] the temple to the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh in 1962. However, parts … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2011
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Cambodian government requested Friday that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] clarify [press release] its 1962 decision [judgment, PDF] awarding the Temple of Preah Vihear [UNESCO profile] to the Cambodian city of Phnom Penh. Cambodia has requested the clarification in order to "peacefully and definitely settle … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website; JURIST news archive] on Saturday urged [press release] Cambodia and Thailand to enter into a ceasefire agreement to resolve recent border clashes between the two countries. Saying that a military resolution is impossible [statement], Ban urged the countries to pursue a diplomatic … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy [party profile; JURIST news archive] lost his final appeal to the Cambodian Supreme Court on Wednesday for charges [JURIST report] of intentionally destroying posts marking the border between Cambodia and Vietnam and inciting racial discrimination through that act. The ruling upheld the conviction in … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2010
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A Cambodian court on Thursday sentenced opposition leader Sam Rainsy [party profile; JURIST news archive] in absentia to 10 years in prison following his conviction on charges of forging and disseminating [JURIST report] a false map of the Cambodia-Vietnam border on his political party's website. The map [document, PDF] … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2010
by Bhargav Katikaneni

[JURIST] The Cambodian parliament [official website] passed a controversial anti-corruption bill Wednesday meant to further transparency in government while opposition parties staged a walkout, saying the new law would stifle criticism and foster corruption. The law will create a national anti-corruption council to oversee investigators, but critics have said that … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2010
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy [party profile; JURIST news archive] was accused in a new lawsuit [Bangkok Post report] filed Friday in the Phnom Penh Municipal Court by the Cambodian government [official website] of forging and then disseminating a false map of the Cambodia-Vietnam border on his political party's … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday called [press release] the closed door trial of Cambodia's opposition leader Sam Rainsy [official profile] and two others a "farce," saying the ruling demonstrates the government's control over the country's judiciary. Rainsy was convicted [RFA report] Wednesday, in absentia, of inciting … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2009
by Megan McKee

[JURIST] The Cambodian National Assembly [official website] approved legislation Wednesday banning demonstrations of more than 200 people. The bill, which passed [Phnom Penh Post report] Cambodia's lower house by a vote of 76-25, would also ban any gathering inside or outside the gates of factories or government buildings, and would … [read more]


Legal News
4 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A Cambodian court ruled Tuesday that opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua [personal website] is guilty of defaming Prime Minister Hun Sen [official profile; BBC profile], ordering her to pay nearly USD $4000 in fines and restitution. The Phnom Penh Municipal Court found [AP report] that Sochua, a member of the … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A US military contractor who pleaded guilty [press release; JURIST report] in February to voluntary manslaughter for the 2008 shooting of an Afghan detainee was sentenced in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] Friday to five years probation and a $12,500 fine. Don … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] US military contractor Don Ayala pleaded guilty [press release] Tuesday to voluntary manslaughter for the 2008 shooting of an Afghan detainee. Ayala had been charged with second-degree murder for shooting and killing [affidavit, PDF] detainee Abdul Salam in retaliation for Salam's earlier attack on Ayala's fellow contractor Paula Lloyd [HTS in memoriam profile]. At the time … [read more]


Legal News
10 Feb 2006
by Asha Puttaiah

[JURIST] After receiving a royal pardon, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy [BBC profile; party website] returned home to Cambodia Friday after a year of self-imposed exile in France. Sam Rainsy had fled to France after his parliamentary immunity was revoked [JURIST report] for accusing Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC profile] … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2006
by Cathy J. Potter

[JURIST] Responding to a petition from Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC profile], Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni [BBC profile] reduced the jail term of opposition politician Cheam Channy [Wikipedia profile] from seven years to three, officials said Friday. Cheam Channy, a member of the opposition Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) [party … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2006
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC profile] on Wednesday defended his use of criminal defamation lawsuits to silence critics of his ruling Cambodian People's Party [party website], claiming the lawsuits were in response to unjust accusations. The US and other countries have voiced opposition to the arrests [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2005
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy [party profile] said Monday he will seek a royal pardon from King Norodom Sihanouk [official website] rather than appeal the 18-month sentence he was given last Thursday following an in absentia conviction for two counts of defaming political leaders. Rainsy was found guilty of … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2005
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Japanese Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura [official profile] has pledged $11 million to fill a funding gap for a tribunal to try former Khmer Rouge [Wikipedia backgrounder] leaders for genocide, according to Cambodian government sources. Machimura met with Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong in Phnom Penh on Friday. The Khmer … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2005
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen [Wikipedia profile], a former Khmer Rouge soldier, responded to an opposition proposal Wednesday by saying that the families of the 1.7 million victims of the hardline communist Khmer Rouge [Wikipedia backgrounder] regime that ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979 should not be paying for … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2005
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] Cambodia's opposition Sam Rainsy Party [official website] called on the government [press release] Monday to organize a program that would allow ordinary citzens the chance to contribute to the Khmer Rouge [MIPT profile] trial fund. The Cambodian government had already committed to contributing $13 million [UN press release; JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2005
by Amit Patel

[JURIST] Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy [party profile] has reportedly left the country after the country's parliament stripped him of immunity, exposing him to liability for defamation. Cambodia's National Assembly [official website] Thursday achieved the two-thirds majority needed to overturn rules protecting Rainsy and two other members of the Sam … [read more]

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