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The Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party and the Human Rights Party, celebrates its first anniversary at the party headquarters.

Discreet negotiations about an electoral reform seem to be under way between the CNRP and the ruling CPP to end the deadlock which followed the July 2013 elections, when the 55 CNRP lawmakers refused to take their seats at the National Assembly. At the same time the CPP has kickstarted the same legal machinery which successfully hampered Sam Rainsy’s movements in the past.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Son Chhay, CNRP lawmaker, and Sam Rainsy, CNRP co president, at the start of the ceremony for the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters. Son Chhay is involved in the negotiations with the ruling CPP to resolve the deadlock which followed the 2013 legislative elections.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Son Chhay, CNRP lawmaker, and Sam Rainsy, CNRP co president, at the start of the ceremony for the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters. Son Chhay is involved in the negotiations with the ruling CPP to resolve the deadlock which followed the 2013 legislative elections.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Sam Rainsy, CNRP co president, at the start of the ceremony for the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Sam Rainsy, CNRP co president, at the start of the ceremony for the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Monks from the Independent Buddhist Monks Network at the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Monks from the Independent Buddhist Monks Network at the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Son Chhay, CNRP lawmaker, chats with Sam Rainsy, CNRP co president, at the start of the ceremony for the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters. Son Chhay is involved in the negotiations with the ruling CPP to resolve the deadlock which followed the 2013 legislative elections.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Son Chhay, CNRP lawmaker, chats with Sam Rainsy, CNRP co president, at the start of the ceremony for the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters. Son Chhay is involved in the negotiations with the ruling CPP to resolve the deadlock which followed the 2013 legislative elections.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Sam Rainsy, CNRP co president, addresses supporters on the1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Sam Rainsy, CNRP co president, addresses supporters on the1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Performers of traditional Khmer new year dances wait to go on stage at the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Performers of traditional Khmer new year dances wait to go on stage at the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Performers of traditional Khmer new year dances wait to go on stage at the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Performers of traditional Khmer new year dances wait to go on stage at the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-president, watches hiw wife Tioulong Saumura, CNRP lawmaker, spraying perfume on performers of traditional new year dances at the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-president, watches hiw wife Tioulong Saumura, CNRP lawmaker, spraying perfume on performers of traditional new year dances at the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Kuy Bunroeung, Tioulong Saumura, CNRP lawmakers, and Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-president, with performers of traditional new year dances at the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Kuy Bunroeung, Tioulong Saumura, CNRP lawmakers, and Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-president, with performers of traditional new year dances at the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Traffic in front of the CNRP headquarters during the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Traffic in front of the CNRP headquarters during the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Road workers taking a nap while the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters takes place.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Road workers taking a nap while the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters takes place.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Gloves and icom from bodyguard at the ceremony for the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 7/04/2014: Gloves and icom from bodyguard at the ceremony for the 1st anniversary of the creation of the opposition CNRP, a merger between the Sam Rainsy Party the Human Rights Party, at the party headquarters.

The opposition CNRP Youth organised a set of traditional games at Wat Phnom ahead of Khmer New Year. It is about the only thing they can do unhindered…

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 6/04/2014: Khmer New Year games a few days ahead of the real celebration, organised by opposition CNRP youth at Wat Phnom.

The 4th attempt, under close scrutiny of journalists, human rights workers and citizen journalists, by Mu Sochua, CNRP lawmaker, to reach the center of ‘Freedom Park’ this morning was again prevented by security guards from the municipality.

Moments later, some 100 people were protesting on the sidewalk opposite the municipal court where a bail hearing was held for Vorn Pov, a union leader jailed during a miltary crackdown on striking workers at the beginning of January. A riot police intervention came only after the crowd crossed the road and massed at the entrance gate of the court.

UPDATE at 11:32: bail was denied (again)…

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Municipal security guards preventing CNRP lawmaker Mu Sochua to reach the center of 'Freedom Park' prove her point that there is no freedom of speech or assembly since the early january crackdown by authorities on opposition demonstrations and striking workers.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Municipal security guards preventing CNRP lawmaker Mu Sochua to reach the center of 'Freedom Park' prove her point that there is no freedom of speech or assembly since the early january crackdown by authorities on opposition demonstrations and striking workers.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, on her 4th attempt to reach the center of 'Freedom Park'. Municipal security guards preventing her from doing so prove her point that there is no freedom of speech or assembly since the early january crackdown by authorities on opposition demonstrations and striking workers.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, on her 4th attempt to reach the center of 'Freedom Park'. Municipal security guards preventing her from doing so prove her point that there is no freedom of speech or assembly since the early january crackdown by authorities on opposition demonstrations and striking workers.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, on her 4th attempt to reach the center of 'Freedom Park'. Municipal security guards preventing her from doing so prove her point that there is no freedom of speech or assembly since the early january crackdown by authorities on opposition demonstrations and striking workers.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, on her 4th attempt to reach the center of 'Freedom Park'. Municipal security guards preventing her from doing so prove her point that there is no freedom of speech or assembly since the early january crackdown by authorities on opposition demonstrations and striking workers.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Municipal security guards preventing CNRP lawmaker Mu Sochua to reach the center of 'Freedom Park' prove her point that there is no freedom of speech or assembly since the early january crackdown by authorities on opposition demonstrations and striking workers.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Municipal security guards preventing CNRP lawmaker Mu Sochua to reach the center of 'Freedom Park' prove her point that there is no freedom of speech or assembly since the early january crackdown by authorities on opposition demonstrations and striking workers.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Supporters of Vorn Pov, union leader jailed during the early january crackdown by the army of a worker's strike, demonstrate at the municipal court during a bail request hearing.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Supporters of Vorn Pov, union leader jailed during the early january crackdown by the army of a worker's strike, demonstrate at the municipal court during a bail request hearing.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Supporters of Vorn Pov, union leader jailed during the early january crackdown by the army of a worker's strike, demonstrate at the municipal court during a bail request hearing.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Supporters of Vorn Pov, union leader jailed during the early january crackdown by the army of a worker's strike, demonstrate at the municipal court during a bail request hearing.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Supporters of Vorn Pov, union leader jailed during the early january crackdown by the army of a worker's strike, scuffle with riot police during a demonstration at the municipal court during a bail request hearing.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Supporters of Vorn Pov, union leader jailed during the early january crackdown by the army of a worker's strike, scuffle with riot police during a demonstration at the municipal court during a bail request hearing.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, being contained by riot police when supporters of Vorn Pov, union leader jailed during the early january crackdown by the army of a worker's strike, demonstrate at the municipal court during a bail request hearing.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, being contained by riot police when supporters of Vorn Pov, union leader jailed during the early january crackdown by the army of a worker's strike, demonstrate at the municipal court during a bail request hearing.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, being contained by riot police when supporters of Vorn Pov, union leader jailed during the early january crackdown by the army of a worker's strike, demonstrate at the municipal court during a bail request hearing.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 4/04/2014: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, being contained by riot police when supporters of Vorn Pov, union leader jailed during the early january crackdown by the army of a worker's strike, demonstrate at the municipal court during a bail request hearing.

The third attempt in as much days by Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, to reach the center of ‘Freedom Park’ was again prevented by municipal security guards who took over from a first blockade by a unit of riot police. The lawmaker made her point clear: freedom of expression, since a violent crackdown in early January (see HERE), is still not allowed at ‘Freedom Park’. Closely monitored by a considerable amount of journalists and human rights observers, she made several attempts to break through the barrage, holding and reading cards which mentioned the Cambodian laws regarding freedom of expression and freedom of assembly.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 3/04/2014: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, sees her 3rd attempt in as much days to reach 'Freedom Park' prevented by riot police.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 3/04/2014: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, sees her 3rd attempt in as much days to reach 'Freedom Park' prevented by riot police.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 3/04/2014: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, sees her 3rd attempt in as much days to reach 'Freedom Park' prevented by municipal security guards.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 3/04/2014: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, sees her 3rd attempt in as much days to reach 'Freedom Park' prevented by municipal security guards.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 3/04/2014: Municipal security guards prevent Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, to reach 'Freedom Park'.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 3/04/2014: Municipal security guards prevent Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, to reach 'Freedom Park'.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 3/04/2014: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, sees her 3rd attempt in as much days to reach 'Freedom Park' prevented by municipal security guards.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 3/04/2014: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, sees her 3rd attempt in as much days to reach 'Freedom Park' prevented by municipal security guards.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 3/04/2014: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, holds cards with Cambodian laws regarding freedom of assembly and expression when she sees her 3rd attempt in as much days to reach 'Freedom Park' prevented by municipal security guards.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 3/04/2014: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, holds cards with Cambodian laws regarding freedom of assembly and expression when she sees her 3rd attempt in as much days to reach 'Freedom Park' prevented by municipal security guards.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 3/04/2014: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, holds cards with Cambodian laws regarding freedom of assembly and expression when she sees her 3rd attempt in as much days to reach 'Freedom Park' prevented by municipal security guards.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 3/04/2014: Mu Sochua, opposition CNRP lawmaker, holds cards with Cambodian laws regarding freedom of assembly and expression when she sees her 3rd attempt in as much days to reach 'Freedom Park' prevented by municipal security guards.

A new report by human rights NGO LICADHO states that half a million people in just 13 provinces in Cambodia were affected by land issues since the year 2000 (see the report HERE). Also see ‘Quest for Land’, an app for the iPad, which gives an overview of land issues since 2000. You can download the app HERE.

Make that half a million plus one: opposition CNRP lawmaker Mu Sochua was evicted by municipal security guards for the second time in two days from ‘Freedom Place’ where public gatherings are prohibited since early January.

And on this same morning evicted communities, or soon-to-be-evicted communities from Phnom Penh gathered yet again in front of City Hall to meet with the authorities regarding a resolution of their land issues.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Several communities who were evicted or are being threatened of being evicted, gather in front of City Hall to ask for a resolution of their issues.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Several communities who were evicted or are being threatened of being evicted, gather in front of City Hall to ask for a resolution of their issues.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Mu Sochua, CNRP lawmaker, is pushed out of 'Freedom Place' by municipal security guards.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Mu Sochua, CNRP lawmaker, is pushed out of 'Freedom Place' by municipal security guards.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Quick breakfast by a member of one of several communities who were evicted or are being threatened of being evicted, gather in front of City Hall to ask for a resolution of their issues.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Quick breakfast by a member of one of several communities who were evicted or are being threatened of being evicted, gather in front of City Hall to ask for a resolution of their issues.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Member of one of several communities who were evicted or are being threatened of being evicted, receives a tiger balsam scratching while gathered in front of City Hall to ask for a resolution of their issues.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Member of one of several communities who were evicted or are being threatened of being evicted, receives a tiger balsam scratching while gathered in front of City Hall to ask for a resolution of their issues.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Several communities who were evicted or are being threatened of being evicted, gather in front of City Hall to ask for a resolution of their issues.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Several communities who were evicted or are being threatened of being evicted, gather in front of City Hall to ask for a resolution of their issues.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Citizen journalist reporting on several communities who were evicted or are being threatened of being evicted, gather in front of City Hall to ask for a resolution of their issues.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Citizen journalist reporting on several communities who were evicted or are being threatened of being evicted, gather in front of City Hall to ask for a resolution of their issues.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Picking flowers while several communities who were evicted or are being threatened of being evicted, gather in front of City Hall to ask for a resolution of their issues.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Picking flowers while several communities who were evicted or are being threatened of being evicted, gather in front of City Hall to ask for a resolution of their issues.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Baby from a member of one of several communities who were evicted or are being threatened of being evicted, plays with flowers while gathered in front of City Hall to ask for a resolution of their issues.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 2/04/2014: Baby from a member of one of several communities who were evicted or are being threatened of being evicted, plays with flowers while gathered in front of City Hall to ask for a resolution of their issues.

Braving the current protest ban, Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, gathered about 100 supporters for yet another demonstration (see another one HERE) which planned to march to the Ministry of Information to request the bandwith for an independent TV station.

A considerable number of municipal guards and riot police prevented the march to take place but could not stop the demonstrators to make their point for over an hour near Naga bridge. The temperamental municipal guards were again responsible for the violent incidents during which at least one person was injured on the head by a bludgeon.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Mam Sonando, director of Beehive radio, is prevented to march to the Ministry of Information during a demonstration to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Mam Sonando, director of Beehive radio, is prevented to march to the Ministry of Information during a demonstration to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Riot police training at Freedom Park ahead of a demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Riot police training at Freedom Park ahead of a demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Municipal guards preventing a demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Municipal guards preventing a demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Riot police preventing a demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Riot police preventing a demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Man beaten up by municipal guards during a demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Man beaten up by municipal guards during a demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Supporter of Mam Sonando injured by municipal guards during a demonstration to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Supporter of Mam Sonando injured by municipal guards during a demonstration to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Woman getting hysterical during a demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Woman getting hysterical during a demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Municipal guards preventing a demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Municipal guards preventing a demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Mam Sonando, director of Beehive radio, addresses a crowd of supporters when he is prevented to march to the Ministry of Information during a demonstration to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Mam Sonando, director of Beehive radio, addresses a crowd of supporters when he is prevented to march to the Ministry of Information during a demonstration to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Mam Sonando, director of Beehive radio, addresses a crowd of supporters when he is prevented to march to the Ministry of Information during a demonstration to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Mam Sonando, director of Beehive radio, addresses a crowd of supporters when he is prevented to march to the Ministry of Information during a demonstration to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, suring a demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 31/03/2014: Yorm Bopha, land rights activist, suring a demonstration by supporters of Mam Sonando, director of Beehive Radio, to obtain a frequency for an independent TV station.

The opposition CNRP held a commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack near the former National Assembly on a Sam Rainsy Party rally which killed 16 and injured over 100, Sam Rainsy included.

The demonstration ban imposed by the actual government following the violent crackdown on striking workers and CNRP supporters early January was somehow circumvented and a march in the blistering heat, all the way from the ceremonial ground to the CNRP headquarters in Chak Angré was organised. It was the first significant CNRP demonstration since the public forum at Freedom Park was suppressed. The CNRP held a congress on its premises, which was the only legal alternative to a prohibited gathering at Freedom Park. True, the 800 or 1000 CNRP supporters spilled over on the road somewhat…

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-presidents, at the commemoration of the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-presidents, at the commemoration of the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Police filtering access to the area in front of Wat Botum where the opposition CNRP commemorates the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Police filtering access to the area in front of Wat Botum where the opposition CNRP commemorates the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Selling DVD's with footage from the mass demonstrations which followed the July 2013 elections and the police crackdown of early January 2014 at the place where the opposition CNRP commemorates the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Selling DVD's with footage from the mass demonstrations which followed the July 2013 elections and the police crackdown of early January 2014 at the place where the opposition CNRP commemorates the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: People praying at the memorial for the victims from the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: People praying at the memorial for the victims from the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Photographs of the victims at the memorial for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Photographs of the victims at the memorial for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: CNRP supporters at the commemoration of the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: CNRP supporters at the commemoration of the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: High heels from a CNRP supporter at the commemoration of the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: High heels from a CNRP supporter at the commemoration of the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

Hig CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: CNRP supporters giving alms to monks at the commemoration of the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

Hig CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: CNRP supporters giving alms to monks at the commemoration of the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: CNRP supporters march to the party headquarters after the commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: CNRP supporters march to the party headquarters after the commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-presidents, march to the party headquarters after the commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-presidents, march to the party headquarters after the commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: CNRP supporter and citizen journalist with a makeshift monopod for his smartphone waits for the arrival of Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-presidents, after a march to the party headquarters following the commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: CNRP supporter and citizen journalist with a makeshift monopod for his smartphone waits for the arrival of Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-presidents, after a march to the party headquarters following the commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: CNRP supporters, at a congress after a march to the party headquarters following the commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: CNRP supporters, at a congress after a march to the party headquarters following the commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Community leader from Borei Keila, after a march to the party headquarters following the commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Community leader from Borei Keila, after a march to the party headquarters following the commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-presidents, address CNRP supporters, after a march to the party headquarters following the commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-presidents, address CNRP supporters, after a march to the party headquarters following the commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-presidents, address CNRP supporters during an improvised congress after a march to the party headquarters following the commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 30/03/2014: Kem Sokha and Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-presidents, address CNRP supporters during an improvised congress after a march to the party headquarters following the commemoration ceremony for the 1997 grenades attack on a political rallye of 200 Sam Rainsy Party supporters during which 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded.

Several Phnom Penh communities (always the same moving up front) demonstrated in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace to request the liberation of 21 workers, activists and union leaders who were jailed during the violent crackdown by the riot police and military of a worker’s strike on January 2nd and 3rd, resulting in the death of at least 4 workers who were hit by bullets. Two more workers who were released on bail and one of the 21 will stand trial at the Municipal Court on April 18th.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Tep Vanny, land rights activist, addresses various communities from Phnom Penh protesting in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, and requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Tep Vanny, land rights activist, addresses various communities from Phnom Penh protesting in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, and requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Various communities from Phnom Penh protest in front of the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme Court and the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Tep Vanny, land rights activist, together with various communities from Phnom Penh pray in front of the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh 28/03/2014: Tep Vanny, land rights activist, together with various communities from Phnom Penh pray in front of the Royal Palace, requesting the liberation of 21 people jailed during the violent crackdown on striking workers from January 2nd and 3rd.