Cambodia
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Cambodia’s high court dissolves main opposition party

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 11/16/17, 11:19 am

Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Thursday dissolved the National Rescue Party in a major blow to democracy in the country. The court also banned all 118 of the opposition party’s members from participating in political activities for five years. Cambodia’s government accused the party of attempting to topple the government—a claim party officials denied. The move is seen as the latest attempt by the authoritarian Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to clear all opposition ahead of next year’s elections. The opposition party was expected to offer the biggest challenge to Hun Sen’s 30-year rule.

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Thousands of trapped migrants discovered in Libya

International | Crisis began after Italy paid local militias to curb migrant flows
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/10/17, 05:11 pm

Rescue groups in Libya’s northwestern city of Sabratha said thousands of migrants have been trapped in the smuggling hub as rival militia groups battled for control since mid-September. Officials said the clashes began after Italy struck a deal with two militia groups to stem migrant flows.

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Cambodia reverses plan to expel U.S. charity

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/22/17, 10:54 am

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday he would allow a U.S.-based Christian charity he expelled to continue work in the country after the group apologized for participating in a documentary highlighting problems in Cambodia. Leaders from Agape International Missions (AIM), which combats sex trafficking, said they did not intend to demean Cambodians in the film. Hun Sen said he hoped AIM would learn from the dispute. Earlier this month, an AIM staffer appeared in a CNN report on child prostitution in Cambodia.

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