Wanchalearm Satsaksit was abducted from the street in front of his apartment in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh late Thursday afternoon, Human Rights Watch said, citing security video. Cambodia has denied the abduction took place.
In recent years, however, local interest in the art that was designated a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage in 2005 has dwindled, with foreign tourists and funding becoming its main supporters.
Reports of Beijing’s involvement in a Cambodian naval base come after Phnom Penh declined Washington’s offer to repair the port facilities.
Filmmaker James Ricketson was arrested after flying a drone to photograph a Cambodian opposition party rally last year was convicted of spying and sentenced to six years in prison.
Many of the capital Phnom Penh's poorest people have been relegated to living in areas that puts their health at risk.
A Cambodian human rights group says child labour and debt bondage are being widely practiced in the country's brick factories due to a rapid urbanisation, trapping families in a cycle of poverty.
The US imposed visa curbs on some Cambodian government members while the EU has threatened Cambodia with economic sanctions.
Hun Sen, who has led the country for more than three decades, launched his Cambodian People's Party's campaign at a rally in Phnom Penh. Cambodia's general election will by July 29th.
The high-profile trial of two women accused of killing estranged, half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong -un at Kuala Lumpur airport continues in Malaysia.
Strongman Hun Sen run will run almost unopposed in 2018 to renew his 30-year rule after the supreme court delivered a crushing blow to the Cambodia National Rescue Party.
The court ruling also bans 118 Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) members from politics for five years over accusations of plotting to topple the government.
Oeuth Ang, who calls himself "Meet to Kill," admitted at his trial that he had killed staunch government critic Kem Ley at a cafe in the capital Phnom Penh last year.
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