Hun Sen Launches Attack On Cambodian Centre For Human Rights
Liam Cochrane, ABC News Australia
Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen—who was installed into power by Vietnam and survives largely due to Chinese funding—has continued his anti-foreigner attacks, this time targeting a major human rights organisation. Sen says the CCHR should be shut down ASEAN says Hun Sen’s plan was a shocking attack on loyal Cambodians CCHR is funded by the Australian Embassy, USAID and Sweden among others Hun Sen has been systematically dismantling independent voices and political opposition in the lead-up to elections next year.
International Donors Pulling Support For Cambodia After Opposition Party Ban
International donors are ending aid to Cambodia or ramping up threats to do so after Prime Minister Hun Sen defended a crackdown that critics say has damaged the country’s fragile democracy and thrown the legitimacy of an upcoming ballot into question. Hun Sen’s government has faced widespread condemnation in recent months over actions targeting the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), as well as for orchestrating the closure of independent media outlets and restricting NGOs, ahead of general elections scheduled for July 2018.
In Hong Kong, Booing China’s National Anthem Is About To Get More Risky
Rob Schmitz, NPR
China’s national anthem, “The March of the Volunteers,” can barely be heard over loud booing from fans, some who turn their backs on the flag. Stadium personnel line the aisles, waving their hands to discourage fans, but it only makes them boo louder. The booing has become a regular part of international soccer matches in Hong Kong since 2014, when the city was embroiled in violent protests over China’s refusal to allow residents to directly elect their leader. Soccer fan Rose Tse says it’s a message to Beijing.
Police in China’s Guangdong Detain Church Members Amid Ongoing Crackdown
Authorities in the southwestern province of Guangdong have continued their crackdown on Protestant Christian churches, holding more than a dozen church members for question on suspicion of “illegal assembly.” At least 10 church followers were detained in a police raid on a gathering they held in a restaurant on Nov. 19, in Shaping district of Guangdong’s Heshan city, fellow believers told RFA. “The police burst in on them while were were having a hymn meeting, and they were taken [to the police station] with them,” one of the church members said on Thursday. “Some of them even had to sign a letter of guarantee [that they wouldn’t worship again].”
Cuba’s Expected Next President Starts To Take Higher Profile
Michael Weissenstein, AP
The man widely seen as Cuba’s next president delivered a defiant rejection of demands for change in the island’s single-party system as he participated Sunday in the first in a series of elections expected to end with his taking over from Raúl Castro next year. First Vice President Miguel Díaz-Canel said the voting will deliver a message to the world. “What message? Unity. Conviction. A message that our people don’t bow down, not to a hurricane and even less to external pressure and some people’s desire to see our system change,” the normally laconic Díaz-Canel said in an unusually lengthy series of statements to members of the foreign and state-run press.
Cuba Holds Municipal Elections On Road To Castro Era’s End
Marc Frank, Reuters
Cuba took another step on Sunday toward the end of the Castro era, with millions of residents placing paper ballots in cardboard boxes for ward delegates to municipal assemblies. The vote comes the day after the first anniversary of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro’s death and precedes another election early next year for provincial and national assembly deputies.
North Korea And Syria Are Growing Closer, And That’s Bad News For The US
Nyshka Chandran, CNBC
Closer ties between two of the world’s most acute political powder kegs—North Korea and Syria—are fanning fears of deeper cooperation on missile technology and chemical weapons. The longstanding bilateral relationship, which stretches back to the late 1960s, has prospered this year even as both countries face international sanctions. Syrian minister of social affairs and labor Rima al-Qadiri met with North Korean ambassador Jang Myong Ho last week to discuss enhancing bilateral links, Syrian state media reported, with Jang saying his country wanted to help President Bashar al-Assad’s regime with reconstruction efforts.
North Korean Cyberattacks Are Becoming More Brazen And Sophisticated
Kim Ga Young, DailyNK
Cyber attacks targeting journalists who cover North Korea and non-governmental organizations dealing with North Korean human rights have become more brazen and sophisticated. In the past, hackers sent emails to random targets with attached files containing malicious code. A new “targeted strike” strategy has been observed, which uses the phone number of the person they want to target via a message on KakaoTalk, a popular messaging app used in South Korea.
Cut in Dialogue Seen Briefly Empowering Philippines Rebels
Ralph Jennings, VOA
Rodrigo Duterte’s order this month to stop peace talks with a violent group of communist rebels may spark new clashes but eventually weaken the group’s already waning influence. Duterte announced Thursday an end to peace negotiations with the National Democratic Front-Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army, the presidential office website says. Duterte found the communists lacked “sincerity and commitment” because of recent attacks on people and property, his office said.
Russia Expels Polish Historian Without Explanation
Poland’s Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) says a Polish historian has been expelled from Russia without explanation by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB). According to the IPN, professor Henryk Glebocki was detained in Moscow on November 24 and ordered to leave Russia within 24 hours after he gave lectures in St. Petersburg about the Soviet-era purges of 1937-1938.
Statement By The Prime Minister Of Canada On Holodomor Memorial Day
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement today on Holodomor Memorial Day: “Today, we commemorate one of the darkest chapters in human history: the Ukrainian Holodomor of 1932-33. This systemic and horrific genocide, undertaken by a totalitarian Soviet regime, killed millions of Ukrainian men, women, and children by starvation. It was a failed attempt to destroy the identity and will of the Ukrainian people.” “We stand with the victims of the Holodomor and their descendants to remember and condemn this unconscionable act. Remembering history is our best hope against repeating it.”
Maduro Names General To Head Venezuela Oil Firm PDVSA
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has named a general to head the state oil company, PDVSA, and the country’s energy ministry. Mr. Maduro said the appointment of Major General Manuel Quevedo was “a new oil revolution” to tackle corruption. Last week executives of Citgo, the oil company’s US refining subsidiary, were arrested over corruption allegations. Venezuela is in a deep economic crisis the government blames on “enemies in the US.” Opponents cite mismanagement.
Vietnam Sentences Activist To Seven Years In Prison
A court in central Vietnam on Monday sentenced an activist to seven years in prison for producing online videos and interviews related to an environmental disaster that instigated anti-government protests, in the authorities’ latest crackdown on dissent. Following a trial that lasted half a day, Nguyen Van Hoa was convicted of spreading anti-state propaganda by the People’s Court in Ha Tinh province. He was also charged with using social media platforms including Facebook to spread documents that defamed the government, the state-run online Ha Tinh newspaper reported.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY
November 27th, 1954: US State Department official Alger Hiss is released from prison after a 44-month sentence for perjury. Hiss was accused of being a Soviet spy, allegations which later evidence would wholly corroborate.