Cambodia

Leaked ASEAN Document Focuses on South China Sea

The Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) flag, right, leads the flags of the 10 member countries during the ASEAN Regional Forum meeting in Singapore.

27 April 2015
Final draft of the 26th ASEAN Chairman's Statement, obtained by VOA Khmer, says the group will call for intensified consultations on a code of conduct for the South China Sea. More
April 2015
24 April 2015

Myanmar Refugee First to Accept Cambodia Resettlement

Controversial plan strongly criticized by human rights groups.

Video Expelled Environmentalist Remains Optimistic About Mother Nature Cambodia

Spanish outspoken environmentalist Alex Gonzalez has expressed his hope that some of those who visit Areng Valley will become activists to protect Cambodia’s remaining natural resources.

22 April 2015

Australia Makes Video Pitch for Cambodia to Asylum Seekers

'You will not, under any circumstances, be settling in Australia' immigration minister tells refugees in video message.

21 April 2015

Hun Sen Hostility Puts UN Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Doubt

PM Hun Sen has refused to enforce police to cooperate in further prosecution or arrest of three former senior Khmer Rouge cadres charged with crimes against humanity.

New Year Holiday Brought Millions of Dollars to Siem Reap, Officials Say

The three-day event ran last week, from Tuesday to Thursday, and included a concert, traditional Cambodian games, art shows, product fairs and dances.

Photogallery US-Cambodians Hold Candle Vigil for Khmer Rouge Victims

About fifty Cambodian-Americans in the Washington, DC area on Friday, April 17, 2015, held a candle vigil for those who died under the Khmer Rouge regime and to mark the 40th anniversary of the notorious takeover of Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge.

Author Looks at Forced Labor in Cambodia’s Sex and Garment Industries

In Cambodia, there are few employment options for women, except in two industries: garment manufacturing and sex work.

20 April 2015

Officials Travel To Speak With Nauru Asylum Seekers

Two officials from Cambodia’s Interior Ministry departed for Australia and the Pacific Island of Nauru Monday, to ensure that an initial group of asylum seekers there will move to Cambodia, part of a controversial deal with Australia.

‘Insurrection’ Case Still Looms Over Opposition Activists

Phnom Penh Municipal Court again delayed a hearing for 11 opposition activists, shortly after opening one on Monday.

Southeast Asia Experts Discuss Religious Change and Gender

The two-day conference, as part of 'Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia' program, aims to promote more engagement and better policies to handle the region’s diversity.

17 April 2015

Photogallery The Fall of Phnom Penh, April 17, 1975

This April 17 marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh and the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975. The following are archival AP photos that documents one of the most horrific days in modern history.

16 April 2015

Filmmaker Looks Back on Career Before Khmer Rouge Takeover

In an exclusive interview with VOA Khmer, Tea Lim Koun discusses his filmmaking in the 1960s and 1970s and what it meant to leave it behind.

15 April 2015

Author Refuses To Let Bitterness Toward Khmer Rouge Take Control

The country on Friday will see the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh to Khmer Rouge insurgents, marking the rise of the brutal regime and its harsh agrarian policies.

Opposition Prepares for Anniversary Ceremony Outside ‘Killing Fields’

The Choeung Ek “killing fields” were linked to the torture center Tuol Sleng, which the Khmer Rouge established inside the city following its fall, on April 17, 1975.

14 April 2015

Photogallery Cambodians Celebrate Year of the Goat

The Khmer New Year is under way. Many people have left the bustling capital to see family in the Cambodian countryside, but in Phnom Penh, markets were busy Tuesday, as people bought fruits, banana trees and flower decorations to ring in the Year of the Goat.

Photogallery Enter, the Year of the Goat

In Cambodian tradition, the new year is brought by a spirit called a tevada - this year’s tevada is named Reaka Jak Sak Devy.

ADB Audit Recommends Compensation for Those Hurt by Railroad Project

More than 4,000 families across four provinces and in Phnom Penh are now dealing with the loss of land, housing or businesses, since the government began to fix its railways, in 2006.

Activists Accused of ‘Insurrection’ Released on Bail

The release comes after royal pardons were issued for 10 women housing rights activists and one monk over the weekend.

10 April 2015

Ninth Member of Election Committee Says He’s Dedicated To Reform

Hang Puthea, the ninth member of the new National Election Committee, said in an interview with VOA Khmer he will work hard for positive change.

With Political Talks Settled, 19 Detainees To Be Released

CPP spokesman Chhim Phal Vorun said the release was possible because the “political situation” in Cambodia has improved.

Video Assembly Approves National Election Committee

Putting the final stamp of approval on a process that took months of negotiation, the National Assembly on Thursday voted in the new structure of the National Election Committee.

09 April 2015

Assembly Approves National Election Committee

The new NEC is comprised of nine members in all, four each selected by the ruling party and opposition and a final member agreed upon by both.

08 April 2015

Opposition VP Questioned Over Statements Made on US Trip

Kem Sokha told reporters after his hearing Wednesday the court had repeated many of its questions over and over, particularly requesting he define the word “revolution.”

Youths Need More Skills To Thrive in Asean, Analyst Says

Asean’s 10 member countries are working toward creating a regional bloc that would open up a free flow of goods and services across the region, much of it by the end of this year.

Survey Finds Deep Discontent as Cambodian Land Disputes Continue

According to a new survey, land disputes in Cambodia lead to employment insecurity, causing poverty, food insecurity, and increasing physical and psychological insecurity.

Video Fishermen From Myanmar, Cambodia And Laos Rescued From Slave Labor​

For years, Min Mink Chan never stopped dreaming of home. As he arrived in Jakarta to board a flight back to Myanmar, that dream was just hours away from becoming a reality.

07 April 2015

Maternal Mortality Rates Remain High, Despite UN Goals

The rate of maternal mortality is 170 per 100,000 live births, short of the 140 per 100,000 rate the government set for itself originally.

Democracy Being Undermined in Political Processes: Report

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party and opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party have worked since July to reform the political process.

Assembly Ready To Choose Members of Election Committee

The National Assembly is expected to finalize the decision on the NEC April 13.

06 April 2015

Better Public Financial Management Needed for Further Development, Economist Says

Public finance reform requires four “platforms,” Heng Dyna said: budget credibility, internal control, prioritizing with budget planning and proper review of finances and performance.

03 April 2015

Campaigners Hope To Curb Eating of Dog and Cat Meat

Dog meat is a popular cuisine in Cambodia, and the governor of Phnom Penh has gone so far as to encourage it, to reduce the number of strays in the city.

Cambodia Settles on Neutral Member of Election Committee

Sam Rainsy, leader of the Cambodian National Rescue Party, Thursday said it is easy for him to support Hang Puthea, who runs an independent election monitoring organization.

02 April 2015

With New Road Comes Development—and New Worries

Villagers living in Pech Chreada say the road could ruin their livelihoods and are upset that they were not informed of the project.

Migrant Workers Deserve Fair Conditions Abroad, Lawmaker Says

Cambodian migrant workers working legally or illegally in neighboring Thailand and other countries in the region have remitted more than $1 billion dollars annually.

US Delegation Told of Need for ‘Return’ To Democratic Norms

The rights and development workers met with a delegation led by House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, which is on a tour of Asia.

Video Cambodia Lacks Skills in Face of Asean Integration, Expert Says

Asean countries, including Cambodia, are reforming their development and tax policies to conform with a regional norm.

Video Parties Must Work Together To Ensure Legacy, Expert Says

“If both parties can’t work together, the losers are the entire Cambodian people,” Chheang Vannarith, a lecturer at the University of Leeds, said.

Photogallery Smooth Road Paves Way for Tourists in Remote Cambodian Province

Mondulkiri province, bordering Vietnam in northeastern Cambodia, is known these days as a good place to trek.

Video Neighboring Countries Interested in Booming Tourism in Siem Reap

Cambodia's Foreign Minister Hor Namhong held talks with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi and Myanmar's Vice President U Nyan Tun.

01 April 2015

UN Millennium Goal for Education Remains Elusive

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron told VOA Khmer that while Cambodia has made some progress, many children still drop out of school in order to seek work.

Hun Sen Wants Election Monitor as New Member of Election Committee

Hang Puthea, whose organization has been a longtime monitor of the country’s elections, said Tuesday he would accept an offer from both parties for the job.

Video Parties Must Work Together, To Ensure Legacy, Expert Says

Cambodian political officials should begin thinking about the legacy they are leaving future generations, with a new political environment following gains by the opposition in 2013, an analyst says.

April 2015

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40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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Expelled Environmentalist Remains Optimistic About Mother Nature Cambodiai
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23 April 2015
Spanish outspoken environmentalist Alex Gonzalez has expressed his hope that some of those who visit Areng Valley will become activists to protect Cambodia’s remaining natural resources. Alex, who has been banned from entering Cambodia, is touring the US to seek international support and a way to go back to the country. VOA Khmer Men Kimseng interviewed Alex while he was in Washington DC.

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You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)i
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Video You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)

You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
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Video All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)

You can say, "I was 'all thumbs' this morning when trying to tie this tie - I kept making mistakes and just couldn't figure a way to pull it together." What does it mean? Watch here.
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Video Carry Out (Movie: Jane Eyre)

You can say, "He has many strong qualities as a leader and under his leadership I think he will successfully 'carry out' the new mission and vision for this company." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
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Video A Wake Up Call (Movie: Limitless)

You can say, "The visit to the doctor was definitely 'a wake up call' for him. The heavy drinking, smoking, and partying every night needs to stop." What does it mean? For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)

You can say, "I can't believe he's not accepting responsibility for his mistakes. To 'save face' he continues to make excuses for himself." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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