Cambodia

Children Need More Protection in Justice System: Report

Cambodian children lay in a hummock for sleeping at the sidewalk as swinging by their mother in Phnom Penh, file photo.

29 January 2015
The report summarizes six months of research, including interviews with 54 children. More
January 2015
29 January 2015

Witness Describes Forced Marriage Under Khmer Rouge

Chean Srey Mom’s testimony is part of the second and final phase of an atrocity crimes trial against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan.

28 January 2015

Malaysian Developer Defends Laos Dam Project

VOA Khmer’s Say Mony interviewed Mega First Corporation’s senior environmental manager, Peter Hawkins, during a field visit to the project site in December.

US Diplomat Says Cambodia’s Reputation Suffers Amid Arrests

Speaking at the end of a trip to Cambodia, US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel said investors need confidence that contracts will be enforced and that the rule of law will protect them.

Government Denies Deporting Seven Asylum Seekers

A police official says seven Vietnamese farmers who had illegally entered the country were indeed sent back across the border—but they were not asylum seekers.

Video Raising Frogs in Rice Fields Generates More Incomes and Crops for Farmers

Frogs are a natural, organic alternative to pesticides for farmers in Cambodia fighting against the insects ravening their fragile rice seedlings.

27 January 2015

Military Police Chief Criticized for ‘Hitler’ Comments

Sao Sokha commands 10,000 military police, and his forces have been behind some of the most brutal crackdowns on demonstrators and dissidents in recent years.

Report Shows More Activity by Opposition Lawmakers

According to the report the opposition has held 610 meetings with grassroots supporters, 54 more than the CPP.

Video Cyclo May Not be Around for Much Longer Without Support

The cyclo is an icon of Cambodia, one that may not be around for much longer as modern forms of transport push the bicycle rickshaw, into history. ​Despite the challenge, the cyclo's veteran drivers - most of them old men from the countryside - are determined to keep pedaling on. AP/Phnom Penh

26 January 2015

Witness Describes Forced Marriage, Rape and Killings by Khmer Rouge

Chou Kim Lorn, a Khmer Rouge survivor from Takeo province, said she had witnessed at least 30 couples in marriages arranged by the Khmer Rouge.

Appeals Court Upholds Swift Sentencing of Housing Activists

Among them was the outspoken activist and community organizer Tep Vanny, who was sentenced to a year in prison for her role in the demonstration.

23 January 2015

Opposition Maintains Principles, Despite Pressure, Sam Rainsy Says

The party wants free and fair elections, which it says requires major changes, something analysts say the ruling Cambodian People’s Party may not fully cooperate with.

Witness Continues To Describe Crimes at Khmer Rouge Prison

Meas Sokha says he had witnessed Khmer Rouge soldiers killing babies by hitting them against tree trunks, after killing their mothers.

22 January 2015

Opposition Leader Officially Appointed Minority Leader of Assembly

The Jan. 20 appointments come from amendments to the internal rules of the Assembly and were widely welcomed by many political observers.

Photogallery Groups Call for Re-Investigation of Union Leader’s Murder

Chea Vichea, who had wide support among the nation’s workers at a turbulent time in the industry, was shot dead by two assailants on Jan. 22, 2004.

Photogallery Groups Call for Re-Investigation of Union Leader’s Murder

On the 11th anniversary of the murder of labor leader Chea Vichea, union and opposition members called on the Cambodian authorities to re-open their investigation and find the true killers. Chea Vichea, who had wide support among the nation’s workers at a turbulent time in the industry, was shot dead by two assailants on Jan. 22, 2004.

Video Land Victim Lawyer Seeks US Support on ICC Case

A petition filed at the International Criminal Court in October 2014 alleged that a group of politicians, security chiefs and business magnates in Cambodia have involved in systematic illegal seizures of land from poor people.

21 January 2015

Cambodia Lags Behind Many UN Development Goals

Cambodia has managed to improve its economy, but its education, women’s empowerment, child and mother health, and environmental sustainability are all lagging behind.

On Long Trips, Life Goals and a Little Soul-Searching

Photographer Tram Lyrattanak says Cambodian students may find long alone traveling useful in discovering their life and educational goals.

Demonstrators Barred from Freedom Park

About 100 activists from various communities in Phnom Penh took part in Wednesday’s march, gathering near the US Embassy and planning to walk to Freedom Park.

Prince Ranariddh Formally Elected as President of Funcinpec

Funcinpec, once the most popular party in the country, has fallen into deep decline, winning no seats in the last parliamentary election.

Rights Envoy Encourages Continued Political Dialogue

The UN’s special envoy for human rights on Tuesday called for the ruling party and the opposition to continue talks over democratic reforms.

Japan Pledges $1.4 Million for Tribunal

Japan is the largest donor to the court, having provided $82 million, about 36 percent of funding, so far.

After Jail, Activists Struggle in Daily Life

Twenty-three activists—many of them union leaders or workers—were arrested in the January 2014 crackdown, which also left at least five people dead.

20 January 2015

Investigation Appears Stalled in Cambodia’s Garment Sector Killings

Promised investigation into actions of security forces at 2014 protests seems to have disappeared inside country’s pliant judiciary.

19 January 2015

Book Examines Duch’s Trial and Its Effect on Victims

The book describes the trial of Kaing Kek Iev, the supervisor of Tuol Sleng prison better known as Comrade Duch, who was found guilty by the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal in 2012.

17 January 2015

Cambodian-US Naval Officer Maintains ‘Not Guilty’ Plea

Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz has maintained a “not guilty” plea, despite his being named by the contractor in a wide-reaching bribery scandal.

Rights Advocates See Little Chance of Change, for Now

Aside from a major Human Rights Watch report outlining human rights abuses under Prime Minister Hun Sen in the past decade, other observers say Cambodia suffered in other ways—and there is little hope it will change in the near term.

Officials Downplay Continued Loss of Forest Cover

Cambodian agriculture and forestry officials are downplaying new maps and a study from a US university that show widespread devastation to Cambodia’s forest cover.

16 January 2015

New Book on Khmer Rouge Jungle Redoubt Out This Month

Dy Khamboly is the senior researcher at the center and the co-author of the book. He said the book aims to be the starting point for former Khmer Rouge cadres and their victims to better understand one another.

US, Myanmar Officials Discuss Political Progress, Human Rights

While applauding country's progress, US representative Malinowski expressed concerns about continued arrests, ongoing fighting with ethnic minorities

Photogallery India Battles Challenge of Shrinking Habitat for Big Cat

In effort to protect tigers, authorities have launched a program to relocate villages in sprawling habitat

15 January 2015

Few Dare To Speak Against Hun Sen

While rights groups say abuse and corruption are hallmarks of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s 30 years in power, everyday Cambodians are less likely to do so.

Sinking OIl Prices Cut Both Ways for China

Analysts say as long as slide continues, risks and challenges that Beijing faces could mount

Thailand Defends Care for Children in Controversial Surrogacy Case

At least 15 babies were allegedly fathered by a wealthy 24-year-old Japanese businessman, Mitsutoki Shigeta

Video Japan Unveils Largest Ever Defense Budget

Experts say investment is intended to counter changing security threats in region, strengthen Tokio’s hand in dealings with Beijing

Video Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre Helps Local Poor Generate Income

Banteay Srey Butterfly Centre near Siem Reap is home to the largest butterfly centre in Southeast Asia. As well as showcasing the country's abundance of butterfly species, the centre also trains poor local farmers to make extra money by raising butterflies.

Audio New Book Looks at Modern Cham Muslims

A new book, “From the Khmer Rouge to Hambali: Cham Identities in Global Age” by Eng Kok-thay, research director at the Documentation Center of Cambodia, examines that struggle.

Cambodia Needs ‘Change from Below,’ Prominent Advocate Says

In an interview this week, Adams said the current government is unlikely to change, and that Cambodia’s best hope is at the grassroots.

14 January 2015

Small Victory, High Price for Garment Unions

The labor movement won a small victory in wage disputes, earning a raise in the minimum wage from $100 per month to $128, but it has cost them much.

Citizen Groups Call for UN Probe and Scrapping of Two Mekong Dam Projects

Rights groups want Cambodia to scrap two controversial dams on grounds they will profoundly damage people’s lives, livelihoods and environment

Indonesian President's Nominee for Police Chief Named Corruption Suspect

Budi Gunawan has reportedly amassed more than $1.3 million over the past five years - impossible on a legitimate Indonesian police wage alone

As Pope Heads to Philippines, Concerns Over Security

Officials expect massive crowds to converge everywhere the pontiff goes in the overwhelmingly Catholic country

Video Dams, Mining in Tibet by Chinese Impact Mekong Nations, Author Says

Author Michael Buckley tells VOA Tibetan Chief Losang Gyatso that Southeast Asian nations are impacted by Chinese dam and mine projects in Tibet. Buckley wrote 'Meltdown in Tibet' and says more than one billion people in South and Southeast Asia are being affected by environmental changes in Tibet.

13 January 2015

30 Years of ‘Violence, Repression, Corruption,’ Human Rights Watch Reports

Government spokesman Phay Siphan dismissed the report as “an envious attack” by the rights organization.

Rights Group Calls for Political Reform in Cambodia

Hun Sen, leader of Cambodia since 1985, is the sixth longest-serving political leader in the world.

Video Cambodian Government Says HIV Outbreak Linked to Needle Reuse

Health experts in Cambodia were alarmed when a cluster of villagers living near the country's second largest city, Battambang, tested positive for HIV in December.

12 January 2015

Garment Brands Say They Support the Minimum Wage

The positive responses come after an appeal from the International Labor Organization earlier this month, calling on global brands to help support the higher wages.

Month-long Protests Planned Over Housing Rights

At least four groups of activists will take part in the demonstrations, Jan. 20 through Feb. 20, organizers said Monday.

Video HIV Outbreak Linked to Infected Needles

In total, 1,940 people in Roka commune had their blood tested in the last month; 212 tested positive for the virus, health officials said Monday.

Video Cambodian Government Says HIV Outbreak Linked to Needle Reuse

Health experts in Cambodia were alarmed when a cluster of villagers living near the country’s second largest city, Battambang, tested positive for HIV in December. Some 212 people there are now known to have contracted the virus. The government blames an unlicensed medic who was allegedly reusing ne

10 January 2015

Campaign Aims To Bring Cambodian Rockers to New York

The film chronicles the golden age of Cambodian rock, before the country fell to the Khmer Rouge, which killed many musicians.

09 January 2015

Victims of ‘Blood Sugar’ Vow To Keep Fighting

Some 1,000 people have lost their land to the development of the plantations since 2010.

Documentary Tackles Concerns Over Mekong Dams

Produced by journalist Tom Fawthrop, the film, “The Great Gamble on the Mekong: Are we Killing the Mekong Dam by Dam?” looks closely at the impact of the controversial dam.

Video Cambodia Coconuts - How One Company Is Cracking The Coconut Craze

Cracking open a fresh coconut for a drink has long been a popular refreshment in Cambodia. Now the coconuts are being upscaled, and one company is employing women from one of the country's poorest communities to make oil and other items from coconuts. AP/Cambodia, Kompot.

Few Workers Satisfied, as Small Wage Increase Takes Effect

The compromised wage increase, to $128 per month, is far short of the $177 unions had asked for, but it is nearly 30 percent more than workers had been making.

08 January 2015

American Writer Tells Story of Cambodian ‘Women on the Rise’

Anne Elizabeth Moore, a feminist writer and artist, spent about four months living and working with young Cambodian women in a dormitory in Phnom Penh.

Khieu Samphan Sent To Hospital, as Tribunal Hearings Resume

Hearings Thursday included testimony from a witness at the Kraing Tachann security center, where an estimated 15,000 died.

Photogallery Lawmakers Asked To Leave Courtroom in Trial Against Activists

A group of opposition lawmakers were kicked out of a hearing at Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Thursday. The case involved several opposition activists, who are being tried for their involvement in violent demonstrations in July. But the judge asked several lawmakers to leave the courtroom, claiming they were not involved in the case and could therefore not be present. Critics say the move was a violation of their rights to be present at a public hearing.

Video No Cheating in Exam Finals Marks Sea Change for Cambodia

Cambodia's final exam results for 2014 were disastrous, with more than half of the 90,000 students failing. The reason? The authorities stamped out cheating - the first of a series of reforms designed to fix the the impoverished country's broken education sector.

07 January 2015

On Contentious Holiday, Ruling Party Admonishes Opposition

The holiday is particularly contentious, because it also marks the beginning of a decade-long occupation by Vietnamese forces.

Video Short Film Explores Importance of Closure

“Hope for the Future,” a new film by the Documentation Center of Cambodia, tells the story of Sek Say, a young girl who lost both parents to the Khmer Rouge.

Video Filmmaker Takes on Culture of Rape and Sexual Assault

Cambodian-American filmmaker Caylee So is at work on a film that looks at the culture of rape and sexual assault—taboo subjects in Cambodia, despite their prevalence. “Invisible Dance,” a fictional story, tackles assault in both Cambodian and US communities.

06 January 2015

Cambodia Facing Impending Regional Challenges, Experts Say

Vannarith Chheang told “Hello VOA” recently that poor countries like Cambodia need to work harder to reform laws, institutions, leadership and human resources to prepare for integration.

05 January 2015

Prince Ranariddh Will Once Again Lead Funcinpec

Funcinpec meanwhile, continued to decline, failing to win any seats in the 2013 elections—a far fall for a party that once led the country.

Hun Sen Blasts Opposition Ahead of Jan. 7 Holiday

On Monday Prime Minister Hun Sen lashed out at the opposition, saying their lack of support for the day meant they sympathize with the Khmer Rouge.

Journalist Wants To Testify at Tribunal

A tribunal spokesman said the Supreme Court will determine whether Thet Sambath will testify or not, based on the law.

Video No Cheating in Exam Finals Marks Sea Change for Cambodia

The Asian Development Bank is providing Cambodia $90 million over five years to improve the quality of education.

Video No Cheating in Exam Finals Marks Sea Change for Cambodia

Cambodia’s final exam results for 2014 were disastrous, with more than half of the 90,000 students failing. The reason? The authorities stamped out cheating - the first of a series of reforms designed to fix the impoverished country’s broken education sector. Robert Carmichael reports for VOA from P

01 January 2015

A Year After Deadly Cambodia Protest, Families Await Answers

Families of garment workers killed by police in January 2014 unrest struggle to survive, seek justice

January 2015

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