Thursday, 18 December 2014

Cambodia

Cambodia Investigates Health Clinic in Village HIV Outbreak

18 December 2014
Authorities say they fear the repeated use of an infected needle could be causing the devastating outbreak in northwestern Battambang province. More
December 2014
18 December 2014

Video Hunting for Wild Honey in Cambodia's Forests

Cambodia is thought to produce the best wild honey in Southeast Asia, mainly due to its climate and topography.

17 December 2014

Provincial Officials Delay UN Search for Montagnards

The group of 13 Montagnards is reportedly in hiding, but UN teams have so far been unable to reach them.

Photogallery Chan Soveth Leaves a Legacy of Good Deeds, Rights Work

During his life, he investigated some of Cambodia’s worst rights abuses, from land disputes to oppression of dissidents and the devastation of the country’s natural resources.

Children Among Infected in Village Outbreak of HIV

A local health clinic in Rokar village, Battambang province, is now under investigation, after nearly 800 people were tested for the virus.

16 December 2014

Poll Shows Increased Dissatisfaction With Government

Of those interviewed, 59 percent said they think the country is going in the wrong direction.

At Least 82 People in Small Village Found HIV Positive

At least 82 people have tested positive for HIV in the village of Rokar, Battambang province, which has only 2,000 people in it.

15 December 2014

Judicial Officials Reviewing Complaint Against Investigating Judge

The council received a request to look into the matter from the king, following a letter of complaint from Rescue Party lawmaker Mu Sochua.

Video Cambodia Potteries Improved And Meet Big Demand

The ancient Kingdom of Angkor once created pottery fit for kings, but the artisan skills have declined through the centuries.

13 December 2014

Corruption Reform Remains Slow, Expert Says

The government this week called on its various offices and agencies, including the military, to declared their assets to the Anti-Corruption Unit in January.

Scholar Researching Life in Cambodia’s Deaf Community

Erin Moriarty Harrelson, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at American University, is one of the five researchers who received a Fullbright National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship this year. She is now in Cambodia, working to document the lives of deaf people in rural areas.

12 December 2014

Photogallery Mourning Begins for Loss of Rights Defender

Local rights workers, family, friends and dignitaries on Thursday attended a mourning ceremony for rights investigator Chan Soveth, who died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack at age 51. He probe alleged abuse since 1996 for local NGO, Adhoc. Chan Soveth’s remains were on display at the Koul Ta Tung pagoda, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, where many gathered to mourn his passing.

Mourning Begins for Loss of Rights Defender

Chan Soveth’s remains were on display at the Koul Ta Tung pagoda, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, where many gathered to mourn his passing.

11 December 2014

UN To Investigate Montagnards in Remote Province

UNHCR has expressed concern for the Montangards, following reports they were being sought by Cambodian authorities for deportation.

10 December 2014

Chan Soveth, Human Rights Defender, Dies at 51

Chan Soveth, a longtime human rights defender, died of a heart attack on Wednesday.

Environmentalists Skeptical Ahead of Laos Meeting on Hydropower Dam

Project is one of a series of planned dams in the Mekong River Basin that environmentalists say could harm an ecosystem critical for feeding millions of people in Southeast Asia

On Rights Day, Consider Those Still Fighting

To commemorate this day and this collective protest, I would like to honor the indigenous women warriors of Areng Valley, who are speaking out and fighting to protect their land from the construction of a controversial dam.

On Eve of Hunger Strike, Activists’ Families Appeal for Help

In a hand-written note from Prey Sar prison, all eight activists say they will begin a hunger strike on Wednesday that will last until they are released.

Video On Rights Day, Consider Those Still Fighting

Award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam submitted an essay to VOA Khmer to mark International Human Rights Day. It is accompanied by a short film she produced looking at the lives of the women of the Areng Valley, who oppose a proposed hydroelectric dam there they say endangers their way of life.

08 December 2014

Drug Trafficking Operations Smaller, Harder To Find, Police Say

Police have recorded 93 different drug trafficking cases in the last three months.

Photogallery Mekong Fishermen Want Laos Dam Better Studied

The Mekong River Commission will hold a regional public consultation on Dec. 12 to discuss the project and hear objections.

Photogallery Rivers Etch the Cambodian Way of Life

Freshwater from the rivers of Cambodia are an integral part of life in Cambodia and a key element of the Khmer national character. The Mekong River Commission meets December 12 in Pakse, Laos to receive public input on the planned Don Sahong Dam, proposed by the Lao government to be built on a Mekong River site two kilometers from the Cambodian border and Steung Treng province. The MRC will take attendees on a field trip to the site on December 11.

05 December 2014

UNHCR Searching for Montagnards in Remote Cambodia Province

Montagnards, many of whom are Protestants, have long claimed persecution in Vietnam for religious reasons and for their aid of US troops during Vietnam war.

Some Fear Political Deal Will Hurt Long-term Democracy

Ou Virak, chairman of the board at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, told “Hello VOA” that the current agreement only fits the immediate needs of the situation at hand.

03 December 2014

Groups Urge Standards in Election Reform Negotiations

A group of non-governmental organizations has signed onto the Election Reform Alliance, which issued a statement this week to push for the best reforms possible.

Social Media a Potential New Tool for Good Governance, Expert Says

Cambodia currently has more than 1 million Facebook subscribers, who share news on politics, the economy and entertainment, contributing to vibrant online debates.

02 December 2014

International Concern Grows as Police Search for Montagnards

The Cambodian government has a history of deporting minorities from Vietnam who flee across the border seeking refuge.

UNHCR Seeks Meeting With Vietnamese Refugees in Cambodia

Small number of Montagnards have been in hiding in forests of Ratanakiri province since late October, claiming oppression in Vietnam.

01 December 2014

8 Jailed Activists Threaten Hunger Strike

In a hand-written letter from Prey Sar prison, the activists say they were improperly tried by Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Video Cambodia’s Elderly Face Increasing Hardships

Like many developing countries, Cambodia’s mainly agricultural society is changing fast, driven by urbanization and falling fertility rates. As young workers move to the cities, older people are staying back in the villages, where they have little support.

December 2014

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Hunting for Wild Honey in Cambodia's Forestsi
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17 December 2014
Cambodia is thought to produce the best wild honey in Southeast Asia, mainly due to its climate and topography. Most of it is harvested informally and sold cheaply at local village markets. Now, one company is helping some of the country's poorest people by employing them to hunt for honey, then selling it commercially. (AP, Koh Kong)

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You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)i
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01 December 2014
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 www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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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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