Cambodia's Circus School: Vaulting Young Performers to a Better Life
Elite crew, trained with US support, recovers and defuses bomb in Mekong River on its first mission.
In Cambodia, an elite dive team – trained with U.S. support – has successfully completed its first mission to clear unexploded ordnance from waterways. On Thursday, divers recovered and defused a U.S.-made aircraft bomb dropped more than four decades ago during the country’s civil war. Robert Carmi
The law should not impose excessive burdens on NGOs or “arbitrary elements” for registration, Silvio Gonzato, EU's top diplomat for human rights and democracy, told reporters Friday.
Cambodian authorities have recovered an unexploded bomb from a river in Kandal province, after a fisherman reported it.
Pheng Pong-Rasy said public forums are conducted at a larger level, educating the young and acting as catharsis for regime survivors.
Twenty people were injured in the crash, after the bus’s driver tried to overtake another vehicle, colliding head on with the van carrying 38 passengers.
The draft law, which has been leaked but never publicly released, would give the government tight control of NGOs.
Critics worry laws to curb cyber-crime and govern telecommunications will clamp down on few opportunities for free speech.
Phare Ponleu Selpak is an NGO school, that was founded in 1994 by nine young men who were refugees during Khmer Rouge, and has helped hundreds of vulnerable Cambodian children and adults from poverty.
Government officials say they are moving forward with a law to regulate the NGO sector, despite widespread fears such legislation could be used to punish dissent.
It has been 40 years since the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge, which implemented policies leading to the deaths of more than 1 million Cambodians. The country continues to heal.
The tribunal has so far only completed one full trial since 2006, but is has spent about $200 million.
Experts say country has some of world’s worst mental health statistics – yet services remain underfunded.
Education for young girls is not a priority for many Cambodian families, decreasing the odds for gender equality in the future.
Hun Sen made an impassioned speech, in which he said he wouldn’t pay a $5,000 wager he’d made on Pacquiao, due to unfair judging.
The company has returned about $400 each to nearly 50 workers, according to the rights group Adhoc.
Without mentioning Kem Sokha by name, he said in a speech Tuesday he would “demote” the vice president of the opposition if he continued to speak against him.
The Russian real estate tycoon Sergei Polonsky was deported Sunday morning, following his arrest Friday.
The government continues to prepare a law on cyber-crimes and a law on telecommunications, but critics worry these will clamp down on one of the few places for true free speech in the country.
Cambodian immigration officials are awaiting the final go-ahead to permit four refugees from the Pacific Island of Nauru to move to Cambodia.
“Pamina Devi,” inspired by Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” is the story of feuding between a queen and a king, and the princess caught between them.
Cambodia has some of the world’s worst mental health statistics – largely due to the effects of Pol Pot’s murderous Khmer Rouge regime. Yet mental health services remain underfunded and – in the words of the World Health Organization – “critically neglected." There’s little sign of that changing in
Cambodian authorities arrested Russian businessman Sergei Polonsky today on an expired visa and are working to deport him to Russia in less than two weeks, an immigration official said.
Opposition leader Sam Raisny met with US officials and party supporters around Washington, DC, this week, to explain his ongoing negotiations with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.
A delegation from Cambodia’s Ministry of Commerce was in the US this week, seeking greater trade ties and deals with large corporations.
Susan Markham, is USAID’s senior coordinator for gender equality and women’s empowerment. She spoke to VOA Khmer at the US Embassy.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm that 'some countries may be refusing entry to boats carrying refugees and migrants'
It would be a challenge to China, which is rapidly manufacturing artificial islands in the disputed territorial waters
Recent reports say the US is considering using aircraft and military ship patrols to ensure freedom of navigation in the South China Sea
Opposition leader Sam Raisny met with US officials and party supporters around Washington, DC, this week, to explain his ongoing negotiations with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party
In an interview with VOA Khmer, Sam Rainsy said dialogue with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party will ensure safety, dignity and freedom of expression for politicians.
The flexibility of Ali’s artwork about Cambodia’s history of violence, erasure, and resilience can be universally understood, Evans recently told VOA Khmer.
Rescue Party Vice President Kem Sokha has remained a vocal critic of the ruling party and its leaders, and Hun Sen has criticized him in return.
A new photo exhibit in Phnom Penh documents the stories of abuse faced by migrant workers abroad.
Cambodian audience members said they found the film touching, reminding them of Cambodia before the war and the Khmer Rouge. Some said the film made them feel proud to be Cambodian.
US President Barack Obama is working toward a Trans-pacific Partnership with many other countries, but economists say Cambodia should first focus closer to home.
In the worst cases, workers find themselves in terribly abusive situations, which can lead them to be disabled or mentally ill for life, he said.
There were 59 in all, officials said later. Some 300 fishermen have been rescued from indentured service in recent months.
Mu Sochua had led a number of non-violent demonstrations during the political deadlock that followed 2013 elections.
Members of parliament still have the power to call government officials for questioning, he added.
Chau Serey, vice president of the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Federation, told “Hello VOA” that most Khmer Krom are poor farmers with few skills and few prospects.
In a statement Thursday, Adhoc said the two companies had failed to fulfill their promises to job seekers.
The Sovereign Art Foundation has named Anida Yoeu Ali, a Cambodian American artist, winner of the prestigious Sovereign Asian Art Prize.
The exhibitions will run through October 2017 and are free and open to the public.
South African journalist Robert Carmichael has covered Cambodia for many years and has just published a book looking at the effects of the Khmer Rouge regime on survivors.
“Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” is a slice of Cambodian life, showing how its pop culture was growing after the country’s independence from France.
'Fish on Farms' project helped 300 households establish vegetable gardens, create ponds in which to raise fish to combat poor nutrition
Some NGO workers say recently proposed law is designed to stop land rights demonstrations, and may slow economic development
Rights workers say they know of at least 23 more asylum seekers currently in hiding in the remote province.
Gonzalez Davidson said he has been working outside Cambodia now to continue the campaign to save the valley, but he would also like to one day return to Cambodia.
The study of Khmer Rouge history is a politically sensitive topic in Cambodia, because some government officials have roots in the regime.
Prime Minister Hun Sen and other senior officials strongly oppose the prosecution of additional cases.
An American documentary on Cambodia’s rock-and-roll scene from the 1950s and 1960s “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” screened this week in the suburbs of Washington.
“For now, it would be better if there is no such law,” governance expert Ok Serei Sopheak told “Hello VOA” Monday.
The May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State University came after then President Richard Nixon ordered an invasion of Cambodia.
A delegation from Cambodian Living Arts, which fosters Khmer art and culture, is visiting the US, seeking more support for its work.
A staffer at the Cambodian Center for Independent Media, Khoun Sopheak had been in Nepal since August 2014, studying media and human rights issues there.