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Cambodia

Hydropower Not Worth the Trade-offs, Experts Warn

Chinas Reach Worlds Dam Builder

29 August 2014
A total nine hydropower dams are slated for completion by 2019, able to produce enough energy to power the country. More
August 2014
29 August 2014

US Hopes Continue Supporting Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Diplomat Says

Scot Marciel, the top diplomat for Asia and Pacific at the US State Department, said the tribunal can serve as an example to Cambodians and the world.

Video US Will Continue Supporting Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Diplomat Says

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Video US Seeking Stronger Ties as Cambodia’s Political Reforms Move Forward​

A senior US diplomat says the country is looking to strengthen ties with Cambodia, now that the opposition has ended a boycott of the National Assembly.

28 August 2014

Video US Seeking Stronger Ties as Cambodia’s Political Reforms Move Forward

The US has made a recent diplomatic push in Asia, where China’s influence continues to grow.

27 August 2014

Experts See Expanded Scope in Impending Khmer Rouge Trial

Observers say they are hopeful the case will reveal more truths about the movement and provide some sense of justice for victims.

Two Key Opposition Figures Fail To Win Committee Seats in Assembly Vote

Neither Mu Sochua nor Yim Sovann won enough votes to be on the eighth or tenth committees, following a secret ballot measure.

Photogallery Forum Focuses on Sustainable Cambodia

Representatives from the government, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders gathered in the forum about sustainable development in Cambodia, organized by the Enrich Institute. The forum was held at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center with the financial support from the the Asia Foundation, the Voice of America and others. (Photo: Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer )

26 August 2014

Phnom Penh Street Food: Delicious—and Dangerous

Street food is very popular in Phnom Penh, particularly among the city’s youth.

Opposition VP Takes Over as First Vice President of Assembly

In all, 122 Assembly members voted in the session, the first vote for the new legislature, which has been without the opposition since July 2013 elections.

Cambodian Opposition Gets Parliamentary Commission Roles

Cambodia National Rescue Party boycotted parliament for months following the July 2013 general election.

25 August 2014

Economic Growth Has Come at High Cost, Experts Warn

Representatives from the government, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders gathered in the forum to discuss issues facing Cambodian development.

22 August 2014

Global Witness Praises Rubber Company’s Reforms

The expansion of rubber plantations in the Cambodian countryside is a major source of contention with villagers who are ousted from their land by companies.

21 August 2014

Police Reopen Case in Death of Frenchman and Family

The bodies of Laurent Vallier, 42, and his four children were found entombed in a vehicle submerged in a pond behind his home in Kampong Speu province.

Hun Sen Calls Rights Worker ‘an Idiot’

Hun Sen appeared to be referring to remarks made Wednesday on VOA Khmer by Adhoc activist Ny Chakrya, following clashes between evictee protesters and security forces.

20 August 2014

Citizen Journalists Move To Establish Wider Network

Around 80 citizen journalists from around Cambodia held a meeting in Phnom Penh Wednesday, in a first-ever networking event for a new kind of reporter in the country.

Three Opposition Activists Remain in Detention After July Violence

Rights groups are calling for the release of three opposition activists who have been held in detention since violent clashes with security forces in July.

19 August 2014

Groups Call for Term Limits for Prime Minister

Prime Minister Hun Sen has ruled Cambodia in some capacity for 30 years.

Video Protesters Clash With Police Outside Premier’s Home

Hundreds of housing rights protesters and evictees clashed with security forces outside Phnom Penh on Monday, leaving at least nine people with minor injuries.

18 August 2014

Critics Say Cambodia Can’t Take an Influx of Refugees

The two countries are reportedly in talks on the issue, though no deal has yet been signed.

Protesters Clash With Police Outside Premier’s Home

The clash was one of the first since major violence over Freedom Park in the capital in July.

15 August 2014

Sam Rainsy Assures Supporters of Opposition’s Dedication

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy told supporters Friday that the goal of his party remains the same: to change the current regime.

14 August 2014

Concerns Over New Formula for Election Committee Selection

Election watchdogs and small parties without seats in government are worried about a new formula for choosing the National Election Committee.

Opposition Upset as Prosecution Over July Violence Continues

The opposition wants to see an end of the prosecution of seven lawmakers for insurrection and incitement by a court widely viewed as biased.

13 August 2014

Thai Sugar Company Accused of Rights Abuse in Cambodia

The National Human Rights Commission of Thailand recently investigated allegations that villagers were forced from their homes to make way for three plantations companies.

12 August 2014

Guilty Verdict ‘Small Victory’ for Tribunal

The fact that only three leaders have faced trial since 2006 means the court is failing to bring justice to the victims of the brutal regime.

City Hall Meets Evictees To Discuss Compensation

Some 200 former residents of the Borei Keila development attended Tuesday’s meeting.

11 August 2014

Questions Over Release of Kidney Trafficking Suspects

All nine were arrested Saturday and accused of trafficking organs from the Preah Ket Mealea Military Hospital.

Court Continues To Pursue Opposition Over July Clashes

The courts have continued to question opposition leaders over violent clashes between Rescue Party supporters and Phnom Penh security forces July 15.

Additional Khmer Rouge Suspect To Appear at Tribunal Monday

Im Chaem, 68, is among a small group of suspects that could be indicted in two more cases at the tribunal.

09 August 2014

Video Emotional Scene Follows Khmer Rouge Guilty Verdicts

A United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in Cambodia has handed down long awaited guilty verdicts against two aging leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime.

08 August 2014

With Verdict Out, Tribunal’s Critics Weigh In

While the verdict signaled a completion to this phase of the trial, critics say the court could have done a lot more for Cambodians.

Opposition Lawmakers Join First Assembly Session

Following the session, leaders vowed to work together, following a political deal that ended a 10-month opposition boycott of the government.

07 August 2014

A Verdict, But Painful Memories Remain

More than 1.7 million people died under the regime, from overwork, starvation or execution, in one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century.

Verdict Shows Split Loyalties Over Khmer Rouge

In the countryside, especially in former Khmer Rouge areas, the verdict was met with mixed reactions.

Two Former Khmer Rouge Leaders Sentenced to Life in Prison

The first phase of a two-phase trial began for Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan in late 2011, in a trial that included more than 1,000 witnesses and 7,000 documents.

Video Two Khmer Rouge Leaders Convicted and Sentenced to Life in Prison

Two Khmer Rouge Leaders Convicted and Sentenced to Life in Prison

Khmer Rouge Leaders Get Life Sentences

Nuon Chea, Khieu Samphan convicted of crimes against humanity three-and-a-half decades after communist group's bloody rule left nearly quarter of Cambodian population dead.

UN Tribunal Convicts Khmer Rouge Leaders of Crimes Against Humanity

The tribunal sentenced Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan, who are in poor health, to life in prison

Awaiting Khmer Rouge Verdict, Cambodian Survivors on Edge

Nuon Chea, 87, and Khieu Samphan, 82, are facing charges for their roles as leaders within the movement

Ban Lifted From Freedom Park

On Wednesday police rolled up concertina wire that had been used as part of a blockade in force since violent protests in January, opening the park.

On Eve of Khmer Rouge Verdict, Survivors on Edge

Thursday’s verdict will be a landmark moment for the court, which has so far only tried one other Khmer Rouge member.

05 August 2014

Eight Dead in Widespread Flooding

The flooding has been caused by major rain due to Typhoon Rammasun, which has hit coastal China hard.

Opposition Lawmakers Sworn In, Ending Political Deadlock

The Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmakers attended a swearing in ceremony in traditional dress at the Royal Palace, in front of King Norodom Sihamoni.

04 August 2014

Cambodia Urges China to Restrict Visas for Single Women to Combat Trafficking

The appeal comes as an increasing number of Cambodian women are finding their way into Chinese marriages and becoming victims of human trafficking.

Opposition Members Summoned Back to Court

The lawmakers, including outspoken senior Rescue Party member Mu Sochua, will be summoned to court over the next two weeks, starting Aug. 8.

01 August 2014

Filmmaker Turns Camera Toward Hydrodam Valley

Once built, the hydropower dam will affect 26,000 hectares of land and 1,500 people of the Chong ethnic minority.

Video Banteay Chhmar Restoration Project Underway

Cambodia's «Second Angkor Wat» at Banteay Chhmar is slowing returning to life after eight centuries of isolated slumber. A British archaeologist has put together a team if workers and experts who are rebuilding the ancient temples stone by stone. (AP, Phnom Penh)

August 2014

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US Will Continue Supporting Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Diplomat Saysi
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28 August 2014
The US will continue its support for the UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal, a senior US diplomat says. In an interview with VOA Khmer in Phnom Penh, Scot Marciel, the top diplomat for Asia and Pacific at the US State Department, said the tribunal can serve as an example to Cambodians and the world. “We are very pleased to be abel to contribute to this tribunal, and we certainly welcome the results of the recent case,” Marciel said, referring to recent life sentences for aging leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan. (Sok Khemara, Phnom Penh)

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Doze Off (Movie: Hairspray)i
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25 August 2014
You can say, "I don't know why, but every time I eat 'prahok' (Cambodian anchovy) I find myself 'dozing off' all the time." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to facebook.com/voakhmer or www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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Video Doze Off (Movie: Hairspray)

You can say, "I don't know why, but every time I eat 'prahok' (Cambodian anchovy) I find myself 'dozing off' all the time." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to facebook.com/voakhmer or youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.
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Video Scratch Someone's Back (Movie: Batman Begins)

You can say, "Yeah sure, I can get you a job at CNN easily. Now, if 'YOU SCRATCH MY BACK, I'LL SCRATCH YOURS'." 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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Video Wild Goose Chase (Movie: Inside Man)

You can say, "The policeman was sent on a 'wild goose chase' to find the killer. All the clues that were given to him turned out to be false." What does it mean? Watch here.
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Video Let Bygones Be Bygones (Movie: The Social Network)

You can say, "I know he hurt you, he gave up on you, and that broke your heart. But that's the past, you have to 'let bygones be bygones." 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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