Thursday, 23 October 2014

Cambodia

Illegal Logging Ravaging the Last Forests, Activists Say

A truck carries logs on a rural road is seen in this July, 2002 photo taken in Preah Vihear province some 245 kilometers (152 miles) north of Phnom Penh, file photo.

22 October 2014
Forestry activists say at least 55,000 tons of luxury wood were sent from Cambodia to China this year alone. More
October 2014
22 October 2014

Japan Team Finds Voter Registration Irregularities

Japanese Ambassador Kumamaru Yuji told reporters Japan is willing to help Cambodia restore its voter registries to ensure free and fair elections in the future.

21 October 2014

Retired Musician Still Has Songs To Share

Recently, the 78-year-old smiled as he sang to welcome a VOA Khmer reporter for an interview.

Cambodians in Washington Fundraise for Children’s Hospital

Cambodians in Washington raised more than $15,000 for the Kantha Bopha Hospital on Saturday, at an event sponsored by the Cambodian Embassy.

Japanese Election Reform Team To Meet With Opposition

A Japanese delegation investigating election reform will meet with the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party Wednesday.

Immigration Delegation Heads to Australia

The agreement could bring in refugees currently held on the Micronesian island of Nauru to Cambodia.

Cambodian Children More Vulnerable Under Asean Integration, Report Warns

Rights workers fear for the safety of Cambodia’s vulnerable children once Asean joins in an economic community next year.

20 October 2014

Police File Charges Against Woman for Temple Vandalism

Police say that on Oct. 9, Willemijn Vermaat, 40, spent the night in the Bayon Temple illegally and subsequently knocked over a 12th-century statue there.

18 October 2014

Video Defense Teams Leave Khmer Rouge Tribunal Hearing

Defense lawyers for Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan boycotted an opening hearing for the two men on Friday, leaving the courtroom and putting the second and final phase of the trial for the two men in limbo.

Video Hundreds March To Protest Refugee Deal With Australia​

Some 300 people, including monks and students, marched through the capital on Friday, protesting a refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

Video The Trial of Two Top Khmer Rouge Leaders Continues​

The trial of two former Khmer Rouge leaders resumed on Friday. They were accused of genocide. Nuon Chea, 88 and Khieu Saphan, 83, were convicted in August on charges of crimes against humanity and sentenced to life in prison.

17 October 2014

Authorities Mull Legal Action for Accused Temple Vandal

Willemijn Vermaat, 40, was briefly detained the following morning, before the statue was found knocked over, and she appears to have left the country.

Hundreds March To Protest Refugee Deal With Australia

Many of the protesters were victims of land disputes who said Cambodia is not ready to take on refugees because it has yet to solve many of its own lingering development questions.

Lawyer Files Complaint at International Court Over Land Grabs

A communication filed on Oct. 7 claims that over the last 14 years, an estimated 770,000 Cambodians, or 6 percent of the population, have been hurt by land grabs, according to a statement from two groups.

16 October 2014

Slain Journalist Quietly Reported on Illegal Timber

Traing Try wrote stories for several small papers, mostly about illegal logging and the illicit transport of timber from Cambodia to Vietnam.

Video Crowd Gathers To Honor Former King’s Legacy

More than 1,000 people, including monks and students, gathered Wednesday in front of the Royal Palace to mark the second anniversary of the passing of former king Norodom Sihanouk.

Video Fight for Areng Valley by Kalyanee Mam

Award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam submitted an essay to VOA Khmer following the murder of journalist Taing Try. It is accompanied by a short film she edited in remembrance of him and the environmental issues Cambodia still faces. The following video is the short film.

Media Groups Urge Action in Murder of Journalist

The three men were arrested Sunday and are accused of murdering journalist Taing Try, who was in Kratie province investigating illegal logging.

15 October 2014

Remembering a Former King’s Legacy

More than 1,000 people gathered Wednesday in front of the Royal Palace to mark the second anniversary of the passing of former king Norodom Sihanouk.

Remembering Cambodia’s Heritage by Kalyanee Mam

Award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam submitted an essay to VOA Khmer following the murder of journalist Taing Try.

Three Men Charged for Murder of Journalist

The three men are also accused of possession of illegal weapons.

14 October 2014

Vandalism Suspected at Famed Bayon Temple of Angkor Wat

The statue, in Bayon Temple, was found tipped over, while a New Zealand woman who sneaked into the temples one night last week is suspected, police say.

More Negotiations Planned Ahead of Minimum Wage Decision

Major brands who source from Cambodia have meanwhile begun to push for fair conditions and wages for factory labor.

13 October 2014

Three Suspects Detained for Murder of Journalist

At least 14 journalists have been killed since 1990.

10 October 2014

First Water Festival To Be Held Since 2010 Bridge Stampede

Festivals since the stampede have been canceled, after authorities and police were accused of negligence.

Video As Tribunal Continues, More Calls for Funding

Cambodian and UN officials say they still need more funding to continue the work of the Khmer Rouge tribunal, despite waning interest from some donors.

09 October 2014

Unions To Meet With Labor Minister Next Week

Factories have said they can only pay $110 per month for workers, who are demanding a minimum $177 per month to keep up with the cost of living in Cambodia.

Video Protesters March for World Habitat Day

More than 1,000 people marched on the National Assembly on Monday, many of them displaced from land disputes, to mark World Habitat Day.

Video Khmer Krom Leader Says He Has Received Death Threats

Thach Sitha, president of the Association of Kampuchea Krom, which advocates for the Khmer ethnic minority living in Vietnam, told protesters Wednesday he has received death threats in recent days by phone.

08 October 2014

Khmer Krom Leader Says He Has Received Death Threats

Some 200 protesters have gathered in front of the embassy over the past five days to demand an apology from an official there for comments he made about Kampuchea Krom.

Video Demonstrators Decry ‘Crimea-like’ Policies in Vietnam

Vietnamese Embassy officials declined to comment on the protest, which followed a two-day conference in Virginia to discuss issues faced by Cambodians, Hmong and Montagnards.

07 October 2014

Election Reform Group Shut Out of Political Talks

A coalition of election reform proponents says it has not been allowed to attend talks between the ruling party and opposition.

Video Demonstrators Decry 'Crimea-like' Policies in Vietnam

Cambodians and Laotians gathered in front of the White House in Washington on Monday, claiming that Vietnamese policies in the region are hurting their respective countries.

06 October 2014

Protesters March for World Habitat Day

More than 1,000 people marched on the National Assembly on Monday, many of them displaced from land disputes, to mark World Habitat Day.

04 October 2014

Photogallery The Rising of Tall Buildings in Phnom Penh (Part 2)

Some of the tall buildings recently completed and some being built in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

Photogallery The Rising of Tall Buildings in Phnom Penh (Part 1)

Photos of tall buildings being built in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

03 October 2014

Activists Fear a Curtailing of Online Freedom

Cambodia has nearly 3 million Internet users, most of whom go online via their mobile phones.

Cambodia Delegation Prepares To Visit Nauru Refugees

Some 1,000 asylum seekers are currently being held on Nauru.

02 October 2014

‘Hun Sen’s Cambodia’ Charts Country’s Modern Political Changes

After spending about seven years working in and writing about Cambodia, he decided to write a book about a country that is undergoing unprecedented political change and has the potential for economic prosperity.

US Retailers Say They Support a Living Wage for Workers

Workers have begun midday strikes in support of a wage increase to $177 per month, an amount factories have said they cannot afford.

01 October 2014

Video Foreign Minister Defends Cambodia’s Rights Record

Hor Namhong also defended, more broadly, Cambodia’s rights efforts, pointing to the high number of NGOs in the country, as well as media that criticize the government.

No March for World Habitat Day

The decision was made following a meeting Wednesday morning between city officials and community organizers.

Constitution Amended To Strengthen ‘Independent’ Election Body

One hundred and twenty of 123 lawmakers took part in Wednesday’s session, which amended Article 76, chapters 15 and 16, of the constitution.

Photogallery Phnom Penh's White Building: The Surroundings (Part 3)

A general view of the fast-changing surroundings of Phnom Penh's White Building on Friday, September 5, 2014. (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer)

Detainees Protest at Australian Offshore Detention Center

A young girl has reportedly swallowed detergent and a man cut his own throat after being told they would not be able to apply for TPVs.

October 2014

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Illegal Logging Ravaging the Last Forests, Activists Sayi
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22 October 2014
Forestry activists say at least 55,000 tons of luxury wood has been sent from Cambodia to China this year alone. Activists, from communities that live near some of Cambodia’s last forests, told reporters Wednesday that illegal logging is ravaging their homelands, as part of a “systematic” trade that includes the participation of high-ranking officials, authorities and security forces. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)

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Face the Music (Movie: Yes Man)i
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20 October 2014
You can say, "You lied, and lied, but this time you got caught. It's time you 'face the music'. It's time you confess and tell the truth." 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 Face the Music (Movie: Yes Man)

You can say, "You lied, and lied, but this time you got caught. It's time you 'face the music'. It's time you confess and tell the truth." 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 Hit the Nail on the Head (Movie: Inside Job)

You can say, "The professor 'hit the nail on the head' when she said, that we cannot demand respect, respect must be earned and not given freely." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish or www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori. To contact Mani & Mori
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Video Speak of the Devil (Movie: Easy A)

You can say, "Speaking of the devil, there she is! Hey, we were just talking about you a moment ago." 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 Rock the Boat (Movie: 500 Days of Summer)

You can say, "Things are going really well between the two of you - he's happy and you're happy, so why 'rock the boat'?" 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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