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Analysts Sift Through Meaning of Political Deal

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, right, talks with the main Opposition Party leader Sam Rainsy, left, of Cambodia National Rescue Party, after their meeting in Senate headquarters in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, July 22, 2012.

23 July 2014
The international community widely welcomed Monday’s deal, with words of encouragement from China, Japan, the US and others. More
July 2014
23 July 2014

Party Leaders To Cement Political Deal Before King

Rescue Party Vice President Kem Sokha said Wednesday that both parties will report to the king concerning the political deal they reached Monday.

Video Yearlong Political Deadlock Ends

Following nearly five hours of meetings between top opposition officials and Prime Minister Hun Sen, that deadlock has ended.

22 July 2014

Yearlong Political Deadlock Ends in Deal

Following nearly five hours of meetings between top opposition officials and Prime Minister Hun Sen, that deadlock has ended.

Cambodian Political Rivals Agree to End Deadlock

Opposition agrees to end standoff in exchange for promise of political reforms.

Video Protesters Again Demand Vietnamese Apology Over Kampuchea Krom

Thousands of demonstrators, including students and monks, gathered in front of the Vietnamese Embassy on Monday, calling again for an apology for alleged remarks made about Vietnam’s ownership of the Mekong Delta.

21 July 2014

Protesters Again Demand Vietnamese Apology Over Kampuchea Krom

Many Cambodians remain angered that the area, called Kampuchea Krom, or Lower Cambodia, in Khmer, was partitioned to Vietnam by the French in 1949.

Hun Sen, Sam Rainsy Slated for Talks

The scheduled talks come amid rising calls for the release of the jailed lawmakers, who face 30 years in prison if convicted on charges of insurrection and incitement.

Video In Cambodia, Many Species Worth Conserving

In Cambodia, Conservation International is working with local communities to protect several endangered species, including a rare species of turtle.VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey recently interviewed an official from the agency, Peter Stonier to discuss conservation in Cambodia.

Cambodia Faces Key Challenges in Effort to Tackle HIV/AIDS

Country's ambitious goal is to eliminate new HIV infection by 2020.

Cambodian Opposition Leader Rainsy Returns Amid Political Tensions

Thousands of supporters greet him, just days before anniversary of last year's disputed elections, as he calls for release of detained opposition politicians

19 July 2014

Throngs of Supporters Welcome Opposition Leader

More than 10,000 supporters lined the streets of Phnom Penh on Saturday, to welcome opposition leader Sam Rainsy back to the country in the wake of violent clashes earlier in the week.

18 July 2014

Video Opposition Members Charged, Remanded

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday ordered two opposition members remanded, formally charging them with insurrection and incitement alongside six others arrested earlier this week.

Opposition Members Charged, Remanded

About 100 demonstrators gathered near the court to call for the release of all eight members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Information Expert Breaks Down Cambodia’s ‘Cybercrime’ Law

Cambodia’s cybercrime law was leaked earlier this year but Cambodian officials have denied the existence of such a draft law.

17 July 2014

Cambodian Courts Charge 5 Opposition MPs-elect After Violent Protest

Clash Tuesday began after the group and their supporters tried to gain entry to a Phnom Penh public square that authorities have blocked for months.

Opposition Officials Charged After Tuesday's Violence

The charges, including incitement of rioting, carry up to 30 years in prison.

Video Opposition Officials Charged After Tuesday's Violence

Six representatives from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party have been charged over Tuesday's violence between protesters and city security guards.

16 July 2014

Legal Experts: Cambodia Judicial Laws of 'Deep Concern'

UN special rapporteur says three laws on judicial reform undermine principle of separation of powers, and calls on constitutional monarch not to sign them.

15 July 2014

Major Clashes Erupt Between Opposition and Security Forces

Mu Sochua, a popular representative of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, was arrested, among other party officers, in the aftermath of the violence.

Video Many Injured in Clashes at Freedom Park

បាតុករ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ​ ដែល​ទាមទារ​ឲ្យ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​បើក​ទីលាន​ប្រជា​ធិបតេយ្យ​ឡើង​វិញ​បាន​ប៉ះទង្គិច​ជាមួយ​កម្លាំង​សន្តិសុខ​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ ​ដែល​នាំឲ្យ​ភាគី​ទាំង​សងខាង​រងរបួស។

Cambodia Police, Opposition Party Clash, at Least 40 Injured

Protesters were demanding government re-open Freedom Park, the capital's main protest site, which has been closed since political violence in January.

Video Four Officers Killed in Helicopter Crash

A military helicopter crashed outside Phnom Penh Monday morning, killing four officers and seriously injuring a fifth.

14 July 2014

Four Officers Killed in Helicopter Crash

The Z-9 helicopter crashed into a muddy pond around 9 am Monday in a rural area 12 miles south of the capital.

11 July 2014

Remains of King Enshrined in Silver Pagoda

Norodom Sihanouk, a major political figure beloved by many Cambodians, died in October 2012.

Mekong Delta Should Return to Khmer Krom, Group Says

A Cambodian advocacy group says the Mekong Delta of Vietnam should be returned to the Khmer people who have lived there for generations.

Memorial To Be ‘Symbolic Compensation’ for Victims of Khmer Rouge

At Thursday’s ceremony, Khmer Rouge survivors Chum Mey and Bou Meng both said they were happy a memorial was going forward.

09 July 2014

Video Cambodian Metalwork in Good Business for Tourists' Souvenirs

សិប្បកម្ម​ជាងទង​ប្រពៃណី​ខ្មែរ​ស្ទើរតែ​សាបសូន្យ​ក្នុង​របប​ខ្មែរក្រហម​នៅចុង​ទស​វត្សរ៍​១៩៧០​ តែ​សព្វថ្ងៃ​នេះ​ សិប្បកម្មនេះ​មាន​ជីវិត​រស់រវើក​ឡើង​វិញ។

08 July 2014

Angry Student Protesters Clash With Police

About 100 students clashed with police Tuesday near the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh.

EU Ban on Cambodian Fish Remains in Place

The ban, instituted in early 2013, has hurt potential fish exports to a potentially lucrative trade partner.

Constitutional Council OKs Contentious Judicial Reform

The Constitutional Council last week said in a unanimous decision the drafts are viable and can be signed into the law.

03 July 2014

Many Empty Seats as New Bus System Rolls On

The service starts early in the morning and ends at 8:30 pm, charging passengers 1,500 riel per ticket.

02 July 2014

Video Cambodian Minister Vows 'Meaningful' Reforms to US Investors

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol has concluded a trade mission to the United States during which he emphasized his government's willingness to make "deep" reforms to improve its investment climate. VOA's Sophat Soeung spoke with the minister and has this report.

01 July 2014

Video Commerce Minister Discusses ‘Meaningful’ Reforms

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol last week concluded a trade mission in the United States, by emphasizing his government’s willingness to make “deep” reforms, including serious anti-corruption efforts, to improve its investment climate.

Organized Crime, Military Linked to Theft of Cambodian Artifacts

Investigative team found that Cambodian and Thai militaries were often involved in looting, as was organized crime.

July 2014

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Yearlong Political Deadlock Endsi
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22 July 2014
Cambodia’s political deadlock has ended. For nearly a year, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party has refused to join the government, calling for electoral reforms in a system it says was deeply flawed. Following nearly five hours of meetings between top opposition officials and Prime Minister Hun Sen, that deadlock has ended. The two sides finally reached agreement on a formula for selecting the National Election Committee, which the Rescue Party has said was biased toward the ruling Cambodian People’s Party. Hun Sen and Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy emerged from talks Tuesday smiling and shaking hands. “Victory,” Hun Sen told reporters after the meeting. “You can all applaud.” (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)

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