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Cambodia Struggling With Goals for Women Empowerment

From left in front row, Cambodia's National Assembly President Heng Samrin, King Norodom Sihamoni, Prime Minister Hun Sen and Minister of Royal Palace Kong Samol pose with the nation's lawmakers during a photo session in front of the National Assembly in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013. The Cambodian opposition boycotted the opening of parliament Monday over alleged widespread cheating in the July elections, putting the country's political crisis at a critical juncture. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

27 March 2015
In 2015, there are only 25 female members of the National Assembly, representing 20 percent of the legislature. More
March 2015
27 March 2015

Assembly Begins Filling Seats for National Election Committee

Following a closed-door session on Friday, Assembly lawmakers announced they would be taking applications for all nine members.

Critics Call for Action at Tribunal, as Third Suspect Named

Judge Mark Harmon charged former Khmer Rouge cadre Ao An, better known as Ta An, with a raft of atrocity crimes associated with an execution site and two security centers, according to a tribunal statement issued Friday.

Video Cambodia Inaugurates Memorial for Genocide Victims

Dozens of government officials, donors and staff from UN-backed war crimes court attend ceremony honoring victims of Khmer Rouge era.

Video Cambodia Inaugurates Memorial for Genocide Victims

On Thursday a memorial was unveiled in Phnom Penh to the thousands of men, women and children who were brought to Cambodia's notorious S-21 prison between 1975 and 1979,

Video Cambodia Inaugurates Memorial for Genocide Victims

On Thursday a memorial was unveiled in Phnom Penh to the thousands of men, women and children who were brought to Cambodia’s notorious S-21 prison between 1975 and 1979, where they were tortured and then executed by Pol Pot’s murderous regime. Although many have welcomed the memorial, one aspect of

26 March 2015

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

At least seven different indigenous groups in Ratanakiri depend mainly on forest products for their survival, say they face loss of their land, traditional way of life.

Poor Governance at Root of Cambodia’s Education Problems, Expert Says

The dropout rates remain high: just 20 out of 100 students registered in Cambodian primary schools are able to finish 9th grade.

Sedition Charges for Activists ‘Ridiculous,’ Human Rights Watch Says

Human Rights Watch on Wednesday called on the government to drop insurrection charges against 11 opposition activists, including one who holds a US passport.

Video Memorial Stupa Inaugurated at Former Khmer Rouge Torture Center

The stupa is 6 meters tall and was funded by the German government, as a part of ongoing efforts to foster national reconciliation for the atrocity crimes of the Khmer Rouge.

Hun Sen Says First Lady’s Education Initiative Lacks a Plan—and Money

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday criticized the visit of First Lady Michelle Obama, saying her 'Let Girls Learn' initiative is not funding the education of Cambodian girls.

Cambodia Publicly Endorses China Position on South China Sea

Prime Minister Hun Sen says issue should be solved only by nations directly affected by the disputes - as Philippines, Vietnam seek multi-lateral approach.

25 March 2015

Economic Growth Could Slow as Workers Migrate

An estimated 800,000 Cambodian workers migrated to Thailand in search of jobs this year alone.

In Siem Reap, Poor Girls Want To Stay in School

Girls in Siem Reap province say they are aware of the importance of education, especially higher education, to escape poverty.

24 March 2015

Obama Gone, But Education Challenges Remain

Many residents in Siem Reap say they were not aware of the first lady’s visit, and some said even though they were, they aren’t sure what will happen next or how it will help.

Government Hampering Tribunal Efforts, Group Warns

The UN and Cambodian sides of the court have been at odds at numerous times since the tribunal’s inception, in 2006.

Chinese Bank an Opportunity for Aid Reform, Fulbright Scholar Says

Sok Vanseka said Cambodia’s effective use of any future funding from the new bank would largely depend on its own political will.

Interior Minister Travels To Meet With Officials, Refugees

Under the agreement, Cambodia gets $35 million in exchange for taking refugees who had sought asylum in Australia.

23 March 2015

Cambodia in Race To Catch Up, as Asean Moves To Integrate

Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, meanwhile, will have until 2018 to enjoy preferred statuses, as they race to catch up to the rest of the region.

Senate Approves Contentious Election Reform Laws

They are the result of months of negotiations between the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Video Obama’s Visit Could Have Lasting Effects, Officials Say

Cambodian officials said over the weekend they hope her visit will also shine a positive light on the country and encourage more visitors to come.

Video Cambodians Hopeful Obama Visit Will Boost Education for Girls

Cambodians say they are hopeful the visit of US First Lady Michelle Obama will make a positive difference in the educational future of their girls.

Cambodians Hopeful on Girls’ Education After Obama Visit

Around the world, 62 million girls are not in school. School dropout rates among female students in developing countries like Cambodia also remain a concern.

Video Obama Leaves With Words of Encouragement for Girls

Following First Lady Michelle Obama’s three-day visit to Cambodia to promote her “Let Girl Learn” initiative, Cambodian officials say they hope for positive changes in girls’ education.

Obama Leaves With Words of Encouragement for Girls

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron said her visit gave strong encouragement for girls’ education in Cambodia.

22 March 2015

Video First Lady Michelle Obama Shares Her Story in Education with Girls in Cambodia

First Lady Michelle Obama is on her three-day visit in Cambodia to promote girls’ education.

Video Land Activists Protest in front of the U.S Embassy in Phnom Penh Calling Michelle Obama to Help

Land activists from 8 communities held a protest on Saturday March 21, 2015 in front of the US embassy in Phnom Penh to urge the U.S First Lady, Michelle Obama to intervene to Cambodian Government to release 11 women in jail and land issues. VOA Khmer's Heng Reaksmey reports from Phnom Penh.

Photogallery For Girls, the Value of Education No Mystery

Schoolgirls at Hun Sen's Bokorng High School where U.S First Lady Michelle Obama visited on Saturday March 21 2015 and Angkor High School in Siem Reap say they recognize the value of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative—and many are ready to participate.

Photogallery U.S. First Lady Encourages School Girls in Siem Reap, Visits Angkor

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is in Cambodia's famed Ankor Wat temple where she spoke Saturday at a Peace Corps training event and also met with a group of girls at a school on the outskirts of Siem Reap. The visit is part of a two-nation trip meant to highlight a new global women's education initiative.

21 March 2015

Video Michelle Obama Meets With Cambodian Students

Accompanied by PM Hun Sen's wife, US first lady told schoolgirls to stay in school and take advantage of their education to demand greater freedoms in their country.

Photogallery For Girls, the Value of Education No Mystery

Schoolgirls at Angkor High School in Siem Reap say they recognize the value of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative—and many are ready to participate.

First Lady Obama’s Visit a Chance for Improved Relations, Analysts Say

John Ciorciari said Obama’s trip can help the relationship between the two countries, but Cambodia’s rights record remains a problem.

Video Few Aware of Michelle Obama’s Visit to Cambodia

U.S. first lady Michelle Obama is in Cambodia this weekend to launch "Let Girls Learn," an initiative to help keep 62 million girls worldwide in schools. However, there’s not a sign in Siem Reap, not even an American flag to show that she is visiting. VOA Khmer’s Reasey Poch reports.

Video Michelle Obama Arrives in Cambodia

Cambodia's first lady Bun Rany Hun Sen greeted US first lady at airport; trip aimed at promoting education for girls.

Video First Lady Michelle Obama Begins Cambodia Tour

First Lady Michelle Obama arrived Friday in Cambodia for a three-day visit to promote girls’ education.

20 March 2015

Video U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama Arrived in Siem Reap

US First Lady Michelle Obama has arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia, Friday night, as part of her two-nation Asian trip to promote education for girls. VOA Khmer reports.

Video Indigenous Ratanakkiri Land Lost to Private Companies

By 2013, about 2.5 million hectares, about 70 percent of the country’s arable land, was leased to more than 270 companies.

Where Education Needed Most, Few Know of Obama’s Initiative

Outside of Siem Reap, in the rural areas, few have access to information, and so few know of the First Lady's visit, or who Michelle Obama is.

Obama Initiative Greeted With Wary Optimism

Some critics are skeptical the program will work, especially in the face of poverty, corruption and poor governance.

Video Michelle Obama Arrives in Siem Reap for ‘Let Girls Learn’

While few Siem Reap residents knew of the first lady’s visit, many welcomed the news that she was arriving in an effort to improve education.

Michelle Obama to Visit Cambodia, Talk Education for Girls

The visit marks the first time that the wife of a sitting US president has visited the small Southeast Asian nation.

Video A Land Victim Lost Land And Leg

Indigenous communities in Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life.

19 March 2015

New Cambodian Election Laws Could Undermine Democracy

Human Rights Watch warns two laws unanimously passed by parliament would limit freedom of expression and assembly.

Better Curriculum Can Curb Dropouts, Expert Says

Although Cambodia has seen high enrollment at primary schools, about 95 percent, the rate of students dropping out of secondary and high school remains a problem.

Contentious Election Reform Laws Pass Assembly

All 103 lawmakers present from the Cambodian People’s Party and the Cambodia National Rescue Party voted for the laws, with no discussion or debate.

Video In Japan, First Lady Push "Let Girls Learn" Initiative

United States First Lady Michelle Obama is meeting leaders of Japan, where she is touting an initiative aimed at helping girls in developing countries finish their education.

Video Author Remembers US-Backed Coup 45 Years Later

Cambodian National Assembly voted to remove the Head of State, Prince Norodom Sihanouk on March 18, 1970 and proclaimed the Khmer Republic later that year.

18 March 2015

US First Lady Will Address Cambodia’s Rights Issues, White House Says

Cambodia is one of 11 countries participating in part of the “Let Girls Learn” initiative, run by the Peace Corps and overseen by the first lady.

Reforms Moving Forward, Despite Hurdles and Complaints

Democracy and rights groups on Wednesday reiterated calls that certain provisions limiting be struck.

Video Activists Demand Equality by 2030

Women’s rights activists are pushing for gender equality in all areas including at the decision making level in the next 15 years.In order to achieve this ambition goal, proper budget should be allocated from the government and developed countries, they said.

17 March 2015

Teacher Prize Nominee a ‘Pioneer’ in Curriculum for Blind, Deaf

Over the past 20 years, Neang Phalla has dedicated her work to making education accessible for blind and deaf children across Cambodia.

Laws Could Lead to ‘Undemocratic’ Elections, Human Rights Watch Says

The draft laws are the result of months of negotiations between the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Video Global Teacher Prize Goes to Teacher in US

An English teacher from rural Maine in the United States won the one million US dollars Global Teacher Prize.

16 March 2015

Beehive Radio Owner Faces Unrest from Workers

Eleven out of 24 employees of the station were on strike last week, demanding raises for senior workers, a weeklong holiday and improved conditions at the station.

Lawyers Appeal Sentencing of Activists in ‘Escape’ Case

Opposition supporters say the sentences have more to do with political harassment than law.

Rescue Party Official Says Compromise Was Necessary in Political Deal

Kem Sokha urged patience, and told supporters not to be concerned the opposition has been “tricked” by the ruling party.

13 March 2015

First Lady’s Visit Could Inspire Attitude Change, Lawmaker Says

In Cambodia, girls face poverty, corruption and traditions that keep them at home or de-prioritize learning, especially compared to boys.

With Few Options, Prisoners Raise Children Behind Bars

The children lived cramped in a cell with many other women, with little to eat, in an environment ill-suited for children.

12 March 2015

Continued Growth Not Reaching Poor, Economist Says

Cambodia’s economy is likely to continue to grow at a fast pace, but an economist says that will widen the gap between rich and poor.

New Report on Labor Rights Highlights Abuses

The group interviewed 340 people for the report, including 270 workers from 73 different factories in and around Phnom Penh.

HRW: Cambodia Failing to Protect Garment Workers

Cambodia has seen a wave of recent labor unrest and authorities have violently crushed protests.

11 March 2015

As Election Reform Continues, Varied Interest Among Citizens

Many residents in Phnom Penh interviewed this week said they were not sure what was happening with the reform.

Host Countries Sought for 13 Montagnard Asylum-Seekers

In 2001, waves of Montagnard asylum-seekers found their way to Cambodia, and many of them were later received by the United States.

Hun Sen Urges Understanding for Khmer Rouge Leaders’ Defense Teams

The two former Khmer Rouge leaders are currently in the midst of the second and final trial phase at the UN-backed court.

10 March 2015

Strong Criticism, as Lawmakers Discuss Draft Election Reforms

Koul Panha, executive director for Comfrel, told VOA Khmer on Monday that more than 60 NGOs disagree with the reforms, especially prohibitions on speech.

Video US Reflects on Civil Rights

U.S. President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush participated Saturday in the 50th anniversary observance of the beating of peaceful civil rights demonstrators by police in Selma, Alabama.

09 March 2015

Media Critic: Williams Story Reflects Journalism's Personality Push

Recent controversy shows how some contemporary journalists try to create particular images of themselves, Jim Naureckas says

US Science Envoy Sees Tech Potential in Students

In a visit to Cambodia last week, Geraldine Richmond told VOA Khmer she was surprised to see how much passion for technology in young Cambodian students.

Khmer Rouge Tribunal Witness Warned Against Perjury

During questioning Monday, prosecutor Nicholas Koumjian reminder witness Neang Ouch he had sworn an oath and could be charged with perjury.

Video Obama Marked 50th Anniversary of Voting Rights Marches

U.S. President Barack Obama marked the 50th anniversary of two Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights marches Saturday with a call to Americans to work together to make the country better. Michael Brown from Washington DC.

07 March 2015

Video Messages on Women's Rights Day

On International Women's Day, four women share their view on women's rights and women's empowerment via VOA Khmer.

Thailand’s Junta a Bad Role Model for Asean, Scholar Says

Myanmar, Cambodia, and even communist Laos, can use them to point out the risks of democratization and the benefits of a more authoritarian regime, he said.

06 March 2015

Rights Groups Welcome Charges Against Khmer Rouge Suspects

Neither Im Chaem nor Meas Muth have been arrested, for example, despite the charges against them.

First Lady’s Visit a Reminder of the Woes of Cambodian Women

Michelle Obama will visit Siem Reap, the gateway city to the temples, where she will meet with local community leaders to discuss ways to improve the lives of girls who live in rural poverty.

05 March 2015

UNHCR Expresses Concern Over Forced Deportations

A total 45 known Montagnards—an ethnic minority in Vietnam that claims persecution there—have been arrested and deported since December.

Video One Year Later, Answers Elude Families of Missing Malaysian Airliner

It has been nearly one year since Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 disappeared, becoming one of the world's biggest airline mysteries.

Major Cambodian ‘Magic Flute’ Opera in the Works

“The Magic Flute” will be a unique operatic performance, held in 2017 at the Chau Say Tevoda temple in Siem Reap.

Poor Nutrition Costing Cambodia Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

Maternal and child malnutrition cost the country nearly $90 million a year while stunted growth and anemia cost the country nearly $130 million.

High Number of Migrant Workers Create Political, Economic Challenges

In June and July last year, some 200,000 Cambodian migrant workers were either expelled from Thailand or left in the wake of political unrest and a crackdown on foreign workers.

Supreme Court To Decide on Detention of Opposition Supporter

Supporters say Meach Sovannara is being held for political purposes and for his support of the Cambodia National Rescue Party.

03 March 2015

Corrupt Officials a Roadblock To Civic Groups, Expert Says

Ok Serei Sopheak told “Hello VOA” that the problems are caused by officials involved in bad governance, who don’t want to be exposed and therefore refuse to cooperate.

Activist Advises Vigilance Over the Areng Valley

Alex Gonzalez-Davidson says he holds little hope the government will refrain from building a hydroelectric dam in the Areng Valley of Koh Kong province.

Michelle Obama To Visit Cambodia To Promote Girls’ Education

Lady Michelle Obama will arrive in Siem Reap after visiting Tokyo and Kyoto from March 18 to March 20.

Two Former Khmer Rouge Cadre Charged by Tribunal

The suspects are part of two ongoing cases at the UN-backed court that Prime Minister Hun Sen and other senior officials oppose—and that court observers fear may never be completed.

Despite Law, Domestic Violence Remains a Major Problem

Domestic violence remains a prevalent problem in post-war Cambodia, with more than 20 percent of men reportedly committing physical violence against women, according to the rights group Licadho.

Video Ancient Cambodians Used Jars to Keep the Remains of the Dead

Around 600 years ago, the people living in the remote Cardamom Mountains in southern Cambodia placed the bones of their dead in large jars on steep ledges hidden deep in the jungle.

02 March 2015

Photogallery Restive Pagoda Has Long Been a Thorn in Government’s Side

The pagoda houses monks from the restive minority community of Khmer Kampuchea Krom, an ethnic group that lives in today’s Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, who claim abuse at the hands of Vietnamese authorities.

NGOs Say Election Reform Deal Remains Flawed

NGOs, meanwhile, are banned from “insulting” political parties—another concern for critics of the draft.

13 Montagnards Recommended for Refugee Status; 36 Deported

The 13, including one woman, had fled to the jungles of remote Ratanakkiri province late last year and were brought to Phnom Penh with the support of the UN High Commission for Refugees.

March 2015

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