Corruption can be tackled through education and the reinforcement of Buddhist values, particularly against greed, the expert said.
That law will “restrict the freedom of NGOs in fulfilling their work in the status of human rights defenders,” Ny Chakrya said.
In Cambodia, government officials rarely respond to allegations of corruption, which is thought to be widespread at all levels of government.
Extreme poverty in parts of Cambodia has forced many to seek illegal work in other Southeast Asian countries.
Mu Sochua said there are few opportunities for jobs, coupled with land grabs and low wages for jobs that do exist—and this is forcing many Cambodian women to work abroad.
The Railway Rehabilitation Project has impacted approximately 18,000 people along 642 kilometers of tracks.
Ou Virak, head of the think tank Future Forum, said Cambodia should be “careful,” due to its past involvement in returning Uighurs to China, as Thailand had done in July.
Cambodia has an estimated 30,000 legal workers in South Korea, and another 250,000 in Thailand.
Prince Thomico told VOA Khmer that any map used to demarcate the border should match the map stipulated in the constitution, a map that was drawn up during French colonialism.
The border issue stokes nationalistic fires, and political analysts say that’s a chance for both sides to improve their popularity among the electorate.
Cambodian border experts say the government should nullify treaties it has with Vietnam and begin again border demarcation under the 1991 Paris Peace Accords.
Preap Kol said the initiative is to support government officials in their fight against corruption and is not meant as an “anti-government” program.
Recently about 230 Cambodian fisherman were rescued from illegal operations off the coast of Indonesia.
Garment workers have few new skills, keeping them from moving up, Chea Mony, head of the Free Trade Union, told “Hello VOA” Thursday.
Sunday’s violence came when a delegation led by lawmakers from the Cambodia National Rescue Party tried to investigate a paved road in Svay Rieng province.
Justice for the poor remains “beyond their reach,” Ok Serei Sopheak said.
An increasing number of Cambodians are seeking work abroad, leading to reports of abuse.
Chea Sim’s passing may also open the way for Prime Minister Hun Sen to improve ties even further with China.
The NGO law seeks to regulate the thousands of organizations in the country, but critics fear it will become a tool to silence government criticism.
Asean integration will bring much more competition in trade, investment, goods and services, as well as jobs across the region.
Pheng Pong-Rasy said public forums are conducted at a larger level, educating the young and acting as catharsis for regime survivors.
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.
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.
The country on Friday will see the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh to Khmer Rouge insurgents, marking the rise of the brutal regime and its harsh agrarian policies.
Hang Puthea, the ninth member of the new National Election Committee, said in an interview with VOA Khmer he will work hard for positive change.
The dropout rates remain high: just 20 out of 100 students registered in Cambodian primary schools are able to finish 9th grade.
In Cambodia, girls face poverty, corruption and traditions that keep them at home or de-prioritize learning, especially compared to boys.
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.
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.
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.
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.
About 70 percent of the country’s population is under the age of 30, making them a demographic of promise, Ou Ritthy said.
“The forest in Cambodia is gradually declining because the government gives the economic concession license to private companies,” Ouch Leng told “Hello VOA” Tuesday.
Asean is working toward economic integration and a free flow of goods and services across the region by the end of this year.
The Future Forum group will research policy choices and “major issues” to help Cambodia’s leaders make important decisions, Ou Virak told “Hello VOA” Monday.
The popularity of social media and the ubiquity of mobile phones and other platforms have exploded in Cambodia in recent years.
The party wants free and fair elections, which it says requires major changes, something analysts say the ruling Cambodian People’s Party may not fully cooperate with.
The holiday is particularly contentious, because it also marks the beginning of a decade-long occupation by Vietnamese forces.
Vannarith Chheang told “Hello VOA” recently that poor countries like Cambodia need to work harder to reform laws, institutions, leadership and human resources to prepare for integration.