Human Rights

Labor Officials Defend Contentious Draft Law on Unions

Suon Bunsak, executive secretary of the Cambodian Human Rights Action Committee (CHRAC) holds the pocket version of Cambodia's constitutional law during a press conference on the “stop and consult” campaigning about the draft Law on Associations and Nongovernmental Organizations on Monday, May 4, 2015.

29 May 2015
Labor Ministry officials said Friday that a draft law, which could be wrapped up soon, will help support union organization. More

Trial Resumes for Activists Accused of Inciting Violence in 2014 Protest

Phnom Penh Municipal Court this week continued hearings of a group of six political activists accused of inciting violence in a demonstration in July 2014.

Contentious Draft Law on NGOs Nearing Completion

Diplomats, including the US ambassador, have called on the government to make the draft public and to have more discussion before it is finalized.

Villagers Deliver Petition in Siem Reap Land Dispute

About 700 people gathered in Siem Reap town to deliver a petition to the provincial government office, but they encountered about 100 police, who blocked them from entering the building.

EU Official Joins Calls for Publicizing Contentious NGO Law

The law should not impose excessive burdens on NGOs or “arbitrary elements” for registration, Silvio Gonzato, EU's top diplomat for human rights and democracy, told reporters Friday.

Foreign Ministry Cracks Down on Criticism of Contentious NGO Law

The draft law, which has been leaked but never publicly released, would give the government tight control of NGOs.

Report Highlights Fears of Impending Cyber-Law in Cambodia

Critics worry laws to curb cyber-crime and govern telecommunications will clamp down on few opportunities for free speech.

US Ambassador Calls on Government to Release Draft NGO Law

Government officials say they are moving forward with a law to regulate the NGO sector, despite widespread fears such legislation could be used to punish dissent.

N. Korea’s Isolation Grows With Cancellation of Ban Visit

After canceling visit, Pyongyang announces it is capable of miniaturizing nuclear bomb to fit on missile.

Report Highlights Fears of Impending Cyber-Law

The government continues to prepare a law on cyber-crimes and a law on telecommunications, but critics worry these will clamp down on one of the few places for true free speech in the country.

Nauru Refugees Awaiting Approval from Prime Minister

Cambodian immigration officials are awaiting the final go-ahead to permit four refugees from the Pacific Island of Nauru to move to Cambodia.

USAID Official Describes Opportunities for Women’s Empowerment

Susan Markham, is USAID’s senior coordinator for gender equality and women’s empowerment. She spoke to VOA Khmer at the US Embassy.

Multimedia Hundreds More Migrants Land in Indonesia and Thailand

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm that 'some countries may be refusing entry to boats carrying refugees and migrants'

Video Opposition Leader Meets With US Officials

Opposition leader Sam Raisny met with US officials and party supporters around Washington, DC, this week, to explain his ongoing negotiations with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party

Photo Exhibit Captures Portraits of Migrant Workers

A new photo exhibit in Phnom Penh documents the stories of abuse faced by migrant workers abroad.

Migrant Workers Need Better Protection, Advocate Says

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.

Fishermen Return Home After Ordeal in Indonesian Waters

There were 59 in all, officials said later. Some 300 fishermen have been rescued from indentured service in recent months.

Lawmaker Cites Immunity in Questioning Over 2014 Demonstrations

Mu Sochua had led a number of non-violent demonstrations during the political deadlock that followed 2013 elections.

Job Seekers Want Money Returned from Recruitment Agencies

In a statement Thursday, Adhoc said the two companies had failed to fulfill their promises to job seekers.

NGOs in Cambodia Warn Against New Draft Law

Some NGO workers say recently proposed law is designed to stop land rights demonstrations, and may slow economic development

40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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Cambodian Circus Gives Hope to Starving Artistsi
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20 May 2015
It has been 40 years since the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge, which implemented policies leading to the deaths of more than 1 million Cambodians. The country continues to heal. That’s what we’re going to talk about today … healing through the arts. Craig Dodge, the Director of Sales and Marketing of ‘Phare’, the Cambodian Circus, in Siem Reap, recently dropped by VOA’s TV Studios in Washington DC.

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You can say, "He has many strong qualities as a leader and under his leadership I think he will successfully 'carry out' the new mission and vision for this company." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
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