Human Rights

High Family Costs for Many Women Activists

A leader, foreground, of Cambodian activists controls the group to pay respects in front of Royal Palace during a march toward the National Assembly, in Phnom Penh, file photo.

19 December 2014
Countless demonstrations in recent years have been filled with women. More

Asylum Seekers’ Position ‘Extremely Precarious,’ UN Agencies Say

The group has been in hiding for at least seven weeks, putting them in an “extremely precarious” position, the UN agencies said.

2014 Deadliest Year Ever for Migrants

Since 2000, more than 40,000 migrants have died while trying to cross borders; In 2014 alone, over 5,000 lost their lives.

Provincial Officials Delay UN Search for Montagnards

The group of 13 Montagnards is reportedly in hiding, but UN teams have so far been unable to reach them.

Photogallery Chan Soveth Leaves a Legacy of Good Deeds, Rights Work

During his life, he investigated some of Cambodia’s worst rights abuses, from land disputes to oppression of dissidents and the devastation of the country’s natural resources.

Video Activists Rally in Washington in March for Racial Justice

Thousands of people are rallying in Washington Saturday to protest police killings of unarmed black men and to call for law enforcement reforms.

Mourning Begins for Loss of Rights Defender

Chan Soveth’s remains were on display at the Koul Ta Tung pagoda, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, where many gathered to mourn his passing.

UN To Investigate Montagnards in Remote Province

UNHCR has expressed concern for the Montangards, following reports they were being sought by Cambodian authorities for deportation.

Chan Soveth, Human Rights Defender, Dies at 51

Chan Soveth, a longtime human rights defender, died of a heart attack on Wednesday.

On Rights Day, Consider Those Still Fighting

To commemorate this day and this collective protest, I would like to honor the indigenous women warriors of Areng Valley, who are speaking out and fighting to protect their land from the construction of a controversial dam.

On Eve of Hunger Strike, Activists’ Families Appeal for Help

In a hand-written note from Prey Sar prison, all eight activists say they will begin a hunger strike on Wednesday that will last until they are released.

Video On Rights Day, Consider Those Still Fighting

Award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam submitted an essay to VOA Khmer to mark International Human Rights Day. It is accompanied by a short film she produced looking at the lives of the women of the Areng Valley, who oppose a proposed hydroelectric dam there they say endangers their way of life.

UNHCR Searching for Montagnards in Remote Cambodia Province

Montagnards, many of whom are Protestants, have long claimed persecution in Vietnam for religious reasons and for their aid of US troops during Vietnam war.

International Concern Grows as Police Search for Montagnards

The Cambodian government has a history of deporting minorities from Vietnam who flee across the border seeking refuge.

UNHCR Seeks Meeting With Vietnamese Refugees in Cambodia

Small number of Montagnards have been in hiding in forests of Ratanakiri province since late October, claiming oppression in Vietnam.

8 Jailed Activists Threaten Hunger Strike

In a hand-written letter from Prey Sar prison, the activists say they were improperly tried by Phnom Penh Municipal Court.

Impunity Remains a Major Challenge, Rights Groups Say

A group of non-governmental organization leaders and researchers say the key to ending impunity in Cambodia is people’s full participation in politics and society.

Opposition Member Will Remain in Detention, Ministry Says

Meach Sovannara, a former Radio Free Asia reporter, is facing a hefty sentence on charges of insurrection, for allegedly orchestrating violence in a July 15 protest.

Rights Groups Fear ‘Blacklist’ for Anti-Vietnam Protesters

At least three monks have been arrested and charged with disturbing public order.

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Hunting for Wild Honey in Cambodia's Forestsi
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17 December 2014
Cambodia is thought to produce the best wild honey in Southeast Asia, mainly due to its climate and topography. Most of it is harvested informally and sold cheaply at local village markets. Now, one company is helping some of the country's poorest people by employing them to hunt for honey, then selling it commercially. (AP, Koh Kong)

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You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)i
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01 December 2014
You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" 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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Video You've Got To Be Kidding (Movie: Bedtime Stories)

You can say, "What? You lost your passport? So, you're stranded in a foreign country, where you don't speak the language and you don't know anyone? You've got to be kidding me, right?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
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Video All Thumbs (Movie: Minority Report)

You can say, "I was 'all thumbs' this morning when trying to tie this tie - I kept making mistakes and just couldn't figure a way to pull it together." What does it mean? Watch here.
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