Human Rights

    Calls for Justice in Shooting of Phnom Penh Scrap Metal Collector

    Vann Sophea, a trash collector, was shot by an identified driver in a Lexus car, shows his wound to VOA Khmer at his home on February 1, 2016. (Pin Sisovann/VOA Khmer)

    05 February 2016
    Vann Sophea, who makes a living collecting scrap metal on the city’s streets, was shot in the back on the night of Dec. 15, 2015, close to the sewage canal in Boeung Trabek district. More

    Video Calls for Justice in Shooting of Phnom Penh Scrap Metal Collector

    Vann Sophea, who makes a living collecting scrap metal on the city’s streets, was shot in the back on the night of Dec. 15, 2015, close to the sewage canal in Boeung Trabek district. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann reports.

    Video Report: World Freedom in Decline for 10th Year

    In annual report, Freedom House finds overall drop in freedom for 10th consecutive year; 72 countries showed decline in freedom for the year, largest number since downturn began.

    In Talks, Kerry Balances Economic Partnership With Rights, Democracy

    US Secretary of State John Kerry met with key Cambodian leaders, including those in the opposition and in human rights and development organizations Tuesday, as he makes a brief tour of Asia.

    Rights Groups Hope for Substantive Talks With US Secretary of State

    John Kerry is expected to meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen, Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, as well as members of the opposition and civil society.

    Kerry Expected to Focus on Trade Over Rights Concerns on Cambodia Visit

    The TPP trade deal may become more tempting to Cambodia in light of China’s domestic economic woes, growth there is slower now than at any time in the past 25 years.

    Workers Mark Anniversary of Labor Leader’s Assassination

    Union activists and workers today mark the 12th anniversary of the assassination of Chea Vichea, a well loved labor leader whose murder has never been prosecuted.

    Labor Leaders Fear Union Law Will Pass Without Meaningful Changes

    Cambodia has around 1,000 active unions, most representing some 700,000 workers in the garment and textile manufacturing sector.

    Hun Sen Threatens Legal Action Against Rights Activist

    Vorn Pov, the leader of the organization IDEA, was among 23 people arrested in the January 2014 crackdown.

    Video Police Block Mourners During Memorial for 2014 Killings of Workers

    At least five people died in a brutal government crackdown during two days of rioting in January 2014.

    International Recognition for Group’s Work on Juvenile Justice

    The prison population in Cambodia has swelled to 17,522 people, up 18 percent from last year.

    Hun Sen Slams Activists Opposing Hydropower Dams

    His remarks came during the inauguration of a dam located on the Tatay river in Koh Kong province’s Thma Baing district.

    Authorities Block Observers as Svay Rieng Factory Protests Continue

    The garment industry provides jobs for at least 700,000 Cambodians, but workers say the minimum wage is not sufficient for their day-to-day needs.

    UN: Record-breaking 60 Million Forcibly Displaced Worldwide

    UN officials tell VOA current levels of forcible displacements have not been seen since World War Two.

    In Virginia, Advocates Meet To Discuss Cambodia’s Rights Woes

    Participants discussed the difficulty in promoting human rights and democracy in Cambodia, where political pressure and powerful individuals often intervene.

    Video Khmer Rouge Survivor Urges Swift Trial for Two Aging Leaders

    Sum Rithy, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge, says the UN-backed tribunal must speed up the trial of two aging regime leaders. Sum Rithy, 62, is a leader among those survivors of the Khmer Rouge who have pushed for a complete tribunal process, which has so far only tried one defendant.

    Official Says Information Access Could Help People Understand the Courts

    Cambodia’s court system is not well trusted by most citizens, with most decisions of the court benefiting the rich and powerful.

    Groups Hope for Continued Input on Draft Law on Information Access

    Rights and development groups say a draft law on access to information will be more useful to the public if it has input from outside the government.

    For Many Sexual Assault Victims, Justice Is Elusive

    The US-based World Justice Project ranks Cambodia 99th out of 102 countries for its rule of law.

    Report Calls Cambodia ‘Deadliest’ Country for Environmental Reporting

    Reporters Without Border (RSF) said four of the murders took place in Cambodia, where the group alleged “disgraceful impunity” for perpetrators.

    40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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    Iraqi Refugee Family Finds Success with Cambodia Restauranti
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    28 January 2016
    Instead of fleeing to neighboring countries or heading to Europe, like many other Iraqis, the Fahram family made the unusual decision to make a new life for themselves in Cambodia. Today, together with his wife Muna and his five sons,  Hashim Fahram runs the Taste of Middle East in Phnom Penh. Marta Kasztelan has this report.

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    Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)i
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    03 November 2014
    You can say, "I can't believe he's not accepting responsibility for his mistakes. To 'save face' he continues to make excuses for himself." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish or www.khmer.voanews.com/maniandmori. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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    Video Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)

    You can say, "I can't believe he's not accepting responsibility for his mistakes. To 'save face' he continues to make excuses for himself." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to 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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    Video Carry Out (Movie: Jane Eyre)

    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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    Video A Wake Up Call (Movie: Limitless)

    You can say, "The visit to the doctor was definitely 'a wake up call' for him. The heavy drinking, smoking, and partying every night needs to stop." What does it mean? For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
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