Ethnic Montagnards look from behind the gates of their temporary UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) and IOM (International Organization for Migration) administered quarters in Phnom Penh, file photo.
Supporters say Meach Sovannara is being held for political purposes and for his support of the Cambodia National Rescue Party.
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.
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.
The book, Transitioning Cambodia, is ‘a historical documentation’ of contemporary change in Cambodia. Photographer Nicholas Axelrod is a founding member of Ruom, a visual journalist collective in Cambodia.
Thousands of Montagnards fled to Cambodia in 2001 and 2003, but many were rounded up and returned to Vietnam.
A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns.
In recent months dozens of ethnic minority Montagnard people from Vietnam have crossed border into Cambodia complaining of harassment by Vietnamese authorities.
In a statement issued Thursday, the group said more than 10,000 families, or nearly 50,000 individuals, had registered land conflicts with their office.
Alex Gonzalez-Davidson has been requested to leave by Cambodian authorities, who have seized his passport and say they will not renew his visa, which expires Friday
Global Witness has reported a major timber operation by the Try Pheap Group, which belongs to a powerful businessman of the same name.
Alex Gonzalez-Davidson, head of the Mother Nature activist group, will see his visa expire on Feb. 20
Alex Gonzalez-Davidson, director of Mother Nature, told VOA Khmer in an interview that the Ministry of Interior has confiscated his passport and is refusing to issue a visa renewal.
Representatives from Coca-Cola and Pepsi both said in emails to VOA Khmer that they are not aware of sugar in their supply chain supplied by rights violators.
A prominent human rights expert says that the ruling Cambodian People's Party’s recent move to add people from the security forces into its Central Committee creates “a huge conflict of national interest.”
Freedom House says Cambodia is part of a growing, worrying trend worldwide.
Cambodia’s political system will likely undergo a period of gradual evolution toward more inclusiveness before it can reach an eventual transition of power, Sebastian Strangio, author of “Hun Sen’s Cambodia,” says.
UN officials have urged Cambodia to abide by international conventions and give the asylum seekers fair hearings.
The number of children held by Australia has fallen sharply since the conservatives came to power in September 2013.
A local rights worker told VOA Khmer in an interview that the four asylum seekers were under the care of an undisclosed NGO.
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