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Victims of the Massacre at Srebrenica Are Honored

Victims of the Massacre at Srebrenica Are Honored

03 July 2015
The United Nations held a memorial event on Wednesday to honor the victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide during the Bosnian war, the worst mass killing on European soil since World War Two. Mike Richman report for VOA from Washington. More

Parliamentarian Rails Against Protests Against NGO Law

A ruling party lawmaker says pro-democracy and rights groups staging protests against a draft law at the National Assembly are trying to “topple the government.”

How Cambodia Is Fighting Sexual Exploitation of Children

A new report says the number of minors working in Cambodia’s sex industry is on the decline but sexual exploitation of children remains a concern.

Photogallery Cambodian Civil Society Groups Protest Against NGO Draft Law

The NGOs and rights groups say the bill, which is being debated by parliament and is supported by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, is unnecessary and will potentially hamper the work of thousands of NGOs in the country, while acting as a tool to curtail government criticism.

Video Cambodia Struggling to Curb Child Labor

Earlier this year a United Nations report found 10 percent of Cambodian children aged 7-14 are working – one of the highest rates in the region – and said one in four children in that age bracket are forced to quit school to help their families. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann narrates.

Hundreds of Opponents of NGO Bill Deliver Petition to Lawmakers

Outside the National Assembly on Tuesday, opponents of the law marched with loudspeakers and banners that said, “Stop” and “Say No.”

Video Cambodia Struggling to Curb Child Labor

An estimated 430,000 youth under the age of 18 work in Cambodia.

Congressional Hearing Focuses on Asia Human Rights

Congressional lawmakers asked how the US could help improve rights and democracy in Burma, Cambodia, Hong Kong and Thailand.

A Life of Forced Labor on a Thai Fishing Vessel

In 2009, a man approached Thin Seangly with promises of good work and good pay on a Thai fishing boat - and that was when his troubles began.

Rights Group Concerned About More Montagnard Asylum Seekers

Rights workers fear that Cambodia is turning them away, or arresting them and turning them back over to Vietnam, rather than obliging international norms and laws.

Youths Gather In Effort To Make Migration Safer

The youths hope to become volunteers to disseminate information through their communities, to prevent labor trafficking and other forms of exploitation.

For Labor Leaders, Law on Unions Remains a Concern

Labor leaders say they are concerned that a number of unions would be shuttered if a new law to govern them is passed.

Controversial NGO Law Goes to National Assembly for Debate

National Assembly spokesman Chheang Vun told VOA Khmer the draft has arrived at the Assembly, but it will take some time for committees to review it.

Recruitment Companies for Migrant Labor Poorly Regulated, Lawmaker Says

An increasing number of Cambodians are seeking work abroad, leading to reports of abuse.

18 Families Ordered To Leave Land, as Chinese Development Moves In

The families received notice on June 5, ordering them to leave their homes within one month.

Numbers of Underage Sex Trafficked Victims Declining, Report Says

A study by the International Justice Mission shows a decline in the prevalence of girls under the age of 17 in brothels and other venues.

How Poverty Pushes Many Cambodians Abroad

Thin Seangly is one of tens of thousands of Cambodians who leave the country every year forced by poverty to seek wages in the richer nations of Thailand and Malaysia.

Rights Workers Want Transparency in Qatar Labor Recruitment

Qatar has been heavily criticized for rights abuses among laborers in the construction of stadiums and other facilities in preparation for the 2022 World Cup.

Video Senior Diplomat Calls NGO Law ‘Unnecessary’

Following a two-day visit, US Deputy Assistance Secretary of State Scott Busby told reporters Cambodia should reconsider the law.

Mini-Documentaries Warn of Dangers of Human Trafficking

The two films were produced by USAID’s office to combat human trafficking and are being shown at the Bophana Center in the capital.

40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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Villagers Clash With Vietnamese Border Securityi
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30 June 2015
A group of villagers clashed with Vietnamese border security on Sunday, after they accused the neighboring country of encroachment. Opposition lawmakers say they want Cambodia to press their case against encroachment with the International Court of Justice, with increased accusations of Vietnamese construction on the Cambodian side of the border. 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, near the border, but were blocked by Vietnamese border security. More than 10 people were injured in the ensuing scuffle. (Sok Khemara, Washington)

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03 November 2014
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