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Yearlong Political Deadlock Ends

Yearlong Political Deadlock Ends

23 July 2014
Following nearly five hours of meetings between top opposition officials and Prime Minister Hun Sen, that deadlock has ended. More

Video Protesters Again Demand Vietnamese Apology Over Kampuchea Krom

Thousands of demonstrators, including students and monks, gathered in front of the Vietnamese Embassy on Monday, calling again for an apology for alleged remarks made about Vietnam’s ownership of the Mekong Delta.

Throngs of Supporters Welcome Opposition Leader

More than 10,000 supporters lined the streets of Phnom Penh on Saturday, to welcome opposition leader Sam Rainsy back to the country in the wake of violent clashes earlier in the week.

Video Opposition Members Charged, Remanded

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Friday ordered two opposition members remanded, formally charging them with insurrection and incitement alongside six others arrested earlier this week.

Information Expert Breaks Down Cambodia’s ‘Cybercrime’ Law

Cambodia’s cybercrime law was leaked earlier this year but Cambodian officials have denied the existence of such a draft law.

Video Opposition Officials Charged After Tuesday's Violence

Six representatives from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party have been charged over Tuesday's violence between protesters and city security guards.

Video Many Injured in Clashes at Freedom Park

បាតុករ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ​ ដែល​ទាមទារ​ឲ្យ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​បើក​ទីលាន​ប្រជា​ធិបតេយ្យ​ឡើង​វិញ​បាន​ប៉ះទង្គិច​ជាមួយ​កម្លាំង​សន្តិសុខ​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ ​ដែល​នាំឲ្យ​ភាគី​ទាំង​សងខាង​រងរបួស។

Cambodia Police, Opposition Party Clash, at Least 40 Injured

Protesters were demanding government re-open Freedom Park, the capital's main protest site, which has been closed since political violence in January.

Mekong Delta Should Return to Khmer Krom, Group Says

A Cambodian advocacy group says the Mekong Delta of Vietnam should be returned to the Khmer people who have lived there for generations.

Human Rights Watch Calls on Donors To Pressure Cambodia

Cambodia went before the UN Human Rights Council June 26, where officials rejected four of 205 rights recommendations made earlier this year.

Video Cambodian Minister Vows 'Meaningful' Reforms to US Investors

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol has concluded a trade mission to the United States during which he emphasized his government's willingness to make "deep" reforms to improve its investment climate. VOA's Sophat Soeung spoke with the minister and has this report.

Video Commerce Minister Discusses ‘Meaningful’ Reforms

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol last week concluded a trade mission in the United States, by emphasizing his government’s willingness to make “deep” reforms, including serious anti-corruption efforts, to improve its investment climate.

Land Issues Creating Mistrust of Local Officials, Observers Say

These problems are not being handled at the local level, fueling mistrust in local government, rights workers say.

Cambodia Rejects Four UN Rights Recommendations

Earlier this year, the rights council made 205 recommendations to Cambodia, which “noted” 38 of them and accepted 163.

Video Commerce Minister Vows ‘Meaningful’ Reforms to US Investors

Cambodian Commerce Minister Sun Chanthol concluded a trade mission in the United States this week, emphasizing his government’s willingness to make “deep” reforms to improve its investment climate.

Torture, Abuse Continue in Country’s Judicial System, Group Reports

Licadho’s report includes abuse of women and juveniles and those with mental health problems and it includes 500 cases recorded since 2008.

Video Protocol on Sexual Violence in War Launched at London Summit

A conference in London - organized in part by actress Angelina Jolie - has launched a new international protocol on investigating sexual violence in war.

Cambodia Remains on US ‘Watch List’ for Human Trafficking

The US issued its annual “Trafficking in Persons” report Friday, rating countries around the world on their attempts to fight the crime.

Video Indigenous Communities Say Authorities Collude With Loggers

ប្រជា​ពលរដ្ឋ​កម្ពុជា​នៅ​តំបន់​ជនបទ​បាន​បញ្ចេញ​កំហឹង​ទៅលើ​ក្រុមហ៊ុន​ឯកជន​និង​មន្ត្រី​មាន​សមត្ថ​កិច្ច​ចំពោះ​ការកាប់​ព្រៃឈើ​ទ្រង់ទ្រាយ​ធំ។

Video Cambodia Workers Exodus Hits 220,000

The number of Cambodians fleeing Thailand has soared to more than 200,000 and while Phnom Penh accuses Thailand's new military rulers of sparking the flight of migrant workers the junta says it is not cracking down on illegal immigrants. (AFP)

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Yearlong Political Deadlock Endsi
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22 July 2014
Cambodia’s political deadlock has ended. For nearly a year, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party has refused to join the government, calling for electoral reforms in a system it says was deeply flawed. Following nearly five hours of meetings between top opposition officials and Prime Minister Hun Sen, that deadlock has ended. The two sides finally reached agreement on a formula for selecting the National Election Committee, which the Rescue Party has said was biased toward the ruling Cambodian People’s Party. Hun Sen and Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy emerged from talks Tuesday smiling and shaking hands. “Victory,” Hun Sen told reporters after the meeting. “You can all applaud.” (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)

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