Human Rights

Impunity Remains a Major Challenge, Rights Groups Say

“As long as the people wanting to change the status quo demand reforms in this country, I believe they will reach their goal, no matter how long it takes,” Ny Chakrya, monitoring head of rights group Adhoc, said at a national forum called “Ending Impunity in Cambodia,” held in Phnom Penh last week.

19 November 2014
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. More

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.

Protesters Condemn ‘New Wave’ of Activist Arrests

Ten activists, three monks and two opposition members are currently in detention on various charges.

Rights Groups Condemn Arrests of Activists, Opposition Member

Lawyers for seven imprisoned activists on Thursday appealed for their release, following a swift trial and sentencing earlier this week that has been widely criticized.

Three More Activists Quickly Sentenced to Jail

The three activists Wednesday, including a former monk, were charged with disturbing public order, the same charge brought against the seven activists the day before.

Housing Activists Swiftly Convicted After Monday Arrest

The activists were sentenced to a year in prison and fined $500 each.

Video Former Japanese Journalist Helps Fight Human Trafficking in Cambodia

A former Japanese reporter is doing her part in the fight against human trafficking in Cambodia by publishing comic books and distributing them for free in and around Cambodia.

In Wake of Scandal, Activist Defends Her Work

A Newsweek story published in May cast doubt on her origin story, and she later resigned from the Somaly Mam Foundation.

Video Demonstrators Call on Government To Fulfill Principles of Peace Accords

Hundreds of activists demonstrated in Phnom Penh on Thursday, gathering to protest the government’s failure to fulfill the promises of the Paris Peace Accords.

Video Illegal Logging Ravaging the Last Forests, Activists Say

Forestry activists say at least 55,000 tons of luxury wood has been sent from Cambodia to China this year alone.

Video Hundreds March To Protest Refugee Deal With Australia​

Some 300 people, including monks and students, marched through the capital on Friday, protesting a refugee deal between Cambodia and Australia.

Hundreds March To Protest Refugee Deal With Australia

Many of the protesters were victims of land disputes who said Cambodia is not ready to take on refugees because it has yet to solve many of its own lingering development questions.

Lawyer Files Complaint at International Court Over Land Grabs

A communication filed on Oct. 7 claims that over the last 14 years, an estimated 770,000 Cambodians, or 6 percent of the population, have been hurt by land grabs, according to a statement from two groups.

Video Fight for Areng Valley by Kalyanee Mam

Award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam submitted an essay to VOA Khmer following the murder of journalist Taing Try. It is accompanied by a short film she edited in remembrance of him and the environmental issues Cambodia still faces. The following video is the short film.

Media Groups Urge Action in Murder of Journalist

The three men were arrested Sunday and are accused of murdering journalist Taing Try, who was in Kratie province investigating illegal logging.

Remembering Cambodia’s Heritage by Kalyanee Mam

Award-winning filmmaker Kalyanee Mam submitted an essay to VOA Khmer following the murder of journalist Taing Try.

Three Men Charged for Murder of Journalist

The three men are also accused of possession of illegal weapons.

Video As Tribunal Continues, More Calls for Funding

Cambodian and UN officials say they still need more funding to continue the work of the Khmer Rouge tribunal, despite waning interest from some donors.

Video Protesters March for World Habitat Day

More than 1,000 people marched on the National Assembly on Monday, many of them displaced from land disputes, to mark World Habitat Day.

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'World’s Best Rice' Title Could Boost Cambodian Rice Exportsi
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25 November 2014
For the third year in a row, Cambodia’s premier rice has been voted the world’s best at the World Rice Conference. The award, which it shares this year with Thailand, comes at a time when Cambodia is looking at rice exports as a way to increase incomes for its many impoverished subsistence farmers.

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24 November 2014
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