Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Cambodia

12 US Lawmakers Call for Tough Stance in Obama’s Upcoming Cambodia Visit

A government spokesman dismissed the letter, saying it did not reflect the true situation in Cambodia.

President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks about the economy and the deficit,  Nov. 9, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks about the economy and the deficit, Nov. 9, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
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President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks about the economy and the deficit,  Nov. 9, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks about the economy and the deficit, Nov. 9, 2012, in the East Room of the White House in Washington.
Heng ReaksmeyVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - A dozen US lawmakers, including Republican Senator John McCain, have written President Barack Obama, urging him to use an upcoming visit to Cambodia to push for improvement of the country’s sliding human rights efforts and crackdowns on constitutional freedoms.

The members of Congress cited the killing of environmentalist Chut Wutty in April, the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl in May, the arrest of an independent radio owner and the continued exile of opposition leader Sam Rainsy as evidence that Cambodia’s government under Prime Minister Hun Sen deserves censure.

“Cambodia is becoming a more dangerous place for t hose who speak out about these problems,” the lawmakers wrote. “By taking a strong and public stand in support of human rights and democracy during this first-time visit by a US president to Cambodia, your words would encourage and embolden the Cambodian people and send a clear message to the entire region about American values and expectations, particularly in the wake of the Arab Spring.”

A government spokesman dismissed the letter, saying it did not reflect the true situation in Cambodia.

But the country has faced increased pressure from the international community for its degraded freedoms and rights, for politicized courts, and for ongoing land grabs in both rural and urban areas that have left many impoverished Cambodians without land or homes.
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Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Raps About Personal Strugglesi
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08 September 2014
A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970's. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California, home to the largest Cambodian community outside that country.

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