Human Rights

Minority Groups Want Apology for ‘Phnong’ Slur in Assembly Session

A mother and child of the Phnong tribal group rest after scouring for food in Kampong Pneu, a remote, poor region of northeastern Cambodia.A mother and child of the Phnong tribal group rest after scouring for food in Kampong Pneu, a remote, poor region of northeastern Cambodia.
x
A mother and child of the Phnong tribal group rest after scouring for food in Kampong Pneu, a remote, poor region of northeastern Cambodia.
A mother and child of the Phnong tribal group rest after scouring for food in Kampong Pneu, a remote, poor region of northeastern Cambodia.
Sok Khemara
Community leaders of the Phnong minority group from northeastern Cambodia say they are considering legal action against a ruling party member of the National Assembly, for using their name as a slur against opposition lawmakers earlier this month.

In a session that was meant to pass a law to prevent nuclear proliferation, Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker Chheang Von decried opposition lawmakers as “savage Phnong,” a pointed insult in Cambodian culture that caused the opposition caucus to walk out of the session.

Yun Mane, head of the Cambodia Indigenous Youth Association, said the slur should not go unpunished, calling the insult “cruel.”

“We are asking him to apologize to the public and to minorities,” she said.

Chheang Von told VOA Khmer he had not meant to insult minorities in general, or the Phnong, also known as the Bunong, people.

“I meant it for those who do not respect the law, do not apply the law, are outlaws, have no civilization and no culture,” he said.
Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Thai Leader on Two-Day Diplomatic Visit to Cambodiai
X
30 October 2014
The head of Thailand’s military-controlled government begins a two-day visit to Cambodia today, in a bid to improve diplomatic ties with Cambodia in talks with Prime Minister Hun Sen and other officials. Premier Prayuth Chan-ocha also hopes to improve cooperation along the borders and “clear up controversies of the past,” a spokesman for Hun Sen told reporters Thursday. (Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh)

English with Mani & Mori

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Carry Out (Movie: Jane Eyre)i
X
17 November 2014
You can say, "He has many strong qualities as a leader and under his leadership I think he will successfully 'carry out' the new mission and vision for this company." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Carry Out (Movie: Jane Eyre)

You can say, "He has many strong qualities as a leader and under his leadership I think he will successfully 'carry out' the new mission and vision for this company." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish.
Video

Video A Wake Up Call (Movie: Limitless)

You can say, "The visit to the doctor was definitely 'a wake up call' for him. The heavy drinking, smoking, and partying every night needs to stop." What does it mean? For more videos - go to www.youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Save Face (Movie: Just Go With It)

You can say, "I can't believe he's not accepting responsibility for his mistakes. To 'save face' he continues to make excuses for himself." What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.com.
Video

Video Let the Cat out of the Bag (Movie: My Sister's Keeper)

You can say, "I'm so mad at you. I can't believe you 'let the cat out of the bag'. I can't believe you told him I have a crush on him. How could you?" What does it mean? Watch here. For more videos - go to youtube.com/KhmerSpecialEnglish. To contact Mani & Mori - write to them at maniandmori@gmail.
See more >>>