Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Cambodia

Workers Add Their Numbers to Demonstrations

Thousands of workers protest in front of Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (131227)
Thousands of workers protest in front of Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (131227)
Kong Sothanarith
Thousands of workers demonstrated in Phnom Penh on Friday, joining with opposition protests that entered their 12th day.
 
The workers called for a raise in their basic monthly salaries, while supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party are calling for a recall election and for Prime Minister Hun Sen to step down.
 
Workers want a monthly minimum wage of $160 per month to keep up with the rising cost of living in Cambodia. A meeting of trade unions and government workers late on Friday yielded no decisions to respond to the demands.
 
Friday’s demonstration marked an escalation in protests and come after Hun Sen warned of a “third hand” that could get involved in demonstrations if they continue.
 
Over 100,000 people demonstrated last Sunday, stopping traffic in the streets of Phnom Penh.
 
In the past Hun Sen has stayed in the public eye during demonstrations, but recently, he has remained relatively quiet and is currently on a state visit to Vietnam.
 
Peter Tan Keo, a political analyst, told VOA Khmer this week that the “third hand” comment, could mean these demonstrations could “spill into full-scale instability and violence.”
 
That is something the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party could “use to their advantage,” he said.
Workers Add Their Numbers to Demonstrationsi
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27 December 2013
Thousands of workers demonstrated in Phnom Penh on Friday, joining with opposition protests that entered their 12th day. The workers called for a raise in their basic monthly salaries, while supporters of the Cambodia National Rescue Party are calling for a recall election and for Prime Minister Hun Sen to step down. Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh.
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Cambodia Foreign Minister UN Speech Touches More on World Issues, Less on Cambodiai
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29 September 2014
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong's speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York touches more on world issues and less on Cambodia. Before delivering his speech at UNGA, Hor Namhong told VOA Khmer that Cambodia was now enjoying peace and political stability after the two winning political parties in 2013 election had agreed to work together. His speech comes as Cambodia’s profile on the world stage has expanded in recent years. Cambodia has and improved economy and a growing participation in UN missions around the world. But Hor Namhong’s speech also comes amid deep criticism of Cambodia’s human rights record and a controversial agreement with Australia to help it resettle refuges in exchange for aid money. (VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann, Washington)

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