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40th Anniversary of Khmer Rouge Takeover

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Villagers Clash With Vietnamese Border Securityi
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30 June 2015
A group of villagers clashed with Vietnamese border security on Sunday, after they accused the neighboring country of encroachment. Opposition lawmakers say they want Cambodia to press their case against encroachment with the International Court of Justice, with increased accusations of Vietnamese construction on the Cambodian side of the border. Sunday’s violence came when a delegation led by lawmakers from the Cambodia National Rescue Party tried to investigate a paved road in Svay Rieng province, near the border, but were blocked by Vietnamese border security. More than 10 people were injured in the ensuing scuffle. (Sok Khemara, Washington)

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03 November 2014
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Villagers Clash With Vietnamese Border Securityi
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30 June 2015
A group of villagers clashed with Vietnamese border security on Sunday, after they accused the neighboring country of encroachment. Opposition lawmakers say they want Cambodia to press their case against encroachment with the International Court of Justice, with increased accusations of Vietnamese construction on the Cambodian side of the border. Sunday’s violence came when a delegation led by lawmakers from the Cambodia National Rescue Party tried to investigate a paved road in Svay Rieng province, near the border, but were blocked by Vietnamese border security. More than 10 people were injured in the ensuing scuffle. (Sok Khemara, Washington)
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Video Villagers Clash With Vietnamese Border Security

A group of villagers clashed with Vietnamese border security on Sunday, after they accused the neighboring country of encroachment.
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Video Cambodia Struggling to Curb Child Labor

Earlier this year a United Nations report found 10 percent of Cambodian children aged 7-14 are working – one of the highest rates in the region – and said one in four children in that age bracket are forced to quit school to help their families. VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann narrates.
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Video New Band Wants To Promote Girls and Produce Original Songs

A new band called "TKS" is capturing the attention of Cambodian and international audiences, launching two music videos on Facebook and YouTube. VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey reports.
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Video Senior Diplomat Calls NGO Law ‘Unnecessary’

Following a two-day visit, US Deputy Assistance Secretary of State Scott Busby told reporters Cambodia should reconsider the law.
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Video Cambodian Circus Gives Hope to Starving Artists

It has been 40 years since the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge, which implemented policies leading to the deaths of more than 1 million Cambodians. The country continues to heal.
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Video Young Journalists Report on Worldwide Landmine Problem

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Video Opposition Leader Meets With US Officials

Opposition leader Sam Raisny met with US officials and party supporters around Washington, DC, this week, to explain his ongoing negotiations with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party
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Video Cambodia Opposition Leader Optimistic With Culture of Dialogue And New NEC

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said Cambodia is at a political turning point where politicians have to adopt the “culture of dialogue.” This will ensure that safety, dignity, and freedom of expression of all politicians be protected.
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Video For Many, Cambodian Rock Brings Sense of Pride

At a recent showing of the Cambodian rock documentary “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” in Maryland on April 29th, Cambodian audience members said they found the film touching, reminding them of Cambodia before the war and the Khmer Rouge. Some said the film made them feel proud to be Cambodian. The film examines a rare moment in Cambodian history, when the country was newly independent and where a rock and roll scene grew, thanks to influences from US radio coming from the armed forces in Vietnam. Menh Sothyvan, a singer and songwriter who survived the Khmer Rouge, told VOA Khmer's Ly Moryvan these rock songs have staying power. They were original and influential. “So we have kept conserved what is our from that time to now.”
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Video Documentary Looks at Cambodia’s Heyday of Rock-and-Roll

An American documentary on Cambodia’s rock-and-roll scene from the 1950s and 1960s “Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten” screened this week in the suburbs of Washington.
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Video US-Based Arts Group Wins Award from Cambodian Government

The Cambodian-American Heritage group, which has worked around Washington to preserve Khmer culture, has been awarded a medal from the Cambodian government.
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Video Expelled Environmentalist Remains Optimistic About Mother Nature Cambodia

Spanish outspoken environmentalist Alex Gonzalez has expressed his hope that some of those who visit Areng Valley will become activists to protect Cambodia’s remaining natural resources.
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Video Filmmaker Looks Back on Career Before Khmer Rouge Takeover –Part 4

In an exclusive interview with VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey, Tea Lim Koun discusses his filmmaking in the 1960s and 1970s and what it meant to leave it behind.
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Video Filmmaker Looks Back on Career Before Khmer Rouge Takeover –Part 3

In an exclusive interview with VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey, Tea Lim Koun discusses his filmmaking in the 1960s and 1970s and what it meant to leave it behind.
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Video Filmmaker Looks Back on Career Before Khmer Rouge Takeover –Part 2

During the time the Khmer Rouge was in power, from April 17, 1975, to Jan. 7, 1979, more than 1.7 million Cambodians perished. The Khmer Rouge especially targeted intellectuals and artists for execution, as they sought to create an agrarian ideal. In an exclusive interview with VOA Khmer's Poch Reas
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Video Filmmaker Looks Back on Career Before Khmer Rouge Takeover –Part 1

During the time the Khmer Rouge was in power, from April 17, 1975, to Jan. 7, 1979, more than 1.7 million Cambodians perished. The Khmer Rouge especially targeted intellectuals and artists for execution, as they sought to create an agrarian ideal. In an exclusive interview with VOA Khmer's Poch Reas
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Video Assembly Approves National Election Committee

Putting the final stamp of approval on a process that took months of negotiation, the National Assembly on Thursday voted in the new structure of the National Election Committee.
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Video Fishermen From Myanmar, Cambodia And Laos Rescued From Slave Labor​

For years, Min Mink Chan never stopped dreaming of home. As he arrived in Jakarta to board a flight back to Myanmar, that dream was just hours away from becoming a reality.
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Video Neighboring Countries Interested in Booming Tourism in Siem Reap

Cambodia's Foreign Minister Hor Namhong held talks with his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi and Myanmar's Vice President U Nyan Tun.
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Video Parties Must Work Together, To Ensure Legacy, Expert Says

Cambodian political officials should begin thinking about the legacy they are leaving future generations, with a new political environment following gains by the opposition in 2013, an analyst says.
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Video Asean Community Faces Challenges, Expert Says

Asean integration at the end of 2015 will gibe Cambodia opportunities, but it will also mean economic competition that the country must be ready for, an analyst says.
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Video Cambodia Inaugurates Memorial for Genocide Victims

On Thursday a memorial was unveiled in Phnom Penh to the thousands of men, women and children who were brought to Cambodia's notorious S-21 prison between 1975 and 1979,
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Video Cambodians Hopeful Obama Visit Will Boost Education for Girls

Cambodians say they are hopeful the visit of US First Lady Michelle Obama will make a positive difference in the educational future of their girls.
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Video Obama Leaves With Words of Encouragement for Girls

Following First Lady Michelle Obama’s three-day visit to Cambodia to promote her “Let Girl Learn” initiative, Cambodian officials say they hope for positive changes in girls’ education.
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Video First Lady Michelle Obama Shares Her Story in Education with Girls in Cambodia

First Lady Michelle Obama is on her three-day visit in Cambodia to promote girls’ education.
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Parliamentarian Rails Against Protests Against NGO Law

A ruling party lawmaker says pro-democracy and rights groups staging protests against a draft law at the National Assembly are trying to “topple the government.”
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How Cambodia Is Fighting Sexual Exploitation of Children

A new report says the number of minors working in Cambodia’s sex industry is on the decline but sexual exploitation of children remains a concern.
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Video Health Ads Encourage Better Care for Children With Pneumonia

The ads, for radio and television, aim at improving the country’s high child mortality rate.
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Special Olympics Team Prepares for Summer Games in LA

If they are able to go, this will be the third time Cambodia has competed in the Special Olympics Summer Games.
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Cambodia, Vietnam To Hold Border Talks Next Week

The talk will include the alleged border encroachment that led to violent clashes between Cambodian lawmakers and villagers and Vietnamese border security agents on Sunday.
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'Angkor’s Children' Director Stresses the Arts in Recovering Cambodia

'Angkor’s Children' tells the stories of three young Cambodian women, who perform art from different generations in Cambodia’s history.
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Weak Institutions Hurting Cambodia’s Growth, Analyst Says

Strong political institutions are required for continued economic growth, but the capacity of Cambodia’s state institutions remains weak.
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Video Opposition Delegation Clash With Vietnamese Border Security

Sunday’s violence came when a delegation led by lawmakers from the Cambodia National Rescue Party tried to investigate a paved road in Svay Rieng province.
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Photogallery Campaign Begins for Improved Child Health

The campaign will focus on Phnom Penh, as well as the provinces of Kampong Speu, Kampong Thom, Kratie, Stung Treng, Mondolkiri, Ratanakkiri and Preah Vihear—which have the highest rates of child mortality.
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Opposition Working Toward Launch of Television Station

Opposition officials expect the new station to be up and running by the end of 2015, if they can find the money.
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Photogallery Protesters Outside National Assembly Demand End to NGO Law

Some 200 people rallied in front of the Assembly on Sunday, demanding the law be dismissed and singing a song: “We don’t need this law.”
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Hun Sen Orders Re-Opening of Three Union Murder Cases

Hun Sen’s order, signed June 10, calls for a joint commission of officials from the ministries of Interior, Justice and Labor to review and re-investigate the cases.
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Language Expert Warns Against "Foreignization" Under Globalization

Chan Virak said an increasing number are using English or Chinese. Without a careful policy, there is a danger of “foreignization” of Cambodian values.
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Groups Call for Halt on Construction of Major Dam in Laos

Critics of the dam, including downstream countries and many NGOs, say they want better environmental assessments of its potential impacts.
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Tribunal Witnesses Describe Tortuous Conditions at Khmer Rouge Air Field

Sem Hoeurn is one of a number of witnesses to describe the secretive Khmer Rouge regime from the inside.
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EU To Provide Aid, Assistance for Upcoming Elections

Voter registration, which in the past has seen many opposition supporters disenfranchised, will begin in October.
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Hundreds of Opponents of NGO Bill Deliver Petition to Lawmakers

Outside the National Assembly on Tuesday, opponents of the law marched with loudspeakers and banners that said, “Stop” and “Say No.”
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Video Cambodia Struggling to Curb Child Labor

An estimated 430,000 youth under the age of 18 work in Cambodia.
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Support for Cambodian Footballers Reaches Fever Pitch

More than 60,000 people attended each match, in support of their Angkor Warriors.
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Website Crowdsources Comments on Draft ‘Cybercrime’ Law

The website establishes a “wiki”-like crowd-sourcing platform for comments on the law, even though the public has not been able to see the draft.
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Opposition Hopes To Kill Draft NGO Law at National Assembly

Some 400 NGOs have joined together in a campaign to halt the law’s passage, demanding instead that it include consultation from them before going forward.
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Congressional Hearing Focuses on Asia Human Rights

Congressional lawmakers asked how the US could help improve rights and democracy in Burma, Cambodia, Hong Kong and Thailand.
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Draft Law Would Create a Drinking Age of 21

Health authorities say the government should also require alcohol vendors to obtain liquor licenses.
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Cambodia on Alert After MERS Found in Thailand

Diagnosis systems have been installed at major border checkpoints and at the airports of Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.
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EU Rep Says Community Foresters Can Help Against Global Warming

EU Ambassador Jean Francois Cautain said the Cambodian government should allow local communities to protect the last 2 million hectares of the country’s forest.
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'Geek’ Girls Prove Tech Is Not Just for Boys

Their app, ImEX, creates an online market for farmers, where they can sell their products, pairing consumer demand with farmers supply.
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A Life of Forced Labor on a Thai Fishing Vessel

In 2009, a man approached Thin Seangly with promises of good work and good pay on a Thai fishing boat - and that was when his troubles began.
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Video New Band Wants To Promote Girls and Produce Original Songs

A new band called "TKS" is capturing the attention of Cambodian and international audiences, launching two music videos on Facebook and YouTube.
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Rights Group Concerned About More Montagnard Asylum Seekers

Rights workers fear that Cambodia is turning them away, or arresting them and turning them back over to Vietnam, rather than obliging international norms and laws.
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NGOs Meet With Opposition Lawmaker Over Controversial Law

Kem Sokha, vice president of the opposition party, told reporters his party will do its best to make sure concerns from NGOs are heard while the law is debated.
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Hun Sen To Take CPP Presidency After Friday Ceremony

The ceremony will be attended by government officials, foreign dignitaries and King Norodom Sihamoni at Wat Botum pagoda, in Phnom Penh.
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Youths Gather In Effort To Make Migration Safer

The youths hope to become volunteers to disseminate information through their communities, to prevent labor trafficking and other forms of exploitation.
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For Labor Leaders, Law on Unions Remains a Concern

Labor leaders say they are concerned that a number of unions would be shuttered if a new law to govern them is passed.
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Controversial NGO Law Goes to National Assembly for Debate

National Assembly spokesman Chheang Vun told VOA Khmer the draft has arrived at the Assembly, but it will take some time for committees to review it.
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Death of Chea Sim a New Reminder of Impunity, Rights Group Says

Human Rights Watch has implicated Chea Sim—who was head of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party and president of the Senate—in serious crimes under the Khmer Rouge.
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More Wage Negotiations Set, as Workers Maintain Demands

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Opposition Compliments Gov’t on Reaction to Alleged Encroachment

Speaking to supporters in Preah Sihanouk province on Monday, Sam Rainsy expressed his support for the “good deed” and said it was a sign of improved relations between the Rescue Party and the CPP.
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Photogallery Long-term Project in Ratanakkiri Yields Rare Photo Exhibit

The collection of about 30 photographs is on display through June 16 at the Bophana Center.
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Recruitment Companies for Migrant Labor Poorly Regulated, Lawmaker Says

An increasing number of Cambodians are seeking work abroad, leading to reports of abuse.
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How Poverty Pushes Many Cambodians Abroad

Thin Seangly is one of tens of thousands of Cambodians who leave the country every year forced by poverty to seek wages in the richer nations of Thailand and Malaysia.
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Chea Sim’s Death Unlikely to Upset Order Inside Ruling Party

Officials of the Cambodian People’s Party told VOA Khmer that Hun Sen will take over as president of the party, keeping in line with decisions made at a party congress earlier this year.
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In Cambodia, English Classes More Popular Than Chinese

VOA finds that despite long historical, political ties to Beijing, Chinese instruction lags behind English.
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Chea Sim, Major Political Figure, Dead at 82

Chea Sim died at his home on Monday afternoon, the cause of death has not been announced.
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The four doctors—two Cambodian and two Chinese—were arrested and questioned last month.
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Draft Law To Regulate NGOs Passes Council Meeting

In a closed-door session Friday, the Council of Ministers approved the draft law, one that pro-democracy and rights groups fear will be used to curb dissent and criticism.
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‘Culture of Dialogue’ Needs Constant Tending, Analysts Say

Cambodian politicians from both the ruling party and the opposition continue to point to a “culture of dialogue” that has developed in political negotiations since July 2014.
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