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Cambodia Senate Passed NGO Law Despite Protests And Boycotti
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24 July 2015
Hundreds of people demonstrated outside Cambodia’s Senate on Friday morning as senators inside debated a controversial new law designed to regulate the non-profit sector. The Law on Associations and NGOs, or LANGO, has been widely criticized by non-profits and many of Cambodia’s development partners, not least because it gives the government carte blanche to close down any organization. VOA Khmer Hul Reaksmey reports from Phnom Penh.

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Cambodia Senate Passed NGO Law Despite Protests And Boycotti
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24 July 2015
Hundreds of people demonstrated outside Cambodia’s Senate on Friday morning as senators inside debated a controversial new law designed to regulate the non-profit sector. The Law on Associations and NGOs, or LANGO, has been widely criticized by non-profits and many of Cambodia’s development partners, not least because it gives the government carte blanche to close down any organization. VOA Khmer Hul Reaksmey reports from Phnom Penh.
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Video Cambodia Senate Passed NGO Law Despite Protests And Boycott

Hundreds of people demonstrated outside Cambodia’s Senate on Friday morning as senators inside debated a controversial new law designed to regulate the non-profit sector.
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Video In France, Cambodian Parents Are Determined To Maintain Their Culture

They live thousands of kilometers away from Cambodia, but that doesn’t keep some Cambodian people from being in touch with their culture. Every Sunday parents drive their children, sometimes for over an hour, to learn classical dance and traditional Cambodian music. VOA Khmer's Poch Reasey reports f
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Video Law on NGOs Passes, Despite Protests and an Opposition Boycott

Despite days of protests in the capital and mounting objections from the international community, ruling party lawmakers on Monday approved a draft law that will regulate the thousands of NGOs in the country.
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Video Pilot Project Using Software to Boost Rice Production Is Underway in Cambodia

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Khmer Rouge leaders are currently on trial by the UN-backed tribunal for genocide. The tribunal is facing serious roadblocks, including Tuesday resignation of UN judge Mark Harmon.
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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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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​

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