The Khmer Rouge's former number two leader denied charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in his final statement at a United Nations-backed tribunal Thursday. Nuon Chea told the Phnom Penh court he never instructed any of his communist cadres to commit crimes. Although he expressed his "deepest remorse" for the victims of the Khmer Rouge, the 87-year-old insisted he was carrying out his duty to serve his country and never told any of his communist cadres to commit crimes. Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh.
The International Women’s Media Foundation has honored Phorn Bopha, a reporter for the English-language The Cambodia Daily, with the 2013 Courage in Journalism Award. Bopha has reported extensively on corruption, deforestation, and child trafficking, upsetting government officials and business people in Cambodia. Bopha says she will not stop facing challenges because journalism is part of her life and she uses it to make significant contribution to her community. VOA’s Men Kimseng spoke to Phorn Bopha after she received the Courage Award in a ceremony in New York.
Cambodia's opposition finished its three days of mass demonstrations in the capital to submit its petitions to embassies of countries which are signatories of Paris Peace Accord. The Cambodian National Rescue Party, which organized the protests, led the march on Friday five foreign embassies of Australia, Russia, Indonesia, Japan and China. Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh.
In a second day of demonstrations Thursday, supporters of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party marched on Western embassies, calling for support in its demands for improved elections and democracy. CNRP leaders say irregularities and fraud in July’s national elections cost them a win at the polls. Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh.
Cambodia's opposition is beginning three days of mass demonstrations in the capital to call for the government to allow an independent probe into alleged fraud in the country's most recent election. Thousands gathered early Wednesday in Phnom Penh's Freedom Park, where they were met by thousands of riot police. Many Cambodians fear a repeat of last month's opposition protests, during which one protester was killed and several wounded following clashes with police. Say Mony, Phnom Penh.