Known as “a small lady with a big heart,” Ravynn Karet-Coxen aims to bring her team of sacred dancers to perform at Buddhist temples and to meet Cambodian communities in the US later this year. Karet-Coxen, who left Cambodia in 1970 and returned in 1992, told VOA Khmer’s Men Kimseng in a recent interview that she had created a dance troupe to pray at temples to help call for greater spirituality for Cambodians, and to call on divine powers to return to the temples and “bless our land, our people, our government.”
Cambodians who go to the polls for July’s parliamentary elections will face two major choices, the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, and the new opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party. The new opposition party represents a combination of two former party leaders, Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha, both of whom were in Long Beach recently. And as VOA Khmer’s Cheang Sophinarath reports, organizers there say some challenges remain.
On a road in Koh Kong province on Friday, Buddhist clergy and family members honored the environmentalist one year after his slaying. Chut Viuhy was shot dead at this remote location at a police check point during an NGO review of a forest area. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from Koh Kong province.
An increase in the number of universities in Cambodia's rural provinces is providing more opportunities for higher education and employment. VOA Khmer's Im Sothearith discusses the capability of such universities to reduce poverty in rural communities with Phan Kiera, president of Pannasastra University in Siem Reap.
More than 1,000 opposition activists staged a demonstration in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, demanding reforms to the National Election Committee ahead of July’s parliamentary polls. Opposition leaders from the Cambodia National Rescue Party said some supporters from the provinces were barred from entering the capital to join the demonstration. About 100 armored police outfitted with electric batons and riot shields kept the demonstration within the confines of Freedom Park. No clashes with police or injuries were reported. Demonstrators wore white ribbons around their heads and called for “change” at the NEC. (Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh)
A group of Cambodian-Americans gathered in front of the White House in Washington on Wednesday, to demonstrate against what they say is a poor election process in Cambodia. The showing in Washington coincided with a similar protest in Phnom Penh Wednesday, demanding election reforms ahead of July polls. More than 100 Cambodians from across the Eastern seaboard gathered in front of the White House, calling for election reforms and a cut to military spending to the Cambodian government. (Sok Khemara, Washington)