A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns.
Engrained cultural traditions have been inherently preventing women from pursuing political leadership roles, participating in public life.
Global Witness has reported a major timber operation by the Try Pheap Group, which belongs to a powerful businessman of the same name.
A prominent human rights expert says that the ruling Cambodian People's Party’s recent move to add people from the security forces into its Central Committee creates “a huge conflict of national interest.”
Freedom House says Cambodia is part of a growing, worrying trend worldwide.
According to the study, issued by USAID in December, women’s positions in leadership are more symbolic than substantive, and their political influence is limited.
Chea Sim, 83, a party stalwart and head of the Senate, has fallen ill in recent months and has not appeared at key CPP events.
Sebastian Strangio says Cambodia’s entrenched patronage system on which Prime Minister Hun Sen relies will make any fundamental political reforms difficult.
About 70 percent of the country’s population is under the age of 30, making them a demographic of promise, Ou Ritthy said.
Cambodia’s political system will likely undergo a period of gradual evolution toward more inclusiveness before it can reach an eventual transition of power, Sebastian Strangio, author of “Hun Sen’s Cambodia,” says.
Sisowath Thomico arrived Jan. 22 for a two-month tour of the US, where he will mostly tour the states and explain the Rescue Party’s strategy to supporters.
With Prime Minister Hun Sen holding on to power for 30 years, the region will have a new leader where those who want to stay long in power can turn to for a lesson, analyst says.