A senior US diplomat says Cambodia must find a national solution to its ongoing political deadlock. Following a two-day visit to Phnom Penh, Scot Marciel, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the US State Department, told reporters he was not in the country “to try to impose any solutions” to the impasse. “But we certainly support any effort to strengthen Cambodia’s democratic process,” he said. VOA Khmer's Kong Sothanarith reports from Phnom Penh.
Cambodian protesters clashed with security personnels on Wednesday during a protest over a long running luxury housing estate dispute which is to be built by a Chinese developer and a well connected Cambodian tycoon. (Reuters)
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.