An election monitoring group has developed a smartphone application to help voters get news about the upcoming July election and other political events, and to help them report irregularities during the campaign and polls. Srey Sopheak, a spokesman for the Committee for Free and Fair Elections, told Sok Khemera of VOA Khmer in a Skype interview that the Cambodian Voter Voice app also contains educational video clips, a calendar and other features to help Cambodians participate in the upcoming election.
Police say they now consider the enacted hostage crisis in Kampong Cham province Wednesday a hoax, masterminded by an employee of a local bank who was in debt and wanted to rob his own bank. (VOA Khmer Heng Reaksmey, Phnom Penh.)
The Cambodian Center for Human Rights has launched a public campaign to put pressure on authorities to release Beehive Radio owner Mam Sonando from prison. The campaign includes a “justice calendar,” which tracks the number of days he has been in jail, and a postcard design competition for the jailed radio broadcaster. Mam Sonando has been in jail since his arrest in July, on charges he helped foment a secessionist group in Kratie province. Rights workers have said he was arrested after criticizing Prime Minister Hun Sen. VOA Khmer Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh.
On Jan. 7, Long Beach police shot and injured a burglary suspect named Hor Sokha. It took 10 days before family was allowed to see the 22-year-old man in the hospital. This has angered many in the community who believe the city's police department is prone to excessive force. Protesters on Sunday gathered outside St. Mary Medical Center, where Hor Sokha is in critical condition. They gathered to demand clear answers about what happened the night of the shooting. VOA Khmer Sophinarath Cheang reports from Long Beach, California.