Opposition leader Sam Rainsy joined a panel of experts in Washington on Wednesday to discuss further promotion of democracy in Cambodia. The talk, joined by about 100 participants at the Wilson Center, a think tank in the capital, was aimed at finding ways to create free and fair elections in Cambodia in national polls July 28. Sam Rainsy told the group that democracy in Cambodia has been "derailed," and the international community must help put it back on track. (Sok Khemara, Washington)
Thousands of garment workers gathered in a demonstration in Phnom Penh on Wednesday, to demand better salaries and improved working conditions for the hundreds of thousands of workers in Cambodia’s factories. Workers say a government increase of the minimum wage, to $80 per month, is not enough to keep up with the rising cost of living in the country. The demonstration took place in front of the National Assembly, where representatives of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party and royalist Funcinpec addressed the workers. The demonstration was the first since political parties began ramping up for the July 27 national elections. (Suy Heimkhemra, Phnom Penh)
Thousands of garment factory workers, activists and union leaders marched in the streets of Phnom Penh on May Day, demanding former Bavet city governor Chhouk Bandith be arrested for allegedly shooting into a crowd of workers last year, injuring three women. Workers say the courts dropped the case against Chhouk Bandith because of his political power. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh.
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.
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)