At least two women were injured Monday as housing rights activists clashed with police in Phnom Penh. The activists had been demonstrating by sitting in a major street in front of City Hall to demand land titles in two ongoing land disputes in the capital. Riot police eventually dispersed them by force. Rights groups said one pregnant woman, Hek Chan Reaksmey, miscarried following a blow to her abdomen in the clash. (Khoun Theara, Phnom Penh)
With the national elections just a month away, representatives from major political parties excluding the ruling Cambodian People’s Party promise to ensure the approval of the long-awaited Freedom of Information Law if elected. (Say Mony, Phnom Penh)
Beehive FM radio director Mam Sonando said the government is putting more pressure on radio operators by requiring their sponsors to go through complicated and lengthy procedures for permission to air their programs. The move has so far turned away some of his potential supporters. Mam Sonando, who also heads the Association of Democrats, urged political parties contesting in the upcoming national election to play a clean game and not to confuse voters with their unachievable promises. VOA Khmer’s Men Kimseng interviewed Mam Sonando in Washington where he wrapped up his month-long tour to meet his supporters in the US and Canada.
Cambodian immigrants in the US are preparing to celebrate World Refugee Day. Sok Sovannarath, who works for the Lutheran Refugee Sevice, said she will mark the June 20 holiday with her family at home, and with the rest of the world from her job. “It’s a day we all should commemorate and remind our government about the plight of the refugees around the world and urge our government and fellow citizens to help them,” she said in an interview. (Poch Reasey, Washington)