The Asean Human Rights Declaration passed in Phnom Penh last year despite strong criticism from rights groups and the US, who called it sub-standard and a potential threat to the region’s rights gains. Katherine Southwick, an international law consultant, told VOA Khmer’s Soeung Sophat that she believes the declaration is an ‘evolving’ document that can be improved, in this segment of “SoutheastAsia Corner.”
Top leaders from the ruling and opposition parties were on hand at Phnom Penh international airport Wednesday to welcome home King Norodom Sihamoni from a medical trip to Beijing. But neither side made use of the occasion for sideline talks over the country’s ongoing political crisis. In fact, neither side said much or anything to the other. Nor did they look at one another. Prime Minister Hun Sen and his political rival, Sam Rainsy, who is head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, stood within 10 meters of each other as the king deplaned and greeted dignitaries who stood in line to welcome him home. But they chose not to speak to each other. VOA Khmer's Heng Reaksmey and Say Mony report from Phnom Penh.
Cambodian protesters broke through police line on Tuesday during their second protest for less than a week. They demand the release of their colleague, Yoam Bopha, who had been behind bar for more than a year. Say Mony, Phnom Penh.
Cambodia’s National Election Committee on Sunday released official election results, handing a win to the ruling party and sparking another round of rejections from the opposition. The NEC maintained its preliminary results, announcing 68 of 123 National Assembly seats for the Cambodian People’s Party and 55 seats for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party. The Rescue Party immediately rejected the results and said it would continue with demonstrations against an election system it sees as deeply flawed. Kong Sothanarith, Phnom Penh.
Tens of thousands of the opposition party protesters pack Park of Democracy in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh on Saturday September 7. They are demanding a probe into a July election that returned long-time Prime Minister Hun Sen to power through systematic frauds. Led by opposition leader Sam Rainsy and his deputy Kem Sokha, they accuse the ruling Cambodian People's Party of tampering with ballot boxes and leaving voters off the electoral roll. VOA Khmer's Say Mony reports.
Tens of thousands of supporters of Cambodia's opposition party rallied on Saturday (September 7) to demand an independent probe into July elections they say were rigged with frauds to prolong the rule of Prime Minister Hun Sen now facing his biggest political challenge in two decades. The rally at Park of Democracy in Phnom Penh ended with no violence. VOA Khmer’s Heng Reaksmey reports.
About 5,000 garment workers in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh protest at city hall asking the mayor to press their company over pay dispute. Workers from SL 1 and SL 2 garment factories, mostly women, marched the route of about 6 km to city hall where they blocked the road on Thursday. They demand a raise and bonus payment. (Reuters)
Cambodian protesters scuffled with police on Wednesday during a protest over a long running land dispute which is to be built by a Chinese developer and a well connected Cambodian tycoon. Protesters demand the release of their imprisoned colleague, Yoam Bopha. Sam Rina, Phnom Penh.
About 1,000 members of the Cambodian opposition have taken part in non-violent protest training for their upcoming mass rally against the results of July's election. Officials for the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Wednesday had their supporters practice how to react non-violently to police provocations, spot infiltrators in their ranks and avoid the use of abusive language. After the session, some were asked to come on stage to demonstrate what they had learned, with other members of the opposition portraying security forces. The government has deployed troops in the Cambodian capital before the planned demonstration and has warned about the rally turning violent. But Kem Sokha, CNRP vice president, says a peaceful protest is the goal. VOA Khmer's Heng Reaksmey and Say Mony report from Phnom Penh.