Violence erupted in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, on Sunday, as thousands of opposition activists protested the government's victory in a disputed election. Human rights activists said one protester was killed by a gunshot to the head during a street battle with police. VOA Khmer’s Say Mony reports from Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Police used tear gas and fired live bullets to disperse the crowds at a protest in Phnom Penh on Sunday (September 15) evening after the opposition party held a rally to challenge parliamentary election results on July 28, 2013. Protesters and residents attempted to remove barbwire barricades that police set up to prevent the crowds from reaching some government buildings and royal palace, being angry that that barricade blocked them from getting to their homes. The violence took one life and injured several. The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) held the rally protesting against what it described as election fraud. VOA Khmer's Kong Sothanarith reports from Phnom Penh. (Video footage of VOA Khmer, Ap and Reuters)
Police used teargas, smoke grenades and water cannon to disperse opposition protesters after a rally on Sunday to push for an investigation into a July 28 election they accused of systematic fraud. A human rights worker claimed one protester shot dead and two others sustain bullet wounds to the legs as police moved in to arrest and disperse demonstrators. Police could not confirm the witness account. VOA Khmer, Phnom Penh. Video footage of VOA Khmer, Ap and Reuters)
Prime Minister Hun Sen and main opposition leader Sam Rainsy have met briefly for the first time in years but reached no resolution on the political standoff for the country's disputed election. Saturday's meeting between top leaders of ruling party, the CPP led by Hun Sen and top leaders of opposition party, the CNRP led by Sam Rainsy was mediated by King Norodom Sihamoni and held at the Royal Palace in the capital, Phnom Penh.VOA Khmer's Heng Reaksmey reports from Phnom Penh.
Cambodian police found a home-made bomb near national assembly building and three grenades near a freedom park in the capital, Phnom Penh, where opposition supporters planned to stage another mass rally on Sunday in protest at alleged electoral fraud. A controlled explosion of the bomb on Friday added to the tension over the contested results of the July 28 general election. VOA Khmer's Khuon Theara and Say Mony report from Phnom Penh.
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.