US Secretary of State John Kerry met with key Cambodian leaders, including those in the opposition and in human rights and development organizations Tuesday, as he makes a brief tour of Asia.
រដ្ឋមន្ត្រីការបរទេសអាមេរិក លោក ចន ឃែរី (John Kerry) បានធ្វើដំណើរមកដល់រាជធានីភ្នំពេញហើយនៅយប់ថ្ងៃច័ន្ទម្សិលមិញនេះ។
John Kerry is expected to meet with Prime Minister Hun Sen, Foreign Minister Hor Namhong, as well as members of the opposition and civil society.
The TPP trade deal may become more tempting to Cambodia in light of China’s domestic economic woes, growth there is slower now than at any time in the past 25 years.
Union activists and workers today mark the 12th anniversary of the assassination of Chea Vichea, a well loved labor leader whose murder has never been prosecuted.
Cambodia has around 1,000 active unions, most representing some 700,000 workers in the garment and textile manufacturing sector.
Vorn Pov, the leader of the organization IDEA, was among 23 people arrested in the January 2014 crackdown.
At least five people died in a brutal government crackdown during two days of rioting in January 2014.
The prison population in Cambodia has swelled to 17,522 people, up 18 percent from last year.
His remarks came during the inauguration of a dam located on the Tatay river in Koh Kong province’s Thma Baing district.
The garment industry provides jobs for at least 700,000 Cambodians, but workers say the minimum wage is not sufficient for their day-to-day needs.
UN officials tell VOA current levels of forcible displacements have not been seen since World War Two.