Cambodia’s ruling and opposition parties remain at odds over negotiations for a new government. The opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party wants to negotiate for election reforms, following irregularities opposition leaders say cost them the election in July. But a ruling party lawmaker told VOA Khmer that negotiations should now be centered around positions at the National Assembly, a legislative body the opposition says was illegally formed without their participation. Meanwhile, Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy, who is visiting key donors in Western countries, says the current government should not be recognized internationally. He told a group of Cambodian-Americans outside Washington Tuesday night that the opposition was pushing for “change” that many Cambodians wants, despite a high number unable to vote in July’s election. (Sok Khemara, Washington)
Cambodian Americans in Washington DC are protesting outside US Capitol Hill to support resolutions sponsored by Sen. Lindsay Graham and Rep. Steve Chabot that censure the Cambodian government for its failing human rights record and call for a decrease in US aid to the country. (VOA Khmer's Sok Khemara reports from Capitol Hill, Washington DC.
Cambodian Americans in Washington DC are protesting outside US Capitol Hill to support resolutions sponsored by Sen. Lindsay Graham and Rep. Steve Chabot that censure the Cambodian government for its failing human rights record and call for a decrease in US aid to the country. (Photos by Sok Khemara, VOA Khmer)
Cambodia Town Film Festival co-organizers PraCh Ly and Caylee So are on a tour promoting the festival throughout the US. During their tour on the East Coast, they stopped by the Voice of America studio in Washington, DC. VOA Khmer’s Im Sothearith discusses the festival’s purpose and the organizers’ expectations.
The US State Department on Friday welcomed news that opposition leader Sam Rainsy has received a royal pardon, allowing for his return to Cambodia ahead of the July 28 elections. But in a Friday media briefing, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also urged Cambodia to continue reforms to ensure a credible election, including the implementation of 18 separate recommendations made by the UN’s special rights envoy to Cambodia, Surya Subedi. Pin Sisovann, Washington.
More than 1,000 Cambodian-Americans and their supporters held a demonstration of Friday in front of the White House in Washington, calling on US President Barack Obama to help ensure free and fair elections in Cambodia later this month and to continue to push for human rights and democracy in Cambodia. Protesters came from at least 10 states across the country and included not only Cambodian-American citizens, but Buddhist monks, Khmer minorities from Vietnam and Montagnards. VOA Khmer's Sok Khemara reports.
Despite the ability to unify and create Cambodian Town, the Cambodian American community in Long Beach, Calif., still lacks representation at the city level. Steve Vibol Meng, former president of the Cambodian Coordinating Council , speaks with VOA Khmer’s Im Sothearith on issues ranging from gang engagement to business success experienced by Cambodian-Americans in Long Beach.