VOA Khmer

Bringing men into the fight against gender-based violence

Efforts are underway to recruit men and boys in the battle for gender equality in Cambodia, in an approach that experts hope will help prevent violence against women. ...

Ten Soksreinith, Aun Chhengpor

Opposition leader calls for politeness in politics

Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy has called for politicians to speak politely and refrain from using insults in political debate. CPP spokesman Sok Eysan welcomed Rainsy’s statement, agreeing that political campaigning should focus on policies rather than personal insults. ...

Hul Reaksmey

Authorities block observers as Svay Rieng factory protests continue

Observers and trade union representatives said they were blocked from monitoring protests in Svay Rieng province, where striking workers clashed with security forces once again on Tuesday morning. ...

Neou Vannarin

Major labor protest underway in industrial zone near Vietnam

Thousands of protesters in Svay Rieng province clashed with police Monday, as they continued a prolonged demonstration over the minimum wage in a special economic zone near the Vietnam border.Riot police dispersed protesters with water canons. Protesters threw stones at police. At least a 50 ...

Neou Vannarin

Thailand, Cambodia strengthen ties

Thailand and Cambodia have agreed to boost economic and business ties during an official visit to Thailand by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.The visit marks a major thawing in bilateral relations strained in recent years. The visit by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen was the ...

Ron Corben

Laos could act as ‘land link’ in integrated ASEAN

Laos will begin its chairmanship of Asean in January, the year when economic integration across the region begins.Officials say the land-locked country can serve as a model for connectivity, helping the region focus on the development gap between the rich and poor countries of Asean. ...

Sophat Soeung

Farmers and fishermen warily eye changes to climate

In the Kampong Phluk fishing village on the Tonle Sap lake, home to thousands of families in Siem Reap province, fishermen say their catch this year has been too poor to live on. Ning Ny, chief of Kampong Phluk commune, in Siem Reap, said almost ...

Sok Khemara

UN: Record-breaking 60 million forcibly displaced worldwide

The U.N. refugee agency warns the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes is likely to exceed 60 million in 2015.The UNHCR has released its Mid-Year Trends 2015 report covering global forced displacement during the first six months of this year. ...

Lisa Schlein

No oil production until prices rise, experts say

Cambodia is unlikely to be able to produce offshore oil until prices rise, analysts say. Meng Saktheara, a spokesman for the Ministry of Mines and Energy, said he agreed with that analysis. Negotiations over production are not finalized with KrisEnergy, which must also finish its ...

Hul Reaksmey

Survivor and refugee finds healing in writing her memoir

The author Ly Sambo survived the Khmer Rouge and eventually made her way to America as a refugee. Her story is not uncommon from that of other survivors of Cambodia’s atrocities and wars. But she says she helped herself reconcile with the brutal past by ...

Ten Soksreinith

Opposition’s return to parliament could help jailed activists

With the return of the Cambodia National Rescue Party to the National Assembly this week, following a boycott that began in November, analysts say there is a chance some of the party’s activists could be released from jail. ...

Hul Reaksmey

Small businesses help Cambodia’s growth, entrepreneur says

In recent years, Cambodia has seen a surging number of small and medium-sized businesses, driven by young entrepreneurs. As of 2011, there are estimated 530,000 SMEs in Cambodia, but many lack access to capital to build strong and innovative businesses.​ ...

Ten Soksreinith

Scholars say empathy, forgiveness key to reconciling Khmer Rouge crimes

Empathy and forgiveness should be at the heart of efforts to heal the wounds of Cambodia’s tragic history, according to academics attending a recent symposium. Kosal of Brooklyn College added that the tribunal might not be an effective mechanism to achieve reconciliation and healing for ...

Say Mony

Hun Sen calls for ASEAN cooperation in times of disaster

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday called on Asean member states to work together on cross-border rescues of citizens in the wake of natural or man-made disasters. ...

Hul Reaksmey

Cambodian opposition ends assembly boycott

Lawmakers for the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) attended a plenary session at the National Assembly Wednesday, ending a parliamentary boycott that has lasted for weeks. ...

Neou Vannarin

In Virginia, advocates meet to discuss Cambodia’s rights woes

A small group of human rights advocates and other Cambodian-Americans met recently in Virginia to discuss Cambodia’s ongoing problems with human rights abuse.Participants discussed the difficulty in promoting human rights and democracy in Cambodia, where political pressure and powerful individuals often intervene. ...

Pin Sisovann

10 Cambodians die after eating dog meat, drinking wine

Cambodian health officials have been sent to a northeastern district where 10 people died and more than 100 were sickened in two separate incidents linked to the consumption of dog meat and rice wine, a medical officer said Friday. ...

Associated Press News Staff

Cambodia’s indigenous groups suffer under climate change, deforestation

In the remote province of Ratanakiri, in northeastern Cambodia, deforestation and climate change are taking a heavy toll on communities.Drought has damaged crops, from rice to sesame, cashews, beans and potatoes, making it hard for farmers here to earn a living. And deforestation has greatly ...

Sok Khemara

ASEAN integration will require human resources, scholar says

With Asean integration fast approaching, analysts say Cambodia has more to do to strengthen its human resources and be competitive in the region’s open markets. ...

Men Kimseng

Education key to art conservation

Art can represent a nation’s identity, and younger generations have a responsibility to conserve it. But that means education, to help youth appreciate art and culture, says Donna Strahan, head of conservation and research at the Freer-Sackler Gallery. ...

Hong Chenda

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