VOA Khmer

Seven Feared Trapped in Gold Mine Collapse

A gold mine shaft has collapsed in Preah Vihear province, trapping at least seven miners, officials said Monday. The collapse took place in a shaft that is typically mined by up to 60 people at a time, he [Rovieng Police Chief Sin Thorn]. Sin Thorn said ...


Analysts See Chance for End to Political Deadlock

With Saturday’s opposition protest now expected to be a peaceful meditation on justice—rather than a demonstration against a flawed election process—Cambodian analysts say the current post-election deadlock may soon pass. Opposition leaders said Monday they planned to go forward with a mass demonstration, but that they ...

Heng Reaksmey

2012 Sees Jump in Land Disputes and Grants

Economic land concessions remain a major concern, with more than 230 people arrested in 2012, an increase of more than 150 percent from the year before, according to an annual report by the rights group Adhoc. That means land conflicts have increased, Thun Saray, president ...


Striking Casino Workers Court Ordered Back to Work

The Banteay Meanchey provincial court has ordered casino workers in a border town to resume work, following a five day strike over poor working conditions. The provincial court judge, Pich Vicheathor, told workers they must resume their work or be fired, workers said. The workers say ...


Cambodia Boosting Efforts To Attract US Investors

Cambodia is ramping up efforts to attract US investment, especially because it benefits from trade preferences due to its status as a least-developed country, Cambodian Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh says. Cambodian products can be imported duty free to a number of markets, including Europe and ...


Cambodia Sees Opportunity for US Investment in Agriculture

Cambodian Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh sees great potential for US companies that want to invest in agriculture, where he says they can do legitimate business relatively free from the graft as Cambodia makes anti-corruption headway. Cham Prasidh was in Washington last week, where he and other ...


Asean Leaders See Economic Integration as Important

Asean leaders Tuesday discussed the importance of expanding economic opportunity for the region, vowing to increase efforts for better trade and investment amid members states and with the US. Surin Pitsuwan, secretary-general of Asean, said “more and more” was expected of Asean today. “So it is ...


Corruption Continues To Stymie Development, Transparency Advocate Says

Corruption remains a major impediment to Cambodia’s development, but the systemic practices associated with it can be curbed if the government takes serious action, a transparency advocate says. Preap Kol, executive director of Transparency International Cambodia, told VOA Khmer in a studio interview recently that Cambodia ...


UN Rights Official Urges Cambodia to Ratify Convention To Protect Workers Abroad

A top UN diplomat has encouraged Cambodia to ratify a convention that would protect its migrant workers abroad. James Heenan, from the office of human rights at the UN, said in a forum in Phnom Penh that Cambodian workers abroad often see their rights violated. .. ...


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