Graft Unit grills rights workers; UN stays away

The Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) questioned officers of local human rights group Adhoc late into the evening for a second straight day on Thursday over claims that they had instructed the alleged mistress of deputy opposition leader Kem Sokha to deny their affair. ...

Ben Sokhean and Zsombor Peter

US, ASEAN urged to push rights in Cambodia

Twelve civil society organizations submitted a joint statement asking the US government and heads of democratic ASEAN members to raise issues of human rights violations in Cambodia and the misuse of courts to stifle the opposition at next week’s US-ASEAN Summit in California, in order ...

Taing Vida

Hun Sen touts Cambodia’s approach to closing gender gap

Prime Minister Hun Sen addressed world leaders at the UN on Sunday, giving his formula for closing the gender gap. On Friday, world leaders adopted a new set of development goals, to be achieved over the next 15 years, including gender promotion. ...

Men Kimseng

Across ASEAN, women need more development, advocate says

As ASEAN heads toward greater economic integration at the end of the year, a Cambodian advocate says more needs to be done in the region for women’s rights. Asean has a working group for women’s issues, but the region faces challenges in social and economic equality, ...

Sok Khemara

Women’s rights activists dispersed by police

About 100 women’s rights activists were prevented from riding tuk-tuks to the National Assembly and the Phnom Penh headquarters of the ruling CPP on Tuesday, but successfully delivered a petition to the opposition CNRP demanding female representation on the reformed National Election Committee. ...

Kuch Naren

Putting women in the driver's seat in Cambodia

How can one push for greater political participation of women in a patriarchal state that believes government is a fraternity? The Cambodian Committee to Promote Women in Politics faced this exact problem when it first started its work to encourage women to get more politically involved ...

Daphne Davies

Women’s Rights activists stage flash mob to raise awareness

A group of activists staged a flash mob in Phnom Penh’s Wat Botom park Thursday evening, performing the Madison and the cha-cha-cha to bring attention to women’s rights in the lead-up to International Women’s Day on Sunday. ...

Sek Odom and Maria Paula Brito

Poverty reduction a mixed success, as countryside rates remain high

Cambodia’s efforts to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger have yielded mixed results, despite the government’s claim it has reduced the poverty rate ahead of a UN deadline. But many people remain near the poverty line, vulnerable to natural disasters, such as flooding, that could put ...

Men Kimseng,

Civil society groups appeal for international intervention for the release of 23 protesters

181 national and international non-governmental organizations handed over their petitions to foreign embassies on Thursday to seek the release of 23 people who were arrested in protest crackdowns. A group of some 50 representatives marched along the streets and submitted the petitions to the German, Sweden ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Call for More Women Representatives in Sub-National Politics

As Cambodia nears its second district and municipal council elections in May, about 200 women councilors from the sub-national level attended a workshop Friday to call for political parties to increase the number of women candidates in the upcoming election. Currently, 12 percent of councilors at ...

Kuch Naren

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