Analyst Skeptical of Cambodia Reform Promise
(25-11-2013 by VOA)Dr. Sophal Ear, author of a book titled "Aid Dependence in Cambodia: How Foreign Assistance Undermines Democracy" has been invited back to Washington DC to talk about the lessons that Burma can learn from Cambodia during the country's transition to democracy.
Housing Activist Released on Bail
(22-11-2013 by VOA)The Cambodian Supreme Court on Friday ordered the release of housing activist Yorm Bopha, who has been held for 14 months on charges her supporters say were exaggerated in hopes of curtailing eviction protests. The court ordered Yorm Bopha, 29, released on bail, while it ordered the Court of Appeals to rehear her case. Hundreds of land and housing activists gathered outside the court in support of Yorm Bopha. After her release, she told journalists she was not satisfied with the decision, adding that she still worried she would be re-arrested and jailed again.
Opposition Calls for Renewed Investigation of 2010 Bridge Stampede
(21-11-2013 by VOA)Opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Thursday urged Cambodian authorities to reopen an investigation into a deadly bridge stampede during the Water Festival in 2010. Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, made his statement as Phnom Penh held a memorial service for the more than 350 people who died during the stampede, when festival goers panicked on a crowded bridge.
Demonstrators Gather Ahead of Supreme Court Hearing on Jailed Activist
(19-11-2013 by VOA)Housing rights activists demonstrated outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday, four days before judges there will decide on the case of Yorm Bopha, an activist whose supporters say she is being held without proper evidence. Demonstrators burned some 100 arrest warrants already issued by the investigating judge, Te Sam Ang, who ordered the arrest of Yorm Bopha, 29, in August 2012.
On Tonle Sap, Collusion, Corruption Mean Illegal Fishing
(15-11-2013 by VOA)Members of a fishing community in Battambang province say overfishing has increased in recent years, fueled in part by collusion between criminals and the authorities responsible for protecting them. Cambodia is facing a growing crisis from overfishing, as major fish stocks in the Tonle Sap lake are being depleted, diminishing a major source of protein for millions of people. In Kantrai village, Battambang province, fisherman Lorn Rim said the are "no fish now."
Vendor Killed as Protesters Clash With Police
(13-11-2013 by VOA)One woman was killed and at least five others were wounded when protesters clashed with police outside the home of Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday. The woman was a rice vendor who was shot in the chest and died later in the hospital, after demonstrating workers tried to break through a police barrier outside the premier's home, rights workers said.
A Woman Killed in Cambodia Worker Protest
(12-11-2013 by VOA)Cambodian activists say a woman was shot dead Tuesday during clashes between riot police and a group of striking garment factory workers in the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh.
Officials from the rights group Licadho say at least five protesters were wounded by gunshots when policer launched what they called a 'cruel crackdown" on the protest.
UN Court Backs Cambodia In Thai-Cambodian Border Dispute
(11-11-2013 by VOA)The UN's top court has ruled that the area around an ancient temple on the Thai-Cambodian border belongs to Cambodia. The International Court of Justice in the Hague, Netherlands issued the ruling Monday. Presiding Judge Peter Tomka announced the decision.
Cambodia Woman Receives Working Woman Award
(08-11-2013 by VOA)Cambodian Senior Association President Samnang Wu is one of seven people chosen to receive the Working Woman Award at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Samnang was chosen for her work serving immigrants to America from Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe. For more than 32 years, she has provided them with cultural outreach and education on tuberculosis, hepatitis, HIV, AIDS, STDs and family planning.