Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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Cambodia Marks Human Rights Day Despite ‘Restrictions’

Several hundred participants gathered in the capital’s Democracy Square on Monday to mark 70 years since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Girls’ Deaths Alert Cambodia to Human Cost of Economic Migration

Ol Thida and her husband were sure they had no choice but to leave their tiny rural village.

QASTIC proposes arched tree houses for affordable housing in Cambodia

Qastic lab’s proposal for affordable housing in Cambodia takes advantage of the local construction techniques, available materials, climate, thus facing the site limitations, sustainability considerations, the energy usage savings and the overall desirable low cost of the project.

The Khmer Rouge Tribunal Must be Allowed to Finish its Work

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, otherwise known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, is confronted to a strategic, legal and political challenge: to try and hold more trials, or to close shop.

Under Western pressure, Hun Sen hints at a lighter touch

When Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in September, just months after his ruling party won an election deemed by the international community as illegitimate, his message to the gathered dignitaries was one of fire and fury.

Cambodian Court’s Appeals Review a ‘Ploy’ to Weaken Political Opposition

Observers call the move an attempt to divide exiled CNRP leader Sam Rainsy and former party chief Kem Sokha, now detained in Cambodia.

Kem Sokha’s daughters slam ‘liar’ Sam Rainsy over ‘smears’

The daughters of former opposition leader Kem Sokha hit out at Sam Rainsy on Tuesday, accusing the newly nominated “acting president” of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) of leading a “smear campaign” against their father and “repeatedly lying to the public”.

Rainsy ‘Assumes Control’ of Cambodia’s Opposition in Exile

The announcement was made at a gathering of overseas party members in Atlanta, GA, this week, which was billed as the first Cambodia National Rescue Party world congress outside the country and supporters of Sokha had opposed.

Analysts Question Motives Behind Cambodia’s Plan to ‘Strengthen Democracy’ After Divisive Election

Cambodia’s government on Monday outlined a plan to “strengthen democracy and political space” in the country following a divisive election, but observers said the proposal is aimed at alleviating international pressure and does not go far enough in rolling back restrictions put in place ahead of July’s ballot.

Cambodian dream islands offset nightmare coast

Amid luxury eco-haven, Australian-run charity seeks to restore nature's balance.

Will justice heal Cambodia’s grievous wounds?

Those who believe that justice will be done, no matter how late, and that the oppressor will be punished, found this manifest earlier this month.

Cambodian Authorities Move to Amend Laws in Effort to Protect Forests

Widespread illegal logging in Cambodia’s forests is making the government reevaluate existing laws intended to protect the country’s natural resources.

Cambodia Seeks to Drop Pending Charges Against Unionists in About-Face on Labor

Cambodia’s Ministry of Labor on Thursday asked all union leaders and labor activists who have court cases pending against them to report to the ministry so it can work with justice officials to have the charges dropped, in a move by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s authoritarian regime to alleviate pressure from the international community over his human rights record.

Judges Split on Whether Cambodia Tribunal Can Pursue Khmer Rouge Commander

Cambodian and foreign investigating judges issued conflicting rulings on Wednesday on whether a United Nations-backed tribunal, which this month convicted two senior leaders of genocide, should move forward with prosecution of the next potential defendant.

A repressive anniversary marked in Cambodia

One year after the forced dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, there are few signs PM Hun Sen plans to dismantle his de facto one-party state any time soon.

Cambodian Villagers Protest Sand-Dredging Operation in Protected Zone

At least 10 ethnic Phnorng villagers protested on Monday in Cambodia’s Mondulkiri  province to demand an end to a sand-dredging operation carried out in a wildlife sanctuary in the Bou Sra commune of the province’s Pech Chreada district, local sources said.

Decades after Khmer Rouge terror, some justice

Greater Lowell Cambodian-Americans find healing with conviction of regime's leaders.

Cambodian Inventor Shares Creative Insights, Plans for the Future

After two years at university, Thul Rithy decided to quit, opting to teach himself English and explore the country by bicycle to gain inspiration.

Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal: Will Chea and Samphan’s appeals bring the trials to an...

Last week the Khmer Rouge tribunal handed down a historic verdict against two elderly leaders of the regime that claimed at least 1.7 million lives, legally declaring for the first time that genocide had occurred in Cambodia in the 1970s.

ASEAN may be forced to choose between US, China: Cambodia PM’s son

Southeast Asian nations may soon have to "choose sides" between the US and China in their ongoing trade war, the political heir to Cambodia's strongman ruler Hun Sen warned Wednesday in rare public comments.

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Serey Chea of the National Bank of Cambodia says the central bank wants to use blockchain in order to cut costs and increase the speed of cross-border, peer-to-peer transactions. She also discusses financial literacy in the country.