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Locals resigned over document purge for ethnic Vietnamese

Ethnic Vietnamese people sit in line as they wait for immigration authorities to check their documents during a crackdown yesterday in Phnom Penh's Chroy Changvar district. Ngoc Yoeung, 78, has lived in Cambodia his entire life.



Cambodia's harshest jail claims life of Australian sex offender

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Language of 'First They Killed My Father' Resonates With Cambodian-Americans

Propelled by the power of hearing their stories in their own language, some Cambodian American audience members fled in tears from a screening of First They Killed My Father , the Angelina Jolie film adaptation of an English-language memoir of a 5-year-old girl who witnessed the Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975. The movie uses the Khmer word "pa" for "father" a word the Khmer Rouge banned as foreign-sounding and elitist and replaced with "puk," which the regime preferred as a purer Khmer word for "father."



Indonesia is brightest hope for democracy in Asean say parliamentarians, experts

Villagers wave the national flag during celebrations for the 72nd anniversary of the Indonesia military, in Cilegon, Indonesia Banten province, October 5, 2017. Source: Reuters/Beawiharta THE OUTLOOK for democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia is "bleak" with the world's largest Muslim-majority country Indonesia offering the best hope for democratic progress in the region, parliamentarians, academics and rights activists from across the region have warned.



Cambodia's garment export growth expected to slow next year - manufacturers' group

Concerns about the impact of next year's election and competition from lower-cost or more efficient Asian rivals will slow the growth of Cambodia's garment industry next year, the main manufacturers' group said. The Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia, representing 600 factories that employ around 700,000 people, said it expected export growth of 3 to 4 percent next year from a rate of 8 percent in the first nine months of 2017.



Island nations offer advice on development of infrastructure

At a regional conference held in Phnom Penh yesterday, international officials met to discuss how Cambodia needs to adopt a more resilient infrastructure strategy to ensure stable economic growth by taking lessons from regional counterparts and seeking out their guidance. Speaking at the conference, Pheng Sovicheano, a secretary of state at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, said that despite Cambodia's rapid economic growth, the Kingdom needs more financing to develop infrastructure to ensure long-term prosperity.



Chemical weapons org starts inquiry

A team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons arrived in Cambodia Sunday night, with officials saying they will investigate chemical weapons dropped by the United States during the Vietnam War. Cambodian officials first appealed in October to the OPCW, which is the implementing body of the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, complaining about non-lethal CS tear gas bombs found in Svay Rieng.



Mekong River Commission stations not operational

Less than half of the monitoring stations set up by the Mekong River Commission in Cambodia are not operational due to a lack of financial commitment from the Cambodian government, officials said yesterday, jeopardising the collection of important environmental and hydrological data. Though the stations were set up by the MRC, each Mekong country - Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos - is responsible for stations within their borders that collect a host of invaluable real-time data on hydrology, pollution and fisheries.



Child protection plan rolled out

The government unveiled a long-awaited national plan to combat violence against children yesterday, four years after a countrywide survey revealed that more than half of children in Cambodia are physically abused. Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An, during a speech at the launch event at the Sofitel Hotel, called the five-year action plan "specific and realistic".



Eluding censors, Mekong Review covers Southeast Asia's literary scene

At Monument Books, a bookstore in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, the magazine racks are stacked with copies of The Economist and other titles from Britain, Australia, France and the US. But one top-selling magazine there was founded in Phnom Penh and takes its name - Mekong Review - from the mighty river that runs beside the city's low-rise downtown.



Foreign Ministry hits out at US

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday condemned the US State Department's announcement that visa restrictions will be imposed on Cambodian officials involved in "undermining democracy". In a statement issued a day after the decision was announced, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it was "utterly dismayed" by the additional visa restrictions.



Ex-CNRP officials file politics ban challenge

Senior members of the now-dissolved opposition CNRP have filed a complaint to the Supreme Court asking that it reopen last month's dissolution case to allow them to submit evidence, even though there is no legal recourse for appeal of a decision by the highest court. In a near-universally condemned decision, the court ruled on November 16 to dissolve the country's main opposition, the Cambodia National Rescue Party, and to ban 118 of its officials from politics for five years.



US to help Cambodia preserve Khmer Rouge victims' belongings

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - The U.S government has provided more than $55,000 to Cambodia for the preserving of personal items belonging to prisoners at a Khmer Rouge prison and torture The project agreement was signed Monday by U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia William Heidt and Cambodian Secretary of State for Ministry of Culture and Fine Art Chuch Phoeurn. The funding aims to preserve and maintain 3,000 to 5,000 items of clothing, shoes, hats and belts belonging to prisoners who were detained at the Khmer Rouge's main Tuol Sleng prison facility.



Bird Flu Detected In Cambodia

The bird flu virus was detected in Koh Svay village in Kampong Cham province of Cambodia, the Cambodian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries recently announced. Vietnam News Agency reported the ministry as saying that about 200 chickens suspected to have bird flu were discovered on Nov 28. Tests on the chickens confirmed the outbreak.



Hun Sen wins little-known tourism award, shortlisted for Chinese 'peace' prize

Prime Minister Hun receives the honorary title of "Goodwill Ambassador for Tourism and Sustainable Development Goals" at a ceremony on Saturday in Phnom Penh. Facebook Prime Minister Hun Sen has had a good week on the international award circuit, having been announced a finalist for a "peace" prize and the recipient of a global "tourism" award - though in both cases the awarding institutions seem to exclusively lavish praise on autocratic leaders.



Decision on EU funding for election committee due soon

EU Ambassador to Cambodia George Edgar tests indelible ink at an NEC conference before commune elections held in June this year in Phnom Penh. The European Union ambassador to Cambodia, George Edgar, said on Friday he expected a decision within days on whether funding for Cambodia's National Election Committee will be cut following the recent dissolution of the country's only viable opposition party.



A renewed commitment on Human Rights Day

Cambodian Labour Confederation President Ath Thorn releases balloons into the sky at an event celebrating International Human Rights Day yesterday in Phnom Penh's Tuol Kork district. Today, Human Rights Day, marks the launch of a year's celebration to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.





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