As Children Returned to Families From ‘Residential Centers’, Mixed Experiences Reported

By Sun Narin, VOA Khmer

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Chheum Sokhoch, middle, is pictured with his father Plung Bunkhiem, 40, and his mother, Voeun Ya, 36, at their home in Krobey Riel commune, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 13, 2017. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

Wearing a long-sleeved school uniform and jeans and a satchel on his back, Chheum Sokhoch, 14, says he has lived in a residential care center in Siem Reap province for about three years. Continue reading “As Children Returned to Families From ‘Residential Centers’, Mixed Experiences Reported”

New Opposition Commune Chief on the Move to Make Area Corruption Free

By Sun Narin, VOA Khmer

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Chen Sokngeng, 26, the newly-elected Sala Kam Reuk commune chief from Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), talks to local villagers, Siem Reap, Cambodia, July 12, 2107. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

Chen Sokngeng, 26, is the youngest commune chief who won in the July 4 election. Campaigning on an anti-corruption platform, he claims to have signed off on hundreds of documents since taking office. Continue reading “New Opposition Commune Chief on the Move to Make Area Corruption Free”

Land titles help to prevent conflict

By Sun Narin

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This informal settlement in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh was evicted in 2006 (Photo from http://www.dandc.eu)

The Khmer Rouge ended private ownership of land and real estate in Cambodia. Its genocidal rule claimed an estimated 1.7 million lives from 1975 to 1979.

When the regime collapsed, most Cambodians were living in rural communities. Many had fled their homes, and no one wanted to settle in Phnom Penh, the capital, which was called “a ghost city”. In the acute crisis, people obviously did not worry much about formal land titles. Continue reading “Land titles help to prevent conflict”

As New Councilors Start Work, Some Express Hopes for Collaboration

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The four newly elected commune council members, from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), took up their posts this week, July 3, 2017. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

More than 400 newly elected opposition commune chiefs took up their posts this week after winning at the local elections last month, the first time in history the Cambodia National Rescue Party has held strong power in local politics. Continue reading “As New Councilors Start Work, Some Express Hopes for Collaboration”

New O’Cha Commune Chief Hopes to Combat Corruption

Sun Narin, VOA Khmer

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Sin Chanpeourozet, 31, is the newly elected O’Cha commune chief from the Cambodia National Rescue Party. (Courtesy photo of Facebook)

Hor Kheun is about to leave his position as head of O’Cha commune council after 15 years in the job.

Like many of his colleagues in the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, Kheun was defeated in the local elections on June 4 by a younger opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party candidate. Continue reading “New O’Cha Commune Chief Hopes to Combat Corruption”

In Bavet, Election Ushers in New Blood

By Sun Narin, VOA Khmer

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Phouk Prathna, 25, from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), will be the commune councilor for Bavet commune, Svay Rieng province, Cambodia, June 27, 2017. (Sun Narin/ VOA Khmer)

Phouk Prathna is one of the youngest local councilors elected to run a local authority in this month’s local elections.

At just 25 years old, the Cambodia National Rescue Party councilor for Bavet in Svay Rieng province, near the border with Vietnam, was one of four officials elected on a CNRP ticket here. Continue reading “In Bavet, Election Ushers in New Blood”

Cambodians Switch to Solar Panels as Electricity Infrastructure Falls Short

By Sun Narin, VOA Khmer

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A house in Bati commune is using solar power due to shortage of electricity, Svay Rieng province, Cambodia, June 17, 2017. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

Almost 40 years after the upheaval of the Khmer Rouge regime, residents of Bati commune near the Cambodian border with Vietnam are still without electricity. Continue reading “Cambodians Switch to Solar Panels as Electricity Infrastructure Falls Short”

No justice without remembering

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Skulls at the killing field Choeung Ek near Phnom Penh, which is now a memorial.

Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime collapsed in January 1979. It left deep marks, having claimed an estimated 1.7 million lives. Thirty-eight years later, people are still seeking justice. To learn from history and cope with the trauma, Cambodians need documentation, memorialisation and reparation. Continue reading “No justice without remembering”

Dispute Over Support for Iconic Khmer Rouge Site Prompts Funding Rethink

 The head of the Documentation Center of Cambodia has called on the Khmer Rouge tribunal to include one of the regime’s most iconic sites in its list of reparations.

Youk Chhang, director of DC-Cam, said in a letter to Marie Guiraud, a lawyer at the tribunal, that the Anlong Veng Peace Center Project should be supported with reparations money.

Continue reading “Dispute Over Support for Iconic Khmer Rouge Site Prompts Funding Rethink”

Cambodia Deports Russian Businessman Sergei Polonsky

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