Villagers and Councilors Complain Over Lack of Commune Hall

Sun Narin, VOA Khmer

The Cambodian People’s Party commune office and Svay Pleung commune hall are located on the same plot of land in Kampong Thom, Cambodia, July 14, 2017. (Sun Narin/VOA Khmer)

Svay Pleung commune in Kampong Thom province has never had a commune hall for its officials to conduct business.

For some 15 years councilors have been forced to work out of a small area in a villager’s home. There’s no room for the commune chief, councilors and staff to administer the constituency of some 6,500 residents. Continue reading “Villagers and Councilors Complain Over Lack of Commune Hall”


Researchers Urge Southeast Asian States to Consider Energy Alternatives

A computer image of the proposed Pak Beng hydropower dam. (Courtesy photo of Pak Beng hydropower project)

Researchers have said governments in the Mekong region should consider alternatives to large hydropower dams, including renewable energy.

A new report by the Stimson Center, titled “Mekong Power Shift: Emerging Trends in the GMS Power Sector”, contends that a policy shift in the region is needed to deal with the environmental and social fallout of large-scale hydropower development. Continue reading “Researchers Urge Southeast Asian States to Consider Energy Alternatives”

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

By Sun Narin, VOA Khmer

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

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

This informal settlement in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh was evicted in 2006 (Photo from

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

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”


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