phnom srok district, Banteay Meanchey province – Their story is as old as the environmental movement. The people of Pongro village, who live next to the Trapaing Thmar Crane Reservoir, are facing the loss of their land and livelihood because they happen to live near an endangered species. And they aren’t happy about it.
samraong district, Oddar Meanchey province – The people of this province—with its bad roads, low education and land grabs—will be voting for their own parliamentarian for the first time this year. For the elections in 1998, they were all part of Siem Reap province, with Oddar Meanchey carved out of Siem Reap later that year.
serei saophoan district, Banteay Meanchey province – Hing Tim, the director of Banteay Meanchey’s culture department, lives above his office. From the street, there is little to identify his home from any of the weathered shophouses on either side of his. But piled in the corners of the rooms above the street, collecting dust, are some of Cambodia’s oldest treasures.
phnom srok district, Banteay Meanchey province – In some villages across the country, party signs are torn down or defaced, their owners threatened or killed. That kind of election intimidation is documented, complaints are filed, and the run-up to the impending election goes on.
The threat of severe acute respiratory syndrome may have passed, but its specter remains, and guest house and hotel managers in Siem Reap say they don’t expect to recover their businesses any time soon.
A proposal to send an Asean delegation to Burma to promote democracy following the detainment of pro-democracy leader Ang Sun Suu Kyi was met with broad approval by Asean ministers, a foreign minister said Friday.
As a week of talks came to a close Thursday, North Korea dealt a tongue lashing to Asean members and their regional partners, while Burma’s foreign minister said pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi would remain in detention.
Foreign ministers of 23 Asian and Pacific countries urged North Korea to resume cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and to return to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty after a day of talks ended Wednesday.
Japan’s foreign minister said Tuesday her country would send at least one judge for the impending Khmer Rouge trial and was ready to start the initial stages of bridge construction over the Mekong River at Prey Veng province’s Peam Ro district.
Asean leaders will have to find a way to bring democratic change to Burma’s military junta by 2006 or face the prospect of having their regional organization chaired by a pariah state, Nobel Prize-winning Jose Ramos-Horta said on the sidelines of Tuesday’s ministerial meetings.