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Cambodian-Americans Say Midterms Will Not Change Passage of Cambodia Democracy Bill

An activist said the retirement of Ed Royce, a prominent Republican critic of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government and chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, would be a loss to the Cambodian-American community.

Mixed Views on Khmer Rouge Tribunal Impact, Legacy Ahead of Genocide Verdict

Peter Maguire, author of “Facing Death in Cambodia”, said the court’s legacy was “part good, part bad, and part ugly,” having spent some $300 million to try just three Khmer Rouge officials.

Fear, Paranoia Stalks Former Opposition Officials a Year After Party Outlawed

The CNRP was the country’s largest political party and the only party to win seats in parliament in the 2013 election.

Documentary Filmmaker Focuses on Cambodia’s Martial Art

Bokator is an ancient Cambodian martial art that flourished during the golden age of Angkor, and almost disappeared under the Khmer Rouge.

Verdict Due Against Khmer Rouge Leaders for Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity

The verdict this Friday focuses on charges of crimes against humanity and genocide committed at worksites, cooperatives, security centers and execution sites, including the infamous S-21 prison in Phnom Penh.

Step by Step: Phnom Penh Marching Band Takes Setbacks in Stride

On most days, the courtyard of Kolab Primary School is a cacophony of children at play, but on Sunday afternoons, the humid air rings with the cheery din of Phnom Penh’s only independent marching band.

Asean MPs Discuss Cambodia Human Rights Record at Singapore Summit

A group of liberal lawmakers from Asean nations meeting in Singapore this week will focus on Cambodia and Myanmar’s human rights record.

On Cambodian Independence Day, King Calls on for National Unity and Reconciliation

Some 25,000 government officials, civil servants and members of the security forces took part in the annual event in Phnom Penh.

65th Anniversary of Independence Day

Thousands of government officials and students join the celebration of Cambodia's 65th anniversary of its Independence Day on November 9, 2018, at the Independence Monument and the Royal Palace.

UN Rights Envoy Calls for More Participation, Accountability From Cambodia

Rhona Smith said the government’s development strategy was dependent on a free press and vibrant civil society, as well as fair access to justice and accountability for officials.

Documentary Film on Cambodian Martial Art ‘Bokator’ to Screen in Philadelphia

‘Surviving Bokator,’ a documentary film about a Khmer Rouge survivor and martial art grandmaster who dreams to revive an ancient Cambodian sport, is set to premiere in the United States East Coast at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival this Friday, according to a press release.

In Fresno, Conservative Cambodian-American Fails to Unseat Longtime Democratic Incumbent

Incumbent Jim Costa, a seasoned politician, beat Elizabeth Heng 54.4 percent to 45.6 percent, according to the State’s primary results.

Cambodian-Americans Focus on Checks to Trump’s Power in US Midterms

President Trump’s Republican Party had held the balance of power in all three branches of government prior to the vote, which saw the Democrats win control of the House of Representatives.

Cambodian-Americans Call on Paris Accord Signatories to ‘Restore Multi-Party Democracy’

The appeal was made at a meeting of the Overseas Khmer Summit (OKS) in Washington, DC, attended by Cambodian-Americans from several US states.

PM Hun Sen Creates Task Force to Address Civil Society Concerns

Am Sam Ath, a senior investigator with Licadho, a local rights group, said the plan would only be effective if proposals from civil society were taken seriously and acted on.

In Whispers, Rural Cambodians Anxiously Contemplate Life in a One-Party State

The CPP won around 3,000 of 3,500 valid votes in Champey, according to results from the CPP-dominated National Election Committee.

For Cambodian-American, a Lesson on Winning in Losing Congressional Bid

Bopha Malone lost her bid to become a Democratic candidate but she was part of a wave of women running for office, a move that “inspired” younger women in the community to follow her.

Diversity Among Asians Divides Them on Affirmative Action

A federal judge in Boston heard closing arguments Friday in a highly publicized lawsuit alleging that elite Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans.

Cambodia’s Baha’i Temple Aims to Reach, Serve More

There are an estimated 6 million Baha’is worldwide, including several thousand in Cambodia, where the faith first carved out a foothold in the 1920s, said Hou Sopheap, the Baha’i House of Worship’s director.

China to Go On Defensive at ASEAN Summit

Southeast Asian countries are expected to push back gently against Chinese political and economic influence in their region, edging instead toward Western-allied powers, when their leaders gather this month.