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Filipina journalist files sexual harassment complaint vs Cambodia news publisher

Dec 13, 2019 - 9:07 PM

The Khmer Times publisher, Mohan Tirvgmanasam Banddam or T. Mohan, has denied the accusations

ACCUSATION. The publisher of Khmer Times, T. Mohan (middle), is accused of sexually harassing a 26-year-old Filina reporter. Mohan denies the allegation. Photo from L'Hebdo du Cambodge's Facebook

Cambodia's first gay dance troupe upends centuries of tradition

Oct 05, 2019 - 5:19 PM

Bare-chested men wearing crowns and traditional sarongs glide through the slow, graceful movements of the Khmer dance, arching their hands back in poses normally performed by young women in golden dresses

This photo taken on August 31, 2019 shows choreographer Prumsodun Ok (R) with members from the Prumsodun Ok & Natyarasa dance company during an Apsara dance performance in Phnom Penh. Prumsodum OK & Natyarasa is an all-male Apsara company that aims to infuse classical Cambodian ballet with fresh faces, newer music, and cutting-edge outfits. TANG CHHIN Sothy / AFP

Mourners pay final respects to Khmer Rouge 'Brother Number Two'

Aug 09, 2019 - 3:22 PM

Nuon Chea's death comes less than a year after he was sentenced to life in prison by a UN-backed tribunal for genocide against ethnic minority groups, for which he remained unrepentant up until the end of his life

GENOCIDE. In this file handout taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on December 5, 2011, former Khmer Rouge leader "Brother Number Two" Nuon Chea sits in the courtroom during his hearing in Phnom Penh. Photo by Nhet Sokheng/ECCC/AFP

Filipina reporter quits Cambodia newspaper due to alleged sexual harassment

Jul 05, 2019 - 2:57 PM

The publisher and the chief operating officer of the Khmer Times deny the accusations

ACCUSATION. The publisher of Khmer Times, T. Mohan (middle), is accused of sexually harassing a 26-year-old Filina reporter. Mohan denies the allegation. Photo from L'Hebdo du Cambodge's Facebook

Cambodia celebrates 40th anniversary of Khmer Rouge ouster

Jan 07, 2019 - 5:40 PM

It was on January 7, 1979 when the country ended the reign of terror of the ultra-Maoist Khmer Rouge, led by Pol Pot, that left two million Cambodians dead from starvation, hard labor, torture and mass executions

This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav -better known as Duch in the courtroom in Phnom Penh on March 20, 2012. Cambodia's UN-backed war crimes court was rocked on March 19, by the second resignation of an international judge in recent months amid a row over whether to pursue more former regime members. AFP PHOTO / ECCC / NHET SOKHENG ----EDITORS NOTE---- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NHET SOKHENG / ECCC" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS (Photo by NHET SOKHENG / ECCC / AFP)

Cambodia strongman Hun Sen derides 'democracy' in fiery speech

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:16 PM

'Don't make war by using what is called democracy and human rights, in which democratic countries used to make the mistake of supporting Lon Nol's coup,' says the country's strongman leader Hun Sen

CRITICIZE. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen hit Western governments for pushing democracy on the country. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide in landmark ruling

Nov 16, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The events covered by the verdict span the 4 years of the Pol Pot regime and include extensive crimes against humanity

GUILTY. This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge leader head of state Khieu Samphan (L) and 'Brother Number Two' Nuon Chea (R) in the courtroom at ECCC in Phnom Penh on October 31, 2013. File photo by Mark Peters/ECCC/AFP

Convicted Khmer Rouge prison chief hospitalized

Oct 24, 2018 - 2:59 PM

Kaing Guek Eav, better known as Duch, is serving out a life sentence for his role in managing a Phnom Penh detention center where thousands were incarcerated, tortured and sent to their deaths in nearby 'Killing Fields'

IN HOSPIRAL. This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Guek Eav -better known as Duch in the courtroom in Phnom Penh on March 20, 2012. Photo by Nhet Sokheng/ECCC/AFP

‘To forget is a crime’: Genocide survivor helps heal Cambodia’s wounds

Sep 01, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Youk Chhang receives the Ramon Magsaysay Award 2018 for his work gathering and preserving evidence of the Khmer Rouge abuses

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Saving Angkor: Yoshiaki Ishizawa’s work in reviving Cambodian heritage

Aug 31, 2017 - 6:19 PM

Yoshiaki Ishizawa wins the Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2017 for his decades long work conserving Angkor Wat and reviving Cambodia s sense of culture and identity

Top Khmer Rouge leader denies genocide at close of UN-backed trial

Jun 23, 2017 - 3:42 PM

Khieu Samphan one of the Khmer Rouge s few public faces as its head of state claims he was not part of the killing machine that decimated nearly a quarter of Cambodia s population

Angelina Jolie unveils Khmer Rouge film in 'second home' Cambodia

Feb 19, 2017 - 11:44 AM

Angelina presents her second film First They Killed My Father based on the memoirs of Loung Ung

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie (1st-L) speaks as her children and actors of her new film stand on a stage during the premiere of Jolie's new film "First They Killed My Father" at the Elephant Terrace inside the Angkor park in Siem Reap on February 18, 2017. Angelina Jolie unveiled her new film on the horrors of the Khmer Rouge era on Saturday at the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex in Cambodia, a country the star shares a deep affinity with through her adopted son Maddox. / AFP PHOTO / STR

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Nov 29, 2016 - 9:34 PM

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PH sends 'very strong' protest vs UN envoy

Nov 29, 2016 - 6:40 PM

Philippine Foreign Secretary Perfecto Yasay Jr hits an irresponsible statement of UN envoy David Scheffer who warned the Philippines over human rights abuses

UN ENVOY. David Scheffer, the UN secretary-general's envoy to a UN-backed court in Cambodia, is the subject of a 'very strong' protest note recently sent by the Philippines to the UN. Photo courtesy of William and Mary Law School

PH slams UN's Khmer Rouge warning as 'irresponsible'

Nov 29, 2016 - 3:30 PM

DFA: Mr Scheffer s remarks are irresponsible and alarming since these are directed at the leadership of a democratic country with a functioning criminal justice system

NUON CHEA AND KHIEU SAMPHAN. This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on November 23, 2016 shows former Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea (L) and former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan (R) sitting in the courtroom at the ECCC in Phnom Penh. Photo by Sok Heng Nhet/ ECCC / AFP

Cambodia verdict a warning to North Korea, ISIS, Philippines – UN

Nov 23, 2016 - 5:59 PM

What happened today in this courtroom ultimately can reach their domain because international justice is not backing down says David Scheffer the UN Secretary General s envoy to the tribunal

NUON CHEA AND KHIEU SAMPHAN. This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on November 23, 2016 shows former Khmer Rouge leader Nuon Chea (L) and former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan (R) sitting in the courtroom at the ECCC in Phnom Penh. Photo by Sok Heng Nhet/ ECCC / AFP

Court upholds life sentences for Khmer Rouge leaders

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:51 PM

The decision delivers a blow to their hopes of release as they face a second trial for genocide

This handout photo taken and released by the Extraordinary Chamber in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) shows former Khmer Rouge leader head of state Khieu Samphan (L) and 'Brother Number Two' Nuon Chea (R) in the courtroom at ECCC in Phnom Penh on October 31, 2013. Mark Peters/ECCC/AFP

Pokemon Go players anger Khmer Rouge prison survivors

Aug 10, 2016 - 2:45 PM

The game sparks anger after players appeared at Tuol Sleng prison where up to 15 000 people were sent to their deaths during the Khmer Rouge s 1975 79 rule

SACRED GROUND. In this file photo, tourists walk as they visit at the Tuol Sleng genocide museum in Phnom Penh on August 24, 2015. Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP

What's up with the smart-shaming?

Oct 15, 2015 - 8:14 AM

We ostracize those who think outside the box and say Ikaw na ang magaling

Khmer Rouge cadres held killing competitions, court hears

Sep 14, 2015 - 8:55 PM

Brother Number Two Nuon Chea 89 and ex head of state Khieu Samphan 84 are on trial at a UN backed court in Cambodia for the killing of ethnic Vietnamese and Muslim minorities and for the regime s use of forced marriage and rape

GENOCIDE MUSEUM. A photo made available on 16 April 2015 shows skulls of Khmer Rouge victims on display at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (S-21 prison), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 10 April 2015. Photo by Mak Remissa/EPA

'First Lady' of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge dies at 83

Aug 22, 2015 - 6:41 PM

Ieng Thirith a French educated revolutionary who was 83 when she died is one of the few women in the leadership of the communist movement behind the horrors of the Killing Fields era

IENG THIRITH. An Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), handout photograph shows former Khmer Rouge Minister of Social Affairs Ieng Thirith, in the courtroom during a public hearing at the (ECCC), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on October 19, 2011. File Photo by Mark Peters/EPA/ ECCC handout

Fighting the Khmer Rouge, 40 years later

Jul 12, 2015 - 11:30 AM

A powerful documentary about a family unravelling memories of the bloody Khmer Rouge regime commemorates 4 decades since one of the grimmest moments in world history

PAINFUL MEMORIES. An exhibit inside the Tuol Sleng prison

Cambodia pardons jailed female land rights activists

Apr 12, 2015 - 4:13 PM

King Norodom Sihamoni grants a royal pardon to the activists – including a 75 year old woman known locally as Mommy

CAMBODIA'S MOMMY. This photo taken on September 6, 2013 shows Nget Khun (right), known locally as 'Mommy', holds lotus flowers in front of police officials during a protest in Phnom Penh. Photo by AFP

My second adventure in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Jan 31, 2015 - 8:10 PM

Siem Reap a beautiful and quiet location is truly one of Asia’s gems writes traveler Tanya Lim

Cambodia court upholds convictions for land rights activists

Jan 26, 2015 - 3:49 PM

The tearful campaigners wearing orange prison uniforms repeatedly shouted very unjust in Khmer as they were led out of the courtroom

CAMBODIA'S MOMMY. This photo taken on September 6, 2013 shows Nget Khun (right), known locally as 'Mommy', holds lotus flowers in front of police officials during a protest in Phnom Penh. Photo by AFP

Court hears Khmer Rouge slit prisoner throats, ate organs

Jan 21, 2015 - 6:37 PM

The gruesome testimonies come as the genocide trial of the two most senior surviving leaders resumes

ON TRIAL. In this file photo, a TV screen shows former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan (top-C), as Cambodians line up at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 30 July 2014. Mak Remissa/EPA

Jailed at 75, veteran campaigner leads Cambodia eviction battle

Nov 23, 2014 - 2:22 PM

Jailed 75 year old Nget Khun known as Mommy in her land leads Cambodians fight against forced eviction

Khmer Rouge defense lawyers boycott Cambodia genocide trial

Oct 18, 2014 - 4:10 PM

Defense lawyers of two ex Khmer Rouge leaders say that they would boycott a new genocide trial a first time since the special court was set up in 2006

VERDICT IN. Cambodians watch a TV screen broadcasting former Khmer Rouge Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea Nuon Chea (C-R), at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 07 August 2014. Mak Remissa/EPA

Remember the pain of the Killing Fields

Aug 08, 2014 - 9:54 AM

Cambodia s Killing Fields are a reminder of man s capability to destroy his own kind

Cambodia court jails Khmer Rouge leaders for life

Aug 07, 2014 - 11:33 AM

UPDATED Two former Khmer Rouge leaders were jailed for life Thursday August 7 after being found guilty of crimes against humanity by Cambodia s UN backed court – the first ever sentences for leaders of the murderous regime

VERDICT IN. Cambodians watch a TV screen broadcasting former Khmer Rouge Deputy Secretary of the Communist Party of Kampuchea Nuon Chea (C-R), at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 07 August 2014. Mak Remissa/EPA

Cambodia set for landmark verdict on Khmer Rouge chiefs

Aug 07, 2014 - 9:08 AM

Prosecutors are demanding life in jail for Brother Number Two Nuon Chea 88 and former head of state Khieu Samphan 83 for their roles in a regime which left up to two million people dead from 1975 1979

A TV screen shows former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan (top-C), as Cambodians line up at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 30 July 2014. Mak Remissa/EPA

Cambodia court begins genocide trial of Khmer Rouge leaders

Jul 30, 2014 - 11:37 AM

The complex case of the regime s two most senior surviving leaders has been split into a series of smaller trials

ON TRIAL. A TV screen shows former Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Samphan (top-C), as Cambodians line up at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 30 July 2014. Mak Remissa/EPA

Top Khmer Rouge accused seeks acquittal

Oct 31, 2013 - 3:56 PM

Nuon Chea says he carried out his duty to serve my country and my beloved people

Khmer Rouge defense slams 'showcase' trial

Oct 22, 2013 - 8:31 PM

Defense lawyers say the trial of two former top regime leaders is a showcase that had pre judged them as guilty

Khmer Rouge trial hears closing statements

Oct 16, 2013 - 9:29 PM

The trial which began hearing evidence in late 2011 is widely seen as a landmark in the nation s quest for justice over atrocities during Pol Pot s communist regime in the 1970s

Filipino seryes a hit in Cambodia

Sep 07, 2013 - 8:12 PM

Recently concluded dramas find new following among Cambodia s TV audiences

'STAR IN CAMBODIA.' Marian Rivera in 'Amaya,' an old serye that has found new life in Cambodia. Photo from the show's Facebook

Cambodia war crimes court staff strike over unpaid wages

Sep 01, 2013 - 6:36 PM

Some 100 staff of Cambodia s war crimes court went on strike over unpaid wages

Cambodia: A gastronomic adventure

Sep 01, 2013 - 3:08 AM

They may look unusual but Cambodians swear by these yummy treats

Nom Banh Chok or Khmer noodle

Young Cambodian voters look beyond tragic past

Jul 24, 2013 - 2:08 PM

Cambodia s bloody history looms large over its upcoming election but many younger voters are looking to the future instead

CAMPAIGN SEASON. Supporters of Cambodian opposition party (Cambodia National Rescue Party), ride their motorbikes during the first day of the general elections campaign in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 27 June 2013. Photo by EPA/Mak Remissa

Cambodia outlaws denial of Khmer Rouge atrocities

Jun 07, 2013 - 7:14 PM

Cambodia bans the denial of atrocities committed by the Khmer Rouge regime with a new law

HIGHLIGHTS: AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers, PH vs Cambodia

Mar 24, 2013 - 7:24 PM

The two teams last met in an intensified match that ended in a draw last October 2012

Ex-Khmer Rouge minister facing war crimes trial dies

Mar 14, 2013 - 3:31 PM

Former Khmer Rouge minister Ieng Sary who was on trial for genocide and war crimes died Thursday March 14 the UN backed court said denying Cambodians a verdict over his role in the brutal regime

Fears grow for early end to Khmer Rouge trial

Jun 24, 2012 - 2:24 PM

Health and funding woes are threatening a flagship Khmer Rouge trial experts say kindling fears that the elderly defendants may never answer for the worst of Cambodia s Killing Fields era