May 21-27
A voter in 2017. (Photo: Heng Vichet)
A voter in 2017. (Photo: Heng Vichet)

Just over a week remains until the June 5 commune vote. This week, VOD looked in-depth at election issues in Ratanakiri, Stung Treng, Mondukiri and Kampong Thom — including the politics of a dam resettlement site and the grievances of an indigenous community that had its burial grounds sold off. Reporters also followed a friend’s attempted rescue of a Chinese 22-year-old from an alleged scam compound in Kampot, and checked up on sewage canal cleanups in Phnom Penh. Even as many of the country’s political issues recur in cycles, a handful of new voices — pressing previously neglected issues around gender, environment and minorities — is also emerging.

Rescue Denied Land Backlash Election Supervisors Deputy in Opposition Split Vote

“I declare here that I will not run away from the people. I also will not associate with bad people who harm the interests of the nation.” — Kem Sokha, former CNRP president

“They took it to cook it and ate it all. I heard my uncle ate the wolf’s meat, and he’s still fine.” — Yot Saem, a Kampong villager, on a wild jackal that bit her

“There is no detention, it is just they do not allow him to get out.” — A commune police officer approached about aiding in a rescue from a scam compound

“We want to change the commune chief. We want a Jarai candidate.” — Ratanakiri’s Pate commune resident Sor Plorn

“The justice system sure is f— up.” — April Reposar, plaintiff who brought a sexual harassment case against Khmer Times publisher T. Mohan


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