Cambodian honours system

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Cambodian honors system consists of a number of orders, decorations, and medals through which the country's sovereign awards its citizens for actions or deeds that benefit the nation. The modern system was established under Colonial French Rule and continued with modification after independence until the fall of the Khmer Republic on 17 April 1975. The current system was reinstated on 5 October 1995 by the Decree for the Establishment and Use of Decorations of Honor of the Kingdom of Cambodia No. 1095/01. The system includes an array of awards, both civil and military, for gallantry, bravery, distinguished service, meritorious service, and long service. Various campaign and commemorative medals have also been struck.

History[edit]

The Cambodian honors system is based on European/French models. Many of the honors are orders of chivalry granted by royal decree or sub-decree. This system was established under Colonial French Rule and continued with modification after independence until the fall of the Khmer Republic on 17 April 1975. The current system was reinstated on 5 October 1995 by the Decree for the Establishment and Use of Decorations of Honor of the Kingdom of Cambodia No. 1095/01. Many of the modern awards have origins from Cambodia's period as a French colony or under the Kingdom of Cambodia under the rule of King Norodom Sihanouk.

Nominating for awards[edit]

Under the current system, candidates are nominated by government ministries through a Decoration of Honor Candidate Qualification Review Committee.[1] These committees refer nominations, with justification, to the Council of Ministers for a decision.

Categories of honors and awards[edit]

As established by Royal Decree, the hierarchy of decorations of honors are:[2]

Awards for National and Motherland Defense[edit]

Royal Household Awards[edit]

  • KHM Medal of the Crown.png Medal of the Crown
  • KHM Medal of Norodom I.png Medal of Norodom I
  • KHM Medal of Sisowath I.png Medal of Sisowath I
  • KHM Medal of Norodom Sihanouk - gold.png Medal of Norodom Sihanouk
  • KHM Medal of Norodom Suramarit - gold.png Medal of Norodom Suramarit
  • KHM Anussara Medal.png Anussara Medal of Royal Remembrance

Medals of National Defense[edit]

  • KHM Sena Jayaseddh Medal - v.2.png Sena Jayaseddh Medal
  • KHM National Defence Medal - gold.png Medal of National Defense

Multi-Category[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geoffrey Oldham & Brett Delahunt (2004). "Cambodian Decorations of Honor". Milymen Books. 
  2. ^ King Norodom Sihanouk (5 October 1995), Royal Decree for the Establishment and Use of Decorations of Honor of the Kingdom of Cambodia No. 1095/01, Kingdom of Cambodia. 

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