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The quotations I’ve introduced today support the need to advocate for reform of Cambodia’s current education system. Teaching in Cambodian schools has not advanced from the rote methods that were in vogue generations ago. The curriculum does not promote innovative thinking, questioning “what is” in order to arrive at a panorama of alternatives from which to choose. Some assert that once a country’s education system is reformed, “everything else will follow,” i.e., thinking individuals cannot be easily exploited, and “certainly not by an infantile kleptomaniac regime” that operates under the guise of democracy.

March 21, 2014

David Puttnam, once a brilliant film-maker, now a member of the British House of Lords, best known for producing the amazing movie of Khmer Rouge terror, “The Killing Fields,” stunned journalists, some diplomats, and local young film-makers last week in Phnom Penh, by praising the current Cambodian government, and its leader Hun Sen, for its “commitment to ending corruption,” and lambasting foreign journalists resident here.

March 10, 2014

The father of Gregg Fryett, chairman of an embattled U.K. investment firm who was arrested last year in Cambodia on allegations of money laundering and fraud, submitted a letter Thursday to Prime Minister Hun Sen at the Cambodian Embassy in London requesting his son’s release, according to British media.

February 14, 2014

Concerning Thursday’s story “CMAC Closes Probe into Fire Amid Allegation of Corruption,” which contained groundless and misleading information, I would like to provide the following clarifications: The article mentioned that “the investigation closed and found no wrongdoing.” Actually, the investigation into the fire at the CMAC workshop is still in progress.

February 7, 2014

Sadly, domestic violence against women is one of the nation’s most prevalent human rights abuses. The U.N.’s Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific found that 12 percent of 1,812 Cambodian men in the survey reported committing physical violence against women. About 21 percent of those who had been in a relationship said they had raped a partner.

February 7, 2014

District security guards this morning arrested 11 political activists taking part in a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh against the imprisonment of 23 protesters who were beaten and arrested earlier this month.

January 21, 2014

I met General Chap Pheakdei for the first and only time in July 1997. It was about a week after Prime Minister Hun Sen’s coup against Funcinpec. I was with the U.N. human rights office then, and we were working around the clock investigating widespread cases of extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances and torture. Bodies were turning up all over the place. One man’s body I helped dig up was dressed only in underpants. He was handcuffed behind his back and had a bullet in his head.

January 9, 2014

Thank you for the very timely letter, “Reasons Why Cambodian Protesters Must Remain Nonviolent,” on December 31. It is so unfortunate that only a few days later, on January 3, both protesters and state forces resorted to armed confrontation, leaving 5 dead and many others injured.

January 9, 2014

I write in response to the unethical remarks made by the leadership of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC) reported in your article published on Tuesday “Garment Strike Cost Industry $200 Million, GMAC Says.”

January 9, 2014

I refer to the article “GMAC Defends Use of Force Against Striking Workers” published on Monday, which did not fairly reflect the views and position of the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia.

January 9, 2014
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