I am writing to correct the article “Boeng Kak Factions Brawl Over Police Base” (June 30, page 1). On June 28, my Boeng Kak community gathered and went to the military base construction site in Boeng Kak, which is on an area that is part of a dispute between a company and 40 families that remains unresolved.

July 3, 2014

We are very disturbed by the article “Flouting Orders, Police Use Condoms as Evidence” (June 26, page 1). The article highlights two separate court hearings in which prosecutors used condoms as evidence of procuring prostitution. The contradiction between the use of condoms as an effective public health tool and the use of condoms as evidence against sex work needs serious consideration from relevant ministries.

July 3, 2014

Though long forgotten by most, Wednesday is the 20th anniversary of the July 2, 1994 coup attempt by senior CPP figures against co-Prime Ministers Prince Norodom Ranariddh and Hun Sen.

July 2, 2014

On June 25, the private firm buying 1.35 hectares in Phnom Penh’s contentious Boeng Kak lake neighborhood claimed, incredibly, to have no knowledge of the site’s internationally recognized land dispute (“Firm Buying Boeng Kak Land Claims No Knowledge of Evictions,” June 26).

July 1, 2014

As a leader of the Khmer Islam in Cambodia I would like to clarify further following the article “Cambodians Have Joined ISIL Militants in Iraq, Group Claims” (June 23, p 15).

June 27, 2014

In the article “Cambodians Have Joined ISIL Militants in Iraq, Group Claims” (June 23, p 15) you quoted a statement made by the militants in a YouTube video clip. In the video, a fighter from Sunni Muslim militant organization known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant claims their membership includes Cambodians, as well as Bangladeshis, Australians, and Iraqis.

June 27, 2014

In his analysis of the latest political developments in Cambodia (June 14-15, page 1), Prak Chan Thul of Reuters describes the CNRP as having “faltered” on the chances of using the support of the people to grab power while Prime Minister Hun Sen “affirms his pre-eminence.”

June 17, 2014

Politics is one of the most controversial terms in the Cambodian context, where it is often linked to manipulation, corruption, violence and worse. Citizens are often warned to stay away from politics if they do not want to put themselves in danger or in an unpleasant situation. As a result, Cambodia has long faced a low level of political participation.

June 9, 2014

Following a pre-election lull, land disputes are once again on the rise in Cambodia according to NGOs Adhoc and Licadho. This has led to an increase in legal action against villagers and even death threats being leveled at a prominent activist last month. The Cambodian government must reform the nation’s property rights laws as a matter of moral and economic urgency.

June 6, 2014

Cambodia’s private schools have grown in response to the poor quality of public schools. Despite government schools being both spacious and free, families send their children to private schools. Thus, it is surprising the Ministry of Education is drafting measures that will close some private schools, as reported in “Private Schools to Face Tougher Regulations” (June 2, page 17).

June 4, 2014
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