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Khmer Rouge Tribunal Ends With Justification, Not Denial

The world has just heard closing arguments in the last active litigation of the series of great human atrocities of the 20th century, this time the Cambodian genocide of 1975 to 1979.

Opinion: Upcoming Elections Test the West’s Rights Commitments

On Sunday, local elections will take place across Cambodia—a precursor to the crucial national election next year. These elections will gauge the state of democracy in the country—and, in a new era of U.S. isolationism, will be a key test for the West’s commitment to human rights.

Opinion: Violent Threats Could Spur ICC Investigation

The Cambodia Daily reported last Friday that Prime Minister Hun Sen gave a speech to 4,000 faithful of Cambodia’s Christian Community on Phnom Penh’s Koh Pich island.

Opinion: Due Process Not Negotiable, Even in Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Last week it was revealed that the Co-Investigating Judges (CIJ) of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) confidentially informed the parties in Cases 003, 004, and 004/02 and the Office of Administration that they were considering invoking what amounts to a nuclear option: a permanent stay of the proceedings due to a lack of funding. Submissions were invited.

Opinion: Microcredit Sector Hits Wall of Own Making

Today, Cambodia possesses one of the world’s largest and most profitable microcredit sectors. Recently, however, it has faced serious criticism for high levels of individual over-indebtedness, steep interest rates and high profits made by the largest microcredit institutions, many of which are now owned by foreign investment houses and commercial banks.

Opinion: WEF in Cambodia: Time to Address Rights Issues Head-On

Today, the region’s richest and most powerful meet for the start of the World Economic Forum on Asean at the Sokha Hotel on the Chroy Changva peninsula in Phnom Penh, the site of protest in November 2015 and the subject of a land dispute with the local community.

Opinion: Peace in Cambodia: Enjoy It While It Lasts

Kok Thay Eng Ph.D. Director of Cambodian Institute for Peace and Development. I would like to contribute to the debate about war and peace in...

Opinion: Cambodia Owes Absolutely Nothing to US for War ‘Loans’

No one who knows me would call me a supporter of Prime Minister Hun Sen. Usually, he greets any attempt I make to ask a question with a snarl, though once he talked to foreign correspondents quite openly.

Opinion: On Anniversary of Paris Peace Accords, a ‘Thank you’

On the occasion of the 18th anniversary of the Paris Peace accord, I would like to recall, in the shadow of past events, Buddha's teaching: hatred is not ended by hatred; hatred ends only when hatred ceased to exist.

Opinion: Beware of the Fuhrer’s Fury

The man started off as one of the needy, But he is ambitious and greedy, Not long before he became so rich and so mighty.

Opinion: Finding My Family’s Story in ‘First They Killed My Father’

On Saturday night, thanks to the film, I experienced firsthand a collective healing in my own family. That past was too far from me to remember, and yet too close to my parents for me to ask. I have never been able to share that part of me to my children.

Contributor: ‘HerStory’ Aims to Help Girls Find Themselves

The sun beats down with ferocity on Doris Dillon School in rural Kampot. It’s closing in on lunchtime, an hour when most school students...

Opinion: For Pen Kunthea, Compensation Is No Substitute for Justice

Pen Kunthea’s earnings from her factory job were not enough for her to care for her severely disabled young son. She left the factory and, after failing to make ends meet working in a bar in Phnom Penh, turned to sex work.

Opinion: Trump’s Cambodia Policy: Don’t Meddle in Political Affairs

Along with his positions on trade and border protections, Donald Trump’s foreign policy views were crucial to his historic election as U.S. president.

Opinion: Street Rubbish Is a Daily Concern, Not Just a Festival Issue

Better enforcement of fines for polluting the streets may be one of the most effective ways to promote behavioral change and improve this issue.

Opinion: The Paris Agreements at 25: Requiem Instead of Celebration

When the Agreements on a Comprehensive Political Settlement of the Cambodia Conflict were signed by Cambodian leaders and representatives of 17 other countries in Paris on October 23, 1991, Cambodians had reason to hope for an end to one-party rule, political trials and political killings. Yet, 25 years later, the leader of the opposition is in exile, politicians and human rights activists are in prison, and dissidents continue to be killed. The prospects for free and fair elections in 2018 are almost nil and Cambodia is hurtling back toward a one-party state led by a violent demagogue, Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for 31 years. Why did Paris fail to deliver democracy and human rights?

Opinion: Duterte Should Look to Cambodia for Foreign Policy Lessons

Foreign policy is shaped by the problems of the present, yet it will always reflect the past. And, in the post-colonial world, history casts a long shadow. One can understand Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s efforts at refreshing the country’s foreign policy; however, I encourage Mr. Duterte to learn from Cambodia and take a nuanced view of his country’s foreign relations and Southeast Asia’s political future.

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Phnom Penh Post ‘facing closure’ after huge tax bill

Cambodia's last bastion of independent daily news, The Phnom Penh Post, is facing closure after being hit with a huge tax bill, making it the latest casualty in a government crackdown on the media, sources close to the newspaper say.

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