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Repeal of Abusive Associations Rule

The Cambodian government’s revocation of a repressive regulation on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) should jump-start genuine efforts to repeal all laws that restrict basic rights, Human Rights Watch said today.

Under Western pressure, Hun Sen hints at a lighter touch

When Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in September, just months after his ruling party won an election deemed by the international community as illegitimate, his message to the gathered dignitaries was one of fire and fury.

European Sanctions Are a Response to Cambodia’s Totalitarian Shift

Europe must hold firm on plans to suspend Cambodia from the the EBA trade initiative.

Will justice heal Cambodia’s grievous wounds?

Those who believe that justice will be done, no matter how late, and that the oppressor will be punished, found this manifest earlier this month.

Will Cambodia’s Bun Rany be the next ‘first lady’ to fall from grace?

The recent ignoble falls from grace of two of Asia’s former “first ladies” – the Philippines’ Imelda Marcos and Malaysia’s Rosmah Mansor – raise some relevant questions for Cambodia and the international community: Could Cambodia’s Bun Rany, the wife of Prime Minister Hun Sen, be next on the list?

New Book Focuses On Cambodia’s Down-To-Earth Tact And Diplomacy – Review

Adolf Hitler once said that “when diplomacy ends, war begins” and it has been a major task for diplomats from Cambodia, a small Southeast Asian country with just 16.33 million people surrounded by much bigger neighbors, to ensure that diplomacy never ends and war never returns to their country.

Modernizing Cambodia’s economy – By William A Heidt, outgoing US Ambassador to Cambodia

Since my first tour in Cambodia in the late1990s, I have been convinced that Cambodia possesses the resources necessary to become an economic dynamo like Singapore, Malaysia or Thailand.

Unpacking Cambodia’s Nuremberg Moment

Last week, the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) rendered its first genocide convictions more than forty years after the relevant events.

What’s in the China-Cambodia Military Base Hype?

A recent controversy should focus attention on, rather than distract from, broader inroads Beijing is already making in the country.

Editorial: Justice in Cambodia

Earlier this month, two former leaders of the Khmer Rouge, a murderous group that briefly ruled Cambodia in the 1970s, were convicted of genocide.

Like Cambodia, Syria Isn’t a Mistake

Better late than never! This is what comes to mind when one reads the latest news from Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, where two leaders of the Khmer Rouge have been tried and found guilty of genocide for the first time.

Is the race to the bottom over? Reflecting on ‘surplus’ populations in Cambodia

Everybody speaks about a ‘race to the bottom’ in the world of work. For brick workers enduring debt-bondage in Cambodia the race might already be over.

Cambodia’s genocide verdict: better late than never

The verdict of the Khmer Rouge tribunal (The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, ECCC) on 16 November that found Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan guilty of genocide was scarcely surprising.

Hun Sen’s Cambodia: a nation without nationalism

This month Cambodia commemorated its 65th Independence Day, the anniversary of the declaration by the late King Norodom Sihanouk on November 9, 1953.

Experts weigh the record of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge tribunal

After spending nine years and more than $300 million to prosecute leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge responsible for the deaths of 1.7 million of their countrymen, a U.N.-assisted tribunal has ended up convicting only three people for the communist group’s heinous actions. Was it worth it?

There is still hope for Cambodia’s democracy

The international community has to pressure Cambodia to hold free and fair elections.

The Khmer Rouge Trials: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia prepares its final verdict, a look back at its legacy.

The Trouble with Cambodia’s Affordable Housing Plan

The effort is neither affordable nor well-planned.

High-stakes wager underlines Cambodia’s dysfunction

PM Hun Sen takes a bet with exiled opposition rival Sam Rainsy that could force him to choose between continued political domination and economic survival.

Has Cambodia Slipped Away From the International Community?

The Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Sam Rainsy left Cambodia in 2015 escaping political charges. Two years later, party president Kem Sokha was jailed on treason charges. Rainsy has since made it his mission to create a sense of urgency among the world’s leaders to intervene in Cambodia lest democracy come to an end.

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Labor activist under fire for role in sex-trafficking documentary

“My Mother Sold Me”, a 27-minute documentary on sex trafficking in Cambodian, has garnered 1.5 million views on YouTube in the seven weeks since its release.