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Three Years On, Still No Justice for Girl Shot Dead by Soldier

Heng Chantha was 13 when she was shot and killed by a Cambodian soldier in Kratie province’s Broma village about three years ago. Armed with AK-47s, security forces cleared her village on May 16, 2012, to make way for a rubber concession linked to the Russian-owned Casotim company, leaving Heng Chantha dead in their wake.

May 25, 2015

ANZ Racks Up Record Profits on Backs of Cambodia’s Poor

ANZ reported half-year cash profits of $3.68 billion last week, a record for the Australian bank. Much of that growth has come in Asia, a market that the bank has pursued aggressively, generating extraordinary wealth for its investors.

May 13, 2015

Cambodia Needs to Learn From the Harsh Lesson of Nepal

Natural disasters are not completely unpredictable. Spanning one of the Earth’s most volatile tectonic fault lines, Nepal has feared for decades that this moment would come. Yet the effects of the earthquake on April 25 were truly devastating.

May 6, 2015

Proposed NGO Law Is a Main Test for ‘Culture of Dialogue’

During Amnesty International’s recent visit to Cambodia, the new “culture of dialogue” was discussed in many of our meetings, with some expressing cautious hope it could provide an opportunity for reforms and improved respect for human rights.

May 4, 2015

The Ruling CPP by No Means a Communist Party as Implied

I have noted with disappointment that The Cambodia Daily, under the title “Government Spokesman Says Kem Sokha Is a Communist” (April 24), wrote, “Keo Remy said the outwardly pro-poor political rhetoric espoused by Mr. Sokha’s opposition party makes him more communist than the CPP.”

April 27, 2015

Urgent Action Badly Needed to Save Threatened Riverine Bird

Action came too late to prevent animals such as the kouprey and the tiger, as well as birds like the Indian Skimmer and Black-bellied Tern, from becoming extinct in Cambodia. This is a lesson that needs to be learned to prevent other species being wiped out too.

April 2, 2015

Addressing Factory Violations Is Task of All Concerned Parties

As the industrial world globalizes, foreign companies are increasingly making use of factories in Cambodia. Upon reading your article “‘Systematic’ Labor Abuse at Garment Plants, Group Finds,” I have realized that the situation of workers in these factories is much more grave than I thought.

March 27, 2015

In the Garment Sector, Underage Workers Are the Exception

We refer to the article “Fake IDs Make Mockery of Factory Age Rules” (March 21-22), which we read with much concern. It paints a troubling and false picture of the situation regarding underage workers in Cambodia’s garment and shoe factories, which is at odds with the reality.

March 25, 2015
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