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.
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.
Europe must hold firm on plans to suspend Cambodia from the the EBA trade initiative.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
A recent controversy should focus attention on, rather than distract from, broader inroads Beijing is already making in the country.
Earlier this month, two former leaders of the Khmer Rouge, a murderous group that briefly ruled Cambodia in the 1970s, were convicted of genocide.
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.
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.
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.
This month Cambodia commemorated its 65th Independence Day, the anniversary of the declaration by the late King Norodom Sihanouk on November 9, 1953.
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?
The international community has to pressure Cambodia to hold free and fair elections.
As the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia prepares its final verdict, a look back at its legacy.
The effort is neither affordable nor well-planned.
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.
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.