Yellow Tree

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

Michelle Obama Should Pay Her Respects to Victims of War

As an American with a Cambodian son and two Cambodian grandsons, I was deeply saddened when neither our president during his recent visit, nor our secretary of state during two visits, made even a gesture of remembrance of the nearly two million Cambodians who died in a genocide sparked by the Southeast Asian war of the 1960s and 70s.

March 21, 2015

March 18, 1970: ‘Revolutionary’ Group Moves Against Sihanouk

On the morning of March 18, 1970, the Australian Embassy in Saigon flashed a highly classified message to Canberra reporting that it had learned in Saigon that an assassination attempt against Prince Norodom Sihanouk was being planned and that “reports of planned assassinations were not unusual per se but more attention was being given to this particular one.”

March 18, 2015

Concerned Individuals Raise Hope for Virachey National Park

A Cambodia-based conservationist recently described Virachey National Park as a place littered with the bodies of NGOs that tried to save it. Even the mighty World Bank is counted among the casualties. When the Bank pulled out in 2008, the wildlife conservation groups grabbed some of their dead and wounded from the forests and hopped on the last helicopters out.

March 3, 2015

Coup That Ousted Sihanouk Not a Khmer Rouge Fabrication

It is most regrettable that every time a foreign expert witness appears in front of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, opinion pieces appear in the English-language press in Phnom Penh that tend to alter historical events in Cambodia, according to the political persuasions of the respective writer.

February 25, 2015

‘Win-Win’ Not Right Name for Monument, CPP’s Record Shows

Apparently those responsible for naming the planned “win-win policy memorial monument” have chosen to turn a blind eye to the realities of 30 years of CPP rule. (February 19, “Government Planning Massive Memorial to Hun Sen’s Legacy”)

February 23, 2015

Mother Tongue Education Gives Minorities Their Say in Cambodia

“Why is mother tongue-­­based multilingual education important?” This is a question I’ve been asked often over the past five years in my role as the coordinator of the Asia Multilingual Education Working Group, which advocates on behalf of removing barriers to quality education for ethnolinguistic minorities in this region.

February 21, 2015
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