The European Union Has Not Threatened Gov’t Aid Boycott

Dr. Beat Richner, founder and head of the Kantha Bopha Children’s Hospitals, published an advertisement in The Cambodia Daily on July 20 that makes reference to a possible “boycott by the European Union of 700 million USD foreseen to be donated to the Royal Government of Cambodia.”

July 22, 2015

Enacted in Haste, the NGO Law Is Off to the Worst Possible Start

The debate over the Law on Associations and NGOs (Lango) has been disappointing. So many core issues have not been addressed. The ruling party seems to be reasserting a contention that only “we know what is best for people.” Time will prove whether this is right or wrong. In the meantime, many citizens could miss out if NGO efforts are curtailed, as has been suggested by donors.

July 17, 2015

General Khieu Sopheak Needs to Get His Facts Straightened Out

General Khieu Sopheak attacked me once after a statement by Prince Sisowath Thomico that was mistakenly attributed to me in the article “K Krom Mark 66 Years Since Cochinchine Pact” (June 5). He did not even bother to apologize for this error in person.

July 16, 2015

Detente Between US, Vietnam Has Consequences For Cambodia

The visit to the U.S. of Nguyen Phu Trong, head of the Communist Party of Vietnam, and his meetings this week with U.S. President Barack Obama and key members of Congress, is laying the foundation for a normalization of relations between the two countries, beginning to resolve some long-lasting aftereffects from the Second Indochina War—such as remedying the impacts of Agent Orange chemical weapons attacks—and securing Vietnam’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

July 10, 2015

If a Republican Can Be a Samdech, Why Not CPP Leaders?

On granting the title of “Samdech” to His Excellency Sar Kheng and His Excellency Say Chhum, Son Soubert, the son of Samdech Bovor Setha Son Sann, said that he believed the granting of the title was a reflection of the internal politics of the CPP rather than service to the nation (“Sar Kheng, Say Chhum Given ‘Samdech’ Titles,” June 15).

June 22, 2015

Accountable, Transparent NGOs Will Only Gain From New Law

After the signing of the Paris Peace Accords on 23 October 1991, Cambodia adopted multi-party elections as a means for political parties to compete for government positions. Democratic values and principles have also gradually taken root in society. As a result, civil society organizations have sprung up like mushrooms, working on a wide range of political, social, economic and cultural issues.

June 19, 2015

Millions in Asia’s Child Labor Force Denied Basic Rights

Across Cambodia, more than 660,000 children aged 5 to 17 are engaged in child labor, many of whom were trafficked. Their right to safety and protection has been severely compromised. They work for low or no wages. Some work under the threat of violence. They are forgoing their education and their childhood.

June 12, 2015
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