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Somaly Mam Should Either Defend or Explain Herself

There can be no excuse for lies and deceit in any organization seeking the generosity of kind, caring people to assist innocent victims of suffering or abuse. Somaly Mam must answer the questions raised (October 12-13 “Secrets and Lies”). She must exercise her right to defend herself, and if she cannot do that, to try to explain herself.

Cambodian Condemnation of US Human Rights Is Justifiable

Taking his letter dated 18 July (“Cambodia Should Block U.S. Imports Due to Rights Concerns”) at face value rather than the tongue-in-cheek reposte that it is clearly intended to be, it must be said that Phnom Penh resident Allen Myers makes a reasonable and principled point in suggesting that Cambodia has every right to hold the U.S. to account when it comes to human rights—as indeed the U.S. does with Cambodia.

Cambodia’s Election Result Is Foregone Despite Desire for Change

Until the past week, Cambodia’s national election, which will be held on July 28, looked utterly unexciting. The CPP of the increasingly autocratic Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled the country in various positions, for nearly three decades, seemed destined to win an almost total victory. The CPP, which has increased its share of parliamentary seats in each of the past three elections, had used various autocratic tools to ensure that the elections bore no resemblance to free and fair polls.

Mixed Messages From the US Undermines Human Rights

The article, “Trade Visit Shows Other Side of U.S.-Cambodia Ties,” (July 16, page 1) would lead most average Cambodians to question wheth­er the U.S. means what it says on human rights violation issues.

Foreign Radio Is the Mirror of Cambodia That Society Needs

On the walls of the news room and broadcast studio of a pro-government TV station in Phnom Penh, a warning sign clearly reads: "Banned from broadcasting: Stories on human rights and land disputes."

Cambodia’s Educational System Is a System Utterly in Need

Numerous studies by multilateral agencies, academic institutions, businesses and governmental internal reviews have all come to the same basic conclusion: Cambodia’s educational system needs immediate and serious attention. There has been great progress in the past years, starting from almost nothing in the early 1980s, but much more attention is needed now.

Cambodia Is Ingrained With Corruption, Political Patronage

For almost a decade, Cambodia has achieved remarkable economic growth of almost 10 percent per year. After the global economic crisis in 2008 to 2009, Cambodia’s gross domestic product reached a four-year high of 7.2 percent in 2012, driven mainly by strong consumption, tourism, agriculture and higher inflows of direct investment according to the Asian Develop­ment Bank.

The Genocide Denial Law Would Result in a Denial of History

Prime Minister Hun Sen’s recent demand that the government pass a law against the denial of Khmer Rouge crimes, piqued my interest here in France.

Human Rights Are Complex but Vital for Powerless Cambodians

Following the turmoil on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter in the aftermath of the Surya Subedi “ambush,” when students protested against the work of the U.N. human rights envoy to Cambodia, I can’ help but give my opinion as a fellow Cambodian. To some extent, I believe, human rights are a Western concept created by Westerners to ensure Western domination.

Respect for Human Rights in Argentina Has Come Slowly but Surely

In 2013, Argentina will be celebrating 30 years since democracy was restored. The country is at present strengthening different aspects of human rights in a way that is being followed and observed with attention by the international community.

Protesting Staff at Sugar Firm Have Been Paid Salaries in Full

Regarding Monday’s article “Sugar Firm Staff Protest Over Unpaid Wages” (page 19) it was speculated that our company, Kamadhenu Ven­tures (Cambodia) Ltd. (KVCL), has run into financial difficulties.

Will EU Endorse Petition That Denounces Sugar Firm’s Abuses?

Among the many arguments in favor of the European Union’s position in the May 29 letter to the editor “E.U. not insensitive to human rights abuse on land concessions” (page 26), what was not mentioned was that many of these concessions appear to be impoverishing the very vulnerable rural people that the E.U. is trying to assist through its development support.

Serious Efforts Are Needed to Tackle Cambodia’s Traffic Issues

It is stating the obvious to say that traffic congestion in Phnom Penh is approaching a crisis. Will Phnom Penh be another Bangkok or Jakarta? Both reached gridlock before being forced to tackle the problem. Or might Phnom Penh be able to avoid the inevitable in the same way that it has gone from having almost no landline phones to having one of the most extensive mobile phone networks in the region? With road infrastructure becoming overwhelmed with vehicles, how will the country cope with this challenge in the future? Will the rise of car ownership be counterbalanced by rising fuel prices and, yet, increasing pollution and smog?

Met’s Decision to Repatriate Statues to Cambodia Sets Example

The decision by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to repatriate two 10th century statues to Cambodia comes at an important time as Cambodia continues its struggle to reclaim its cultural heritage.

UN Did Not ‘Warn’ Government During Rights Review Meeting

I refer to this weekend’s article “UN Official Tells Govern­ment Not to Be Defensive on Rights Record.” The article reports on a meeting convened jointly between the Cambodian Human Rights Com­mittee and the local U.N. Hu­­­man Rights Of­fice (OHCHR) on Friday, which addressed the preparation for Cambodia’s next human rights review by the U.N. Human Right Council 2014.

Ieng Sary’s Death Highlights the Failures of the KR Tribunal

The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cam­bodia (ECCC) stands as a shining example of all that is wrong with the U.N.’s post Cold War paradigm of therapeutic legalism. A credible trial for Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan, Ieng Sary, Nuon Chea and Ieng Thirith would have made it possible to overlook the Cambo­dian mixed tribunal’s corruption and over­all inefficiency. Due to Ieng Sary’s death on Thursday, this is no longer a possibility. Not only has the ECCC lost two of its most important defendants due to old age, it is unlikely that the remaining two will live to hear their verdicts.

Global Movement for Clean Cooking Solutions Comes to Cambodia

Cooking shouldn't kill, but 4 million people worldwide die annually from the seemingly simple act of cooking a meal.

Death, Injury by Lightning Strike in Cambodia Can Be Reduced

Cambodia has one of the highest rates in the world of deaths by lightning. At 7.8 deaths per million people, (2007 to 2011) the measure is exceeded by only a few other countries, for example, South Africa, at 8.8.

Hun Sen Is Doing Some Things Right

I recently visited Phnom Penh from my home in Tokyo and found that things are getting better and better in Cambodia. Cambodia is basically...

Lon Nol Debt Demand Legal, But Not Moral

U.S. Ambassador William Todd is to be congratulated on his attempts to reach out to the Cambodian community to explain the U.S. government’s position on the debt incurred by the Lon Nol regime to the U.S.

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Cambodia’s Ministry of Interior has threatened to seize the assets of officials from the country’s now-dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) if they do not end a call to boycott the general election in July, drawing concern from observers who say there is no legal precedent to do so.

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