Curtailing civil society in the Kingdom

Activists and members of civil society march through the streets of Phnom Penh on International Labour Day in 2011 to protest against the NGO law. LICADHO (published on analysis and op-ed of the Phnom Penh Post, 15 June 2015) Several laws currently under consideration are threatening to bring about the end of free civil society… Continue reading Curtailing civil society in the Kingdom

Cambodia: Where is human rights trend heading to?

I was leaving a private sector work to join with civil society organization as I believe I could not belong to private sector, then it has been 8 years already when I looked back to my first start in human rights work. My first start back then was not a welcoming moment as the leader… Continue reading Cambodia: Where is human rights trend heading to?

Can Cambodia Adopt 2010 World's Richest Man Record?

By Sopheap Chak While the world is facing financial downturn, richest men on the earth have been still recorded. My interest to the 2010 World’s Richest Man record is the Mexican Carlos Slim who also broke the record for 2007 when i compared him to a well-known Cambodian richest man, Tycoon Kith Meng. My commentators… Continue reading Can Cambodia Adopt 2010 World's Richest Man Record?

The Agony of Cambodian Female Victims of Sex Trafficking and Exploitation

By Sopheap Chak I first became aware of prostitution in Cambodia when I was 10. On the way home from the Phnom Penh Airport, we drove down Tol Kork Street. I was puzzled to see so many ladies wearing short skirts and heavy make-up. They were standing in front of their small cottages and waving… Continue reading The Agony of Cambodian Female Victims of Sex Trafficking and Exploitation

Controversy on an AsianWeek’s feature on a Cambodian Hero: Dr. Haing Somnang Ngor

On August 07, 2009, AsianWeek released a feature titled ?Chinese American Hero: Dr. Haing S. Ngor.? It was a surprise feature to most Cambodian readers who have known that Dr. Ngor is a Cambodian whose fame of?winning the 1985 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the Killing Field movie. As a… Continue reading Controversy on an AsianWeek’s feature on a Cambodian Hero: Dr. Haing Somnang Ngor

Cambodia needs anti-corruption culture

By Chak Sopheap Published on UPI Asia, May 27th 2009 Niigata, Japan ? Corruption exists in all countries, but has the most destructive effect in developing economies. In a poor country like Cambodia, rated as a highly corrupt state, it threatens democratic institutions and fundamental rights and freedoms. It undermines socioeconomic development and deepens poverty.… Continue reading Cambodia needs anti-corruption culture

Reflection on the Risk Management System in Cambodia

Reflection on Cambodia (following the case of Minamata disease in Japan): The current practice of the Cambodian government who neglects or bypasses the regulations in approving forest concessions or filling the lakes is not only harmful to natural resource depletion, but also to environment, to human life, and the whole community survival. Current examples includes:… Continue reading Reflection on the Risk Management System in Cambodia

Bokor National Park Should be Preserved

(source: http://kampot.sihanoukville-cambodia.com/images/arne/churchfog2.jpg) Referring to recent Articles on the ?Government Authorizes Development in Bokor Park?, Cambodia Daily, Monday, I am deeply concern about natural resource management and environmental protection in Cambodia, once there will be development of palm oil and cassava plantations and livestock farms within the Bokor National Park. These development activities will affect both… Continue reading Bokor National Park Should be Preserved

Advertisement should be monitored

In the past history, Cambodia experienced many political regimes in which democracy and freedom of expression were dangerously flouted and even completely repressed. At present since the Peace Accord signed in 1991, Cambodia has had a so-called “free” press for Asia with pluralistic media emerged. Today a growing number of print media hits the newsstands… Continue reading Advertisement should be monitored