Award-winning journalist David Batstone reveals the story of a new generation of 21st century abolitionists and their heroic campaign to put an end to human bondage. In his accessible and inspiring book, Batstone carefully weaves the narratives of activists and those in bondage in a way that not only raises awareness of the modern-day slave trade, but also serves as a call to action.
With 2007 bringing the 200th anniversary of the climax of the 19th century abolitionist movement, the world pays tribute to great visionary figures such as William Wilberforce of the United Kingdom and American Frederick Douglass for their remarkable strides toward framing slavery as a moral issue that people of good conscience could not tolerate. This anniversary serves not only as a commemorative date for battles won against slavery, but also as a reminder that slavery and bondage still persist in the 21st century. An estimated 27 million people around the globe suffer in situations of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation from which they cannot free themselves. Trafficking in people has become increasingly transnational in scope and highly lucrative. After illegal drug sales and arms trafficking, human trafficking is today the third most profitable criminal activity in the world, generating $31 billion annually. As many as half of all those trafficked worldwide for sex and domestic slavery are children under 18 years of age.
Madame Sorey Long and her daughter Kanika Linden on the cover magazine.
The Long family celebrated their win at the Award Ceremony in Paris, 2010.
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The All-Purpose Signature Khmer Krama
Cambodia is world-known for the Kampot pepper and Kampong Speu cane sugar... and the all-purpose, all-recognizably Khmer -- the KRAMAS -- from a 50 cent cotton piece to high-quality silk found in the boutiques of Manhattan and Paris...
Louise Allison Cort, curator at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Washington, DC admiring high quality Khmer silk wrapped in traditional Khmer krama (Photo: VOA Pin Sisovann, 2010)
Cambodian silk scarves ("high-end kramas") by Carol Cassidy at the Guggenheim Museum (Manhattan) - a very nice surprise to Theary Seng's okay visit to the Museum (under renovation) this March 2010 (top photo). Theary wearing a Carol Cassidy Cambodian silk scarf to the Holocaust Museum in Berlin (Aug. 2009).
Special Report: Cambodia Slowly Reweaves Its Silk Industry
Advocate for the wearing of KRAMASto functions and receptions around the world . . . send in photos with your favorite kramas !
The happy KI Media family in Kramanation - Yippee! (Credit: UNG Bun Heang, Aug. 2010)
Mrs. Ethel and Kerry Kennedy (widow and daughter of Robert F. Kennedy), defenders-in-chief of human rights defenders around the world, here donning the classic Khmer krama to signify solidarity with Cambodian human rights defenders (Phnom Penh, 24 Feb. 2011; Wash. DC, March 2011).
Dream for Darfur Legendary actress / activist Mia Farrow and Theary Seng greeting over 150 armed bulky military police with bouquets of lotus flowers, as international media and human rights community look on at entrance of Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum (Phnom Penh, Jan. 2008).
International Human Rights German Ambassador Frank Mann, French Ambassador Jean-Francois Desmazieres, US Ambassador Carol Rodley, Representative of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Christophe Peschoux, European Commission Charge d’Affaires Rafael Dochao Moreno, Adhoc President Thun Saray, CSD Director Theary C. Seng, NGO Forum Director Chhit Sam Ath, USAID Erin Soto (International Human Rights Day, Phnom Penh, 10 Dec. 2008).
Promotional video of Angkor Hospital for Children / Friends Without a Border, featuring founder / photographer Kenro Izu, former US president Bill Clinton, legendary Quincy Jones, and author Theary Seng (2:59), 2006.
Two Georgetown (SFS) Hoyas in Kyiv – First Lady of Ukraine Madam Yuschenko who was a student of Southeast Asian studies (Cambodia!) with fellow Hoya Theary Seng (World Movement for Democracy in Kyiv, Ukraine, April 2008).
Theary Seng requesting legendary film director Oliver Stone to assist getting Henry Kissinger to testify at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (University of Cambodia, Jan. 2010). Please contact photographer Nigel Dickinson if interested in using photo.
The "pornography of power" exercised by these men destroyed Cambodia (File photo: Henry Kissinger, Alexander Haig in 2006)
World Courts and International Tribunals
ECCC chief of Defense Support Section Rupert Skilbeck and deputy Richard Rogers with CSD Theary Seng conducted a series of seminars for civil society leaders so they may better contextualize the ECCC within the larger international justice movement as they go about their outreach work with Cambodian victims/perpetrators. See photos from these seminars . . .
Fair Trial Rights
(Monitoring of Cambodian Courts and ECCC)
CSD Theary Seng having a conversation with Siem Reap court president Non Nil (whom she first met in 1997, visiting all provincial prisons to assess state of juveniles and the law, when he was president of Battambang court; now the president of the ECCC Trial Chamber) regarding CSD monitoring of fair trial rights in his court (Siem Reap, 17 April 2009).
CSD director Theary Seng with monitor Chea San after our meeting with the amiable president of Battambang Court Mr. NOV Yarath, 2008.
CSD director Theary Seng with US Ambassador Mussomeli and Ministry of Justice director general KU Khemlin (Justice Minister Ang Vong Vatana's high representative, as he was tied up with another engagement) (Phnom Penh, March 2008)
Monitoring of the ECCC: ECCC Co-prosecutor Madam Chea Leang (also Attorney General of Cambodia, a great lady I've known since 1995 as my English student; 2nd from left), ECCC Co-Investigating Judge You Bunleng (also the president of the Court of Appeals of Cambodia, with a witty sense of humor, I've known since 1995 as my English student; 4th from left)
ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo at a press conference (Uganda, June 2010)
German Development Service / Civil Peace Service
Featuring Theary Seng, promotional video being screened all over Germany in light of 10th anniversary of Civil Peace Service, Jan. 2010.
Theary Seng, CSD staff with Dream for Darfur (Allison above, Jan. 17); delegation members Freddy Mutanguha (Rwandan survivor), Van Nath (Tuol Sleng survivor), Omer Ismael (Darfuri survivor), telling radio listeners why each believes this ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 20 at Tuol Sleng is very important (Voice of Justice radio, Friday 18 Jan. 2008).
CSD director Theary Seng and ADHOC Ny Chakrya meeting with reports at Peace Vigil in front of Burmese Embassy in Phnom Penh (Sept. 2007).
Theary Seng being filmed/interviewed by Zor of Voice of Democracy Burma, who's being filmed by a Dutch film crew on Zor's VOD Burma series (having traveled the world prior to Cambodia), Phnom Penh, 21 April 2010.
Headquarter of iREACH information communication technology pilot project with 11 villages in Kep Province (then Municipality), 2006-2009 under the direction of CSD Theary Seng, funded by IDRC.
Theary Seng facilitating a seminar with the deputy district chief of Damnak Choeung Oeur, March 2008.
iREACH is a project under the direction of CSD Theary Seng, in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce and the Kep district of Damnak Choeung Oeur, here the Commerce Minister Cham Prasidh with iREACH staff and villagers checking out Skype at the Kep headquarters, 2007.
I am in Shanghai for the day and many of the websites I daily go to are blocked by the communist government:
- Truth2Power-Media.blogspot.com (I think any site with the word "blog" in it),
- New York Times,
- R [ ... ]