"We are all STTs"
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Editorial by Elizabeth Becker
The New York Times / International Herald Tribune
17 Aug. 2011
Civil Society under Threat
of New NGO Law in Cambodia
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To see full size poster, visit KI-Media...
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After my commentary A Language in Crisis, I was alerted to this article by Dr. Steve Heder on Language and National Identity: Cambodia which is a powerful, sobering, within-without perspective of the evolution of the Khmer language during the different eras of Cambodian history. A must read for Cambodian leaders and educators.
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A Language in Crisis
A commentary by CIVICUS Cambodia Theary Seng
published in The Phnom Penh Post on Tuesday, 16 Aug. 2011
re-post in KI-Media
and my Response (forthcoming)
ABC Radio Australia
LIVE Radio Panel Discussion
2:30 PM (Phnom Penh), Friday, 28 Aug. 2011
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Cambodia: Social Accountability Stories
The four-part video attempts to give a face to the growing social accountability movement in Cambodia. Watch this teaser video for a sneak peek.
Also in KI-Media.
(Ms. Theary Seng is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of ANSA-EAP, headquartered at the Ateneo School of Government, Manila.)
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CAMBODIA: Human Rights on a Slippery Slope
by Arnaud Dubus, 30 July 2011
KI-Media (French with English translation)
"Cambodia is slowly sinking into a predatory authoritarian regime like those established by Zine Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia and Muammar Qaddafi of Libya."
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As Cambodia's war crimes tribunal battles accusations of political interference in its inner workings, a suspect in a politically sensitive future case pleads his innocence
By Sebastian Strangio
Southeast Asia Globe (Cambodia, July 2011)
The controversy came to a head in late April when the ECCC's two co-investigating judges, You Bunleng of Cambodia and Siegfried Blunk of Germany, announced the completion of their investigation into Case 003. The problem, according to critics, is that the judges had failed to interview the suspects or any witnesses in the sensitive case; they also conducted few investigations at mass grave sites linked to the alleged crimes. The swiftness of the investigation was seen as evidence that the court was gearing up to bury the case, with the alleged collusion of international staff.
"It was transparently deceitful," Theary Seng, a human rights activist and victims advocate, said of the closure of the Case 003 investigation.
"The judges have a duty – it's not an option – to investigate. They have failed in their duty to investigate and they have failed to inform the public."
The co-investigating judges have also remained silent about Case 004, involving three mid-ranking Khmer Rouge officials. The turmoil has since deepened.
In addition to eating into the ECCC's credibility, the controversy over Case 003 also raises questions about the meaning of justice for rural Cambodians, and how many people need to be indicted to account for the horrors of the Khmer Rouge.
Theary Seng said there was no "magic number" of how many should be prosecuted and indicted, but that Meas Mut, who she claims was responsible for the death of her own parents under the regime, should be among them. "It's not surprising he should deny his role, but he can't deny the weight of evidence. He can't deny the testimonies that run into the tens of thousands," she said, adding the five current indictees were clearly not enough. "The current five are not sufficient for the crimes that took the lives of 1.7 million Cambodians."
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