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Somaly’s Story: ‘I Didn’t Lie.’

MCX100114FESOMALYMAM005-lgAn explosive report in Newsweek last spring raised questions regarding the legitimacy of Cambodian anti-trafficking activist Somaly Mam, tainting the nearly two-decades-long work on behalf of victims that catapulted her into the global spotlight. But how do the allegations hold up? In her first interview since the scandal dominated headlines—and left her career and reputation in shambles—Mam tells her side of things.

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Let the Khmer Rouge Record Show

August 26, 2014 New York Times, PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Earlier this month a United Nations-assisted tribunal in Cambodia handed down long-overdue judgments against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan for their roles in the catastrophic Khmer Rouge regime of 1975-79. Nuon Chea, the deputy secretary of the communist party, and Khieu Samphan, the president of the Khmer Rouge state, were sentenced to life in prison for crimes against humanity.


Decades After Khmer Rouge’s Rule, 2 Senior Leaders Are Convicted in Cambodia

The verdict is not surprising. I’ve been following this for so long, even testifying before US Congress in support of a trial in 1998. I have long thought this trial was more about education than justice. Now that it’s here, I am surprisingly emotional about it. A rush of sadness for our losses, pride that we survived it, and gratitude to the people who’ve worked so hard to bring the trial into being. And yes, it does feel like closure. I didn’t think I would feel this, but I do. Peace to all, Loung
New York Times, August 7, 2014 PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A court on Thursday found the two most senior surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime, which brutalized Cambodia during the 1970s, guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced them to life in prison.http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/08/world/asia/decades-after-khmer-rouges-rule-2-senior-leaders-are-convicted-in-cambodia.html?_r=0

Cambodian Tribunal, Uncategorized

Justice delayed is pondered in Cambodia

August 2

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia.
Sok Sambour, 25, works as a receptionist at a hotel after graduating from accounting school. Her parents told her about that era, including exactly how long the Khmer Rouge rule lasted: three years, eight months and 20 days. An elderly neighbor told her that just catching a fish to eat was enough to be accused of betrayal and face almost certain execution. A U.N.-assisted genocide tribunal will deliver a verdict this coming Thursday in the trial of the two top leaders of the communist Khmer Rouge, whose extremist policies in the late 1970s are blamed for the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million Cambodians though starvation, medical neglect, overwork and execution.


Of Fish, Monsoons and the Future

The New York Times… Every year, the lake yields about 300,000 tons of fish, making it one of the world’s most productive freshwater ecosystems. That and the floods that pulse through it in monsoon season, swelling it to as much as five times its dry-season size, have earned the lake the nickname “Cambodia’s beating heart.” But the Tonle Sap is in trouble


Cambodian Women Agents of Change: Putsata Reang

PutsataCambodian Women Agents of Change: Putsata Reang
Putsata is a writer, author, and journalist. A Reporter Returns Home: Teaching in Cambodia, and learning some tough lessons
By Putsata Reang is 
an excellent article of how difficult it was/is to do this work in Cambodia.  Since then, she has gone on to train journalists in Afghanistan, Thailand, Laos and other countries. She also returned to Cambodia to live and work there for many years….