By: Chak Sopheap
Over the past few weeks, the government has repeatedly asserted its intention to introduce a state secrets law in Cambodia. In a country that has not yet adopted a solid access to information law and has showed no hesitancy in restricting freedom of expression, such declarations are a cause for serious concern. In fact, the public right of access to information is not only the other side to freedom of expression, it is the backbone of democracy.
Nurturing the culture of dialogue
By: Mu Sochua
The residents of Prek Preah Sdech in the city of Battambang have lived for years in uncertainty of forced eviction as the land they have lived on is state land, destined for a public park. Confusion and fear reign in this small community and tension rose high last week between authorities and the residents.
Members of Parliament and elected local councilors from the Cambodia National Rescue Party held a public forum to listen to and to collect the people’s complaints. In no more than 30 minutes after we left the community, we received an invitation to meet the city governor. On behalf of the people, we raised their concerns, we defended their rights.
by: Natasha Stott Despoja
It is a great pleasure to visit Cambodia in my capacity as Australia’s ambassador for women and girls. Australia recognises the critical role that women and girls play in national and global prosperity and security. My position was created to empower women in the context of Australia’s engagement with the region. Women’s roles are a key focus of our foreign policy and a critical part of our aid and development work.
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