By: Chak Sopheap
Earlier this month, in Prey Sar prison on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, I sat and talked with Tep Vanny, Song Srey Leap, Kong Chantha and Nget Khun, four inspirational activists from the city’s Boeung Kak lake community. They were jailed in early November after protesting against the now infamous 2007 real estate deal which saw the lake filled with sand and thousands of people forcibly evicted.
They looked pale and tired, but spoke with quiet dignity of their determination to seek justice for the loss of their land. In today’s Cambodia, they are not alone.
By: Cyn-Young Park
Cambodia’s development in the past two decades has been remarkable. Economic growth has averaged 7.6 per cent a year since 1995. The national poverty rate has been cut in half. Led by supportive government policy, the country’s strengths – in arable land and natural resources, low-cost labour, and cultural heritage – have secured Cambodia a strong global presence in rice production, garments, and tourism.
By: Marie-Odile Emond
‘The last mile on the journey for the elimination of new HIV infections might actually be the most difficult. Despite the decline of external funding, Cambodia remains committed to and will achieve the elimination of new HIV infections by 2020.” This was the conclusion of a HIV health sector strategic planning consultation recently led by the National Center for AIDS, Dermatology and STI (NCHADS).
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