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Analysis and op-ed

At the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting currently taking place in Saint Petersburg for its 137th assembly, gathering representatives of the world’s 173 parliaments, I appeal to these parliaments for their help to save the principle

Asian countries, including Cambodia, could do worse than to look to their smaller neighbours, for example by adopting the environmental policies of Bhutan (left), the political transparency of East Timor (centre) and the corruption-free trade dealings of Singapore.
Mon, 9 October 2017

Note to Cambodia: big lessons from small places

Green, democratic and corruption-free are not words one might typically associate with Cambodia, nor with China – the nation’s leading partner and some might say, patron.

Educators listen to Prime Minister Hun Sen as he gives a speech on World Teachers’ Day in Phnom Penh yesterday.
Fri, 6 October 2017

Teachers are the spiritual inspiration of the next generation

By Dr Hang Chuon Naron, the minister of education, youth and sport, and Anne Lemaistre, the Unesco representative in Cambodia.

Two women care for a child outside the White Building earlier this year. To economically benefit from our ageing populations, countries must ensure that older people who want to work have the right to and are provided with employment opportunities.
Fri, 29 September 2017

Older people key in global development agenda

By Dr Shamshad Akhtar, under-secretary-general of the United Nations and executive secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

A resident pushes his cart as he wades a flooded main street in Manila on September 12, after tropical depression locally codenamed Maring.
Mon, 18 September 2017

Preparing to live sustainably with increasing natural risks

By Dr Shamshad Akhtar, undersecretary-general of the United Nations and the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.

Prime Minister Hun Sen addresses a crowd of garment workers on Phnom Penh’s Veng Sreng Boulevard last week, at which he vowed to hold office for another 10 years.
Mon, 18 September 2017

An open letter to Hun Sen

Dear Prime Minister,

Prime Minister Hun Sen addresses a crowd of garment workers on Phnom Penh’s Veng Sreng Boulevard yesterday, invoking the deadly crackdown on wage riots that took place there in 2014.
Thu, 14 September 2017

Hun Sen on verge of ruining his legacy

One would think that, after being in power for three decades, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen would feel more secure about his position. Sadly, this is not the case.

Michelle Obama visits a school in Siem Reap in March 2015. youth literacy rate (aged 15-24) has now reached 92.2 percent, with only a narrow gap between men and women.
Mon, 11 September 2017

Literacy target of a Sustainable Development Goal

The education level of citizens tells a lot about the economic development of a country, and human resources that are more competent are a key factor for fostering the country’s development.

Haze shrouds the Indonesian capital Jakarta on July 27.
Tue, 5 September 2017

A pollution-free Asia-Pacific

Shamshad Akhtar and Erik Solheim

Prime Minister Hun Sen defends the decision to arrest Kem Sokha during a speech on Koh Pich yesterday.
Mon, 4 September 2017

Fast raid on Kem Sokha belies long prelude

The arrest itself was swift, but it was a long time coming. The midnight detention of Cambodia National Rescue Party President Kem Sokha bore all the hallmarks of a well-orchestrated raid. No less coordinated was the series of attacks on human rights defenders, threats to civil society and censuring of independent media that have brewed over the past 18 months, culminating in a fresh collection of so-called “leaks” detailing unsubstantiated conspiracy theories that would ultimately form the backdrop for Sokha’s undoing. For analysts, the move to arrest Sokha was a shock, but not wholly unexpected. It was, however, a blow to the final shreds of hope for a free, fair and democratic election at next year’s crucial poll. All told, if Sokha steps aside, Cambodia’s opposition parties will have lost five leaders since February – three to arrest.