Your coverage of the aftermath of the grenade attack on 30 March 1997 graphically
illustrated - through words and pictures - that, as with all such attacks, behind
the cold statistics lie individual human lives, shattered by violence. In taking
the difficult decision to publish such personal and distressing details, your newspaper
has ensured that the full horror of the events of 30 March is known across the world.
People ought to know what took place in Phnom Penh on that day. National elections
are due in Cambodia in 1998. It is vital that the fundamental rights to freedom of
expression and association be upheld. All those who care about human rights in Cambodia
should appeal to the Royal Government to carry out a full investigation into the
attack of 30 March and ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.
- Rory Mungoven, Program Director, Asia & Pacific, Amnesty International,