The Royal family
“Cambodia’s royal family is a tragedy, comedy and melodrama all rolled into one that could have provided grist for at least a half dozen Shakespeare plays.” May, 2006.
“The thin-skinned Hun Sen has never abided what most consider fair comment about his government– a serious failing.” Ambassador Carol Rodley, May, 2009
‘‘One CPP insider told the Embassy that the CPP has more mistresses than FUNCINPEC or any other party, and doubted the legislation would have any real impact.” September, 2006
Chea Vichea verdict
“This disappointing verdict demonstrates that Cambodia’s culture of impunity and poor legal system persists.” April, 2007
Mu Sochua defamation
“According to Mu, [appeal court prosecutor] Ouk did not take her case seriously and instead spent the time ‘flirting’ with her.” October, 2009
Freedom of speech
“As Sok An told the Ambassador, whole subject areas such as Angkor Wat or the borders are off limits, as any criticism can lead to instability and ‘anarchy’. ” July, 2009.
“The challenges faced by Cambodia in 2009 are of such a different nature from those 10 years ago that, as he [Hun Sen] joked, one of his biggest problems is how much longer it will take before the refurbishment of his house in Phnom Penh is completed.’’ January, 2009
“Because Japan is Cambodia’s largest aid donor, Cambodia cannot risk offending on an issue it sees as critical.” Official speaking before a Whaling Commission vote, May, 2007