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Thursday, January 12, 2006

A forgotten nation

An international cry for help from the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights:

"A recent spate of arrests including journalists, trade unionists, and prominent human rights activists in Cambodia has had a chilling effect, as civil society organizations and others grow increasingly fearful of expressing opinions. Over the past three months, the Constitutionally-protected right to freedom of expression in Cambodia has come under grave threat from a series of criminal defamation lawsuits filed by the government. Five individuals have been arrested and detained on defamation charges related to criticism expressed of the government, and at least five more than fled the country to escape arrest."

The organisation has a number of interesting reports about the current state of Cambodia.

4 Comments:

Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

There hasn't been a sound from Canberra, besides Rudd (gently) sinking the boot into Downer for saying nothing. The UN has warned that this is a slide into totalitarianism. Even the US has condemned Hun Sen.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 5:03:00 pm  
Blogger James Waterton said...

Hrm. Hun Sen really needs someone like Noam Chomsky to barrack for him. Pity Hun Sen isn't a crazed communist genocidal maniac - otherwise the Chomper would be all over him.

Friday, January 13, 2006 1:29:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

"Even the US has condemned Hun Sen."

They don't seem to have a problem with guys like Karimov. If Hum had been in Washington's pocket, he would likely have been ordained into the brotherhood of partners in the war on terror.

Friday, January 13, 2006 3:12:00 am  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Chomsky? What the?

Oh, hobby horse. Gotcha.

No comment on the real issue, then. Like our own government. Says it all.

Friday, January 13, 2006 7:15:00 pm  

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