Supporters of Mam Sonando confront police outside Phnom Penh's municipal court. The broadcaster was sentenced to 20 years in prison on charges rights groups say were aimed at silencing a vocal critic of the government.
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The Southeast Asian nation of Myanmar is one of the most repressive countries in the world. But lately the military government has been angling for international acceptance.
On Tuesday, the Burmese government announced a mass amnesty, though it didn't explicitly mention political prisoners. And many Burmese dissidents question the government's commitment to reform.
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Cambodian authorities assured the United States’ ambassador to the country that it would abide by international refugee protocols, just two days before it broke its obligations and deported a group of Uighur asylum-seekers to an uncertain future in China, according to documents leaked by the anti-secrecy group Wikileaks.
Details of Cambodia’s sudden U-turn, and the worried backroom consultations among the US Embassy, United Nations and Cambodian officials that preceded it, are contained in a series of diplomatic cables published by Wikileaks this month.
The classified documents highlight how the US and the UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, were caught flat-footed in countering China’s influence in the lead-up to the controversial December 2009 deportation. And, say human rights observers, the cables cast a troubling spotlight on China’s ability to export its human rights agenda to developing countries like Cambodia.
Rights groups urge pushback to a law many fear will restrict NGOs in Cambodia. But will linking aid money to human rights persuade Cambodia to rethink?
They start with the walls, peeling off tin sheets or wooden planks from the homes that make up the lakeside slum of Boeung Kak. They carefully remove windows or old wooden doors – anything they can use to rebuild. When they’re finished, all that remain are a pile of bricks and some aging floor tiles.
For weeks, Im Bunnary has looked on in fear as her neighbours tear apart their homes. One of these days, she knows, she could be next.