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History of Cambodia

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Government should seize new opportunity to bring Khmer Rouge human rights abusers to justice
From Amnesty International. 13 June 1997.
The Forgotten US Role in Cambodia's Tragedy
By S. L. Rennacker, 25 June, 1997. Sketches the US contribution to Cambodia's difficulties since 1955.
HRW Condemns CPP coup against FUNCINPEC
From Human Rights Watch, 8 July 1997. On 5 July co-Prime Minister Hun Sen, leader of the Cambodian People's Party (CPP), led a coup against his coalition partner, Prince Ranariddh of the royalist FUNCINPEC party. Concern for abuse of members of the FINCINPEC and of the two opposition parties, the Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party and the Khmer Nation Party.
Open letter to Second Prime Minister Hun Sen
From Amnesty International. 11 July, 1997. In the current war, the human rights of FUNCINPEC royalist officials are being violated. The transition process in Cambodia had promised an improvement in human rights, but current events are betraying that hope.
What U.S. News Reports Don't Say about Cambodia
By Deirdre Griswold, in Workers World, 17 July, 1997. The roots of the present tragedy lie in the US puppet government of Lon Nol (1970-75). Lon Nol was ousted by the popular Khmer Rouge. US interventions against the Khmer Rouge led it to take extreem measures.

Economy and environment

Loggers Use Loophole to Decimate Cambodia's Disappearing Forests
From the Christian Science Monitor, 1 May, 1997.


Cambodian Garment Workers March
From Labor News, 19 December, 1996. This is first strike in Cambodia's modern history, and is by mostly women workers. Led by Sam Rainsy, leader of the opposition Khmer Nation Party. Labor laws do not recognize independent labor organizations.
Workers Action In Thailand/Cambodia
Reuter. 20 December, 1996. Unions not recognized in Cambdia, so labor protest considered illegal and its leaders accountable. Opposition leader Sam Rainsy helped form the new garment union and is involved in negotiations.
Back to Square One
By Samuel Grumiau, in ICFTU On Line, 18 September, 1997. Hun Sen's coup on July 5 may have replaced an impossible coalition with stability, but it closed the window of opportunity for an incipient development of labor organization.


The new Women's Media Center of Cambodia
From CLIPS, February, 1995.
Cambodia's Torment
By Thom Cookes, 28 June, 1997. The social impact of years of war, particularly landmines.

Culture and religion

Buddha books back
From the Phnom Penh Post, 16-29 December, 1994. A collection of 74 books were given to the Australian government for safekeeping in 1974, and are now returned. They contain 84,000 articles or Tripitakas of Buddha's teachings, written in Pali with Khmer translations.

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