Stories about Cambodia
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"Government surveillance cultivates an environment of fear, creating incentives for self-censorship and directly undermining the ability of journalists and human rights defenders to undertake their work."
The videos discuss the role of young internet users in combatting disinformation about the coronavirus pandemic.
Four years on, the government is still ignoring calls to set up an independent commission to investigate the murder.
"Today, I have not provided one service, and tomorrow, I’m not sure whether one will come or not. Probably finding a construction job is better."
"The Covid-19 crisis must not be used as pretext for getting rid of journalists who do not blindly toe the government line."
"We cannot let the employers give excuses to delay paying workers’ wages, because workers are in debt and they cannot make an excuse to delay their expenses."
"Punishing women for their choice of clothing is part of the root cause of violence, rather than its cure, and must be rejected.”
Despite the success of the strike, workers could face sanctions for breaching the court order which declared the protest as illegal.
"Justice seems as far away as the horizon, or like searching for a needle in the bottom of the sea. We have not yet seen the light of justice."
"Our free press is insufficiently protected and is under constant threat."
"When the outbreak of this disease happened, there was an increase in both national and international aid for them. But later on, it seems quiet."
“Some children can’t catch up with other students and decide to stop and go to work.”
"When there are no more survivors to talk about what happened, we still need to learn and teach and talk about it on their behalf.”
Cambodia reduces number of public holidays to attract jobs, but activists are concerned it could undermine democracy
"Omitting the Paris Peace Agreement and Human Rights days from the public-holiday list reflects that the government is unwilling to promote democracy any longer."
Across the globe, journalists are facin charges of everything from espionage to tax evasion.
"The accusation that a peaceful gathering merits a prison sentence is a serious and systematic threat to the little remaining space left for freedom of expression in the country."
"Applied to the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia, digital authoritarianism refers to how the internet has been weaponized in aid of existing authoritarian regimes."
“They tell us to go back to Vietnam. They say we fish everything and leave nothing for them. They tell us to go home. They don’t want us here.”
"By means of stories, the communities search for ways to accommodate and/or resist changes that are taking place in the Mekong river basin."