“Morality drives” serve little more than political purpose

By Mon, Oct 27, 2014 2:01PM UTC A sex worker checks her smartphone as she and others wait for customers in a brothel at Dolly prostitution complex in Surabaya earlier this year. Pic: AP.

Earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal’s James Hookway wrote a piece about Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s attempt to cleanse Pattaya of supposedly “immoral” transgender sex workers. Hookway described a “morality drive,” in which police went after so-called ladyboys who are notorious in the country’s sex industry.

Human rights institutions in Southeast Asia: Are the “paper tigers” coming to life?

By Tue, Oct 21, 2014 11:15AM UTC Cambodian and Thai villagers presenting their case at SUHAKAM. Pic: EarthRights International.

National human rights institutions in Southeast Asia have often been described as “paper tigers” or “toothless agencies” — accused of sitting idle in the face of serious human rights concerns — but there is some cause to believe that may be changing

Cambodian tribunal opens 1st genocide case

By Fri, Oct 17, 2014 11:16AM UTC Nuon Chea. Pic: AP.

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A U.N.-backed Cambodian tribunal has begun hearing the first genocide case against the country’s brutal 1970s Khmer Rouge regime.

Cambodia detains 3 over death of journalist

By Mon, Oct 13, 2014 2:43PM UTC Cambodia detains 3 over death of journalist

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodian police have detained three men believed to be linked to the shooting death of a local journalist who was investigating illegal logging in the country’s east.

Cambodian adult entertainment workers now covered by labor laws

By Thu, Oct 09, 2014 12:29PM UTC

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia has enacted a regulation to protect nightclub hostesses and other adult entertainment workers under laws that protect other workers’ labor rights.

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