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.

Asia, biodiversity and urbanization: Perspectives on the Living Planet report

By Tue, Oct 07, 2014 12:00PM UTC Projects like China's Three Gorges Dam threaten river biodiversity. Pic: Michael Gwyther-Jones (Flickr CC)

According to a recent report by the WWF, the Earth has lost more than half of its vertebrate wildlife over 40 years. One week ago, the organization’s Living Planet Report 2014 released the findings that between 1970 and 2010, 52% of the world’s population of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and

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