Margo Picken worked for the United Nations as Director of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia between 2001 and 2007. She is now a visiting fellow at Global Governance at the London School of Economics. (January 2011)


The Beleaguered Cambodians

The causeway across the moat at Angkor Wat; photograph by Steve McCurry
For most foreigners, Cambodia seems to be a relatively stable country, hospitable to outside investment and welcoming. But beneath this outwardly acceptable face, longtime Prime Minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People’s Party govern with absolute power and control all institutions that could challenge their authority. The freedoms of expression, association, and assembly are severely curtailed. Human rights organizations are intimidated, and a draft law aims to bring them under the regime’s authority. The judiciary is controlled by the executive, and the flawed laws that exist are selectively enforced. Hundreds of murders and violent attacks against politicians, journalists, labor leaders, and others critical of Hun Sen and his party remain unsolved.

The Betrayed People

'Funu': The Unfinished Saga of East Timor

by Jose Ramos-Horta, preface by Noam Chomsky

East Timor Violations of Human Rights: Extrajudicial Executions, 'Disappearances,' Torture and Political Imprisonment, 1975–1984

“The church bears anxious witness to facts that are slowly leading to the ethnic, cultural and religious extinction of the people of East Timor.” —From the statement of the apostolic administrator and Council of Priests of the diocese of Dili, January 1, 1985. At least a hundred thousand people …