Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto shakes hands with Agriculture Minister Veng Sakhon at a signing ceremony in Phnom Penh on November 3, 2020, as Prime Minister Hun Sen and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn look on, in this photograph posted to Hun Sen's Facebook page.

Opinion: After Szijjarto, What’s Next for Cambodia’s Covid-19 Response?

After a visit by Hungary’s foreign minister, his shirking of health protocols and subsequent renewed Covid-19 closures and quarantines, the initial public fury has had time to settle. Now, we need to focus on testing, transparency and taking precautions seriously, writes Matt Surrusco.

Authorities grab a camera during a small protest outside the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh on October 23, 2020. (Matt Surrusco/VOD)

Opinion: Prosecute Crimes Against Journalists, Don’t Commit Them

Anyone who supports a free press must call harassment, intimidation and threats by authorities against journalists what they are: crimes that warrant investigation, and if wrongdoing is clear, prosecution under the law, writes Matt Surrusco.

Opinion: Free Trade Deal With China a Promising Step, if Done Right

The government must ensure the Cambodia-China Free Trade Agreement has the nation’s and the people’s interests at heart, and both improves the country’s economic competitiveness and garners Chinese investment that produces local jobs.

Opinion: Climate Change Is the Story of Our Time

To open a week of global news coverage concentrated on climate change, this message to journalists warrants repeating. Reporters covering the climate crisis must be more than stenographers of tragedy, writes Kyle Pope.

Participants float balloons at an International Human Rights Day celebration in Phnom Penh on December 10, 2019. (Mech Choulay/VOD)

Opinion: Keeping Our Eyes on Human Rights in the Time of Covid-19

Human rights groups’ message has been clear: We don’t just need to defend rights in spite of the ongoing public health crisis. In fact, these rights are essential to people’s efforts to tackle and survive the pandemic, writes Annie Game.

Women hold lotus flowers as authorities look on outside Olympic Stadium in Phnom Penh on March 8, 2019, during a rally marking International Women's Day (Licadho)

Opinion: How Some Cambodian Women Contribute to the Patriarchy

While gender equality advocates have called out the government’s recent moves against what women wear as a restriction on women’s rights, some women have voiced support for the measures, and simultaneously reinforced the patriarchy.