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Opinion: Yubi — Yes, This Is the Way It Has Been

“Is this how things are supposed to happen in Cambodia?” Mean Pich Rita, who has accused an oknha of attempted rape, asks her mother in a widely circulated video. It is painful and frustrating to have to give a simple but true answer to this question: Yes, this is the way it has been, writes Future Forum researcher Theang Soriya.

Phnom Penh’s Riverside area in 2019. (tjabeljan/Creative Commons)

Opinion: Covid-19 Pandemic Supports Case for Decriminalizing Sex Work

Imagine trying to trace a cluster of Covid-19 cases centered around sex workers and expecting them to report themselves to authorities for testing. Under current policies, there is zero incentive for sex workers to comply. This is why decriminalization is the answer.

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.