First Lady Michelle Obama to travel to Cambodia on March 20

First Lady Michelle Obama to Travel to Japan and Cambodia March 18-22 –, March 17, 2015

Cambodian Activists Urge U.S. First Lady to Seek Release of Jailed Land Defenders, March 17, 2015
More than 50 activists gathered in front of the U.S embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday to request the intervention of First Lady Michelle Obama to press Cambodian authorities to release 11 jailed land rights defenders…

First lady won’t avoid Cambodia human rights concerns – AP, March 16, 2015
…In Siem Reap, Cambodia, where Mrs. Obama is to arrive on Friday, she and her counterpart, Bun Rany, will meet with high school students participating in community-led education programs. Mrs. Obama will also meet with Peace Corps volunteers, and hold a round-table discussion with those volunteers, plus community and civic leaders who are working on projects to support girls’ education in Cambodia.
Before departing for Washington, Mrs. Obama plans to visit Angkor Wat, the ancient temple complex on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites.

After thirty years of Hun Sen, where is Cambodia now? –, March 18, 2015
…It is essential to understand the national context to conduct a well-balanced assessment of Hun Sen’s achievements and shortcomings. Cambodia is a fragile country after nearly three decades of war and conflict. Social and political distrust, a potential source of political instability, remain deeply embedded in Cambodian political culture and society.
For Hun Sen, peace and security and socio-economic development occupy centre stage in Cambodia’s domestic politics, with democracy and human rights coming in second…

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