It is a debate that has persisted since long before I started making Cambodia my home: What should expats do or say when they object to the actions of a foreign government that permits them to live in its country?
The question surfaced again here in Cambodia when a Facebook “friend” posted a story that has dominated the three English-language dailies for days.
A subsequent report in the Phnom Penh Post on Wednesday centered on a speech in which the prime minister said he might seek to have five jailed Cambodians forgiven for their entanglement in what has been dubbed a sex scandal concerning the acting president of a political party opposed to his ruling one. Hun Sen’s remarks followed Monday’s arrest of civil rights activists essentially for wearing black shirts as they headed to a demonstration in Phnom Penh to call attention to their plight.
If civil society groups hold back during legal proceedings, suggested the price minister, the arrested individuals could be released from custody on one condition. He said: Continue reading