The well-known American museum will return several ancient statues to Cambodia (and two to Thailand) after federal prosecutors, aided by former Cambodian looters, discovered that the artifacts had been stolen from ancient temples. For Cambodians, sculptures are not just works of art but hold the soul of their ancestors.
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The Cambodian prime minister launched a new, three-phase strategy. Its application is voluntary. Most Cambodians work in the informal sector. Several incentives are available to small businesses and the self-employed. Many fear above all the registration phase and need information about taxable ranges, experts point out.
Thon Ratha, Phuong Keo Reaksmey, and Long Khunthea will not travel to Sweden for the prestigious Right Livelihood Award. They are currently serving a 14-month suspended sentence and a three-year travel ban for raising environmental awareness. Meanwhile, Vietnam detains green energy expert Ngô Thị Tố Nhiên, a sixth environmentalist jailed in two years.
The Royal University of Phnom Penh, Missions Étrangères de Paris, and local historians are behind the conference, which drew young researchers interested in a history that began five centuries ago, well before the French protectorate. For Fr Legnani, from PIME, it was important to remember all those who share “history and suffering with the Khmer people.”
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center shows a major regional cleavage. In Indonesia and Malaysia, support for an active role of religion in politics is growing, Singapore favours religious pluralism, including the right to change religion.