Fraying democracy: on Hun Sen

Human rights abuses notwithstanding, Hun Sen looks set to come back to power yet again in Cambodia

6THHUNSENA sense of unease pervades the memorial stupa lined with 5,000 skulls at the Choeung Ek genocide centre in Phnom Penh. Over 20,000 Cambodian men, women and children were killed here during the Khmer Rouge’s dictatorial regime. “For your sake, remember us – and remember our past as you look to your future,” says the narrator, a genocide survivor, during the chilling audio tour. The message may well apply to Cambodia today as it stumbles towards an uncertain future.

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