Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Cambodia's illegal logging crackdown: What's in it for Hun Sen?

This rather half-baked solution and a direct command from the very top to extra-judicially kill illegal loggers however redirects attention away from the real problem of deforestation in Cambodia. Hun Sen has made promises to tackle illegal logging many times in the past. It's become somewhat regular for him to make public statements about cracking down on illegal deforestation, but the government has rarely done anything effective in terms of enforcement. Rule of law and rule of practice can be two very different things in Cambodia.

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