That Cambodia abolished the death penalty for all crimes two decades ago deserves merit. However, Cambodiaâ€™s human rights record in all other respects remains questionable. The CPP continues to restrict free speech, intimidate journalists and dissenters by means of lawsuits and criminal prosecution. Peaceful protests by workers, farmers, and land owners are usually dispersed, often enough by violent means. In 2011, the Cambodian government pressed forward a law that would allow it to shut down ngos, community-based civic groups, informal associations and grassroots networks on arbitrary grounds. Many versions of the draft have been presented to the public to date. If enacted, the law will have adverse impacts on the growth and activities of both the civil society and the
media, as the law may be used to force a few critical voices in the country into silence. Meanwhile, Cambodian women continue to face economic and social discrimination. They lag behind men in education and are vulnerable to domestic violence. Poor women and girls are often trafficked inside and outside of the country for prostitution, making it one of Asiaâ€™s major trafficking hubs.