Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Cambodia - COI

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Karen Coates

Email: theramblingspoonatgmail [dot] com

Karen Coates is an author, journalist and media trainer who has spent more than a dozen years reporting from Southeast Asia for publications around the world. In 1998-99, she worked as a reporter and editor for The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh. She routinely returns to the country to report on health, environment and social issues. Her book, Cambodia Now: Life in the Wake of War (McFarland, 2005) is an examination of living conditions for the Cambodian people in the aftermath of the Khmer Rouge. Coates is a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. 

Dr David Roberts

Email: D [dot] Robertsatlboro [dot] ac [dot] uk"}" data-sheets-userformat="{"2":15169,"3":{"1":0},"9":0,"11":1,"12":0,"14":{"1":2,"2":16711680},"15":"arial,sans,sans-serif","16":10}">D [dot] Robertsatlboro [dot] ac [dot] uk

My knowledge of Cambodia derives from undergraduate study of international politics of Cambodia that created the refugee situation on the Thai-Cambodian border. My PhD research examined Cambodian political culture and social resistance to and adoption of UN and liberal interventionism. I have published a monograph and many scholarly articles, interviewed various elites and conducted hundreds of interviews of Cambodian people on the subject of refugees and internally-displaced people. I also lecture at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and for the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, which trains UN and State diplomats and military officers. I have been visiting and living in the country almost continuously since 1991, including during the war.

Prof Caroline Hughes

Email: C [dot] Hughes3atbradford [dot] ac [dot] uk

Caroline Hughes has been conducting research on the contemporary political economy of Cambodia since 1994. She has a long-standing relationship as an external advisor to the Cambodia Development Resource Institute, and visits the country regularly. She is the author of The Political Economy of Cambodia’s Transition, 1991-2001 (London: Routledge, 2003) and Dependent Communities: Aid and Politics in Cambodia and East Timor (Ithaca: Cornell SEAP, 2009) and the co-editor of Cambodia’s Economic Transformation (Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2011). She has produced consultancy reports for DFID, SIDA and the World Bank, most recently in 2016.

Siddharth Kara

Email: siddharth_karaathks [dot] harvard [dot] edu

Siddharth Kara is one of the world's foremost experts on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. He is the Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is also an Adjunct Lecturer and teaches the only course on human trafficking at HKS. In addition, Kara is a Visiting Scientist on Forced Labor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kara is the author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. Sex Trafficking is the first book on modern forms of slavery to win the prize. Kara's second book, Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia was released in October, 2012. Just as Sex Trafficking provided the first comprehensive overview of the global sex trafficking industry, Bonded Labor provides the first comprehensive overview of the system of debt bondage endemic to South Asia. Kara currently advises the United Nations, International Labour Organisation, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on anti-trafficking policy and law. Kara has testified before the U.S. Congress and several foreign Parliaments on his research. Kara's has also appeared extensively in the media as an expert on modern slavery, including on CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, CNBC, National Geographic, and numerous documentary films.

Joshua Kurlantzick

Email: jkurlantathotmail [dot] com

Joshua Kurlantzick is Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he studies Asian politics, rights, and economics. He also has done extensive work on asylum cases for nationals from Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Nepal, Thailand, China, Indonesia, and other Northeast, Southeast and South Asian nations. His work has included analyses of the political environment, judiciary, and state of political and civil rights in many South, Southeast, and Northeast Asian countries, as well as assessments of criminal syndicates and trafficking in these states. He has worked with more than ten U.K. firms and multiple U.S. firms on nearly thirty asylum cases. He is the author of five books on Southeast Asian politics, institutions, rights, and economics. Kurlantzick also has been a Visiting Scholar in the China program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, a Fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy, a Columnist for Time, a Special Correspondent for The New Republic, an Asian Correspondent for The Economist, and a Contributing Writer for Mother Jones, among other positions. He has twenty years of experience covering events in Asia, and writing about rights issues in Asia, for a range of periodicals including The New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, Rolling Stone, the London Review of Books, The Washington Monthly, The Washington Quarterly,  and Foreign Policy, among others.

 More information is available at: https://www.cfr.org/experts/joshua-kurlantzick