The social development of Cambodia in 2010 shows that Norwegian People's Aid priorities are important: Land rights, democratisation, demining, removal of unexploded ordnance and securing mine-free areas.
We are, unfortunately, a negative trend towards an increasingly authoritarian government in Cambodia. A small elite gain increased control over political processes and natural resources. The opportunity for debate and participation in the public sphere is restricted by the critical voices are systematically silenced or otherwise prevented from expressing itself. This applies to individuals, social organisations and the media.
Norwegian People’s Aid supports local organizations working for increased participation in the political debate.
Khmer Rouge took power in 1975
Between one and two million Cambodians, out of a population of 8 million, succumbed from executions, overwork, starvation and disease during Pol Pot regime before it ended by Vietnam's invasion in 1978