Backgrounder: Government corruption in Cambodia

By Nicole Meadows

  • Hun Sen, a former member of the Khmer Rouge, has been Cambodia’s prime minister for the past 25 years
  • 2009 laws against defamation and prohibiting public protests over 200 people were passed; laws restricting the activities of non-governmental organizations were drafted
  • Cambodia scored a 2 on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index, where 0 was highly corrupt and 10 was highly clean (2009)
  • Number of people below the poverty line fell 47% to 35% from 1993 to 2004; in the same time, the per capita consumption of the richest 20% of the population rose by 45%, and only by 8% of the poorest 20%
  • In 2005, public officials were paid by the private sector an estimated $330 million of ‘unofficial fees’

Sources: Reuters AlertNet, Transparency International, Cambodian Communities out of Crisis


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