Present Day Cambodia

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Present Day Cambodia Cambodia, a country located in southern Asia, has a very devastating history. Genocide had occurred under the control of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge. From the year 1975 to 1979, an appalling amount of innocent people lost their lives based on their religion and ethnicity. Today, Cambodia struggles to recover from the traumatizing event that affected every person living there. As the country continues to grow, conditions have started to improve in many areas. Education, religion, and politics have once again become a major part of many citizens’ lives. However, the country has not completely restored itself and aspects such as economics, ecologic problems, and poverty continue to be a major concern. In 1993, the first democratic election was held by UNTAC, which stands for United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia. UNTAC was instructed to develop a program of human rights education to encourage respect for and comprehension of human rights (Sanderson 242). Also the group was ordered to design a voter program that would educate and explain every part of the election. The program was meant to deliver the message that, in this new country, the people would be able to choose who governed them. The general population was able to decide for themselves who would receive power (Sanderson 242). The Khmer Rouge had threatened to kill people who voted and refused to let UNTAC personnel into their zones, prohibiting the voting process of those still living under their control. Despite all of the threats, over four million people had cast their vote (Tully 221). There were a few debates on whether the election was unbiased and fair, the result being that it was indeed accepted as a free and justified election. Cambodians had picked their own representatives, the first step of a new beginning. After the UN sponsored elections, the struggle to bring
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