Sen and Sensibility
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has thrown his weight behind legislation to protect the country’s remaining forests. The measure would set stricter logging regulations and allow courts to jail illegal loggers for up to 10 years. Illegal logging operations have been common in the past, supported by the Cambodian military and former Khmer Rouge members. But Hun Sen has been on the hot seat to rein in the logging, because foreign-aid donors have said they will link future aid to reforms in forest management. “Forests are the prime minister’s life,” said Hun Sen, who has threatened to resign if his government fails to stop the logging.