Between history and modernity

Documents on the Khmer genocide trial might serve as a teaching tool or threaten the safety of survivors. Meanwhile, female lawyers are finally allowed to wear trousers in Thai court.

April 1, 2023
Between history and modernity

Hello, Globe readers!

This week, our features explored the inseparable link between history and progress through different lenses. 

As Cambodia welcomed back lost antiquities, the release of sensitive documents on the Khmer genocide sparked a debate over the right balance between open education on the atrocities and the safety of survivors.

In the meantime, Thailand stepped away from the historical dress code for female lawyers, officially allowing them to wear trousers in court for the first time.  

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That’s all for this week.

May you have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the features!

1 – After Khmer Rouge tribunal, Cambodian archivists preserve a brutal history

Globe’s Nasa Dip,

Artwork by Emilie Languedoc

After the verdict of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, Cambodia is split between those who see history as a reminder of the atrocities and those who worry about the safety of those survivors who participated in the trial.

2 – Female lawyers allowed to wear trousers in Thai court

Globe’s Beatrice Siviero,

Skirt or trousers? Female lawyers are now allowed to wear trousers in Thai courts. The Bar Association has amended its Ethical Code changing the historical skirt-only rule for female lawyers, marking a step forward in gender equality.

3 – [Khmer version] More looted Cambodian relics returned from the United States

Globe’Leila Goldstein,

Khmer translation of our previous feature on the return of looted relics to Cambodia, which would allow national researchers to investigate their origins. 

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