[Sent to the Phnom Penh Post and Khmer Times on 20 June. Not published.]

The United States government asserts the right to sanction people in other countries who it says have behaved in ways it views as unacceptable. Shouldn’t the rest of the world follow its example?

The scandalous child abuse taking place on the United States’ southern border demands action against those responsible. Cambodia – better yet, all of ASEAN – should ban visas for and freeze any property of, at the very least, homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, attorney general Jeff Sessions and President Donald Trump.

If pictures of caged children don’t move them, perhaps the closing of hotels or other businesses branded with the Trump name might have an effect.