Miss Landmine Pageant Banned in Cambodia

Morten Traavik, the artist who founded the Miss Landmine pageant in Angola (featured previously at Neatorama) also organized a similar beauty pageant in Cambodia. After expressing support for the contest, the Cambodian government has withdrawn permission.
An exhibition of photographs of the contests was due to open on Friday, with the top prize of an artificial leg for the winner of an internet vote. But over the weekend the government ordered the organisers "to stop activity immediately in order to keep the honour and dignity of handicapped Cambodians, especially women".

Traavik has requested a meeting with authorities over the issue. Link -via Arbroath

(image credit: Flickr user *christopher*)

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If the Cambodian government is so keen to protect their honor and dignity, why don't they get them some artificial legs, rather than prevent them from winning them?
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