Monday, 10 March 2014
Sunday, 9 March 2014
BY ALEX WILLEMYNS | THE Cambodia daily, MARCH 8, 2014
Philip Ruddock, who served as Australia’s immigration minister between 1996 and 2003 and now serves as the government’s chief parliamentary whip, has described Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government as a “one-party state,” and said that Australia is concerned about the shooting deaths of five strike protesters in January.
The comments came during a parliamentary debate on Monday over a motion to condemn the killing of the garment factory workers by Cambodian security forces on January 3 and to recognize that the official results of the July 28 national election, which Mr. Hun Sen narrowly won, remain in dispute.
Before making his remarks, Mr. Ruddock, who has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1973, noted that his history in Cambodia began with efforts to end the country’s civil war in the 1980s.
“My engagement with Cambodia goes back a long way,” Mr. Ruddock told the House. “I had the opportunity, in 1985, of visiting Cambodia at a time when the nation had suffered dreadfully as a result of the activities of the Khmer Rouge.”
Mr. Ruddock, a member of the conservative Liberal Party, also visited Cambodia in 1988 as part of a bipartisan fact-finding mission on the Cambodian civil war. The visit was organized by the World Vision NGO, through which Australia delivered indirect aid to Cambodians in the 1980s.
Mr. Ruddock met with Hun Sen, who was then prime minister of the communist People’s Republic of Kampuchea, in Phnom Penh, and Son Sann, prime minister of the resistance on the Cambodian-Thai border, in Bangkok.
“I can remember Phnom Penh when I was there; the Vietnamese were there, the Russians were there—it was a city devoid of Khmer,” Mr. Ruddock said Monday. “I cannot say Hun Sen is a close friend—I have only met him once or twice—but [opposition leader] Sam Rainsy and I had the opportunity of meeting on several occasions.”
“When I look at the way in which events have unfolded [since the 1980s], I understand that Cambodia is very much what I would regard as a one-party state, with the CPP being in government for such a long period of time,” he said, questioning Cambodia’s electoral processes. “I understand that elections are held, and they do not always look the same as ours.”
“The view of the Australian government is that we want to see democracy working,” Mr. Ruddock concluded. “The government is concerned about the deaths and injuries that have occurred but continues to urge all parties to exercise restraint and to work these issues through in open dialogue.”
Sar Kheng Bans Rally, Gives Police $54K in Bonuses [Sar Kheng is competing with Hun Sen to be Cambodia's toughest man]
BY KHUON NARIM | THE CAMBODIA DAILY, MARCH 8, 2014
Interior Minister Sar Kheng on Friday warned that a union-led public forum scheduled for Freedom Park on Saturday morning would not be allowed to proceed, adding that a fresh wave of union marches next week are also banned.
The security minister’s comments came during a talk he gave to more than 3,100 police officers at the Interior Ministry compound, during which he lauded the security forces’ response to strikes and protests—which have left at least seven civilians dead and dozens wounded since September.
Mr. Kheng also handed each officer present 70,000 riel ($17.50) in cash, amounting to a total of $54,477, as a gesture of his thanks for their work in suppressing protests.
“We have to avoid this problem [protests] from happening again, so we have to gather to protect our national security, stability and protect our election result, the government and National Assembly,” Mr. Kheng told the officers.
Afterward, speaking briefly to reporters, he said the unions would only be “allowed to celebrate at [their] place.”
“And [we] won’t allow an assembly at Freedom Park or marching, because it causes concerns of public security that we have to continue strengthening more,” Mr. Kheng said.
Unions are planning to hold citywide marches from Wednesday amid calls for a higher minimum wage and the release of 21 people who were taken prisoner and jailed during strike protests in January. “It is [our] duty to keep security, but we have to avoid violence,” Mr. Kheng added.
During his speech to the police officers, Mr. Kheng also said that opposition CNRP leader Sam Rainsy was to blame for the killing of five people, who were shot dead by members of the military police on January 3 during a garment strike protest on Veng Sreng Street.
“It is because of the violence of Sam Rainsy that protests became riots and violence caused injuries to both police and military police, and some four people died.”
PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- Many Cambodian people are surprised by the The return of Prince Norodom Ranariddh into politics. His return is considered by many as a reflection of what he told the editor of an online news The Cambodia Herald last year that he has been addicted to politics.
His return may have impact on the current balance of popularity between the two major parties, Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), which stirs a strong reaction from many people.
In retrospective, the prince was deemed as an important figure in Cambodian politics along with Prime Minister Hun Sen until the election in 2003 when he was leading his party Funcinpec. It was during the downfall of his popularity, triggered by an internal dispute within his party, which saw an increasing support for Sam Rainsy, who is currently president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party. It should also be noted that both Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha, heads of CRNP, used to be members of Funcinpec, which was led by Prince Norodom Ranariddh.
The prince was seen as a key politician in the past because he used to serve as had served as the head of Funcipec, first prime minister and the President of the National Assembly.
His decision to return to politics this time also draws public attention.
According to the reaction from both CPP and CNRP, it is highly likely that the prince will not join with CNRP and instead seems to pose a threat to Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha. It is quite obvious that it is hard for him to work for the two who used to be parts of his party and have different ideology.
BY LAUREN CROTHERS | THE CAMBODIA DAILY, MARCH 8, 2014
The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on Friday released a briefing paper it sent to the European Union (E.U.) mission in Cambodia, in which it details a “deteriorating human rights situation” that should be addressed.
In the 20-page report, sent ahead of a planned meeting between E.U. and government officials in Phnom Penh next week to discuss aid, trade and human rights, FIDH calls for “urgent action” from Europe on land grabs, electoral reform, freedom of expression and assembly, labor trafficking and the work of the government’s human rights body.
“The human rights situation in Cambodia has deteriorated since the 2009 [universal periodic review],” FIDH said.
“Corruption remains endemic and violence against government critics is systematic. Activists and journalists have been murdered and the authorities have consistently failed to properly investigate those crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice. Prominent government critics have been imprisoned on spurious charges,” the organization said.
“Business figures and politicians have routinely broken the law, intimidated opponents, and benefited from land concessions and land confiscation that have displaced close to a million people. Violence against women, sex and labor trafficking, child right’s violations all remain serious human rights challenges in the country,” it added.
15 Vietnamese who were arrested by tribal people for illegally logging in Cambodian forest have not been sent to court yet [This is a cover up by the Cambodian authority. In Thailand these 15 Vietnamese would have been executed!] អាជ្ញាធរខេត្តមណ្ឌលគិរីមិនទាន់បញ្ជូនសំណុំរឿងវៀតណាម១៥នាក់ទៅតុលាការ
ដោយ ទេព សុរ៉ាវី 2014-03-09
ស្នងការនគរបាលខេត្តមណ្ឌលគិរី កំពុងស៊ើបអង្កេតបន្ថែមចំពោះករណីដែលជនជាតិវៀតណាម ១៥នាក់ លបលួចចូលកាប់ឈើក្នុងព្រៃការពាររបស់សហគមន៍ជនជាតិដើមភាគតិច បន្ទាប់ពីជនជាតិដើមភាគតិចព្នងជាង ៦០នាក់ បានចុះល្បាតការកាប់ឈើខុសច្បាប់ក្នុងព្រៃការពាររបស់សហគមន៍កាលពីថ្ងៃទី៨ មីនា ហើយប្រទះឃើញជនជាតិវៀតណាម ទាំងនោះកំពុងកាប់ឈើក្នុងទឹកដីរបស់ខ្មែរ។
ព្រះរាជអាជ្ញាសាលាដំបូងខេត្តមណ្ឌលគិរី លោក ឃុត សុភាង ប្រាប់វិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី នៅថ្ងៃទី៩ មីនា ថា សំណុំរឿងជនជាតិវៀតណាម ១៥នាក់ ដែលលួចចូលទឹកដីខ្មែរមកកាប់ឈើនៅព្រៃការពារជនជាតិដើមភាគតិចក្នុងស្រុកពេជ្រាដា នៅមិនទាន់បញ្ជូនទៅតុលាការនៅឡើយទេ ហើយខាងមន្ទីរបរិស្ថាន និងក្រុមប៉ូលិសយុត្តិធម៌កំពុងស៊ើបអង្កេតរឿងនេះបន្ថែម៖ «នៅបរិស្ថាននិងប៉ូលិសយុត្តិធម៌។ មិនទាន់ប្រាប់បានទេ ព្រោះមិនទាន់បញ្ជូនមកតុលាការនៅឡើយ»។
ប្រជាសហគមន៍ជនជាតិដើមភាគតិចព្នងចំនួន ៣ភូមិ រួមមានភូមិពូលុ ភូមិឡាំមេះ និងភូមិពូចារ បានចុះល្បាតការកាប់ព្រៃឈើក្នុងដែនការពាររបស់សហគមន៍ និងបានប្រទះជនជាតិវៀតណាម ១៥នាក់ កំពុងធ្វើសកម្មភាពកាប់ឈើនៅចំណុចភូមិឡាំមេះ ឃុំប៊ូស្រា ស្រុកពេជ្រាដា។
ប្រជាសហគមន៍ជនជាតិដើមភាគតិចព្នង បានឃាត់ខ្លួនជនជាតិវៀតណាម ទាំងនោះ រួមនឹងវត្ថុតាងមួយចំនួន រួមមានគោយន្តច្នៃចំនួន ៤គ្រឿង រណារយន្ត ៧គ្រឿង កាំភ្លើងធុនអ៊ឹមសី (M16) ១ដើម ម៉ូតូ ៩គ្រឿង និងឈើគគីរកាត់រួចប្រមាណ ៤ម៉ែត្រគូប។
វិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី មិនអាចទាក់ទងមន្ត្រីបរិស្ថាន និងលោក យ៉ែម វ៉ាន់នី ស្នងការនគរបាលខេត្តមណ្ឌលគិរី សួរនាំរឿងនេះបានទេ នៅថ្ងៃទី៩ មីនា ដោយទូរស័ព្ទច្រើនដងតែលោកមិនទទួល។
ទាក់ទងបញ្ហានេះ មន្ត្រីសម្របសម្រួលអង្គការសិទ្ធិមនុស្សអាដហុក ប្រចាំខេត្តមណ្ឌលគិរី លោក សុខ រដ្ឋា ដែលចុះទៅសិក្សារឿងនេះ ប្រាប់ថា ជនជាតិវៀតណាម ទាំងនោះ មានអាយុចន្លោះពី ២៣ឆ្នាំ ដល់ ៣៥ឆ្នាំ ហើយពួកគេឆ្លងដែននិងកាប់ឈើខុសច្បាប់ក្នុងទឹកដីកម្ពុជា។ លោកបន្តថា ក្រុមសហគមន៍ជនជាតិដើមភាគតិច បានដឹងពីការលួចកាប់ឈើខុសច្បាប់របស់ជនជាតិវៀតណាម ប៉ុន្តែពេលរាយការណ៍ទៅឲ្យអាជ្ញាធរចុះឃាត់ខ្លួននោះ អាជ្ញាធរតែងដោះលែងពួកគេទៅវិញ។ លើកនេះប្រជាសហគមន៍ចុះឃាត់ខ្លួនជនជាតិវៀតណាម នោះដោយខ្លួនឯង ហើយសង្ឃឹមថា ពួកគេនឹងត្រូវផ្ដន្ទាទោសតាមច្បាប់។
លោក សុខ រដ្ឋា៖ «មិនមែនទើបតែម្ដងទេ កន្លងមកមានការចូលកាប់ពីជនជាតិវៀតណាម ហ្នឹងច្រើនមកដែរហើយ កន្លងមកដូចមានការចុះទៅចាប់ពីមន្ត្រីជំនាញរដ្ឋបាលព្រៃឈើ សមត្ថកិច្ចស្នងការអីហ្នឹងចុះទៅ ចាប់បានជនជាតិវៀតណាម២ ឬ ៣នាក់ ធ្វើការដោះលែងវិញ នៅទីតាំងដែលធ្វើការកាប់បំផ្លាញនោះ ហើយគាត់បានវត្ថុតាងអីទេ»។
Local church member takes mission trip overseas
Posted: Saturday, March 8, 2014
By Jared Wilson email@example.com
Few get the chance to experience what life is like in other countries and for one missionary from Odessa, it has become a dream come true.
Adam Vore, 20, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Odessa started the process of preparing for the trip last year and is now living the experience he dreamed of.
According to Adams father, Chris Vore, the process is quite extensive and includes health examinations, a lot of paperwork and interviews. After the process is completed the leaders within the church decide where help is needed and missionaries are sent out.
Even though Adam would soon be traveling across the globe his mother, Angelique Vore, knew it was a dream come true for her son as said a mission trip has been something he has wanted to take part in from a very young age.
“When we first found out that he was going to Cambodia it was really exciting,” Angelique Vore said. “Of course there was some nervousness but I would say we were more excited because Adam has always had plans to go on a mission trip even when he was little.
Adam said he was called to serve others and that he was inspired to become a missionary because of the scripture he has studied throughout his life
“The decision to help others is based on the scriptures, Christ taught "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" (Mark 12:31) and we show that love by serving our fellow men,” Adam Vore said. “I believe it's clear that Christ wants us to spread the good word, and he certainly wants us to help others. Every missionary receives a personal call to serve, I was called to Cambodia. “
The mission trip for Adam began in January 2013 to Cambodia with the goal of teaching the local communities about the word of God and assisting the community in any way he could. However the experience has also taken some time to get used to and few things are similar to the United States.
“It's all different you know? It's like a whole different world,” Adam said about his experience so far. “Culture, food, language, ethnicity, clothing, religion, even things like transportation and sleeping schedules are different. “Basically everything (is different) except Coke, that's like the only constant.”
TEHRAN – A Cambodian parliamentary delegation plans to visit Tehran on Sunday at the invitation of Iranian Parliament vice speaker Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard.
The delegation is headed by Cambodian parliament vice speaker Nguon Nhel.
The delegation will hold talks with Aboutorabi-Fard, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and some Foreign Ministry officials, said Hossein Sheikholeslam, the adviser to Larijani on international affairs.
The Cambodian delegation will leave Tehran for Cambodia on March 13.
VOA: តារាចម្រៀងខ្មែរសូរិន្ទល្បីមួយរូបគឺ អ្នកនាង ចេន សៃចៃ Jane Saijai - 2013 USA Tour បានមកច្រៀងជូនប្រិយមិត្តនៅបន្ទប់ផ្សាយ VOA។ ហើយដូចយើងខ្ញុំបានសន្យា VOA សូមជូនបទចម្រៀងរបស់អ្នកនាងជាទីសណ្តាប់របស់ប្រិយមិត្តក្នុងថ្ងៃអាទិត្យនេះ! ហើយសូបជួយចែករំលែកដល់មិត្តភក្តិក្នុងក្រុមគ្រួសារស្តាប់ផង។
Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha arrived at Democracy Square 8/3/14 លោក សម រង្ស៊ី និង លោក កឹម សុខា បានមកដល់ ទីលានប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ ហើយ !
by School of Vice
Yet again as it has done throughout its ignominious rule, this regime is showing no qualms or scruples whatsoever in reneging on even its own pledges and declarations as it seeks to silence even peaceful gatherings of women, workers and civilians at a public venue ["Freedom" Park] to mark - among other things - the International Women's Day, also known as the United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. The UN is and has been an important instrument in helping to restore 'peace and stability' after the long period of armed conflict and violence in the seventies and eighties as well as ensuring this restoration would be accompanied by the establishment of the "rule of law" and democratic pluralism where human rights and freedom of assembly and the exercise thereof are core principles and tenets of the national constitution itself.
Whereas 'peace and stability' can be said to have been realised to an extent, the next component of the UN's effort and the PPA to install democratic governance still leaves so much to be desired. That this is the case has been cataloged and analysed by so many onlookers and writers on Cambodian affairs and recent history, and in particular, the CPP regime's dreaded ability to thrive on the back of a war torn nation's prolonged misery and agony has been attributed to one ex-KR commander's Machiavellian instinct that verges on the nihilistic extreme [if indeed, the term 'nihilistic' or nihilism itself is open to such variation or gradation!] combined with his pathological lust for blood and his reliance on violence and terror as his ultimate recourse in dealing with political threats posed by opponents.
Politics as an art and practice is not a precise science - it steers and veers along routes partly foreseen and envisaged and partly unforeseen and contrived by its practitioners to fit in with what these practitioners believe to be the best possible option in light of the circumstances of the day. What these practitioners believe is in turned governed and dictated by their conditioned state of mind and character trait or nerves which can fluctuate according to the changing colour of emotions or moods, and to detected external threats of which the best or most odious of Machiavellian among them have a keen, but dispassionate or detached instinct over.
When we ask why so many innocent lives have been lost and no concrete results have been shown in favour of the victims' untold pain and sacrifice, we can only partly attribute such moral challenge and question to the man who sits pretty and self-assured on the heaps of those innocents' corpses. The most direct and pertinent question we must ask is whether those pretending to be his protagonists understand even the state of their own psyche and emotions, and whether these forces have been shaping their conducts and guiding their resolves to the overall benefit and good of a nation they claim to love and protect or, indeed to its grievous detriment? What have gone wrong since the UN sponsored landmark election in 1993? Who had led his nation like lambs to the slaughter since then by negotiating 'peace and reconciliation' with the man who has nothing but contempt for rivals and adversaries who go by their hearts instead of their heads and who refuse to tap into the far greater array of weapons and forces already positioned behind them through their unequivocal will and aspirations? Is there any known people or nation on earth that do not value freedom and dignified existence? What lessons, if any, have the Opposition leadership drawn from this suicidal legacy? Is it that far more important for Mr Subedi to have something positive to report in his regular update on the country's troubles so that the UN can wash its hands off the Cambodian situation yet again because the parties are to all intent and purposes committed to overcoming their differences via peaceful dialogue and negotiation? Even while ordinary citizens continue to be steamrolled over, intimidated and shot at in the streets?
Saturday, 8 March 2014
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Partying like a ...?
I am now in my 10th year here (in Cambodia). It's been 10 years since I sold up and left Hollywood, 10 years since making home here. In recognition of those 10 years, here's a very different before and now contrast.
While I still get out on my Friday nights, it's not quite the same as the old days. My days are longer, my friends smaller, my mind clearer, my clothes without designers, and I smell like roadkill by the end of the day.
Otherwise, life is pretty much as it was.
This is Peypey Ly. She is a brave young girl who dare to answer these rude and insolent policemen who swear at her so expletively! Shame on them! ប៉ូលិសអសិលធម៌ជេរក្មេងស្រីយ៉ាងពិបាកស្តាប់, សូមផ្តន្ទាចំពោះអកប្បកិរិយាដ៏ថោកទាបរបស់ប៉ូលិសទាំងនេះ
International Women’s Day
NGO-CEDAW and CAMBOW is a coalition of Cambodian NGOs working for the advancement of the rights of women and monitoring the implementation of CEDAW call for the government to implement the CEDAW Committee Concluding Observations (Recommendations) on Cambodia issued by the UN Committee on CEDAW on October 18, 2013.
January 2014 was marked by the brutal crackdown of peaceful demonstrations held by garment workers and women land activists in Phnom Penh. On January 2nd and 3rd, security forces dispersed workers, killing at least four and injuring 40 persons. Twenty-three persons have been arrested including workers, union leaders and land activists. Two have been released on bail but twenty-one are still detained in the most appalling conditions in CC3 prison. Two of the persons detained in CC3 are staff of NGO-CEDAW and CAMBOW member organizations: Mr. Vorn Pao, head of the Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA) and Mr. Theng Savoeun, coordinator of the Coalition of Cambodian Farmer Community (CCFC).
The persistent crackdown and ban of gatherings by the government shows it is not implementing international human rights norms and standards, including the CEDAW and Concluding Observations.
NGO-CEDAW and CAMBOW urge for the immediate and unconditional release of the 21 persons still detained at CC3 prison. We especially insist the government to fulfill its commitments and implement the CEDAW and Concluding Observations (recommendations) of UN Committee.
Phnom Penh, 7 March 2014
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Ms. Nov Srey Aun Tel: 077 722 725