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Friday, 18 April 2014

Cambodia Must Make Union Draft Law Public: Rights Group

Striking garment workers demonstrate in Phnom Penh, Dec. 31, 2013.
Cambodia’s government should make public a proposed law aimed at regulating the country’s labor movement, a rights group said Thursday, amid concerns that it includes provisions for the suspension of unions and for severely restricting their right to freedom of association.

Requests from civil society to review the Law on Trade Unions, which Prime Minister Hun Sen’s administration has pledged to adopt by the end of the year, have so far been denied, the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) said in a briefing note.

Rainsy courts Vietnamese

Many ethnic Vietnamese live in floating villages such as this one in Kandeang district, Pursat province
Many ethnic Vietnamese live in floating villages such as this one in Kandeang district, Pursat province. Heng Chivoan

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy yesterday said that up to a quarter of a million ethnic Vietnamese living in Cambodia could be granted full citizenship rights via the Nationality Law if his Cambodia National Rescue Party were to come to power.
The CNRP president has sought in recent months, through a flurry of letters to newspapers and online postings, to cast off what he calls a groundless “foreign-entertained allegation” of anti-Vietnamese sentiment levelled at him and his party.
His most recent comments regarding the citizenship rights of some ethnic Vietnamese come after the Cambodian People’s Party-led government announced the creation of two new departments in the Ministry of Interior to control immigration and the issuance of identity documents.

Stay-at-home garment strike off to weak start

The E Garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district remains closed
The E Garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district remains closed yesterday. Hong Menea

A weeklong stay-at-home garment worker strike over wages began with a whimper yesterday as factories remained closed after a holiday and some workers were ambivalent about the action.
A day after the end of Khmer New Year, the official kick-off date for the boycott, steel gates at factories were closed along the typically bustling National Road 2 spanning Phnom Penh and Kandal province.
“Do we call it strike or not? We don’t care,” Kong Athit, vice president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union, said yesterday. “It gives the impression to the owners that the strike threat won’t go away unless they resolve the existing conflict.”

Cops, CNRP clash at service

CNRP officials and supporters gather yesterday in Phnom Penh’s Choeung Ek village to remember those killed under the Khmer Rouge regime
CNRP officials and supporters gather yesterday in Phnom Penh’s Choeung Ek village to remember those killed under the Khmer Rouge regime. Vireak Mai

The deputy governor of Phnom Penh’s Dangkor district was slightly injured yesterday in a clash that broke out during a remembrance ceremony to mark the day 39 years ago the Khmer Rouge seized the capital in 1975.
Prach Seyha, Dangkor’s deputy governor, was injured in the neck and ear after he led a group of plain-clothed police to seize DVDs that opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party supporters were distributing in Choeung Ek village, home to the most well-known of Cambodia’s Killing Fields.
At the ceremony, which was held to commemorate those killed under Khmer Rouge rule, the CNRP supporters distributed DVDs promoting opposition policies, including films denouncing violence in January against garment workers and opposition supporters.

Cambodia seeking arrest of at-large KNLF ‘terrorists’

Cambodia has issued a warrant for six at-large suspects convicted of plotting to overthrow the government – a verdict rights groups decried as unfounded and politically motivated.
The fugitives are among 13 Cambodians sentenced last Friday to between five and nine years in prison for planning hostile attacks against the government via an armed wing of the Denmark-based dissident group Khmer National Liberation Front (KNLF).
While Cambodia is seeking the repatriation of the remaining suspects, according to presiding judge Seng Neang, rights advocates maintain that many of the convicted are asylum seekers and, as such, protected by international laws.
“If a person is recognised as a refugee or a person of concern, they cannot be returned to a country where they would face persecution or torture,” Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, said.

A prospering partnership

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) speaks to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (left) during a meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (right) speaks to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop (left) during a meeting at the Peace Palace in Phnom Penh on February 22. AFP

On a recent visit to Southeast Asia, I was reminded of the strength of Australia’s partnership with the countries of ASEAN – the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
In Malaysia, I met some of the 300,000 alumni of Australian universities, many now serving in key government and business positions.
In the Philippines I saw first-hand our joint relief effort in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan and was joined by hundreds of schoolchildren to celebrate Australia’s new $150 million initiative for basic education needs.
In Vietnam, I was reminded further of our cooperation with projects such as the Australian-Asian Development Bank co-funded by Cao Lanh Bridge that will connect communities in an economy of nearly 90 million people.

Land activists ‘under threat’

A mourner attends a memorial service for slain forest activist Chut Wutty in Prey Veng province in April 2013
A mourner attends a memorial service for slain forest activist Chut Wutty in Prey Veng province in April 2013. Heng Chivoan

Cambodian land advocates face some of the most threatening and deadly working conditions in the world, according to a new report by UK-based environmental watchdog Global Witness.
Since 2002, 908 reported killings linked to land activism have occurred across 35 countries – with 13 taking place in Cambodia – and that number has been climbing in the last four years, the report, Deadly Environment, reveals.
Land disputes, shrinking natural resources and a culture of impunity are tied to the reported intimidation and killings of land activists recorded in the Kingdom, said Alice Harrison, a communications adviser for Global Witness.

វេទិកាអ្នកស្តាប់វិទ្យុអាស៊ីសេរី ស្តីពីស្ថានការណ៍នយោបាយបច្ចុប្បន្ន [Kem Sokha's interview with RFA]

'Everywhere was starving and killing': N.J. resident shares story of surviving Cambodia genocide

Chanty Jong, a Washington Township resident, tells her story of surviving labor camps and near death at the hands of Cambodia's repressive Khmer Rouge regime. (Staff photo by Ashley Hyman/ South Jersey Times)

Michelle Caffrey / South Jersey Times  
By Michelle Caffrey / South Jersey Times
on April 15, 2014 at 6:06 AM, updated April 15, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Life was great for Chanty Jong when she was 8 years old.
Her father was the principal of her elementary school, and her mother owned a restaurant. The family of seven worked hard every day of the week, except for Sunday. On Sundays, they’d close the restaurant, catch a movie and go out for a family dinner, together.
Life was great, until one day in 1975 changed everything.
Jong and her family were torn apart and put through hell by the Khmer Rouge, a communist faction that took control of Cambodia’s government and executed mass killings and societal restructuring under the rule of dictator Pol Pot.
Jong, a resident of Washington Township, told her astounding story of survival through labor camps, malaria, minefields and the horrors of genocide at the Margaret E. Heggan Library last week.

Thursday, 17 April 2014

The Fall of Phnom Penh — April 12, 1975

Moments in U.S. Diplomatic History

Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
phnom penh 1975
It took place in the shadow of the dramatic evacuation from Saigon, which signaled the close of an era and the end to a U.S. presence in Vietnam. However, the fall of Phnom Penh proved to be an even greater tragedy, as it paved the way for a takeover by the ruthless Khmer Rouge, whose leader Pol Pot orchestrated the Cambodian Genocide, in which an estimated two million people died from 1975 to 1979. On that day in April 1975, the U.S. embassy had to respond to try to save as many people as it could.
Cambodia had received its independence from France in 1953, effectively making King Norodom Sihanouk its ruler. Sihanouk’s Vietnam War policy was to preserve Cambodia’s neutrality and prevent it from being drawn into the war by its neighbors. In 1965, however, he made a deal with China and North Vietnam that allowed the latter to establish permanent bases in eastern Cambodia and the transshipment of military supplies from China. In March 1970, while Sihanouk was out of the country, Prime Minister Lon Nol convened the National Assembly, which voted to depose Sihanouk as head of state and give Nol emergency powers. Prince Sirik Matak (Sihanouk’s cousin) retained his post as Deputy Prime Minister. The newly formed Khmer Republic was immediately recognized by the United States, with Lon Nol as its self-proclaimed President. The capital of Phnom Penh was the last bastion of the Khmer Republic in 1975 and by April of that year, the Khmer Rouge, as the Communist Party of Kampuchea was also known, completely surrounded the city. Phnom Penh was dependent on receiving supplies via air support.

Cambodia: surviving the Khmer Rouge

Open Democracy
About the author
Var Hong Ashe was born in Cambodia where she worked as an English teacher. She escaped Cambodia at the end of the Khmer Rouge period (1975-79), and has lived in England since 1979. She is the author of From Phnom Penh to Paradise (Hodder & Stoughton, 1988), and runs a website on Khmer food culture, Amok Cuisine
I was born and raised in the small south-east Asian country of Cambodia, and brought up in the town of Takeo, south of the capital Phnom Penh. Cambodia was then ruled by King Norodom Sihanouk, and in its first years of independence from French colonial rule. In March 1970, Sihanouk was overthrown in a coup led by General Lon Nol, who declared the country a republic seven months later. This, along with the encroachment of the war from neighbouring Vietnam, threw the country into civil war.
My family and social background was rather privileged. My parents lived a comfortable life. They always employed domestic help for household tasks, in the kitchen and even with raising the children. By 1975 I was married with two girls (4 years and 20 months old at the time). My husband worked for Unesco, and I was an English teacher in a Phnom Penh college.

April 17, 1975, from bloody war to killing fields and Vietnamese invasion

Khmer Rouge Soldiers enter Phnom Penh as Khmer Republic soldiers lay down their arms (Image RNBKK archives)

After a peaceful coup on March 18, 1970, Cambodia plunked into the most bloody war in history followed by a killing field.  The following day after Sihanouk's plane landed in Beijing, Sihanouk told Premier Zhou Enlai, " I'm going to return home and fight."  Nonetheless, Zhou Enlai did not impress with his words; instead he warned the prince that a war would be long, hard, dangerous, and sometimes discouraging.  Then a blue print for the war was created in Beijing when Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Dong flew to Beijing to meet Zhou Enlai and Prince Sihanouk.  Pol Pot was secretly in Beijing but avoided to see Sihanouk.  Now Phan Van Dong and Zhou Enlai arranged Sihanouk to work with the Khmer Rouge, creating the United Front of Kampuchea to appeal all

Time to deal

Cambodian politics

Government and opposition inch towards an agreement

The Economist

MORE than eight months have passed since a general election paralysed Cambodian politics. On paper, at least, the result of the poll last July was a narrow win for the long-serving prime minister and strongman Hun Sen, leader of the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP). The opposition, however, led by Sam Rainsy, cried foul, accusing the government of systematic ballot-rigging. Mr Sam Rainsy’s Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) refused to take up its seats in parliament until the election was either rerun, or an independent inquiry backed by the United Nations investigated. Mr Hun Sen rejected both options, leaving a tense political stand-off.
At last, the deadlock may be breaking. Hopes that the two sides might reach agreement on April 11th, before the country shut down for its lunar new year celebrations, were dashed. But a deal may yet be reached by the end of the month, with the opposition taking up its seats in parliament soon afterwards.

NSW's unsavoury intersection of gifts and politics

17 April 2014 

Barry O'Farrell had no option but to resign his premiership, given his emphatic denials of receiving a $3000 bottle of Grange from the chief of the company lobbying intensively for a water contract. Once his warm thank you letter surfaced, he was done for.
But how come he dug himself into this hole?
One school of thought is that O'Farrell, despite his clean reputation, deliberately sought to mislead the Independent Commission Against Corruption in his Tuesday evidence, trying to cover up the gift, which he had not declared on the appropriate registers.
To intentionally mislead ICAC, however, would hardly have been rational behaviour from a man previously regarded as having good political antennae.
O'Farrell would have known that if his story came unstuck, he’d be in an untenable position. He was giving evidence on oath.

GW៖ កម្ពុជា​ជា​ប្រទេស​ដែល​សកម្មជន​ការពារ​បរិស្ថាន​និង​ដីធ្លី​ជាច្រើន​ត្រូវ​បាន​សម្លាប់

ដោយ យាង សុជាមេត្តា
ឈុត វុទ្ធី ៣០៥
យុវជន​មួយ​ក្រុម​ដែល​ជា​សមាជិក និង​ជា​សកម្មជន​នៃ​បណ្ដាញ​យុវជន​កម្ពុជា ប្រារព្ធ​ខួប​មរណភាព​របស់​លោក ឈុត វុទ្ធី នៅ​ព្រះអង្គ​ដងកើ រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី២៦ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣។
RFA/Uon Chhin
អង្គការ​ការពារ​ធនធាន​ធម្មជាតិ​ឈ្មោះ ក្លូបប៊ល វីតណែស្ស (Global Witness = GW) ចាត់​ទុក​កម្ពុជា ថា​ជា​ប្រទេស​មួយ​ដែល​មាន​សកម្មជន​ការពារ​បរិស្ថាន និង​ដីធ្លី​ជាច្រើន​ត្រូវ​បាន​គេ​សម្លាប់។ ស្ថាប័ន​អន្តរជាតិ​មួយ​នេះ អំពាវនាវ​ឲ្យ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ចាត់​វិធាន​ការ​ឲ្យ​បាន​តឹងរ៉ឹង ដើម្បី​បញ្ឈប់​ការ​គំរាម​កំហែង​នានា​ទៅ​លើ​សកម្មជន​ការពារ​បរិស្ថាន និង​ដីធ្លី។
នៅ​ក្នុង​របាយការណ៍​សិក្សា​ចុះ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៥ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤ អង្គការ​ក្លូបប៊ល វីតណែស្ស បាន​ផ្តល់​ចំណាត់​ថ្នាក់​ដល់​កម្ពុជា ស្ថិត​ក្នុង​លំដាប់​លេខ​៩ ក្នុង​ចំណោម​ប្រទេស​ទាំងអស់​ចំនួន​៣៥ ដែល​មាន​សកម្មជន​ការពារ​បរិស្ថាន និង​ដីធ្លី ត្រូវ​បាន​គេ​សម្លាប់។

Cambodia Opposition Deputy Leader Vows Party ‘Won’t Betray the People’

Kem Sokha speaks to RFA in Washington, April 16, 2014.
The deputy chief of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said Wednesday that the party will stand firm and not “betray the will of the people” in negotiations with the ruling party aimed at ending the country’s political crisis.

Kem Sokha said the CNRP will make sure its demands for new elections and electoral reforms, including an overhaul of the country’s main electoral body, will be a key part of any compromise reached with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).

“I promise that the CNRP won't betray the people’s will. The CNRP will serve the people’s interest,” he told RFA’s Khmer Service while on a visit to Washington.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell to resign over 'massive memory fail' at ICAC [An honourable act in which Cambodian politicians should follow]

Updated 30 minutes ago
16 April 2014
ABC News

New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell says he will resign owing to a "massive memory fail" when giving evidence to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) yesterday.
Mr O'Farrell yesterday denied receiving a $3,000 bottle of wine in 2011 from Australian Water Holdings (AWH) executive Nick Di Girolamo.
The Premier also said he had no recollection of a 28-second call made from his phone to Mr Di Girolamo around the time he was allegedly sent the wine.
This morning, ICAC heard that a handwritten note from Mr O'Farrell, thanking Mr Di Girolamo for the wine, had been uncovered.
Soon after Mr O'Farrell called a media conference in which he announced his decision to step down.

O'Farrell letter to Di Girolamo  

In Post-Election Political Dispute, Lessons Must Be Learned

By Sovanarith Keo | April 16, 2014
The Cambodia Daily

The recent CPP and CNRP’s approach towards resolving Cambodia’s month-long post-election political im­passe through both open and behind-the-scenes negotiations has brought a new round of mixed reactions among Cam­bodian people, in particular those who are voters.
The two conflicting parties must have reached a point of “mutually hurting stalemate” or in other word a “ripeness” for solution of their conflict. They may, sooner or later, iron out their antagonistic differences and strike a peaceful political deal for the sake of the nation, rather than resorting to any acts of violence or other means of endless confrontations and escalation of conflict, which could once again eventually plunge the country into bloodshed.

Killing of environmental activists rises globally

Updated 9:57 am, Tuesday, April 15, 2014
  • FILE - In this file photo taken, Feb. 6, 2012, and released by The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), Cambodian environmental activist Chut Wutty, left, stands next to a log in a jungle in Kampong Thom province north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Wutty,  who fought against massive illegal deforestation, was shot by a military policeman in April 2012 as he probed logging operations in one of the country's last great forests. A survey released Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - the first comprehensive one of its kind – says that only 10 killers of 908 environmental activists slain around the world over the past decade have been convicted. Photo: The Cambodian Center For Human Rights, AP / The Cambodian Center For Human Rights
    FILE - In this file photo taken, Feb. 6, 2012, and released by The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), Cambodian environmental activist Chut Wutty, left, stands next to a log in a jungle in Kampong Thom province north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Wutty, who fought against massive illegal deforestation, was shot by a military policeman in April 2012 as he probed logging operations in one of the country's last great forests. A survey released Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - the first comprehensive one of its kind – says that only 10 killers of 908 environmental activists slain around the world over the past decade have been convicted. Photo: The Cambodian Center For Human Rights, AP
BANGKOK (AP) — As head of his village, Prajob Naowa-opas battled to save his community in central Thailand from the illegal dumping of toxic waste by filing petitions and leading villagers to block trucks carrying the stuff — until a gunman in broad daylight fired four shots into him.
A year later, his three alleged killers, including a senior government official, are on trial for murder. The dumping has been halted and villagers are erecting a statue to their slain hero.



ដោយ ទីន ហ្សាការីយ៉ា
ចូល​ឆ្នាំ មមី ៦១០
ពលរដ្ឋ​ទិញ​ផ្កា​សម្រាប់​ទទួល​ទេព្ដា​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី ឆ្នាំ​មមី កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៤ មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Uon Chhin
បញ្ហា​ជាប់​គាំង​នយោបាយ​បាន​ចេញ​ជា​ពន្លឺ​ខ្លះៗ​ក៏ដោយ ក៏​ប៉ុន្តែ​ការ​ទម្លាយ​ភាព​ជាប់​គាំង​នយោបាយ​នេះ​នៅ​តែ​ជា​បញ្ហា​ ស្រពេចស្រពិល​នៅ​ឡើយ។ ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​គ្រប់​ស្រទាប់​បាន​លើក​ឡើង​ថា ពិធី​ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី​បាន​មក​ដល់​ហើយ អ្នក​នយោបាយ​ត្រូវ​តែ​បញ្ចប់​ជម្លោះ​រ៉ាំរ៉ៃ​នេះ ដើម្បី​ជា​កាដូ​ជូន​ពួកគាត់ និង​រួម​គ្នា​កសាង​ប្រទេស​ជាតិ នៅ​ខណៈ​ដែល​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​កំពុង​ប្រឈម​នឹង​បញ្ហា​លំបាក​សព្វ​បែប​យ៉ាង​នេះ។
ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី​បាន​មក​ដល់​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​គ្រប់​រូប​ចង់​បាន​មាន​ការ​រីក​ ចម្រើន​ទាំង​ធនធាន ទាំង​សេចក្ដី​សុខក្សេមក្សាន្ត​ក្នុង​គ្រួសារ និង​សង្គម​ជាតិ​ជាដើម។ ជាមួយ​គ្នា​នេះ អ្វី​ដែល​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ទន្ទឹង​រង់ចាំ​នោះ​នា​ឱកាស​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី​បាន​មក​ដល់​នេះ គឺ​ការ​បញ្ចប់​ជម្លោះ​នយោបាយ។


ដោយ សូត សុខប្រាថ្នា
អស់​រយៈពេល​ជាង ៣​ឆ្នាំ​នៅ​ក្នុង​របប​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម ពិធី​បុណ្យ​ផ្សេងៗ ជំនឿ​សាសនា ជាដើម ត្រូវ​បាន​លុប​បំបាត់​ចោល​ស្ទើរ​តែ​ទាំង​ស្រុង។ ដោយ​ឡែក​ពិធី​បុណ្យ​ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​ប្រពៃណី​ជាតិ​ខ្មែរ​នៅ​ក្នុង​របប​នោះ គឺ​មិន​បាន​ប្រារព្ធ​ឡើង​ដូច​បច្ចុប្បន្ន​នេះ​ឡើយ បើ​ទោះ​ជា​មាន​លេង​ល្បែង​ប្រជាប្រិយ និង​រាំ​ខ្លះ​តាម​តំបន់​មួយ​ចំនួន ឬ​បាន​ឈប់​សម្រាក​ខ្លះ​នៅ​ក្នុង​កំឡុង​ពេល​នោះ​ក៏ដោយ។
ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​យ៉ាង​ច្រើន​នៅ​ចងចាំ​មិន​ភ្លេច ចំពោះ​រឿង​រ៉ាវ​មួយ​ចំនួន​ដែល​បាន​កើត​ឡើង​នៅ​ក្នុង​របប​កម្ពុជា​ ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ ឬ​របប​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម។ ក្រៅ​ពី​ចងចាំ​រឿង​រ៉ាវ​ដ៏​រន្ធត់ និង​ភាព​លំបាក​នោះ ពួក​គេ​ក៏​នៅ​ចងចាំ​ការ​ប្រារព្ធ​ពិធី​បុណ្យ​ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​ខ្មែរ​នៅ​ក្នុង​សម័យ ​នោះ​ទៀត​ផង។ របៀប​របប​ដែល​ធ្លាប់​តែ​ធ្វើ​ពី​មុន​មក​បាន​ប្រែប្រួល​អស់ ដោយ​គ្រាន់​តែ​របប​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​ចាប់​បដិសន្ធិ​ភ្លាម​នា​ឆ្នាំ​ដំបូង គឺ​ឆ្នាំ​១៩៧៥ ពិធី​បុណ្យ​ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​ខ្មែរ​ប្រែ​ក្លាយ​ទៅ​ជា​សមរភូមិ​ជម្លៀស​ប្រជាជន​យ៉ាង​ រន្ធត់​ទៅ​វិញ។


ដោយ វណ្ណ វិចារ
សមាជិក​ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​សង្កាត់​បោះឆ្នោត​ជ្រើសរើស​ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ រាជ​ធានី ខេត្ត​-ក្រុង ស្រុក​-ខណ្ឌ​នៅ​ស្ថានីយ​បោះឆ្នោត​មួយ​កន្លែង​ក្នុង​ក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ​នា​ថ្ងៃ​ ទី​១៧ ឧសភា ២០០៩។
RFA/Ouk Savborey
គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា ចេញ​គោលនយោបាយ ៩​ចំណុច ដើម្បី​ឃោសនា​ក្នុង​ឱកាស​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ជ្រើសតាំង​ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​ស្រុក​ក្រុង ខេត្ត​រាជធានី។ គោលនយោបាយ​ត្រូវ​បាន​ផ្សព្វផ្សាយ​ជា​សាធារណៈ​លើ​គេហទំព័រ​គណបក្ស​កាន់​អំណាច ស្រប​ពេល​ដែល​ប្រជាជាតិ​ខ្មែរ​ប្រារព្ធ​ពិធី​បុណ្យ​ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី​ប្រពៃណី​ ជាតិ។
គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា បាន​កំណត់​យក​ឆ្នាំ​២០១៨ ជា​ថេរវេលា​ចុង​ក្រោយ​ដើម្បី​សម្រេច​ឲ្យ​បាន​នូវ​គោលនយោបាយ​ទាំង ៩​ចំណុច​របស់​ខ្លួន។ គោលនយោបាយ​ទាំង​នោះ​រួម​មាន ការពារ​សិន្តិសុខ សណ្តាប់ធ្នាប់ និង​សុវត្ថិភាព​ពលរដ្ឋ ការពារ​លើក​ស្ទួយ​សិទ្ធិ​សេរីភាព​របស់​ប្រជាជន ធានា​កំណើន​សេដ្ឋកិច្ច អភិវឌ្ឍន៍​វិស័យ​កសិកម្ម ការពារ​សិទ្ធិ​ដីធ្លី​របស់​ពលរដ្ឋ បន្ត​អនុវត្ត​ផ្លូវ អគ្គីសនី និង​ទឹក​ស្អាត លើក​ស្ទួយ​កម្រិត​ជីវភាព​អ្នក​រាជការ អភិវឌ្ឍន៍​វិស័យ​អប់រំ សុខាភិបាល សង្គមកិច្ច ព្រម​ទាំង​ពង្រឹង​អភិបាលកិច្ច​និង​សមត្ថភាព​ស្ថាប័ន​រដ្ឋ។

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Happy New Year's Bengal, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his well wishes to South and Southeast Asian countries celebrating New Year's.
By JC Finley   |   April 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM   |

WASHINGTON, April 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State wished the people of Bengal, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand a Happy New Year.

Secretary of State John Kerry sent the following message to Bengali communities on their April 14 New Year's Day:

"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I am delighted to send warmest greetings to Bengali communities around the world as you celebrate Pahela Boishakh."The United States joins you in celebrating the vibrant history and culture of the Bengali-speaking people. Your rich cultural heritage, from food and song to poetry, art, and literature has greatly enriched our own.
"As you gather with family and friends to celebrate the New Year, know that the United States stands with you as a partner and friend. Shubho Nobo Borsho!"


ដោយ កែវ និមល
ចូល​ឆ្នាំ មមី ៦១០
យុវជន​សម្ដែង​របាំ​គែន​ឱ្យ​មហាជន និង​អ្នក​ទេសចរ​ទស្សនា ​នៅ​មុខ​កសិណ​​អង្គរវត្ត ប៉ែក​ខាង​លិច ដើម្បី​អបអរសាទរ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១ នៃ​បុណ្យ​ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៤ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Hang Savyouth

មនុស្ស​រាប់​ម៉ឺន​នាក់​បាន​ជួបជុំ​គ្នា​នៅ​ទី​រួម​ខេត្ត​សៀមរាប ដើម្បី​អបអរ​ពិធី​បុណ្យ​អង្គរ​សង្ក្រាន្ត រៀបចំ​ដោយ​សហភាព​សហព័ន្ធ​យុវជន​កម្ពុជា នៅ​មុខ​ប្រាសាទ​អង្គរវត្ត នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៤ មេសា គឺ​ចំ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១ នៃ​ពិធី​បុណ្យ​ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី។
លោក សោម រតនា អ្នក​នាំ​ពាក្យ​ពិធី​បុណ្យ​អង្គរសង្ក្រាន្ត បាន​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា ការ​រៀបចំ​បុណ្យ​អង្គរសង្ក្រាន្ត​នេះ មាន​យុវជន​ជា​អ្នក​រៀបចំ និង​សម្ដែង​ក្នុង​ពិធី​សិល្បៈ លេង​ល្បែង​ប្រជាប្រិយ និង​បង្ហាញ​វប្បធម៌​ខ្មែរ​ចំនួន ៣.០០០​នាក់ ទៅ​ពី​ទីក្រុង​ភ្នំពេញ ចូល​រួម និង​មាន​យុវជន​និង​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ពី​បណ្ដា​ខេត្ត​ផ្សេងៗ​ទៀត​ចូល​រួម​ជា​ច្រើន ​នាក់​ទៀត។
ចំពោះ​សារប្រយោជន៍​នៃ​ការ​រៀបចំ​បុណ្យ​អង្គរ​សង្ក្រាន្ត​នេះ លោក សោម រតនា បាន​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា ជា​ការ​

Cambodia Opposition Leader Optimistic Over Deal with Hun Sen

Sam Rainsy (L) speaks to media during a press conference in Phnom Penh, April 10, 2014.
Cambodia’s opposition leader Sam Rainsy has left on a European visit but expressed the hope that a deal can be reached with Prime Minister Hun Sen to end the country’s eight-month political deadlock as early as Friday.

Rainsy traveled to the Netherlands Sunday where he is expected to “discuss the current political situation” with leaders from liberal parties around the world, as well as to meet with Cambodians living abroad, Men Sothavrith, a lawmaker from his Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), told RFA’s Khmer Service.

Monday, 14 April 2014

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Faces of wonder in Cambodia

The West Australian

Looking across the flooded outer compound to Angkor Wat temple. Picture: Andrew Shipp

From a distance, the towers of Bayon look like a decaying pile of rubble. The beauty of the Cambodian temple, reaching into the sky behind the stone walls of the outer gallery, only becomes apparent as you get closer.
On each of the remaining towers - there were originally 54 - the faces of Buddha gaze benignly across the landscape, some crumbling away or obscured by vines, others remarkably preserved and detailed.
The faces express the four sublime states of Buddhism - charity, compassion, sympathy and equality. There is a serenity surrounding the temple which envelopes visitors.

Cambodia solution? Fresh plan to dump refugees

Saturday, April 12, 2014
Green left weekly
Cambodia's foreign minister Hor Namhong meets his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop in February.
The former Labor government tried and failed with its ill-conceived "people swap" deal with Malaysia in 2011. Now, the Tony Abbott government has said it may try a resettlement deal with the even poorer nation of Cambodia.
After talks with foreign minister Julie Bishop in February, her counterpart, Hor Namhong, said Cambodia was considering an offer to resettle refugees from Australia. Immigration minister Scott Morrison visited Cambodia again this month, to discuss "regional cooperation to deal with asylum seeker movement".

Sam Rainsy dances with the devil?

On behalf of our compatriots, Mr. Sam Rainsy "dances with the devil". He does it with the conscience of our nation in his mind. Mr. Sam Rainsy does the  "dance with the devil"  on high moral ground and with transparency by providing the full report to the people. The devil recorded the entire conversation.
Before the Paris Peace Accords was signed, or any peace agreement is signed, to reach peace, "dancing with the devil" is inevitable and not "dancing with the devil " would mean tolerating the devil to destroy the entire nation.
By " dancing with the devil" Mr. Sam Rainsy reveals even more the real face of the devil. 

Khmer-Rom Vong

Lee: Thai crisis is weakening Asean ahead of integration

Published: 11-Apr-14 10:20AM | By The Nation

The Nation -- Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong maps out the road ahead for regional ties in a roundtable discussion with the region's newspaper editors on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Asia News Network. Excerpts from the first half of their discussion:

Suthichai Yoon, The Nation: In the Asean context, how worried are you or other Asean countries about the political turmoil in Thailand. Is there anything Asean can do?

Well, we are concerned about it because Thailand is a very important member of Asean, and if Thailand is preoccupied with domestic difficulties, you will not be able to contribute your full weight to Asean endeavours and deliberations. And we see this as a very difficult problem which Thailand, the Thai people and Thai society will have to solve. It is not easy to do; it is a very deep problem. I don't think there is very much which outsiders will be able to contribute to that, even well-meaning outsiders within Asean.

SY: Can Asean meet and discuss how to help Thailand get out of this?

Hun Many: Hun Sen’ son and his rise in Politics

Published: 13-Apr-14 11:24AM

PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- Two decades ago, a 9-year-old child Hun Many was sent by his father, Prime Minister of Cambodia, to study in France with his brother Hun Manith. Now, he becomes the youngest member of the 123-seat National Assembly, which is currently boycotted by the opposition party.
Give our kids a better deal
He is a young politician, who is in the focus of local and international media because he is a son of Prime Minister Hun Sen, one of the longest-serving Asian leaders.

How can Hun Many become a rising-star in Cambodian politics?

Hun Many studied in France until 1998 before moving to the United States to complete his high school education and to study bachelor degree in political science until 2005.

Sunday, 13 April 2014


Romvong Khmer Song - Dancing khmer song #3

សង្ក្រាន្ត និង​ទំនាយ​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី​ឆ្នាំ​មមី

ដោយ ជុន ច័ន្ទបុត្រ
ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​មមី ៦១០
មហា​សង្ក្រាន្ត ឆ្នាំ​មមី ឆស័ក ព.ស ២៥៥៨។
ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី​នឹង​ចូល​មក​ដល់​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ច័ន្ទ ទី​១៤ ខែ​មេសា គ្រិស្ដសករាជ ២០១៤ វេលា​ម៉ោង ៨ និង ៧​នាទី​ព្រឹក។ ទេវតា​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី​នេះ មាន​ព្រះនាម​គោរគៈទេវី ជា​បុត្រី​ទី​២ នៃ​កបិល​មហា​ព្រហ្ម។ ទេព​ធីតា​គោរគៈទេវី ទ្រង់​សោយ​ប្រេង​ជា​អាហារ និង​ទ្រង់​អម្ពរ​ពណ៌​លឿង។
បុណ្យ​ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​ជា​ពិធី​បុណ្យ​សំខាន់​ចម្បង​មួយ​របស់​ប្រជាជាតិ​ខ្មែរ។ បុណ្យ​ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​នេះ ជា​ពិធី​បុណ្យ​សម្រាប់​ទទួល​ទេវតា​ថ្មី​ផង និង​សម្រាប់​រំឭក​គុណ​សាច់សាលោហិត​ដែល​នៅ​រស់​ផង ឯ​បុណ្យ​ធំ​មួយ​ទៀត គឺ​បុណ្យ​ភ្ជុំ​បិណ្ឌ គឺ​ជា​ពិធី​បុណ្យ​សម្រាប់​ឧទ្ទិស​ដល់​ញាតិ​សន្តាន​ដែល​បាន​លា​ចាក​លោក​ទៅ​ ហើយ។
ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​ខ្មែរ​ជា​ពិធី​បុណ្យ​ដ៏​ធំ​មួយ​ដែល​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​ ប្រារព្ធ​ធ្វើ​ឡើង​ជា​ទៀត​ទាត់​ជា​រៀង​រាល់​ឆ្នាំ។ ពិធី​បុណ្យ​ធំ​មួយ​ទៀត​ដែល​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ខ្មែរ​តែង​នាំ​គ្នា​ប្រារព្ធ​ធ្វើ​ មិន​ដែល​ខក​ខាន​ជា​រៀង​រាល់​ឆ្នាំ​ដែរ​នោះ គឺ​ពិធី​បុណ្យ​ភ្ជុំបិណ្ឌ។ ក៏ប៉ុន្តែ ពិធី​បុណ្យ​ទាំង​ពីរ​នេះ មាន​គោល​បំណង និង​អត្ថន័យ​ផ្សេងៗ​ពី​គ្នា។


ដោយ ហង្ស សាវយុត
ប្រជុំ​បក្ស​នយោបាយ​អាស៊ី ៦១០
កិច្ច​ប្រជុំ​ពេញ​អង្គ​របស់​គណបក្ស​នយោបាយ​ដែល​ជា​សមាជិក​នៃ​ ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ​សេរី​អាស៊ី មក​ពី ៩​ប្រទេស រយៈពេល ៤​ថ្ងៃ នា​ទីក្រុង​សៀមរាប នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១២ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Hang Savyouth
គណបក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​នៅ​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា គ្រោង​នឹង​លើក​យក​បញ្ហា​បាត់​បង់​ព្រំដែន​ទឹក ដោយសារ​ប្រទេស​វៀតណាម ទៅ​ដាក់​ជជែក​នៅ​ក្នុង​សម័យ​ប្រជុំ​ពេញ​អង្គ​នៃ​ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ​សេរី របស់​តំបន់​អាស៊ី នា​ទីក្រុង​ហុងកុង នៅ​ពេល​ខាង​មុខ។ ការ​បង្ហើប​ឱ្យ​ដឹង​នេះ នៅ​ស្រប​ពេល​គណបក្ស​នយោបាយ​ដែល​ជា​សមាជិក​នៃ​ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ​ សេរី​អាស៊ី​ចំនួន ៩​ប្រទេស កំពុង​ជួប​ប្រជុំ​គ្នា​នៅ​ទីក្រុង​សៀមរាប។
លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ជា​ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ កំពុង​ដឹក​នាំ​កិច្ច​ប្រជុំ​គណបក្ស​នយោបាយ ដែល​ជា​សមាជិក​នៃ​ក្រុម​ប្រឹក្សា​ប្រជា


ដោយ យាង សុជាមេត្តា
ផ្ទះ​ជនជាតិ​វៀតណាម បឹង​ទន្លេសាប កំពង់ឆ្នាំង ៦១០
៧-មីនា-២០១៤៖ ផ្ទះ​របស់​ជនជាតិ​វៀតណាម នៅ​លើ​បឹង​ទន្លេសាប ម្ដុំ​ស្ពាន​តាម៉ៅ សង្កាត់​ផ្សារឆ្នាំង ក្រុង​កំពង់ឆ្នាំង ខេត្ត​កំពង់ឆ្នាំង។
RFA/Chin Chetha
សមាជិក​សភា​គណបក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​អូស្ត្រាលី បាន​សម្ដែង​ការ​ព្រួយ​បារម្ភ​របស់​ខ្លួន ចំពោះ​ស្ថានភាព​ជនជាតិ​វៀតណាម ដែល​កំពុង​រស់​នៅ​ក្នុង​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា។ ការ​ព្រួយ​បារម្ភ​នេះ ធ្វើ​ឡើង​បន្ទាប់​ពី​សមាជិក​សភា​រូប​នេះ ទទួល​បាន​ព័ត៌មាន​អំពី​ការ​លំបាក​ផ្សេងៗ​របស់​ជនជាតិ​ភាគ​តិច​វៀតណាម នៅ​កម្ពុជា តាម​រយៈ​សហគមន៍​ជនជាតិ​វៀតណាម នៅ​អូស្ត្រាលី ហើយ​ដែល​សហគមន៍​វៀតណាម នេះ បាន​យោង​ទៅ​លើ​របាយការណ៍​ស៊ើប​អង្កេត​របស់​ស្ថាប័ន​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​មួយ​នៅ​ កម្ពុជា។
សមាជិក​សភា​អូស្ត្រាលី លោក គ្រីស ហេយស៍ (Chris Hayes) កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​៧ ខែ​មេសា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤ បាន​ផ្ញើ​លិខិត​២​ដាច់​ដោយ​ឡែក​ពី​គ្នា មួយ​ជូន​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​ការ​បរទេស​អូស្ត្រាលី អ្នកស្រី ជូលី ប៊ីហ្សប (Julie Bishop) និង​មួយ​ទៀត​ជូន​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ការ​បរទេស​ស្រមោល លោក តានយ៉ា ប្លីបើសេក (Tanya Plibersek) ដែល​មក​ពី​គណបក្ស​ពលករ​អូស្ត្រាលី ដូច លោក គ្រីស ហេយស៍ ដើម្បី​ជម្រាប​ជូន​មន្ត្រី​ទាំង​ពីរ​នេះ អំពី​ការ​លំបាក​ផ្សេងៗ​របស់​ជនជាតិ​ភាគ​តិច​វៀតណាម កំពុង​រស់​នៅ​ក្នុង​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា ហើយ​បាន​អំពាវនាវ​ឲ្យ​មន្ត្រី​ទាំង​២ ចាប់​អារម្មណ៍​ពី​បញ្ហា​នេះ។

ទេវតា​ថ្មី និង​គ្រឿង​អម្ពរ

ដោយ កេសរណ្ណីយ្យា
ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី​ឆ្នាំ​មមី ៦១០
មហា​សង្ក្រាន្ត ឆ្នាំ​មមី ឆស័ក ព.ស ២៥៥៨។
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ពិធី​បុណ្យ​ចូល​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី​ប្រពៃណី​ខ្មែរ គឺ​ជាប់​ទាក់ទង​ជា​សំខាន់​នឹង​បុត្រី​កបិល​មហាព្រហ្ម​ទាំង ៧​អង្គ ដែល​យាង​មក​ប្ដូរ​វេន​គ្នា​រក្សា​លោក ទៅ​តាម​ជំនឿ​របស់​ខ្មែរ​តាំង​ពី​បុរាណ​កាល រហូត​ដល់​សព្វថ្ងៃ។ ទេព​ធីតា​ទាំង ៧​អង្គ មាន​យាន​ជំនិះ សាស្ត្រាវុធ និង​គ្រឿង​ស្លៀក​ដណ្ដប់​ពិសេស​ខុស​ប្លែក​ពី​គ្នា។
សួស្តី​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី លោក​អ្នក​នាង​កញ្ញា​ជា​ទី​មេត្រី! តាម​ក្បួន​តម្រា​មហា​សង្ក្រាន្ត​ឆ្នាំ​នេះ សង្ក្រាន្ត​ឆ្នាំ​ថ្មី​ចូល​ចំ​ថ្ងៃ​ច័ន្ទ គឺ​ត្រូវ​វេន​ទេព​ធីតា​ព្រះនាម​គោរាគៈទេវី ដែល​ជា​បុត្រី​ទី​២​របស់​កបិល​មហាព្រហ្ម យាង​មក​ទទួល​តំណែង​រក្សា​លោក​បន្ត​ពី​ទេព​ធីតា​ឆ្នាំ​ចាស់ គឺ​ព្រះនាង​ទុង្សៈ ឬ​ធុង្សៈទេវី ដែល​ជា​បុត្រី​ច្បង។
ព្រះនាង​គោរាគៈទេវី ទ្រង់​គ្រឿង​អម្ពរ គឺ​ប្រដាប់​តាក់តែង​ព្រះ​កាយ​ដោយ​សំពត់​អាវ​សាវ​ស្បៃ​ពណ៌​លឿង ទ្រង់​គ្រឿង​អលង្ការ​ដោយ​កែវ «មុក្តា» ឬ​គជ់​ខ្យង និង​លម្អ​ព្រះកាណ៌​សៀត​ផ្កា​អង្គារ​បុស្ស នៅ​នឹង​ត្រចៀក។

Australia ‘in early discussions’ with Cambodia on refugee transfer

Scott Morrison says refugee resettlement from Nauru should not mean 'a ticket to a first-class economy'


Immigration minister Scott Morrison
Morrison said the Australian government would fund some 'resettlement packages' for refugees moved to Cambodia, but declined to detail the costs. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images
Scott Morrison has given the clearest indication yet of a refugee resettlement deal with Cambodia, stating Australia is in “early discussions” with the south-east Asian state to eventually transfer refugees processed in Nauru.
The immigration minister visited Cambodia last week, following a visit in March by the foreign minister, Julie Bishop, fueling speculation that a deal on asylum seekers was being forged.
The minister told the ABC on Thursday that refugee resettlement should not mean “a ticket to a first-class economy” describing a resettlement deal with Cambodia as “an opportunity to change that paradigm”.
“Are we going to get behind a process which expands the number of countries that can participate in global resettlement where there's a dearth of places, or are we going to hold out and say that, well, we're only interested in freeing people from persecution if they can do so in a first-world economy?” Morrison said.

Sam Rainsy May Fall into Hun Sen's Trap

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A surprised announcement by both Hun Sen and Sam Rainsy over political agreement on election reform and re-election date has made most Cambodian people inside and outside the country dismayed since the news keep coming up sometimes contradictory and sometimes unbelievable.  When everyone heard Hun Sen said that Sam Rainsy had agreed with him to set election date for commune council on February 2017 and parliamentarians on February 2018, they were stunned and presumed that now Sam Rainsy is an another Ranaridh.  But the news turned to be unconfirmed though Hun Sen insisted he would reveal a voice record.  At the same time, Sam Rainsy clarified that he just surveyed how far Hun Sen could go and took his proposals for further discussion with Kem Sokha and the CNRP's Central Committee.  However, what Sam Rainsy has done may damage his credibility further as some of CNRP's supporters have discontented with the CNRP leadership who have shown its softer stand and too far comprise with the CPP already.  A political development in the past few days not only made the CNRP's supporters dismayed but clearly revealed how poor the CNRP communicates and coordinates among the top leadership members.  To rebuild trust with its supporters, the CNRP must review all its bylaws and policies learning to speak the language in line with the party's policy and focus on what is the best interest for the people and the nation.