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Saturday, 31 January 2015

អតីត​អ្នក​កាសែត៖ លោក ហ៊ុន សែន មិន​បាន​ប្រើប្រាស់​តួនាទី​ឲ្យ​បាន​ត្រឹមត្រូវ​ទេ

ដោយ ជី វិតា
2015-01-30
RFA
ហ៊ុន សែន ៦២០
លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ ហ៊ុន សែន ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​ថ្ងៃ​សម្ពោធ​បើក​ការដ្ឋាន​សាងសង់​ស្ពាន​អាកាស​ស្តុប​ទួលគោក រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី០៩ ខែ​កញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ ២០១៤។
RFA/Vann Vichar
អតីត​អ្នក​កាសែត​ភ្នំពេញ​ប៉ុស្តិ៍​និយាយ​ថា លោក ហ៊ុន សែន មិន​បាន​ប្រើប្រាស់​តួនាទី និង​អំណាច​របស់​លោក​ក្នុង​នាម​ជា​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​មួយ​រូប​ឲ្យ​បាន​ពេញលេញ​ ត្រឹមត្រូវ​ឡើយ។ មិន​បាន​ប្រើ​តួនាទី​ជា​នាយក​រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ឈរ​លើ​នយោបាយ​អភិបាលកិច្ច​ល្អ​នោះ គឺ​ដោយសារ​តែ​លោក​អនុវត្ត​វប្បធម៌ "ឯង​ជួយ​អញ អញ​ជួយ​ឯង"។
ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​ឱកាស​ធ្វើ​បទ​បង្ហាញ​សៀវភៅ​ទើប​ចេញ​ថ្មី​ដែល​មាន​ចំណង​ថា «Hun Sen’s Cambodia» នៅ​ក្នុង​រដ្ឋធានី​វ៉ាស៊ីនតោន (Washington DC) សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ព្រហស្បតិ៍ ទី​២៩ មករា ដែល​

Sar Kheng Says Parties Must ‘Reorient’ to Save Deal

BY  | JANUARY 30, 2015
the cambodia daily
Interior Minister Sar Kheng said Thursday that the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP must “reorient” and meet regularly to ensure they are not straying from the terms of last year’s July 22 political deal.
In a joint press conference following a meeting with opposition lead­er Sam Rainsy at the National As­sembly—their first since the pair were named leaders of their parties’ parliamentary delegations—Mr. Kheng said it is vital for the parties to continue talking.
Interior Minister Sar Kheng and opposition leader Sam Rainsy speak to reporters Thursday after meeting for the first time as the leaders of the ruling and opposition party's parliamentary delegations. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
Interior Minister Sar Kheng and opposition leader Sam Rainsy speak to reporters Thursday after meeting for the first time as the leaders of the ruling and opposition party’s parliamentary delegations. (Siv Channa/The Cambodia Daily)
“The important thing is that the meeting was for us to discuss the way we are going to work in the future, toward what His Excellency [Mr. Rainsy] raised: that we must put effort into implementing the July 22 agreement from 2014 on, as well as the other agreements,” he said.

‘New political context’ greets CPP congress

Cambodian People’s Party honorary president Heng Samrin at yesterday’s congress.
Cambodian People’s Party honorary president Heng Samrin at yesterday’s congress. Heng Chivoan

The ruling party called the meeting to lay the groundwork for the pivotal upcoming elections planned for 2017 and 2018
Cambodian People’s Party honorary president Heng Samrin yesterday kicked off the party’s first national congress since the watershed July 2013 election, the theme of which, he told supporters, was that reforms would equal “life” for the CPP and the nation.
About 1,000 party rank-and-file gathered at Koh Pich for the opening of the extraordinary congress, which was called so the CPP can lay the groundwork for the pivotal 2017 and 2018 elections.

At Boeung Trabek, 400 families set for eviction

The residents of Psar Doeung Thkov village are set to be evicted for encroaching on Boeung Trabek.
The residents of Psar Doeung Thkov village are set to be evicted for encroaching on Boeung Trabek. LUC FORSYTH

For years Phnom Penh’s urban poor have been encroaching on one of the city’s last remaining reservoirs. But with flooding, especially of the nearby open sewer that collects most of the city’s waste water, expected to worsen, City Hall has vowed to step in
Ominous red numbers mark the shacks squatters have fashioned from bits of wood and corrugated metal in Chamkarmon’s Psar Doeung Thkov village. One’s branded 91, the other 92, next to it, 96. The numbers confuse the residents.
“The authorities came and sprayed this number on my house, but they didn’t tell us anything. Not one word,” said Tol Senghean, a 57-year-old woman with a canine tooth as golden as her hairband. Her house was tagged with the number 91.

Non Stop - Best of Khmer Oldies (Version 8) - Sin Sisamuth Collection

thai old song by Hmonglaos

បក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរមិន​ពិភាក្សា​ពី​ការ​ឃុំ​ខ្លួន​សកម្ម​ជន​បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង

Friday, 30 January 2015

Cambodian Military Police Chief Criticized for ‘Hitler’ Comments

FILE - Cambodian military police commander Sao Sokha is seen in a July 19, 2008, photo.
FILE - Cambodian military police commander Sao Sokha is seen in a July 19, 2008, photo.
Human Rights Watch has called for the removal of Cambodia's military police chief after a speech in which he said he was inspired by the tactics of Adolf Hitler.
Sao Sokha commands 10,000 military police, and his forces have been behind some of the most brutal crackdowns on demonstrators and dissidents in recent years.  In a public speech recently, he said he had “learned from Hitler.”
“Hitler, after Europe, after World War I, the international community - at that time there was not yet a United Nations - imposed that there be a total of only 100,000 troops.  So how were Hitler and the Nazis able to marshal an army to make World War II?”

Cambodia: A Year of Worsening Rights

Donors Sit on Sidelines as Hun Sen Government Dashes Hopes for Reform
January 29, 2015
 Human Rights Watch 
(New York) – Killings by security forces, arrests of activists and opposition politicians, summary trials, and crackdowns on peaceful protest characterized the human rights situation in Cambodia in 2014, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. Donor countries made no concerted efforts to stop the precipitous backsliding by the government of Prime Minister Hun Sen, who this month passed the 30-year mark in power in Cambodia.
In Cambodia, Hun Sen and his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) blocked all attempts to investigate and redress fraud in the fundamentally flawed 2013 national elections, which it claimed to have won against the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP).

“If the government was truly respectful of the people’s will as expressed in elections and peaceful demonstrations, 2014 could have been a year of great human rights progress for Cambodia,” said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights

Rainsy cools party’s rhetoric

Interior Minister Sar Kheng shakes hands with opposition leader Sam Rainsy
Interior Minister Sar Kheng shakes hands with opposition leader Sam Rainsy yesterday after a meeting at the National Assembly. Heng Chivoan

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy yesterday said his party will soften its tone when criticising the Cambodian People’s Party, because the two are now dialogue partners and must respect each other as competitors, not see each other as “enemies”.
The Cambodia National Rescue Party leader made the comments hours after meeting with Interior Minister Sar Kheng at the National Assembly, where the recently appointed minority and majority party leaders spoke about the importance of respecting a political accord inked last year.
Rainsy’s remarks came 10 days after Prime Minister Hun Sen slammed the CNRP, and particularly its deputy leader Kem Sokha, for continuing to direct vitriol towards him despite the July 22 accord that pledged a new political culture.

Dreams not panning out

A woman swishes water around her pan as she searches for gold
A woman swishes water around her pan as she searches for gold in Preah Vihear province's Rovieng district earlier this month. Heng Chivoan

In the shadow of Anlong Mountain in Preah Vihear province, the whir of engines pierces the tranquil scrubland. Here, in the midday heat, a group of workers scour the earth for traces of gold.
Equipped with shovels, pickaxes, pans and a rickety stone-crushing machine, these small-scale miners work long hours to find traces of the precious metal, which are almost invisible to the naked eye. Hailing from all corners of Cambodia, they believe that praying to the “forest guardians” will bring them wealth and happiness.

KRT witness tells court of forced marriage

Nuon Chea adjusts his glasses during Case 002/02 opening statements
Nuon Chea adjusts his glasses during Case 002/02 opening statements at the Khmer Rouge tribunal in October. ECCC

A witness yesterday told the Khmer Rouge tribunal how she believed she would be executed if she didn’t consummate her forced marriage to a man she hardly knew.
Cheang Srei Mom said a militiaman was dispatched to eavesdrop on her and her husband’s first night together after their wedding, which she claimed was involuntary and arranged by her commune chief in Takeo province’s Tram Kak district.
“I had to sleep with my husband because I would be in danger if I did not,” the 59-year-old said.
In the current Case 002/02, former Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea face, among other offences, charges over their regime’s policy of forced marriage and the subsequent rape it engendered.

2014 one of the ‘worst years’ for human rights

Human Rights Watch says that 2014 was one of Cambodia’s worst years in recent history in terms of human rights violations, citing “killings by security forces, arrests of activists and opposition politicians, summary trials and crackdowns on peaceful protest”.
The Cambodia section of its World Report 2015 also cited the government’s alleged use of the judicial system to silence activists, critics, trade unionists and opposition politicians.
HRW said that “the police, prosecutors, and courts pursued at least 90 politically motivated cases” last year, sentencing at least 44 people to prison after “unfair trials in which no credible evidence of wrongdoing was presented against them”.

លោក ស ខេង និយាយ​ពី​ជំងឺ លោក ជា ស៊ីម

កម្ពុជា​-វៀតណាម​នឹង​ដំា​បង្គោល​តម្រុយ​ដែល​បាត់​នៅ​ចំណុច​អន្លង់ជ្រៃ​ឡើង​វិញ

ដោយ អ៊ុង សេរីវុទ្ធ
2015-01-29
RFA
វ៉ាគឹមហុង៣០៥
លោក វ៉ា គឹមហុង ប្រធាន​គណៈកម្មការ​ចម្រុះ​ព្រំដែន​កម្ពុជា-ថៃ និយាយ​ទៅ​កាន់​អ្នក​កាសែត នៅ​អាកាសយានដ្ឋាន​អន្តរ​ជាតិ​ភ្នំពេញ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១២ ខែ​កុម្ភៈ ឆ្នាំ​២០១២
RFA/Sok Serey
គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ចម្រុះ​កិច្ចការ​ព្រំដែន​កម្ពុជា នឹង​រៀបចំ​ឲ្យ​អាជ្ញាធរ​ខេត្ត ​ត្បូងឃ្មុំ សហការ​ជាមួយ​អាជ្ញាធរ​ខេត្ត​តាយនិញ ប្រទេស​វៀតណាម ចុះ​ដាំ​បង្គោល​ភ្លោះ​តម្រុយបង្គោល​ព្រំដែន​លេខ​១៣០/១ ឡើង​វិញ​នា​ពេល​ឆាប់ៗ បន្ទាប់​ពី​សមត្ថកិច្ច ទើប​បាន​រក​ឃើញ​បង្គោល​នោះមកវិញក្រោយពីមានអ្នក​​លួច​ដក​ចេញកាលពីពេលកន្លងទៅ។

New Group of Eighteen Montagnards From Vietnam Seek Refugee Status in Cambodia

2015-01-29
RFA
cambodia-18-montagnards-jan-2015.jpg
The 18 Montagnards in Ratanakiri province, Jan. 29, 2015.
Photo courtesy of Adhoc
A new group of 18 asylum-seeking Montagnards from Vietnam have taken refuge in the jungles of northeastern Cambodia’s Ratanakiri province amid fears they could be forcibly repatriated, a rights group and an ethnic Charai villager who is assisting them said Thursday.

The 18 Montagnards—Christian indigenous people from Vietnam’s Central Highlands—crossed the border into Cambodia on Jan. 28 from Vietnam’s Gia Lai province, said the villager, who spoke to RFA’s Khmer Service on condition of anonymity.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Cambodia ‘not free’: report

Workers protest along Veng Sreng Boulevard on the outskirts of Phnom Penh on January 2 last year
Workers protest along Veng Sreng Boulevard on the outskirts of Phnom Penh on January 2 last year. January 3 saw five shot dead during a violent crackdown on the protests. Pha Lina

Following reports of endemic corruption and suppression of dissent in the Kingdom last year, Cambodia was once again classified by global watchdog Freedom House as “not free” in a generally bleak report released yesterday.
In Freedom of the World 2015, Freedom House’s assessment of the real-world political rights and civil liberties enjoyed by citizens all over the globe in 2014, Cambodia averaged 5.5 out of seven, with one representing the most free and seven the least free.

CNRP calls for government intervention in agriculture

A worker holds freshly harvested rice in a paddy in Russei Keo district
A worker holds freshly harvested rice in a paddy in Russei Keo district late on Monday afternoon. Vireak Mai

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party has called on the government to intervene in the softening prices of Cambodian agricultural commodities.
In a letter passed to Prime Minister Hun Sen on Tuesday, via National Assembly president Heng Samrin, a group of opposition lawmakers has raised concerns over the impact falling prices of products such as rice, rubber and mung beans are having on the livelihoods of Cambodian farmers.
“The fall of prices of Cambodian commodities at this time is due to lower price offers from

ACU lays out rules on receiving gifts

Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit, Om Yentieng
Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit, Om Yentieng, addresses the media after a meeting at the National Assembly in November. Heng Chivoan

The body overseeing the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has made public internal regulations that prohibit ACU personnel from receiving gifts worth more than $25 and require them to report business dinners in advance, while also making rare disclosures about the kinds of items proffered to the unit’s officials, including a nearly $300 bottle of whiskey.
In a three-page statement obtained yesterday but issued by the National Anti-Corruption Council after a meeting on Tuesday, the council, which oversees the ACU, stressed that officials adhere to strict

Revisions needed in courts’ treatment of children: report

Children that were involved in a criminal case
Children that were involved in a criminal case stand in front of a provincial police station earlier this year. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Reforms in how child victims and witnesses are handled in Cambodia’s criminal justice system are needed at several levels, a new study by women's and children’s rights NGO Hagar recommends.
Released yesterday evening, the UNICEF-funded study, titled A System Just for Children, compiles information gathered last year in the course of 103 interviews with stakeholders (54 of them being children), as well as information gleaned from other studies.

Our medical system fails the poor

Venerable Sao Chanthol blesses Keo Kolthida ‘Kol’ Ekkasakh’s bones after her cremation on January 21
Venerable Sao Chanthol blesses Keo Kolthida ‘Kol’ Ekkasakh’s bones after her cremation on January 21. PHOTO SUPPLIED

Recently, my sister Keo Kolthida Ekkasakh (Kol) passed away after a long struggle with cancer. She was born in 1959 in Phnom Penh to my mother, Keo Nann. Kol was deaf and the youngest of five sisters. Kol and I were just two years apart, so we were like best friends.
Lacking the ability to communicate with all but those trained in sign language, she learned to depend on herself and the few people who had the patience and love to know her. Yet, despite her

អង្គការ​ឃ្លាំ​មើល​សិទ្ធិ​សេរីភាព​ពិភពលោក​ចាត់​ថ្នាក់​កម្ពុជា​ជា​ប្រទេស​គ្មាន​សេរីភាព

ដោយ យន់ សាមៀន
2015-01-28
RFA
សកម្មជន​ បឹងកក់ ៦២០
សកម្មជន​ដីធ្លី​តំបន់​បឹងកក់ លោកស្រី បូ ឆវី (រូប​ជាប់​ខ្នោះ​ដៃ) និង​លោកស្រី ង៉ែត ឃុន ក្នុង​បន្ទប់​សវនាការ​នៅ​សាលាឧទ្ធរណ៍ កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៦ មករា ២០១៥។ ស្ត្រី​សកម្មជន​ដីធ្លី​ ១០​នាក់ ត្រូវ​បាន​អាជ្ញាធរ​ចាប់​ឃុំ​ខ្លួន​កាល​ពី​អំឡុង​ខែ​វិច្ឆិកា ២០១៤។
RFA/Morm Moniroth
អង្គការ​ឃ្លាំមើល​សិទ្ធិសេរីភាព​ពិភពលោក ហ្វ្រីដឹម ហោស (Freedom House) កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ពុធ ទី​២៨ ខែ​មករា ផ្សាយ​របាយការណ៍​ស្ដីពី​សិទ្ធិ​សេរីភាព​សម្រាប់​ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥។
របាយការណ៍​នេះ​បាន​សិក្សា​ទៅ​លើ​ប្រទេស​ចំនួន ១៩៥​ប្រទេស​ក្នុង​ពិភពលោក រួម​ទាំង​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា ផង​ដែរ។ អង្គការ​សិក្សា​ផ្ដោត​លើ​ផ្នែក​សំខាន់​ចំនួន​បី​រួម​មាន​សិទ្ធិ​សេរីភាព សេរីភាព​នយោបាយ និង​

ប្រធាន​ក្រុម​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​បក្ស​ជាប់ឆ្នោត​ទាំង​ពីរ​​​ជួប​គ្នា​សាជាថ្មី​នៅ​ព្រឹក​នេះ

ដោយ វិទ្យុ អាស៊ីសេរី
2015-01-28
RFA
ស ខេង សម រង្ស៊ី ៦២០
លោក ស ខេង ឧបនាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួង​មហាផ្ទៃ (ឆ្វេង) និង​លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ។
RFA
ប្រធាន​ក្រុម​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​នៃ​គណបក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ទាំង​ពីរ ​ជួប​គ្នា​នៅ​ព្រឹក​​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៩ ខែ​មករា នា​វិមាន​រដ្ឋសភា ដើម្បី​ពង្រឹង​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា និង​ជជែក​ពី​ដំណើរការ​នៃ​កំណែទម្រង់​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត បន្ទាប់​ពី​ខកខាន​មិន​ជួប​គ្នា​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ ខែ​មករា។
នេះ​ជាជំនួប​លើក​ទី​១​ បន្ទាប់​ពី​រដ្ឋសភា​ទើប​តែ​បង្កើត​ឲ្យ​មាន​​ក្រុម​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​ភាគតិច ខណៈ​ដែល​ប្រធាន​ក្រុម​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​ទាំង​ពីរ បាន​អះអាង​ពី​ការ​ប្រើប្រាស់​វប្បធម៌​ចរចា ដើម្បី​ដោះស្រាយ​វិបត្តិ​នយោបាយ​ដែល​កើត​មាន បើ​ទោះ​បី​ជា​លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន បាន​ប្រកាស​ថា វប្បធម៌​នេះ ​គ្មាន​ប្រសិទ្ធភាព​យ៉ាង​ណា​ក្ដី។

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Cambodia’s Penal System: Ensuring Justice for All

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By William E Todd, US Ambassador to Cambodia

Each year on the third Monday of January, Americans honor the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the 1964 Nobel Peace laureate and the individual most associated with the triumphs of the African-American civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s.  Dr. King was pivotal in persuading his fellow Americans to end the legal segregation that prevailed throughout the South and other parts of the United States, sparking support for legislation that built a better framework for civil rights and racial equality.  He had a transformative effect on policy and on people; a remarkable example of how a single person with an unwavering mission can significantly change people’s thoughts and opinions.  Even today, the movement which he led serves as a model of nonviolent social action for people around the world working towards positive and lasting change.

Cambodia: Justice Delayed

The Diplomat

Almost 40 years after Pol Pot, Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan seized control in Cambodia, Phnom Penh’s efforts to finalize justice for the incredible hardships inflicted upon Cambodians by the dreaded Khmer Rouge have stalled yet again.
Incessant complaints and petitioning for more time by defense lawyers in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) have been widely seen as deliberate stalling tactics, further complicated by Khieu Samphan’s health and recent stints in hospital.

Malaysia work horrors aired

Toch Nai, a former domestic worker in Malaysia
Toch Nai (right), a former domestic worker in Malaysia, shows markings on her arm at an Adhoc press conference yesterday in Phnom Penh as she talks about her experiences. Hong Menea

When 26-year-old Toch Nai returned from Malaysia last year, the only “souvenirs” she says she brought back were the wounds she suffered from beatings.
Nai, a domestic worker, endured four years of torture at the hands of her employer. And a year after returning to her homeland, she is still struggling to come to terms with her experience.

A ‘life and death’ congress

Analysis
The ruling Cambodian People’s Party’s “extraordinary” nationwide congress this weekend will likely see its next generation of leaders take their places on the party’s central decision-making body as it prepares for do-or-die elections in three years time, CPP insiders and analysts have told the Post.
One source close to the party suggested that up to 100 younger members, including children of top party figures, could be elected to the powerful central committee of the CPP, the political structure of which remains a testament to its Marxist-Leninist roots.

Cops made top brass, en masse

80 officers were promoted to one-star generals or higher
Police officers attend a ceremony yesterday at the Ministry of Interior in Phnom Penh where more than 80 officers were promoted to one-star generals or higher. Vireak Mai

A total of 81 officers were promoted into the already-teeming leadership of the National Police yesterday, with some reaching the rank of three-star general, a senior official presiding over the ceremony at the Ministry of Interior in Phnom Penh said.
Em Sam An, a secretary of state at the ministry, also announced at the same ceremony that top police officials Mok Chito, Touch Naruth, Him Yam and Chhuong Senghak would become deputy commissioners of the National Police.

Anti-corruption chief Om Yentieng vows exposé

While pushing forward discussions on the slated whistleblower law, the Anti-Corruption Unit is also working on exposing a “conspiracy network” that “could be very harmful to national interests”, ACU chief Om Yentieng revealed on Monday.
During a seminar on journalists’ role in good governance and anti-corruption on Monday, Yentieng said that in the last four years, the ACU has been focusing on charging individuals suspected of corruption.

National Assembly not doing job: report

Election watchdog Comfrel said yesterday that the National Assembly was not doing enough to solve Cambodians’ problems despite the opposition party having joined in August.
In a report, it said that while the situation was undoubtedly better now than during almost a year of post-election deadlock, there remained serious issues.
The group said that numerous land disputes, the use of lethal force on protesters by authorities in January last year and rights abuses were still not being sufficiently looked into while people are suffering “and rely on their lawmaker for assistance”.

សម្ភាស​មេធាវី​អន្តរជាតិ លោក រីឆាត រ៉ូជើរ ស្តីពីបណ្តឹងតុលាការព្រហ្មទណ្ឌអន...

Vietnamese Montagnards Face Exposure Hiding in Cambodian Jungle

2015-01-27
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The five Montagnards in Ratanakiri's Oyadaw district, Jan. 6, 2015.
Photo courtesy of Adhoc
A group of 14 asylum-seeking Montagnards from Vietnam, including two young children and an infant, are suffering from exposure as they hide in the jungles of neighboring Cambodia amid fears they could be forcibly repatriated, a rights worker said Tuesday.

Nine Montagnards—Christian indigenous people from Vietnam’s Central Highlands—reportedly entered Cambodia on Jan. 17 and are hiding in Ratanakiri province in Cambodia’s remote northeast along with a smaller group of five who arrived earlier this month.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

An ‘indefensible’ verdict

A Boeung Kak lake supporter
A Boeung Kak lake supporter holds a portrait of a detained community activist during a demonstration yesterday in front of Phnom Penh’s Court of Appeal. Hong Menea

Despite hopes to the contrary, 10 female land activists, including seven well-known Boeung Kak lake protesters, and a monk, had their convictions upheld yesterday morning at the Appeal Court, two and a half months after they were arrested and sentenced to a year in prison within 24 hours of their respective arrests.
Although most received slight reductions in their prison terms and fines, it appeared to be of little consolation.

Montagnards bypass R’kiri

Three ethnic Montagnards pose for a photo in Phnom Penh
Three ethnic Montagnards pose for a photo in Phnom Penh last week after fleeing from persecution in Vietnam. ADHOC

The latest Montagnard asylum seekers to arrive in Cambodia have bypassed the northeastern province where 14 others are currently in hiding and headed straight to the capital to meet with UN officials yesterday, who referred them to the government’s Refugee Department.
The three Christian Montagnards, a woman and two men all in their early 20s, travelled from Vietnam’s Gia Lai and Dak Lak provinces and crossed through Bavet International Border last Tuesday before heading onwards to Phnom Penh, according to an ethnic minority Jarai villager and local rights group Adhoc.

Witness says she saw KR leaders at worksite

ECCC in Phnom Penh
A policeman stands guard as people queue to attend a hearing for Case 002/02 at the ECCC in Phnom Penh earlier this month. AFP

Almost 38 years after allegedly seeing Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea as they toured her worksite, Chou Koemlan yesterday got the chance to address the former Khmer Rouge leaders, under whose regime she lost a nephew, three children and her husband.
Appearing as a civil party in Case 002/02, Koemlan told the Khmer Rouge tribunal about her brush with the men, whom she accused of ruining the country.
She said in 1977 the pair – together with high-ranking Khmer Rouge official Ta Mok – visited a canal that her work unit was digging in Tram Kok district’s Cham Bok village.

‘Guerrilla style’ film turns focus on ex-con turned poet

Spoken word poet Kosal Khiev
Spoken word poet Kosal Khiev, who is the subject of a new biographical film. Eli Meixler

Kosal Khiev was 16 when he was jailed for 14 years on an attempted murder conviction. After being deported to Cambodia – a country he had never seen – he sought out a fresh start. A new documentary charts his journey
In a scene from the new documentary telling the life story of Kosal Khiev, the poet’s relatives in California recalled a sometimes violent teenager who would sulk in his bedroom alone as he polished a gun.
“I look back on it, and I think, ‘What went so wrong that I was that type of person?’” said Kosal, a 34-year-old Cambodian-American, in an interview last week.

Intervention or illegal invasion?

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President of the National Assembly Heng Samrin (centre left) and Prime Minister Hun Sen (centre right) release doves during a Cambodian People’s Party ceremony marking the 36th anniversary of the fall of the Khmer Rouge on January 7, 2015. AFP

DC-Cam deputy director Kok-Thay Eng wrote to this paper last week commemorating Cambodia’s annual January 7 Victory Over Genocide Day. Eng criticised people who ‘‘see January 7 [1979] as the start of an invasion of the Kingdom by Vietnam”, since ‘‘liberating a population from genocide is more important than the temporary loss of sovereignty of the Cambodian state”. Vietnam’s intervention should instead be considered in the light of the ‘‘responsibility to protect”, he said.
That is an interesting perspective from an organisation whose main mission is to ‘‘search for the

សាលាឧទ្ធរណ៍​សម្រេច​ផ្ដន្ទាទោស​សកម្មជន​ដីធ្លី​និង​អតីត​​ព្រះ​សង្ឃ​ពី​៦​ខែ​ទៅ​១​ឆ្នាំ

ដោយ ម៉ម មុនីរតន៍
2015-01-26
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ង៉ែត ឃុន ៦២០
សកម្មជន​ដីធ្លី​តំបន់​បឹងកក់ លោកស្រី ង៉ែត ឃុន យំ​ស្រែក​ទាមទារ​រក​យុត្តិធម៌ ក្រោយ​ពេល​តុលាការ​សម្រេច​ផ្ដន្ទាទោស នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៦ មករា ២០១៥។
RFA/Morm Moniroth

ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​ជំនុំជម្រះ​នៃ​សាលា​ឧទ្ធរណ៍ សម្រេច​ផ្ដន្ទាទោស​សកម្មជន​ដីធ្លី​ចំនួន ១០​នាក់ និង​អតីត​​ព្រះសង្ឃ ១​អង្គ ចន្លោះ​ពី ៦​ខែ ដល់ ១​ឆ្នាំ។ ការ​សម្រេច​ក្រោម​ភាព​ចម្រូងចម្រាស​នេះ ត្រូវ​បាន​អង្គការ​មិន​មែន​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ដែល​ឃ្លាំមើល​សវនាការ​អះអាង​ថា សាលដីកា​នេះ គឺ​មាន​ចរិត​នយោបាយ និង​គំនុំ​ច្រើន​ជាង។
ភាព​ឆោឡោ​បាន​ផ្ទុះ​ឡើង​ពេញ​បន្ទប់​សវនាការ​ភ្លាមៗ នៅ​ពេល​ប្រធាន​ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​ជំនុំ​ជម្រះ​លោក ងួន អ៊ីម ប្រកាស​លទ្ធផល​ការ​កាត់​សេចក្ដី​ដោយ​ផ្ដន្ទាទោស​សកម្មជន​ដីធ្លី​ជា​ស្ត្រី​ ទាំង ១០​នាក់ និង​អតីត​ព្រះសង្ឃ ១​អង្គ ដែល​លទ្ធផល​នេះ ទំនង​ជា​ផ្ទុយ​ពី​ការ​រំពឹង​ទុក​របស់​ពួកគេ​ហើយ​មើល​ទៅ ទើប​បណ្ដាល​ឲ្យ​ផ្ទុះ​កំហឹង​ប្រឆាំង​សាលដីកា​ដូច្នេះ។

មេបក្ស​ប្រឆាំងមិន​ឆ្លើយ​តប​សារ​ព្រមាន​របស់​លោក ហ៊ុន សែន

បទ​សម្ភាសន៍​ជា​មួយ​ លោក ស៊ូ​ប៊ែ​ឌី

Rights Group Wants Aid Donors to Call For Cambodian Commander’s Removal

2015-01-26
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Cambodia's paramilitary commander Sao Sokha (R) shakes hands with Yuthasak Sasiprapa (L), then Thailand's defense minister, at the Ministry of Defense in Phnom Penh in a file photo.
AFP
A rights group has urged Cambodia’s international aid donors to call for the removal of the country’s paramilitary commander because of comments he made earlier this month in which he said he learned state security-force tactics from those used by former German dictator Adolf Hitler.

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) issued a statement on Sunday urging Cambodia’s donors to demand the discharge of General Sao Sokha, commander of the 10,000-member Royal

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Justice still sought for Vichea

Phnom Penh Post
Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy
Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy places incense as he prays to mark the 11th anniversary of the death of labour leader Chea Vichea in Phnom Penh yesterday. Vireak Mai

On the 11th anniversary of labour leader Chea Vichea’s assassination yesterday, about 200 people attended a memorial service as many continued to call on authorities to find and arrest those responsible for Vichea’s 2004 murder.
Opposition party leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha, along with the likes of Beehive Radio host Mam Sonando and Cambodian Confederation of Unions president Rong Chhun, demanded that the government and police prioritise the investigation.
“Some [ministry] leaders are ageing, nearing the age of death,” said Chea Mony, Vichea’s brother who replaced him as president of the Free Trade Union (FTU). “But before they die, I ask them to find the murderers.”

ប្រធាន​ក្រុម​តំណាង​បក្ស​ទាំងពីរ​គ្រោង​ជួប​គ្នា​ដើម្បី​ពង្រឹង​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា​នៅ​សប្ដាហ៍​ក្រោយ

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ដោយ ប្រាជ្ញ ចេវ
2015-01-24

សម រង្ស៊ី រដ្ឋសភា ៦២០
តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​នៃ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ចេញ​ពី​កិច្ច​ប្រជុំ​វិសាមញ្ញ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ជ្រើស​តាំង​សមាសភាព​គណៈកម្មការ​ជំនាញ​រដ្ឋសភា នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ ខែ​សីហា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Vann Vichar


ប្រធាន​ក្រុម​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​នៃ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា និង​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ នឹង​ជួប​គ្នា​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៧ ខែ​មករា ដើម្បី​ពង្រឹង​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា និង​ជជែក​ពី​ដំណើរការ​នៃ​កំណែទម្រង់​ការបោះឆ្នោត។
ថ្លែង​ក្រោយ​ពិធី​ចែក​សញ្ញាប័ត្រ​នៅ​បណ្ឌិត្យសភា​នគរបាល​កម្ពុជា កាលពី​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៣ ខែ​មករា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៥ លោក​ឧបនាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ស ខេង រដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​ក្រសួងមហាផ្ទៃ មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​ថា ការ​ជួប​គ្នា​នោះ ទោះ​ធ្វើឡើង មិនមែន​ជា​ដុំកំភួន​ក៏​ក្ដី ប៉ុន្តែ​លោក​សង្ឃឹមថា នឹង​ពង្រឹង​វប្បធម៌​សន្ទនា ព្រមទាំង​ជជែក​បន្ថែម​លើ​អ្វី​ដែល​ក្រុមបច្ចេកទេស​ការងារ បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ថ្នាក់​បច្ចេកទេស​នៅ​ខ្វែងគំនិត​គ្នា។
ដូចគ្នា​នេះ​ដែរ លោក កឹម សុខា អនុប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះជាតិ ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា នេះ​គឺជា​ជំនួប​លើក​ទី​១ បន្ទាប់ពី​បង្កើត​ក្រុម​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​ភាគតិច នៅ​ក្នុង​សភា។ លោក​បន្ត​ថា ជំនួប​នោះ​ធ្វើ​នៅ​មន្ទីរ​រដ្ឋសភា ភាគី​ម្ខាងៗ​មាន​សមាស​ភាព​ថ្នាក់ដឹកនាំ​បី​រូប ហើយ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ មាន​លោក លោក សម រង្ស៊ី រូបលោក​ផ្ទាល់ និង​លោក យឹម សុវណ្ណ។

Optimistic Subedi bids adieu to Cambodia

Phnom Penh Post

Outgoing UN human rights envoy Surya Subedi.
Outgoing UN human rights envoy Surya Subedi. Heng Chivoan

Outgoing UN human rights envoy says Kingdom now at critical point but has ‘come a long way’
Outgoing United Nations human rights envoy Surya Subedi will end his mandate in Cambodia with an optimistic view of the country’s future as he is confident that its people are no longer afraid to make their voices heard, he said at a final press conference yesterday.
But he warned that the government must “reconsider its aversion” towards independent institutions and real checks on its power if it truly wants to move forward on human rights and adequately respond to Cambodians’ demands.
“The institutions of the executive that are responsible for implementing government policy and protecting human rights must be held to their responsibilities by independent institutions responsible for monitoring their performance,” he said.

អ្នកវិភាគ៖ គណបក្ស​ជាប់ឆ្នោត​គិតតែ​ផលប្រយោជន៍​បក្ស​ធំ​ជាង​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ

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ដោយ ទីន ហ្សាការីយ៉ា
2015-01-24

ហ៊ុន សែន សម រង្ស៊ី ៦១០
លោក ហ៊ុន សែន (ស្ដាំ) និង​លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ថ្លែង​ទៅ​កាន់​អ្នក​កាសែត បន្ទាប់​ពី​ប្រជុំ នៅ​មន្ទីរ​រដ្ឋសភា ថ្ងៃ​ទី ៨ ខែ​សីហា ឆ្នាំ ២០១៤។  RFA/Yeang Socheametta

សង្គ្រាម​ពាក្យ​សំដី​របស់​ថ្នាក់ដឹកនាំ​កំពូល របស់​គណបក្ស​ជាប់ឆ្នោត​ទាំងពីរ កាល​ពី​ពេល​ថ្មីៗ​នេះ ត្រូវ​បាន​អ្នកវិភាគ​លើក​ឡើង​ថា ការ​ឆ្លង​ឆ្លើយ​សារ​នយោបាយ​បែបនេះ គ្រាន់តែ​ជា​ការ​ការពារ​ផលប្រយោជន៍​បក្ស​រៀងៗ​ខ្លួន​ទេ មិន​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​ចំណេញ​ដល់​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ និង​ប្រទេសជាតិ​នោះ​ឡើយ និយាយ​ឲ្យ​ចំ​អ្នកនយោបាយ​គិតតែ​ពី​ផលប្រយោជន៍​បក្ស​របស់​ខ្លួន​ធំ​ជាង ផល ប្រយោជន៍​ម្ចាស់​ឆ្នោត​។
សង្គ្រាម​ពាក្យ​សំដី​របស់​អ្នកនយោបាយ​បក្ស​ផ្សេងគ្នា កាលពីមុន គេ​បាន​បាន​លាន់​លឺ ឆ្លងឆ្លើយ​គ្នា​របស់​អ្នកនយោបាយ​នៅ​ពេល​ការបោះឆ្នោត​បាន​ខិត​ជិត​មកដល់​ប៉ុណ្ណោះ។
តែ​បរិបទ​បច្ចុប្បន្ន​នេះ​ខុស​ពី​មុន ដោយសារតែ​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ចាប់អារម្មណ៍​ខ្លាំង​ពី​រឿង​នយោបាយ ដូច្នេះ​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​អ្នកនយោបាយ​ព្រួយបារម្ភ​ពី​ការបាត់បង់​ប្រជាប្រិយភាព​បក្ស​របស់​ខ្លួន។