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Posted by: | Posted on: November 16, 2017

Cambodia’s Supreme Court orders dissolution of major opposition party

Op-Ed: Kyodo News

Cambodia’s Supreme Court orders dissolution of major opposition party

Courtesy: Phnom Penh Post

Courtesy: Phnom Penh Post

   PHNOM PENH, Nov. 16 Kyodo –    Cambodia’s Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the dissolution of the country’s main opposition party, in a ruling made ahead of next year’s general election in which the party had been expected to do well.

     The ruling, which was handed down by presiding judge Dith Munty after a day-long hearing, also banned 118 Cambodia National Rescue Party members, including party president Kem Sokha, from politics for five years.

     The top court heard the case based on a complaint filed by the Interior Ministry, which alleges that Kem Sokha conspired with foreigners in trying to topple the government.

     Kem Sokha was arrested in September in a case widely considered to be politically motivated and is expected to be tried later this month, while around half of the party’s lawmakers have fled the country, fearing arrest.

     Soon after the ruling, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen hailed the decision, saying it will secure the stability, peace and sustainable development of Cambodia.

     Hun Sen, the prime minister since 1985, making him the world’s longest-serving head of government, said all CNRP’s members and their supporters — excluding the party leaders banned from politics — could join his ruling Cambodian People’s Party or other political parties. He said a few dozen other political parties remained that can compete in the next election scheduled for July 29, 2018.

     Hun Sen also said that in less than two weeks, the seats won by the CNRP in the last national general and local elections will be redistributed.

     During the last general election in 2013, the opposition party won 55 seats in the 123-seat National Assembly, against 68 seats captured by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling CPP, meaning all seats were won by those two parties.

     The court hearing was held amid tight security to prevent CNRP supporters from protesting around the courthouse.

     Following the decision, the CNRP issued a statement condemning the ruling, saying it ignored the will of more than three million Cambodians who voted for the CNRP.

     The CNRP also said it will never recognize the ruling, and the CNRP remains legal as its members of the national parliament and those holding positions in local authorities were elected by the people.

     Furthermore, the statement appealed to the international community to take action to rescue the opposition party so it can take part in a free and fair election next year, and to press for the immediate release of party leader Kem Sokha.

     The ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights issued a statement saying the move demolished the final pillar of Cambodian democracy and ushered in an era of de facto one-party rule.

     “ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) called on international partners to cancel their engagement in next year’s national elections, arguing that the CNRP’s dissolution effectively robbed the vote of any legitimacy,” it said.

     “The Supreme Court has hammered the final nail in the coffin for Cambodian democracy. Its decision not only leaves the country without its only viable opposition party less than a year before scheduled elections, but also completely undermines Cambodia’s institutional framework and the rule of law,” said APHR Chairperson Charles Santiago, a member of the Malaysian parliament.

     “One thing remains crystal clear: the CNRP was dissolved not for breaking any laws, but simply for being too popular and a threat to the ruling party’s dominance. Cambodia’s judiciary has once again proved that its main objective is not justice, but the furtherance of the Prime Minister’s personal prerogatives,” he added.

==Kyodo

Posted by: | Posted on: November 13, 2017

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Posted by: | Posted on: November 4, 2017

Cambodia’s Political Dilemma and Possible Exit Path

The Chronology

facing dilemmaAfter a single party of government-led party CPP decisively amended the latest laws on political party, Hun Sen has already gained his “upper hand” to fit his “game changer” of win-win strategy to defeat his contender (CNRP) before the elections arrived. Hun Sen has conducted whatsoever he could to gain upper hand: to manipulate the durable national institutions into his personalized institutions, to uphold his patronage networks by monopolizing national wealth, and to tame Cambodian people by using the politics of fear and partial court. The national constitution has been wrongly trimmed to maximize his upper-hand approach at all cost.

Will CNRP be dissolved by the amended laws?

The amended laws are just the back-up plan to advocate party defectors. Primarily, Hun Sen frightened the voters by declaring war if his party lost in the election. But such action will place him at the worst risk. This time, the amended laws with the lawsuit filing at the supreme court to dissolve the CNRP will place him at the worst risk as well if it is put into action. Then, the new dating of Senate election to February 25, 2018, has entertained his intuitive belief in dividing and weakening the CNRP.

Hun Sen is facing with the power of common sense

Hun Sen might be good at the actual battle field, but his latest tactic under the growing well-informed citizens of Cambodia and within the democratic ballots field, he has already succumbed to self-defeat by distancing himself from “people’s common sense”. Those tactics against the people’s common senses are following: working “to cut head to fit hat” in applying the laws of the empire, manipulating the garment workers, dumping the voters by welcoming or advocating defecting representations (law-maker and Sangkat/commune council) to his party, violating the international treaties, and throat-cutting approach towards Cambodia’s growing economy by confronting with the EU and America.

Hun Sen is at high risk

Different from coup-detat in 1997, Hun Sen has run out effective means to attract international community to believe in his “game changer” supremacy. This time, CNRP and their leaders will not continue to commit self-suicidal by accepting any condition to become an alibi, or a power etiquette for the power holder, or bringing national fate into so-called national reconciliation. CNRP and their leaders didn’t shed a fire, thus those who shed fire must be accountable. If Kem Sokha is not released, and the CNRP will be dissolved on November 12, 2017 accordingly, those CNRP law-makers and Sangkat/commune councils are still there because they are elected by the people, and the CNRP and their supporters have more leverage to appeal to the UNs, the signatory countries of the Paris Peace Agreement, and the international community, to step in so that Senate election in February 25, 2018 and the national election in July 29, 2018, are meaningful. More than this, when CNRP is dissolved, there will be no government. No other country in this world dare to recognize such “illegitimate” group of power brokers. As said, the international community will encourage the King to play his role to declare the dissolution of the national assembly paving way to conduct an election for a new “legitimate” government.

The concerted efforts

The supporters of CPP have likely lost sight to uphold the principles while a “game changer” has already achieved his “upper hand” vision. But those supporters are remained intact to challenge a “game changer” to exercise such game easily. The 55 law-makers of CNRP must work in team with achievable plans to outreach to all democratic countries, the UNs, and the international community both domestic and abroad. The 5007 Sangkat/commune councils are active to daily engage with neighbours and those in need at the grassroots levels. The CNRP must uphold “consensus” work procedures of decision-making as supremacy within the party without granting power to any individual in decision-making so that they will face with political of fears and threat. The mandated November 9, 2017, by the America will be effectively taken action. The EU’s economy sanctions announced on Tuesday, October 31, 2017, has been clear enough. Many private talks and measures by the concerned countries have been already put in place. China’s advisers of central communist party’s Politburo already wrote on its media outlet in warning the risky move of Hun Sen if he dare to dissolve the CNRP.

Posted by: | Posted on: November 1, 2017

Migrant workers struggling to sign up to vote

Op-Ed: Phnom Penh Post

Migrant workers struggling to sign up to vote

Thu, 26 October 2017

There are few things more important to 29-year-old Yan Muon than voting.

An official processes an identification card at a voter registration office in Phnom Penh in September. Pha Lina

An official processes an identification card at a voter registration office in Phnom Penh in September. Pha Lina

Even though the maths student traded his studies in Cambodia for an electronics factory in Malaysia three years ago in hopes of earning more money, he always planned to return to vote.

Unfortunately, it has been “difficult for me”, Muon said in an interview two weeks ago. “My company always rejects my request [for time off] from one week to another.”

Muon is one of an estimated 1.5 million migrant workers living and working outside Cambodia who must return to the Kingdom to register to vote in next year’s crucial national election. Yet with two weeks left in the registration period, nearly three-quarters of the eligible voters that the National Election Commission was hoping to register have yet to sign up, according to numbers released by the body yesterday.

In interviews with five migrant workers over the past two weeks, none said they were able to return to Cambodia to register.

Many said the biggest challenge is getting time off work. Others said they could not afford the trip. Some cited political apathy.

Chem Phany, a 24-year-old Cambodian working at a factory in Thailand that produces windows and doors, said he wants to vote, but needs at least one week to travel to his hometown in Takeo province.

“My employers will not allow me to get a week’s leave,” he said. “At the same time, I need to spend $130 round trip and to have food to eat. So I can’t afford that.”

So Phany, a garment worker who has been living in Malaysia for 10 years, said her employer also refused to give her time off.

“I wish the government can offer another option, perhaps for us to organise a voting pool at the embassy, so I don’t need to take much time to vote and I can choose a leader for my country,” she said.

Others, like Sim Sarunn, a 26-year-old migrant working at a fruit-processing factory in Japan, were discouraged by the imminent dissolution of the opposition CNRP.

“I would feel regret for [missing] the next election if the opposition party was still there and different parties were competing with each other, but the ruling party now competes alone,” Sarunn said. “So I’m not interested in coming to vote. Even if I do, there’s nothing I can change.”

For local election monitor Comfrel, this is the outcome they feared.

“This is a real difficulty, a real challenge,” said Yoeurng Sotheara, Comfrel’s legal and monitoring officer.

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Posted by: | Posted on: September 19, 2017

Cambodia is in need of this Sergei Magnitsky Law to Responding Current Political Setback

PETITION TO THE HOUSE OF COMMONS IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED

Whereas:
  • Canada should not be used by those foreign nationals who grossly violated internationally recognized human rights, as a safe haven for themselves and their families, or to hide away the proceeds from their illicit activities;
  • The U.S. has promulgated the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, Estonia has adopted a similar law, and Great Britain and Norway are considering actions, aiming at establishing restrictive measures towards those who violated internationally recognized human rights. It is expected that other countries which value respect for human rights will follow suit;
  • As Canada celebrates its sesquicentennial (150th) birthday, there is no gift to those who aspire respect for human rights everywhere in the world more precious than a law passed by its Parliament to promote respect for human rights; and
  • Officials in the Communist regime in Vietnam systematically violate human rights by brutally suppressing political dissidents. They should also be subject to the restrictive measures called for in both Bill S-226 and Bill C-267.
We, the undersigned, citizens and permanent residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to pass Bill S-226 and Bill C-267, also known as the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law).
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Magnitsky Case 1PETITION NO.: 421-01389
BY: MR. BEZAN (SELKIRK-INTERLAKE-EASTMAN)
DATE: MAY 29, 2017
PRINT NAME OF SIGNATORY: SIGNED BY THE HONOURABLE CHRYSTIA FREELAND
Response by the Minister of Foreign Affairs SIGNATURE Minister or Parliamentary Secretary
SUBJECT International sanctions
ORIGINAL TEXT
REPLY
Canada has always been a strong advocate for human rights and anti-corruption internationally. Canada has repeatedly and forcefully spoken out against human rights violations around the world, including in Russia, where Canada has called for accountability for those involved in the Magnitsky case.
That is why the government supports Bill S-226, which would authorize the imposition of sanctions specifically for violations of international human rights obligations in a foreign state or for acts of corruption.Magnitsky Case 2
Canada has a wide range of tools to promote and protect human rights, and will continue to consider how to most effectively respond to situations of human rights violations.
Canada actively engages with Vietnam on the protection of human rights at all levels. As an example, the Canadian Embassy in Vietnam is part of the “Group of Four” (Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland), which works closely together in support of human rights and is part of a larger group of like-minded countries working on this issue in Vietnam.
The government is committed to ensuring that Canada plays a leading role with its allies, in responding effectively to international crises, including through an effective and coherent Canadian sanctions program.
Posted by: | Posted on: September 18, 2017

បទបង្ហាញពិសេសដោយសង្ខេប

Op-Ed: Khmer Oversea

បទបង្ហាញពិសេសដោយសង្ខេប

ជាបថម ខ្ញុំព្រះករុណាសូមក្រាបថ្វាយបង្គំព្រះសង្ឃគ្រប់ព្រះអង្គ

សូមគោរពឯកឧត្តមយឹម សុវណ្ណ និងបងប្អូនជនរួមជាតិទាំងអស់ជាគោរពរាប់អាន

Sophanថ្ងៃនេះខ្ញុំបាទសេង សុភ័ណ មានកិត្តិយសដែលបានធ្វើបទបង្ហាញដោយសង្ខេបអំពីកិច្ចខិតខំព្យាយាមរបស់គណកម្មការដើម្បីសិទ្ធិបោះឆ្នោតរបស់ពលរដ្ឋខ្មែរនៅក្រៅប្រទេសនិងព្រឹត្តិការណ៏ថ្មីៗដែលកំពុងកើតឡើងនៅកម្ពុជា។

ខ្ញុំព្រះករុណាខ្ញុំបាទសូមអរគុណឯកឧត្តមយឹម សុវណ្ណដោយផ្ទាល់ ដែលលោកបានចុះហត្ថលេខាក្នុងចំណោមតំណាងរាស្រ្តទាំង៣៣រូបដែលផ្តួចផ្តើមឡើងដោយឯកឧត្តមសុន ឆៃ ក្នុងការដាក់សំណើរពង្រាងច្បាប់ទៅរដ្ឋសភាដើម្បីធ្វើវិសោធនកម្មច្បាប់អោយពលរដ្ឋខ្មែរនៅក្រៅប្រទេសបានមានសិទ្ធិចុះឈ្មោះបោះឆ្នោតនិងបានបោះឆ្នោតដោយងាយស្រួល។ គណកម្មការអចិន្ត្រៃយ៏បានអនុមត្តិសម្រេចហើយ សព្វថ្ងៃកំពុងឋិតក្នុងដៃរបស់គណកម្មការនិតិកម្ម។ បើយោងទៅតាមបទបញ្ជាផ្ទៃក្នុងរបស់រដ្ឋសភា គណកម្មការនីតិកម្មមិនអាចប្រើពេលវេលាយូរពេកទេ ដើម្បីបញ្ជូនទៅសភាពេញអង្គធ្វើការបោះឆ្នោតសម្រេច។ តាមមាត្រា៤០នៃនីតិវិធីបោះឆ្នោតក្នុងការធ្វើវិសោធនកម្មច្បាប់ម្តងៗ ទាមទារអោយមានការបោះឆ្នោតជាសំងាត់ ដើម្បីរក្សាការពារសុចរិតភាពរបស់តំណាងរាស្ត្រម្នាក់ៗ។

សំរាប់ការចាប់ខ្លួនឯកឧត្តមកឹម សុខា ជាតំណាងរាស្ត្រនិងជាប្រធានគណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិ គឺមានលក្ខណៈស្រដៀងគ្នានឹងការគំរាមកំហែងដល់លោកសម-រង្ស៊ី អោយលោកនិរទេសខ្លួនឯងអោយនៅក្រៅប្រទេសក៏ដូចជាលាឈប់ពីប្រធានគណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិ។ គោលបំណងនៃការចាប់នេះគឺជាគំរាមកំហែលដល់ប្រព័ន្ធបោះឆ្នោតនៅកម្ពុជាក្នុងការធានាអោយមានសេរីនិងយុត្តិធម៍។ សូមបញ្ជាក់ថាបើការបោះឆ្នោតធ្វើឡើងគ្រាន់តែបង្គ្រប់កិច្ចអោយជនផ្តាច់ការជាអ្នកឈ្នះទេ នោះមិនអាចហៅថាប្រជាធិបតេយ្យទេ។ ឆ្លើយតបនឹងបញ្ហានេះដឺស៊ីរ៉ក់បានធ្វើលិខិតទៅឯកឧត្តមស៊ិក-ប៊ុនហុក ប្រធានគណកម្មការជាតិរៀបចំការបោះឆ្នោត ដើម្បីចង់ដឹងថាគ.ជ.បគួរផ្អាកការបោះឆ្នោតឬគួរបន្តកិច្ចការរបស់ខ្លួនក្នុងកាលៈទេសៈបច្ចុប្បន្ននេះ ដោយសួរទៅរដ្ឋាភិបាលអំពីសមត្ថភាពក្នុងការរក្សានូវលទ្ធិប្រជាធិបតេយ្យសេរីពហុបក្សនៅកម្ពុជា? គណកម្មការយើងខ្ញុំមិនទាន់ទទួលបានចំឡើយទេមកទល់ពេលនេះ។Sophan Yim Sovann

• ស្របតាមលក្ខណ្ឌបច្ចុប្បន្ននិងហេតុការណ៏រដ្ឋប្រហារនៅឆ្នាំ២០០៧ លោកហ៊ុន-សែន ប្រើអំណាចក្រៅរដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញដើម្បីគំរាមកំហែងនិងកាត់បន្ថយកំឡាំងដៃគូរប្រកួតរបស់គាត់ ហើយធ្វើខ្លួនឯងអោយមានភាពប្រាកដនិយមថាខ្លួននឹងឈ្នះនៅរាល់ការបោះឆ្នោតតែប៉ុណ្ណោះ។
• គណបក្សសង្គ្រោះត្រូវមានភាពប្រាកដនិយមនៅក្នុងខ្លួនជានិច្ច ស្របតាមតំណាងរាស្ត្រទាំង៥៥កៅអីដែលខ្លួនមានបច្ចុប្បន្នអាចបន្តការងាររបស់ខ្លួនយ៉ាងណាដើម្បីធានាថាជនមានអំណាចមិនអាចប្រើអំណាចក្រៅរដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញរបស់ខ្លួនបាន។ បញ្ហានេះ ខ្ញុំបានសរសេរនិងធ្វើបទវិភាគច្រើនណាស់តាមរយៈ www.sophanseng.info ចាប់តាំងពីការចូលសភានៅឆ្នាំ២០១៤មកម្លេះ។
• ក្នុងចំណោមអ្នកនយោបាយខ្មែរគ្រប់គណបក្សនយោបាយទាំងអស់ ជាពិសេសបក្សដឹកនាំរដ្ឋាភិបាល គឺមានតែប្រហែលមិនដល់១០ភាគរយផងដែលរមែងប្រើអំណាចក្រៅរដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញដើម្បីសំរេចបំណងនិងមហិច្ឆិតារបស់ខ្លួន សុទិដ្ឋិនិយមគឺថាតើចំនួនជាង៩០ភាគរយទៀតគួរធ្វើកិច្ចការអ្វីខ្លះដើម្បីអោយអ្នកទាំងអស់គ្នាមានសុខដុមរមនាក្រោមឆ័ត្ររដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញតែមួយទាំងអស់គ្នា?
• ជាការត្រេកអរដែលគណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិមានគោលជំហរនឹងមិនលៈបង់ការតស៊ូរបស់ខ្លួន បន្តការងារទៅមុខទៀតឈានទៅរកការបោះឆ្នោតដើម្បីការផ្លាស់ប្តូរនៅឆ្នាំ២០១៨។ រដ្ឋមន្ត្រីក្រសួងយុត្តិធម៏ រដ្ឋមន្ត្រីក្រសួងពត៍មាន ឬក៏ប្រធាននាយកដ្ឋានពន្ធដាររឿងកាសែតខាំបូឌៀដែលលី ឬក៏អ្នកដែលរមែងប្រើពាក្យថាបដិវត្តព៍ណដោយខ្វះទំនួលខុសត្រូវជាដើម គួរត្រូវហៅមកសាកសួរនៅរដ្ឋសភាស្របតាមរដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញដើម្បីបញ្ជាក់ពីគោលជំហរនិងការបំពេញតួនាទីរបស់ខ្លួនអោយបានត្រឹមត្រូវតាមច្បាប់។ល។និង។ល។
• ថ្ងៃ២៣ ខែតុលា ខាងមុខ យើងខ្ញុំនឹងជ្រើសយកទីនេះម្តងទៀតដើម្បីរំលឹកខួប១៧ឆ្នាំនៃកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងសន្តិភាពទីក្រុងប៉ារីស។ យើងខ្ញុំសូមអំពាវនាវដល់បងប្អូនទាំងអស់ចូលរួមអោយបានច្រើនកុះករដើម្បីចូលរួមជាមួយបងប្អូនខ្មែរយើងជុំវិញពិភពលោក រំលឹកនិងជំរុញអោយមានការបដិបត្តិតាមកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងដែលមានជាធរមាននេះអោយមានផ្លែផ្កាជាវិជ្ជមានសំរាប់នាវាកម្ពុជា។

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