Summary of the Interview in English
Originally posted at: http://luonsovath.blogspot.com/2011/09/blog-post_27.html
Interviewer: Venerable, what are your purposes in coming to Australia?
Ven. Luon Sovath: My purposes to come to Australia this time is to participate with Khmer Buddhists in Australia during this auspicious Bon Pchum Ben during this Rain Retreat Season as in Cambodia I am expelled from the pagoda by the Supreme Patriarchs and the Chief Monk of Siem Reap because of my activity in engaging with the evicted communities and the victims of land grabbing. Other purpose is to bring petition for the greater support of everyone in requesting the supreme patriarch as well as the chief monk of Siem Reap province to withdraw their orders.
Interviewer: Now, Venerable is arriving Australia, do you plan to travel to other cities as well or just stay in Melbourne?
Ven. Luon Sovath: Yes, I will travel in accordance with the invitation and friendly relationship of the Buddhist friends here.
Interviewer: so Venerable plans to stay in Australia only one month?
Ven.Luon Sovath: Yes
Interviewer: Recently, Venerable has faced many problems because of your engagement with the social activities, could Venerable discuss those issues in details for the audience here?
Ven. Luan Sovath: Truly, it is because my engagement and outreaching to the communities of land grab victims and forced eviction. In reality, it is not my problem, it is the government problem whose people have been suffered. Look at the Australian government, the suffering of the people has been justly dealt. In Cambodia, the suffering of the people have been deeply embedded by the lawless activities, physical violence and bullet shooting.
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ថ្ងៃអង្គារ, 13 ខែកញ្ញា 2011
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លោក ព្រែត អាដាមស៍ (Brad Adams) នាយកអង្គការឃ្លាំមើលសិទ្ធិមនុស្ស (Human Rights Watch) ប្រចាំអាស៊ី នៅក្នុងសន្និសីទព័ត៌មានមួយកាលពីឆ្នាំ២០០៦។ អង្គការឃ្លាំមើលសិទ្ធិមនុស្សនេះថា ខ្លួននឹងផ្តល់ពានរង្វាន់ដល់ពលរដ្ឋកម្ពុជាពីររូប ដោយសារពួកគេមានសេចក្ដីក្លាហានក្នុងការបង្ហាញទស្សនៈរបស់ខ្លួនសម្រាប់បម្រើឲ្យសិទ្ធិមនុស្ស។
«រង្វាន់នេះ ជាការលើកទឹកចិត្តធំធេងបំផុតសម្រាប់ខ្ញុំ សម្រាប់ការរួមចំណែកក្នុងការតស៊ូបញ្ចេញមតិនៅលើទំព័រសារព័ត៌មាន របស់ខ្ញុំ»។
ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋកម្ពុជាពីររូបនឹងទទួលពានរង្វាន់សម្រាប់ការតស៊ូដើម្បីបុព្វហេតុសិទ្ធិមនុស្សនៅកម្ពុជានៅថ្ងៃពុធស្អែកនេះនៅទីក្រុងបាងកក ប្រទេសថៃ។ នេះជាពានរង្វាន់ ហេល្លមែន ហាមេ្មត្ត (Hellman Hammett) ដែលនឹងត្រូវប្រគល់ដោយអង្គការឃ្លាំមើលសិទ្ធិមនុស្ស (Human Rights Watch) ដែលមានមូលដ្ឋាននៅក្រុងញូវយ៉ក សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក។
លោក ហង្ស ចក្រា និពន្ធនាយកកាសែតខ្មែរម្ចាស់ស្រុក ដែលត្រូវបានផ្ដន្ទាទោសឲ្យជាប់ពន្ធនាគារដោយសារការផ្សាយពាក់ព័ន្ធនឹងការចោទប្រកាន់អំពីអំពើពុករលួយក្នុងរដ្ឋាភិបាល និងព្រះតេជគុណ លួន សាវ៉ាត ត្រូវបណ្ដេញចេញពី វត្តលង្កា ក្រុងភ្នំពេញ ដោយសារតែព្រះតេជគុណបាននិមន្ដចូលរួមគាំទ្រការធ្វើបាតុកម្មតវ៉ារបស់អ្នកភូមិបឹងកក់ប្រឆាំងនឹងការបំពានយកដីធ្លី។ បុគ្គលទាំងពីររូបគឺជាជ័យលាភីពានរង្វាន់នេះ។
លោក ហ្វ៊ីល រ៉ប៊តសិន (Phil Robertson) នាយករងនៃអង្គការឃ្លាំមើលសិទ្ធិមនុស្សប្រចាំតំបន់អាស៊ី បានប្រាប់ វីអូអេខ្មែរតាមទូរស័ព្ទថា ពលរដ្ឋកម្ពុជាទាំងពីររូបមានសេចក្ដីក្លាហានក្នុងការបង្ហាញទស្សនៈរបស់ ខ្លួនសម្រាប់បម្រើឲ្យសិទ្ធិមនុស្ស។
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Phnom Penh Post Monday, 12 September 2011 15:02 May Titthara
Photo by: Heng Chivoan
Venerable Luon Sovath speaks to reporters at Ounalom pagoda in Phnom Penh before removing his personal belongings from his room. The activist monk has been banned from pagodas.
A group of residents facing eviction from the Boeung Kak area yesterday turned out to support the monk who has shaken Cambodia’s Buddhist hierarchy by his peaceful advocacy on their behalf.
About 20 residents of the area helped Venerable Loun Sovath remove his personal belongings from Ounalom pagoda yesterday morning, following an order from Supreme Patriarch Non Nget that he do so.
The latest order followed one in April that banned the 32-year-old rural monk from all pagodas in the capital.
Boeung Kak representative Kong Chantha, 44, said it was an injustice that Loun Savath had been banned.
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Language and National Identity in Asia: Cambodia (by Steve Heder) – Democratic Kampuchea
Language and National Identity in Asia
Edited by Andrew Simpson
Oxford University Press, 2007
Chapter 13: CAMBODIA
by Dr. Steve Heder
13.6 Democratic Kampuchea, 1975-1978
Although Pol Pot and several of his senior ministers were French-educated Sino-Khmer, an important linguistic aspect of the DK regime was that it was more ethno-linguistically Khmer than any previous twentieth-century polity. The overwhelming majority of CPK local cadres and much of the top leadership spoke only Khmer, and insistently so, demanding that everyone talk in the political dialect originally devised by Tou Samut. For the first time in Cambodian history the speaking of foreign languages was also considered a dangerous political flaw and could result in the speakers’ execution. However, while pursuing violent linguistic Khmerization, DK was also the also the first regime since colonialism not to formally extol Khmer-ism, proclaiming instead that all its people were Kampucheans, the aim being transformation of the entire population into proletarianized, atheistic worker-peasants with no ethnic differences (Heder 2005).
Notoriously, DK’s spectacular acceleration of previous trends toward linguistic Khmerization was connected to a nationalist political project involving massive murder, including genocide and other crimes against humanity. This project was driven by Pol Pot’s ambition to restore Cambodian glory and its ‘national soul’ (Pol 1976: 13-14) by building a cosmically perfect example of universal communism, combining the most radical aspects of the Soviet, Chinese, and Vietnamese revolutions in order to surpass all of them by a ‘Phenomenally Great Leap Forward’ in economic development. Everyone became an Other of this imagined perfect Marxist Kampuchea: US imperialism, French colonialism, Soviet revisionism, Vietnamese expansionism, and Chinese Communist interference internationally, national minorities and the recalcitrant Khmer majority itself domestically. Estimates suggest that during the less than four years of Communist rule, between one and three million Cambodians out of a population of 7-7.5 million died by execution and from famines and illnesses resulting from conditions created by the regime. One estimate suggests the dead included one in seven of the country’s rural Khmer, a quarter of urban Khmer, half of ethnic Chinese, more than a third of Islamic Cham, and 15 per cent of upland minorities, while Vietnamese who had evaded the CPK’s not-to-be-refused offer of deportation after April 1975 were almost totally wiped out in an overtly genocidal campaign of targeted killings that began in 1977.
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