The Tortuous Path to Justice in Cambodia

By MARK MCDONALD

| March 27, 2012, 2:10 AM

 HONG KONG — To watch the court proceedings, to hear the lawyers’ objections, to sit through the delays and the quibbles and the endless parsing of words, it’s enough to make a good number of Cambodians want to simply unshackle the prisoners and set them free. Game over.

But these prisoners — they’re just three arrogant old men now — had once been the most senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge, the ruthless Communist regime that killed 1.7 million Cambodians. The court’s raison d’etre now seems to spin less and less around the horrors the men perpetrated and how much prison time they should serve; more to the point is how they are being judged by the United Nations-backed war crimes tribunal in Phnom Penh.

Nuon Chea, left, Ieng Sary, center, and Khieu Samphan. Mark Peters/Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, via Associated PressNuon Chea, left, Ieng Sary, center, and Khieu Samphan.

There has been an explosion of frustration over the tribunal in recent days, ever since another international investigating judge tendered his resignation. Laurent Kaspar-Ansermet of Switzerland said the court is now “dysfunctional,” riven with petty intrigues and a carrying a political taint that keeps it from investigating well-documented crimes of well-known Khmer Rouge alumni who are living openly and freely in Cambodia.

Mr. Kaspar-Ansemet complained, for example, that a Cambodian fellow judge, You Bunleng, had questioned his authority and had blocked his access to cars and drivers. He said he would not let him use the court’s official seal to stamp legal documents. His resignation statement is here,although he was still at work on Tuesday.

Despite tens of millions of dollars in international funding — Australia kicked in an additional $1.7 million on Monday — the tribunal has convicted only one person so far, the former prison warden known as Duch. His prison sentence was recently extended to a life term, even as he testifies in alarming detail against his three former superiors — Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary and Khieu Samphan. Video of his courtroom testimony, with good English translations, can be watched here.

Nate Thayer, a journalist and author with deep knowledge of Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge, also has a deep disdain for the tribunal, which he told me Tuesday was “an insidious, dangerous mockery of the rule of law that sets an unacceptable new model for legitimizing a 21st-century version of a Stalinist show trial.’’

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Wrapping up of the Seminar on the Reconfiguration of the Khmer Soul

Op-Ed: Cambodia Buddhism

Listen the voice reported by The Khmer Post

Listen full version of the Seminar:

What is Khmer Soul? Could we call Khmer Soul as Khmer Conscience or Khmer Mentality?

Why we need to reconfigure the Khmer Soul? Khmer Soul has been damaging, changing or developing?

The seminar on 17 March 2012 is part of the questions asking above which need answer and extensive researches on it.

Please, spend some time to take a look at the photos taken from the scene of the Seminar and listen to the audio originally recorded at the Seminar.

Your engagement and participation is invaluable!

Seminar on “Reconfiguration of Khmer Soul” on Marc 17, 2012

Original post at: World Khmer Supporters of Buddhism

You are cordially invited to this very important seminar on “Configuration of Khmer Soul”. The main purpose here is not about recollecting of typical Khmer soul rituals as believed and practiced by Khmer people, the seminar aims to elaborate on the Khmer Soul of Race/Nationality, Khmer Soul of Culture/Tradition/Costume/Buddhism, Khmer Soul of Social Affair, Khmer Soul of Economic, and Khmer Soul of Politic.

There is a part of your engagement by multi-choice questionnaires and input space of your thoughts and suggestions.

Don’t miss it, if you can not physically attend this Seminar, you can log into paltalk and enter into room named “CanCambodia”.

Thank you very much,

Sample of Seminar Paper On “Reconfiguration of Khmer Soul” on March 12, 2012: Introduction and Questionnaires

 

Does education sector in Cambodia pollute by the politics?

[Unofficial translation]
School of Law and Economic Science
Research Department

Announcement

The research department is informing 4th year students in the School of Law and Economic Science for school year 2011-2012 who must write their thesis that the following topics are not allowed:
1.Drug problem in society
2.The organization and the working of the Cambodian Red Cross
3.The goal and the legal resolution of land dispute resolutions in Cambodia
4.The resolution of land disputes by the authority in Cambodia
5.The advantages of the stock market in Cambodia
6.Prevention and resolution of work dispute in Cambodia
7.Commercial and work dispute arbitrations in Cambodia
8.The regularization of the stock market
9.The publication of public stocks
10.The evolution of the publication on the public sale of stocks by public companies in Cambodia
11.Publicly traded companies
12.First time printing and sale of publicly-owned stocks
13.Registration of commercial companies
14.Publication of information that could influence stocks.
Done in Phnom Penh on 02 February 2012
By the director of the research department

(Signed) Kong Saphon

សេចក្តី​ប្រកាស​ហាម​ឃាត់​យក​ប្រធាន​បទ​មួយចំនួន​ធ្វើជា​ប្រធាន​បទ​នៃ​ការ​សរសេរ​និក្ខេប​បទ បង្ក​ឲ្យ​មាន​មតិ​ភ័ន្ត​ច្រឡំ

ដាក់បញ្ចូលថ្ងៃ 5 March 2012, 17:51 AEST

កាល​ពី​ពេល​ថ្មីៗ​នេះ មាន​មតិ​ដោយ​ឡែក​ផ្សេងៗ​ពី​គ្នា​ពី​មជ្ឈ​ដ្ឋាន​និស្សិត​​បញ្ញ​វន្ត​ខ្មែរ​ជា​ច្រើន​ទាំង​ក្នុង​ស្រុក និង​ក្រៅ​ប្រទេស​ពាក់​ព័ន្ធ​នឹង​សេច​ក្តី​ប្រកាស​ចេញ​ដោយ​សកល​វិទ្យា​ល័យ​ភូមិន្ទ​នីតិ​សាស្ត្រ​ និង​វិទ្យា​សាស្ត្រ​សេដ្ឋ​កិច្ច​ដែល​ហាម​ប្រាម​ចំពោះ​និស្សិត​ឆ្នាំ​ទី​៤ ក្នុង​ឆ្នាំ​សិក្សា ២០១១ – ២០១២ មិន​ឲ្យ​យក​​ប្រធាន​បទ​មួយ​ចំនួន​មក​ធ្វើ​ជា​ប្រធាន​បទ​សារណា​បញ្ចប់​ការ​សិក្សា​ឡើយ។ ការ​ហាម​ប្រាម​ទៅ​លើ​ប្រធាន​បទ ដែល​ភាគ​ច្រើន​ជា​ប្រធាន​បទ​កំពុង​រសើប​ផ្នែក​នយោបាយ​នេះ ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​បញ្ញ​វន្ត​មួយ​ចំនួន​យល់​ថា ជា​ការ​បិទ​សិទ្ធិ​សេរី​ភាព​នៃ​ការ​ស្រាវ​ជ្រាវ ហើយ​ក៏​ជា​សារ​មួយ​ដល់​អ្នក​វិភាគ​សង្គម​ឲ្យ​ជៀស​វាង​លើក​យក​បញ្ហា​ទាំង​នេះ​មក​ធ្វើ​ការ​វិភាគ​ផង​ដែរ។

ដោយ​ឡែក​លោក ច្រឹង ហៃ ដែល​ជា​ប្រធាន​ការិយា​ល័យ​ស្រាវ​ជ្រាវ​របស់​សកល​វិទ្យា​ល័យ​ភូមិន្ទ​នីតិ​សាស្ត្រ និង​វិទ្យា​សាស្ត្រ​សេដ្ឋ​កិច្ច​បាន​បដិ​សេធ​ចំពោះ​ការ​យល់​ឃើញ​ទាំង​នោះ ដោយ​លើក​ហេតុ​ផល​ថា ប្រធាន​បទ​ដែល​សកល​វិទ្យា​ល័យ​ហាម​យក​មក​ធ្វើ​សារណា​នេះ​គឺ​ដើម្បី​ជៀស​វាង​ការ​សរសេរ​ប្រធាន​បទ​ដដែលៗ ហើយ​និស្សិត​ក៏​មិន​អាច​លួច​ចំលង​សារ​ណា​មុនៗ​បាន​ថែម​ទៀត។

(សំឡេង​លោក ច្រឹង ហៃ)

លោក ប៉ា ច័ន្ទ​រឿន ជា​និស្សិត​ខ្មែរ​នៅ​អូស្ត្រាលី និង​ជា​នាយក​មជ្ឈ​មណ្ឌល​ទស្សនៈ​វិជ្ជា​អនុវត្ត និង​សីលធម៌​កម្ពុជា​មាន​ការ​ភ្ញាក់​ផ្អើល​នៅ​ពេល​ដែល​ឃើញ​នូវ​សេច​ក្តី​ប្រកាស​លើក​ដំបូង ហើយ​លោក​យល់​ថា​ការ​ហាម​ឃាត់​លើ​ការ​សរសេរ​ប្រធាន​បទ​ដដែល​នេះ​ជា​ការ​រឹត​ត្បិត​សិទ្ធ​សេរីភាព​របស់​និស្សិត ព្រោះ​ថា​ប្រធាន​បទ​ដដែល ប៉ុន្តែ​វិធី​សាស្ត្រ​នៃ​ការ​ស្រាវ​ជ្រាវ​ខុស​គ្នា អាច​មាន​លទ្ធ​ផល​ផ្សេង​គ្នា។

(សំឡេង​លោក ប៉ា ច័ន្ទ​រឿន)

ចំណែក​លោក ម៉ែន និមិត្ត ជានិស្សិត​ថ្នាក់​បណ្ឌិត​កំពុង​សិក្សា​នៅ​ប្រទេស​អូស្ត្រាលី​បាន​សំណូម​ពរ​ឲ្យ​មជ្ឈ​ដ្ឋាន​ពាក់​ព័ន្ធ​ទាំង​អស់ ឲ្យ​មាន​ការ​ប្រុង​ប្រយ័ត្ន​ក្នុង​ការ​ចេញ​នូវ​សេច​ក្តី​ប្រកាស​ផ្សេងៗ ឲ្យ​ផ្តល់​ព័ត៌​មាន​ច្បាស់​លាស់ ដើម្បី​ជៀស​វាង​ការ​ភ័ន្ត​ច្រឡំ​ផ្សេងៗ៕

(សំឡេង​លោក ម៉ែន និ​មិត្ត)

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