Hun Sen Dares Critics, Within and Without, to Challenge Him

The message, once again, was clear: If you want to fight me, let’s fight.

The silence from the military has spoken for itself, at least for now.

Still the premier’s hubristic style in the face of challenge only masks the unenviable position that has necessitated it. The two most lucrative markets for Cambodia’s limited exports remain under threat unless he quickly changes tack — or if E.U. and U.S. officials back down from their threats in the face of his daring recalcitrance.

Others in his party, on the other hand, may only be biding their time and waiting to see if he does anything to undermine his patient plans for a succession.

There is also a tension in his willingness to risk economic ruin amid diminishing exports at the same time he seeks to place his son at the head of a party long promoted as the home for the country’s businesspeople and those who do not “rock the boat.”

Op-Ed: VOD in English on Hun Sen Dares Critics, Within and Without, to Challenge Him

Prime Minister Hun Sen attended the 20-year anniversary of RCAF on January 24, 2019. (Photo/Courtesy of Facebook PM)

NEWS ANALYSIS

In his gravest moments of weakness, Prime Minister Hun Sen has never shied from daring his challengers to a fight.

From asking rival military forces to return in 1991 to ensuring ruling party rival Chea Sim visited Bangkok in 2004 for “medical care,” Hun Sen has made an art out of cloaking creeping fragility within a haze of dramatic displays of defiant cockiness.

The strategy has repeatedly paid dividends, with the prime minister most notably turning the July 1997 “coup d’etat” into the July 1998 “Miracle on the Mekong” election — as well as mounting protests against his rule in 2013 by the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) into 2014’s “culture of dialogue.”

It is an aggression that gets results. Feeling his weight forced onto his back foot, Hun Sen’s response has been the same: If you want to fight me, let’s fight.

So too again now that the European Union and U.S. threaten to revoke Cambodia’s tariff-free access to their large markets — which buy two-thirds of the country’s exports through the “Everything But Arms” (EBA) and Generalized Systems of Privileges (GSP) schemes — if he does not reverse a descent into despotism.

As head of a regime that has long buttressed its legitimacy in economic development, a less experienced leader might be compelled to offer a brief display of contrition and flexibility when faced with the serious threat of economic damage.

For one, the recent fact-finding trip of the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights, Rhona Smith, to Cambodia for almost two weeks this month may have been seized as an opportunity to display a move back toward democracy.

Not so for Hun Sen, now in his 35th year of power.

On the contrary, in a move seemingly scheduled to coincide with the arrival of a U.N. official, whose opinions will undoubtedly influence decisions made by the E.U. and U.S. over the rest of the year, Hun Sen’s government dug in its heels.

Hence while Smith was winding up her trip to Phnom Penh on May 8 and 9, on the other side of Cambodia the Battambang Provincial Court was busily compelling more than 20 former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) figures to court on claims they were illegally cavorting over cold noodles.

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សមាជិកព្រឹទ្ធសភាអាមេរិក ស្នើច្បាប់ជំរុញការអនុវត្តកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងសន្តិភាពទីក្រុងប៉ារីស

សមាជិកព្រឹទ្ធសភាអាមេរិក ស្នើច្បាប់ជំរុញការអនុវត្តកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងសន្តិភាពទីក្រុងប៉ារីស

Op-Ed: RFA

លោក មួង ណារ៉េត
2019-05-21

រូបពីឆ្វេងទៅស្តាំ៖ សមាជិកព្រឹទ្ធសភាអាមេរិកលោក លិនស៊ី ហ្ក្រាហែម (Linsey Graham) លោក ឌិក ឌើប៊ិន (Dick Durbin) និង លោក ម៉ាកូ រូប៊ីអូ (Marco Rubio)

រូបពីឆ្វេងទៅស្តាំ៖ សមាជិកព្រឹទ្ធសភាអាមេរិកលោក លិនស៊ី ហ្ក្រាហែម (Linsey Graham) លោក ឌិក ឌើប៊ិន (Dick Durbin) និង លោក ម៉ាកូ រូប៊ីអូ (Marco Rubio)គេហទំព័ររបស់ព្រឹទ្ធសភាអាមេរិក

សមាជិកព្រឹទ្ធសភាអាមេរិកបីរូប រួមគ្នាស្នើច្បាប់ថ្មីមួយ ដើម្បីគាំទ្រការអនុវត្តកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងសន្តិភាពទីក្រុងប៉ារីស ឲ្យបានពេញលេញ។ សេចក្តីស្នើច្បាប់នេះ ត្រូវដាក់ស្នើ កាលពីថ្ងៃទី ១៤ ខែ ឧសភា តែទើបតែត្រូវបានលេចចេញជាសាធារណ: នៅថ្ងៃនេះ។

សមាជិកព្រឹទ្ធសភាទាំងបីរូបនោះ មួយរូបមកពីខាងគណបក្សសាធារណរដ្ឋលោក លិនស៊ី ហ្ក្រាហែម (Linsey Graham) ជាអ្នកផ្តួចផ្តើមស្នើច្បាប់នេះ និង គាំទ្រដោយសមាជិកព្រឹទ្ធសភាអាមេរិកពីររូបទៀត គឺលោក ឌិក ឌើប៊ិន (Dick Durbin) ខាងគណបក្សប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ និង លោក ម៉ាកូ រូប៊ីអូ (Marco Rubio) ខាងគណបក្សសាធារណរដ្ឋ។

ច្បាប់ថ្មីនេះ មានឈ្មោះថា S.1468 ដែលទាមទារឲ្យរបបលោក ហ៊ុន សែន ចាត់វិធានការ ឲ្យមានប្រសិទ្ធភាព ដើម្បីការពារសន្តិសុខក្នុងតំបន់ ការពារអធិបតេយ្យភាពរបស់កម្ពុជា កុំឲ្យលុះតាមឥទ្ធិពលរបស់ចិនកុម្មុយនីស្ត និងធ្វើយ៉ាងណាឲ្យកម្ពុជា គោរពសិទ្ធិរបស់ពលរដ្ឋខ្មែរ និងការទទួលខុសត្រូវ ដូចដែលមានចែងក្នុងរដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញកម្ពុជា។

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Cambodia’s Geopolitics at High Risk

Cambodia vs. Venezuala

Again, Cambodia is risking itself by the power-thirst leader to plunge this country into another chapter of chaos and uncertainty. After the jailing opposition leader Kem Sokha in September 2017, the dissolving largest political party Cambodia National Rescue Party in November 2017, and banned the 118 opposition politicians from politics; the government paved way for its own party to the election to sweep all 125 parliamentary seats. The election was a sham and no democratic countries has recognized this poll.

The situation today of Cambodia is not different from Venezuela’s. While dictator Nicolas Maduro banned opposition party from taking part in the election, Cambodian government through its extending hand ie. the supreme court dissolved the opposition party CNRP from the political space disrespectful to the nearly half of country’s population who have voted for this party.

Siding with China solely is not only violating Cambodia’s Constitution but poking America’s eyes

Cambodia’s slide toward autocracy, which culminated in the Cambodian People’s Party’s retention of power and complete dominance of the national legislature, opens the way for a constitutional amendment that could lead to a Chinese military presence in the country.

ការរអិលចូលទៅក្នុងរបបផ្តាច់ការរបស់កម្ពុជា ដែលរុញដល់កំពូលក្នុងការកាន់កាប់អំណាចរបស់គណបក្សប្រជាកម្ពុជានិងការគ្រប់គ្រងទាំងស្រុងនៃរដ្ឋសភាជាតិ បើកផ្លូវសម្រាប់ការធ្វើវិសោធនកម្មច្បាប់រដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញដែលអាចនាំទៅរកវត្តមានយោធាចិនក្នុងប្រទេស។

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The Human Rights Committee in Cambodia is the Protector of the Government not the People’s Rights

Keo Remy, the chair of Cambodia Human Rights Committee read his statement with a high praise and proud privileges for the government in which undermines itself from key objectives, code of conduct and professionalism. This is the anatomy of single-party state governance including the ACU, the Assembly, the Judiciary, and the Arm-force etc.

Cambodia Review – 32nd Session of Universal Periodic Review, 30 Jan 2019 –  UPR of Cambodia

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RESPONSE TO PETITION By Government Of Canada

Op-Ed: The CEROC

Credit: Facebook

PETITION RESPONSE

Prepare in English and French marking ‘Original Text’ or ‘Translation’

PETITION NO.: 421-03054

BY: MR. MCKINNON (COQUITLAM-PORT COQUITLAM)

DATE: DECEMBER 7, 2018

PRINT NAME OF SIGNATORY: SIGNED BY THE HONOURABLE CHRYSTIA FREELAND

Response by the Minister of Foreign Affairs

SIGNATURE Minister or Parliamentary Secretary

SUBJECT: CAMBODIA

ORIGINAL TEXT

REPLY

ឆ្លើយតបនឹងញត្តិ

រៀបចំឯកសារជាភាសាអង់គ្លេសនិងបារាំងកំណត់សញ្ញាជា ឯកសារដើម ឬ បកប្រែ

ញត្តិលេខ៖ ៤២១-០៣០៥៤

ដោយ៖ លោកម៉ិកគិនណុន មណ្ឌលខោកគ្វីតឡាំ-ផតខោកគ្វីតឡាំ

ថ្ងៃខែឆ្នាំ៖ ៧ ធ្នូរ ២០១៨

ឈ្មោះជាអក្សរធំនៃហត្ថលេខា៖ ចុះហត្ថលេខាដោយអ្នកស្រីគ្រីស្ទា ហ្វ្រីឡែន

ឆ្លើយតបដោយរដ្ឋមន្ត្រីក្រសួងការបរទេស

ចុះហត្ថលេខា៖ រដ្ឋមន្ត្រីឬលេខាធិការរដ្ឋសភា

ប្រធានរឿង៖ ប្រទេសកម្ពុជា

ឯកសារដើម

ការឆ្លើយតប៖

The promotion and protection of human rights, democracy and the rule of law have been integral parts of Canada’s bilateral relations with Cambodia.

Canada is deeply concerned by the anti-democratic actions taken by the Government of Cambodia. The November 2017 dissolution of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) by the Supreme Court and the arrest of its leader are deliberate attempts to limit alternate political views, and the targeting of media and NGOs are signs of the government’s growing disregard for the democratic process.

In response to these troubling developments, Global Affairs Canada released a statement on July 29, 2018, the day of the general elections, calling for the release of CNRP leader Kem Sokha. Canada expressed its deep concerns about these undemocratic elections, noting that the election campaign was widely recognized to have been marred by voter intimidation and manipulation of the polls.

On September 9, 2018, Kem Sokha was released on bail from prison after a year of detention, under conditions tantamount to house arrest with highly restricted communications privileges. Page 2 of 2 Following the latter development, the Government of Canada issued a tweet on September 10, 2018, acknowledging Mr. Kem Sokha’s release from prison but calling for the baseless and arbitrary charges against him to be dropped. The Government of Canada further urged the Government of Cambodia to reinstate the CNRP and to hold free and fair elections.

Canada will continue to raise these issues with Cambodia at all levels, and advocate for the acquittal of Kem Sokha, and for the ban on 118 senior members of the CNRP to be lifted.

Our government remains committed to promoting international justice and respect for human rights, and to combatting corruption, including in Cambodia.

Online Petition with the Signed Response

ការលើកកំពស់និងការការពារនូវសិទ្ធិមនុស្ស លទ្ធិប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ និងនីតិរដ្ឋគឺជាផ្នែកសមាហរណកម្មសំខាន់ក្នុងទំនាក់ទំនងទ្វេរភាគីរវាងកាណាដានិងកម្ពុជា។

កាណាដាមានក្តីកង្វល់យ៉ាងខ្លាំងនូវទង្វើប្រឆាំងលទ្ធិប្រជាធិបតេយ្យដែលប្រព្រឹត្តឡើងដោយរដ្ឋាភិបាលកម្ពុជា។ ការរំលាយគណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិកាលពីខែវិច្ឆិការ ឆ្នាំ២០១៧ ដោយតុលាការកំពូលនិងការចាប់មេដឹកនាំរបស់ពួកគេ គឺជាការប៉ុនប៉ងបែបគិតទុកជាមុនក្នុងការកំហិតទស្សនៈនយោបាយផ្ទុយគ្នា ការយកសារព៍តមាននិងអង្គការមិនមែនរដ្ឋាភិបាលជាមុខព្រួញគឺជាសញ្ញាបញ្ជាក់ថារដ្ឋាភិបាលមិនទទួលស្គាល់កាន់តែខ្លាំងឡើងនូវនីតិវិធីដំណើរការលទ្ធិប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ។

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