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Monday, February 14, 2005

List of 98 MPs

The rubber stamp NA voted to strip 3 SRP MPs of immunity so that the court can ask them questions and prosecute them. MP Cheam Channy is already in the military prison. If Sam Rainsy and Chea Poch return to Cambodia, they'll surely be escorted to jail awaiting their sentences. As we all know there's no independent judiciary in Cambodia. The following MPs voted with their own conscience (?) and before history to set a precedent:

Number of votes to strip MP Chea Poch: 98/104

MP Sam Rainsy & MP Cheam Channy: 97/104

Samdech Euv, the King-Father, made a 5-point proposal to make peace. SR accepted the proposal. The Strongman and SKP rejected the proposal (see Dead on Arrival).

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Saturday, February 12, 2005

World Report 2005

Authorities continue to ban or disperse most public demonstrations. Politicians and journalists critical of the government face violence and intimidation and are barred from equal access to the broadcast media. In addition, the judiciary remains weak and subject to political influence. Trafficking of women and children for sexual exploitation through networks protected or backed by police or government officials is rampant. The government continues to turn a blind eye to fraudulent confiscation of farmers’ land, illegal logging, and widespread plundering of natural resources.

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Hope rises from squalor

PHNOM PENH - A foul, muddy track - with garbage piled up high on either side - is the only access to the Phnom Penh Thmei squatter community, built on a swamp on the fringe of the Cambodian capital.

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The Quiet King

The first difference one notices on entering the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh for an audience with King Norodom Sihamoni, the shy diplomat who is the new monarch of Cambodia, is the absence of granite-faced North Korean bodyguards who for years protected his recently retired father, Norodom Sihanouk.

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New Books

Title: Reconciliation in Cambodia (274 pages)

Author: Suzannah Linton

Publisher: Documentation Series No. 5, Documentation Center of Cambodia,
P.O. Box 1110, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: (855) 23 211 875, Fax: (855) 23 210 358


Title: Stilled Lives - Photographs from the Cambodian Genocide (127 pages)

Authors: Wynne Cougill, with Pivoine Pang, Chhayan Ra, and Sopheak Sim

Publisher: Documentation Series No. 6, Documentation Center of Cambodia,
P.O. Box 1110, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: (855) 23 211 875, Fax: (855) 23 210 358

Friday, February 11, 2005

Rich and Poor

The gap between the rich and the poor is very big.

World Bank Group President James D. Wolfensohn wraps up his visit to Cambodia by
urging Cambodia to seize the opportunity to "move urgently forward on the reform agenda it has adopted."

The problem in Cambodia is the corruption and poverty. Money coming from the World Bank went in the pockets of all these corrupt officials.

Enough is enough!

Dead on Arrival?

People want HM the King and Samdech Euv weight in the affair of the lifting of immunity of the 3 SRP MPs. So Samdech Euv proposed the following 5 points to bring about an amicable solution:

  1. Ranariddh and Hun Sen, as "good Buddhists and wise statesmen"
    should declare that they grant their "pardon to those who have hurt
  2. The parliamentary immunity of Sam Rainsy, Cheam Channy and Chea
    Poch should be immediately reinstated.
  3. All lawsuits filed by political leaders against each other should
    be dropped.
  4. King Norodom Sihamoni, who is also the Supreme Commander of the
    Armed Forces, will officially grant his pardon to Cheam Channy, who
    should be released [from jail] and become again a full-fledged
    member of the National Assembly.
  5. This National Reconciliation scheme is to be implemented with the
    understanding that the SRP will remain an opposition party within
    our Parliament.

The original proposal in French can be found at

The ball is now in the Strongman's court. What is he going to do?

Does this proposal is good compromise? If we want to see the country prosper, it's time for these lordships to take care of the country instead of wasting time with personal vendettas.

To show the Khmer people that they're clean, they must declare their assets now. Is it too much to ask for public figures?

Que Sera Sera.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Autocratic Government

UN Special Representative Leuprecht calls on the "National Assembly to immediately restore immunity to all three members. The lifting of the immunity and the arrest of [Cheam Channy]come as the latest of several actions in recent months which casts doubts on the commitment of the two parties in Cambodia's coalition government, the Cambodian's People Party and FUNCINPEC, to a genuine pluralistic democratic system. These developments raise concern about an increasingly autocratic form of government, and the future of democracy in Cambodia."

The British Embassy also expressed concern over the lifting of immmunity of the three SRP MPs.

So it seems that the Strongman and SKP are willing to isolate Cambodia from the rest of the world. They don't care any more about democracy. What do they have to gain? Suppress the opposition so that they can rule absolutely? We can dismiss SKP. He's just a puppet now. He's helping himself so that the Strongman can help him.

MP Cheam Channy is still in the military prison. He is denied any visitation from his fellow MPs. He is treated like a criminal by a military judge who has not talked to him yet. What kind of justice is that?

These people have guns to remain in power. They make a mockery out of the rights of the people.

Wake up Khmer people!

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School in Memory of Om Radsady

Invitation to Official Opening of School Built in Memory of Om Radsady on SATURDAY 19 February 2005

Phnom Penh—A primary school has been built to honor the memory of former Parliamentarian Om Radsady in Trapeang Kdar, Thma Edth commune, Kompong Tralach district, Kampong Chhnang province. The official opening ceremony will take place on SATURDAY 19 February 2005, during which time notebooks and other school materials will distributed to the children. We promise no long and boring speeches, just an opportunity to come together and commemorate a wonderful man with a token of our appreciation for his decency, humanity, and democratic legacy.

All are invited to attend, but donors present in Cambodia are particularly encouraged to come see what their contributions have helped to achieve. We will email pictures to everyone following the event. Please RSVP your planned attendance by as soon as possible so that car pools can be arranged in advance if necessary. Be forewarned though, this will be a modest affair, without much (if any) seating as we will all be busy distributing notebooks. We hope to have this done as quickly as possible to avoid having the children toil in the hot sun any longer than is necessary.

About the School and the Community

Trapeang Kdar village has never had a school and was deemed by the Asian Development Bank (AsDB) and the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports (MoEYS) to require a school in 2004. The nearest school is kilometers away and took the children of Trapeang Kdar village an hour to reach by foot, which reduced their likelihood of attendance.

The school, which is one single building within which are five classrooms, has been operational for several months. The school will be officially opened on 19 February 2005, two years plus one day to the date of Om Radsady’s passing. The school is named after the village in which it is situated “Trapeang Kdar” out of respect for Om Radsady’s known dislike for schools named after donors.

The Trapeang Kdar School has 148 students, of whom 81 are girls. There are three grades: First, Second, and Third. The school meets construction standards intended to last at least 50 years according to MoEYS and AsDB specifications.

The school was built with donations from more than 80 individuals in Australia, Cambodia, Canada, East Timor, France, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America with co-financing from the Asian Development Bank. The Royal Government of Cambodia has issued a one-page sub-decree (anukret) and a gold medal in acknowledgement of this contribution to the nation. All donors deserve recognition and are welcomed to request a copy of the sub-decree and an image of the medal via e-mail.

Further financial contributions towards the cost of solar panels, a computer, and a library are tax-deductible in the United States and Japan and can be made through American Assistance for Cambodia ( with reference to “Om Radsady” in the memo field on checks.

About Om Radsady

Om Radsady passionately helped and believed in children. He always had time for children, after speaking to children selling flowers at a restaurant, he remarked to a friend: “They are our future”. Om Radsady’s meager and honestly earned resources were shared daily with the less fortunate, he rented a small apartment and lived very modestly. He was non-partisan, and excelled at building bridges among political parties. At the time of his death, Princess Norodom Vacheara, half-sister to now Retired King Norodom Sihanouk, said her colleague Om Radsady was "a gentleman" who had no conflicts with others. He is remembered by those who knew as gentle and, remarkably, a man without enemies.

Om Radsady was a good man, a decent man, but above all, he was one of a rare breed in Cambodia, a man who understood democracy and practiced it.

Biography of Om Radsady

Om Radsady was born in Phnom Penh in 1952 and began his education in Cambodia. In 1968, at the age of 16, he traveled to France to continue his studies, and graduated as a Chemical Engineer from the University of Marseilles. After teaching for a period at a Lycée in France he went to Bouaké in the Ivory Coast where he taught for six years.

Returning to Paris he began work as a chemical engineer. He was also responsible for Khmer Radio broadcasts from Paris, from 1990 to 1992, during the final negotiations of the Paris Peace Accord on Cambodia. In 1991 he attended a Moral Re-Armament (MRA) conference in Caux, Switzerland, and at the end of the year he resigned his well paid job in France and returned to Cambodia to work for reconciliation and reconstruction without pay. He spent much of his time teaching the principles of democracy to students of the then University of Phnom Penh (now the Royal University of Phnom Penh) and eventually stood for election, winning a seat in Phnom Penh to the National Assembly in 1993.

Om Radsady served as a Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation & Media Committee of the National Assembly (1993-1998). In 1994, as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Om Radsady visited Japan, the Philippines, Australia, France, USA and Britain. In London he visited the Houses of Parliament where Sir Jim Lester introduced him to the work of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

In 1999, Om Radsady headed to East Timor to monitor the election for independence, as a United Nations Volunteer, serving for four months. The events following the referendum soon had him sitting in Darwin, Australia for over a month during which time he grew restless thinking about Cambodia. He was indefatigably curious and open-minded. He was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace (starting in 1994) and the Cambodia Development Resource Institute (starting in 2000). He was an astute observer of Cambodian politics. Om Radsady once remarked: “Cambodia is like a play with too few actors, all of whom have to play several roles.”

At the time of his death, Om Radsady was an Adviser to the President of the National Assembly, Prince Norodom Ranariddh.

Om Radsady was gunned down in broad daylight as he left a restaurant in the Psah Kab Ko area of Phnom Penh on 18 February 2003. He was declared dead the same day at about 5PM at Calmette Hospital, Phnom Penh.

Sunday, February 06, 2005

The pressure is on

Four US senators want to impose a sanction on Cambodia because of the reckless action of the Strongman and SKP lifting immunity of 3 SRP MPs.

Hopefully Secretary of State Condi Rice will give a strong warning to the Strongman and SKP and start banning the visas for those who voted for the lifting of immunity. These people like to come to the US and send their children to study in the US. They must be accountable for what they did. Therefore ban them from the US including those Cambodian-Americans who're subservient to the Strongman and SKP.

Princess Vicheara, who came to the US for help before, said that Senator Mc Connell was a dictator. She supported the lifting of immunity because the 3 SRP MPs were not there to defend themselves. So it looks like she played naivety not knowing that the NA is just a rubber stamp and that she herself, who used to be outspoken, is now docile like a sheep. She has been tamed by the Strongman. What's the price for siding with the Strongman? To remain as an MP with all the perks. It's very sad to see her fallen into the grip of the Strongman and her nephew SKP. She stops living in reality any more. She just burned the bridges. She has no need for the US any more.

image of Vicheara

How about SKP who declared that it was impossible for the NA to lift his immunity because the opposition could not master the two thirds vote. So he has nothing to fear about SR's lawsuits against him. What does that mean? Is there justice in Cambodia?

How about the Strongman? He said that whoever dared to challenge and defame him had to be jailed. So who is the dictator?

The pressure is on. Ban these people from entering the US.

Friday, February 04, 2005

"Norodom Ranariddh has no need to go to the United States"

Responding to McConnell's suggestion that lawmakers
who voted to lift immunity and their kin be barred
from entering the United States, Ranariddh said
Friday: "Let me tell you now: Norodom Ranariddh has no
need go to the United States."

He called America's reaction a "double standard" and
"categorically unacceptable."

"I'm not Khmer Rouge, not a criminal," Ranariddh said.
"I cannot accept the fact that they are making an
accused, a hero, and the victims, defendants."

That's it. SKP broke off any relationship he had left with the U.S. He prefers to be subservient to the Strongman. He needs not the U.S. any more. The U.S. is his enemy now.

He calls himself a victim. If that's the case, can he agree to open up his bank accounts and declare his assets? Can he show to the world how the bid was done to build the new NA? Why wasn't the lowest bid awarded for the job? There was a difference of $14 million. Where would the money go to? Who is the victim? Who is the accused?

When the Strongman toppled SKP, who did the latter rush to for help? The U.S.? He must have a very short memory. So now he says that the U.S. is involved in the internal affairs of Cambodia. If that's the case, why did he ask the U.S. to bring him back to power?

Please who?

Strongman said: “They were stripped of their immunity because they abused someone’s right. Democracy must be under the roof of the law. If democracy [exists] under the image of anarchy, it is not democracy. What we have done is just to please our people and the country. It is not to please someone else."

Our people and the country want food and basic needs. Why doesn't the Strongman provide that instead of protecting corrupt officials and enriching himself. By having surrounded the NA with tanks before the vote, did this show democracy or anarchy or dictatorship? This is the law of the guns. This was to show the MPS that they would be arrested if they did not vote for the lifting of immunity. Who to please? Of course to please the Strongman and his cohort SKP. Not to please the Khmer people.

Khmer people live in poverty today.

Read Samdech Euv's message regarding our people begging for food at

By silencing the oppotion, the Strongman can continue to rule absolutely. It cannot last forever. Look at the fates of Marcos of The Philippines and Suharto of Indonesia.

Justice and democracy will prevail!

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Law of the Jungle

Today is a sad day for democracy in Cambodia.

For personal reasons and pure vendetta against Sam Rainsy, our Strongman with the collision of SKP, has decided to lift parliamentary immunity of 3 SRP MPs: Sam Rainsy, Cheam Channy and Chea Poch. According to SKP, this is only a temporary lift to allow the court to question them. SR and CP face libel suit by SKP for accusing SKP to take bribes to join the GRC last July. Strongman sued SR for accusing the former of plotting to kill other prominent political figures after the assassination of Union leader Chea Vichea in January 2004. CC was accused to form an armed force to topple the GRC. CC was in charge of monitoring the activities of the military in an opposition shadow cabinet.

Today without his immunity being lifted yet, CC was illegally arrested by military police. CC is civilian. This is a flagrant violation of the law.

Lifting immunity is a way for the Strongman and SKP to intimidate the opposition and send the three MPs to jail like the Strongman did with Prince Sirivudh in November 1995 with the consent of SKP. So we know what's going to happen.

This is the law of the jungle.

Who is in power can do anything without being prosecuted.

When the Strongman ordered the grenade attack on SR and his supporters on March 30, 1997, the court dismissed SR's suit.

Who's taking bribe for the building of the new $27 million National Assembly whereas it could be built for only $13 million?

The court rejected SR's suit demanding the clarification on the statement made by SKP regarding the beheading of him and SR if there was no agreement to allow the simultaneous vote of PM and NA President.

Instead of tending to the affairs of the State, the ruling parties continue to harrass the opposition and jail whoever is for the rule of law.

Wake up Khmer people!