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Friday, April 29, 2005

Combat terrorism?

Cambodia agreed to make its borders more secure against terrorism with the help of the UN and Britain.

KR Tribunal soon?

The EU agreed to help $1.3 million toward the cost of $56 million for the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. Will we see the trial taken place some day? The Khmer people need closure.

Back to normal?

Hun Sen called on Sam Rainsy to return to Cambodia. The latter won't be arrested? Is it because he's under international pressure?

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

People Power?

The ruling party has a firm grip on power in Cambodia. Is the opposition dreaming about the people power?

Who has guns?

The Cambodian National Assembly passed a law to limit the use and export of stockpiled guns and ammunition. The question is who has guns? Only the rich and powerful.

Defamation suit

Strongman Hun Sen of Cambodia filed a defamation lawsuit against the King-Father's official biographer Ambassador Julio Jeldres. If the justice system is fair, it's quite normal to settle differences in court. People can sue each other with any problem. In Cambodia, there are cases of corrupt judges and unfairness in the judiciary.

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Cambodian Territorial Integrity

On March 31, 2005, King-Father Samdech Euv Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia wrote an open letter to the governments of Vietnam, Thailand and Laos for an honest talk on respecting the borders of Cambodia from 1963 to 1969.

It's very sad that Cambodia has been seeing its territory reduced smaller and smaller by its aggressive neighbors. The time is now to support Samdech Euv.

Finally, sensing that the Khmer people are 100% behind Samdech Euv, the government of Cambodia decided to create a Border Council to be chaired by Samdech Euv.

The question is whether the three neighboring countries of Cambodia will agree to talk to Samdech Euv.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Corruption at World Food Program

Corruption is so ingrained in Cambodia that even staff at the World Food Program in Cambodia got caught in the food scandal.

New Year Parade in Long Beach

On April 24, 2005, the Khmer in Long Beach celebrated the Khmer New Year for the first time with a parade. It was a controversy when the organizing committee selected April 17, 2005, the darkest day of Khmer history with the take over of Cambodia by the radical Khmer Rouge that led to the killings of 1.7 million Khmers. After a public outcry, the parade was rescheduled.

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Friday, April 22, 2005

Justice in Cambodia

Where is justice in Cambodia when the judges are corrupt? By suspending them or transfer them to other jobs, will the problem be solved? What are their salaries? How can they live with their salaries? This is the source of the problem.

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Khmer Rouge Anniversary

Press Statement (Revised)
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
April 21, 2005

The Khmer Rouge Anniversary

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the seizure of power by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. It is estimated that up to 3 million Cambodians died in the killing fields. The United States joins the millions of Cambodians, Cambodian-Americans, and others in remembering the victims of this deplorable regime.

The United States believes there must be accountability for these atrocities, and welcomed the agreement between the United Nations and Cambodia to establish the Khmer Rouge tribunal. For the United States to contribute to this process, we believe, as U.S. law stipulates, that the tribunal must meet internationally recognized standards of justice. As the formation of the tribunal moves forward, we will engage with the Government of Cambodia, the United Nations, and interested countries to achieve this goal.

We will also continue to focus on the importance of and need for an independent judiciary in Cambodia. It is only through respect for the rule of law and the existence of effective institutions that barriers to impunity will be built and regimes like that of the Khmer Rouge will exist only in the sad annals of history.


Released on April 21, 2005

Monday, April 11, 2005

Are we a Buddhist?

The Khmer living in Oakland, CA fought for the temple.