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Thursday, 26.4.2007: US Puts Pressure On Khmer Police Chief Over Human Trafficking in Cambodia

Posted on 27 April 2007. Filed under: Week 505 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 505

“When meeting with US officials this week, Mr. Hok Lundy, the National Police Chief, learned a lot from the United States of America about international anti-terrorism and other crimes. Meanwhile, Mr. Hok Lundy had to answer many questions from US officials concerning human trafficking in Cambodia.

“The Reuters news agency reported that on Tuesday, the US pushed the National Police Chief – whom the US previously suspected as involved in human trafficking – to try to solve such problems better, and to punish officials who were involved in these crimes.

“The meeting of US top-ranking officials with Mr. Hok Lundy, the Khmer police chief, was held, after national and international human rights groups and the opposition party in Cambodia had severely criticized the issuing of a visa to him for meeting in the US, while the suspicion that he was involved in human trafficking and that he is behind many crimes, was not yet solved.

“The US Department of State said that after the meeting, officials of the US Department of State pushed Mr. Hok Lundy and other Khmer police officers to make further effort to fight against human trafficking, which is still a serious problem in Cambodia. According to a statement by the US Department of State, ‘the US also encourages Cambodia to make further efforts to arrest and punish public officials, including police officials, who were involved in human trafficking, and they urged the National Police Chief Hok Lundy to be more responsible for solving problems of human trafficking.’

“Mr. Hok Lundy and his colleagues, who arrived at Washington early this week, held discussions with officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on international anti-terrorism.

“John Miller, the former director of the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, told Reuters last week that in 2005, the US did not issue a visa to him, because it was believed that at the time there were many reliable evidences that claimed he was involved in human trafficking.

“In response to the question whether Mr. Hok Lundy requested someone to solve the problem of the accusations against him or not, when he had discussions with US officials, the US spokesperson refused to comment.

“Prior to his departure last week, Mr. Hok Lundy had rejected all accusations which claim that he was involved in human trafficking. But Mr. Miller stated that the National Police Chief was suspected of being behind the release of eight human traffickers after they had been arrested in Phnom Penh.

“According to a statement of Human Rights Watch – an international human rights organizations – Mr. Hok Lundy was also suspected of being involved in the hand grenade attack on the meeting of opposition party leader Sam Rainsy in March 1997. At the time, an attack killed 16 people and injured nearly 200. Mr. Tom Malinowski working at Human Rights Watch [as Washington Advocacy Director], stated that former statements mentioned serious accusations against Mr. Hok Lundy, and what was most important was whether the unsolved problems of political murders were raised or not. The US officials, who participated in the meeting on Tuesday, were Mr. Christopher Hill, the Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Mr. Anne Patterson, the Assistant Secretary of State in charge of the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

“Even though there is much criticism concerning human trafficking and human rights violations in Cambodia, US officials finally noted that the cooperation between the US and Cambodia on anti-drug and anti-terrorism programs is a better than before.” Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #384, 26.4.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 26 April 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1323, 26.4.2007

  • Surprise throughout Cambodia: People Do Not Dare to Eat Cow Meat [because rumor says more than 100 cattle died in Banteay Meanchey and Ministry of Agriculture prohibits people from eating cow meat], but Ministry of Agriculture Says No Problem [with cow meet]
  • Cambodia Plans to Supply Electricity with Appropriately-Cheap Price [countrywide]
  • Thousands of People Meet to Mourn Mr. Yeltsin [former President of Russia]
  • There Are More Than 100 Family Names in China [“Wang” is the most frequent one]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6023, 26.4.2007

  • Income from Natural Gas Is Gold: Samdech Hun Sen Responds to Fear that Cambodia Will Get Infected with Disease from Nigeria [over gas]
  • Samdech Hun Sen: All Religions Born [in Cambodia] at Same Time after 7 January1979 [liberation from Khmer Rouge rule

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3142, 26.4.2007

  • Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] Reviews Its Expenses of More Than US$10 Million on Commune and Subdistrict Council Elections [according to a senior CPP official]
  • Donors Want Anti-Corruption Law to Be Adopted Before Term 4 National Election in 2008

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4268, 26.4.2007

  • US Announces Congratulations to Results of Commune Elections

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3020, 26.4.2007

  • Confederation of Cambodian Trade Unions Asks International Community to Help End Impunity in Cambodia

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #384, 26.4.2007

  • US Puts Pressure on Khmer Police Chief over Human Trafficking in Cambodia
  • American Embassy Asks National Election Committee to Review Reasons for Decrease of Number of Voters
  • Candidates for Tourist Guide Competition Get Angry with Officials of Siem Reap Tourist Office [because the candidates have to spend Riel 10,000 = US$2.50 for application]
  • Khmers in Kampuchea Krom Plan to Organize Big Movement against Yuon [Vietnam] Which Violates Rights of Freedom of Religion

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