Friday, 25.5.2007: Amnesty International Reveals Four Scandals in Cambodia

Posted on 27 May 2007. Filed under: Week 509 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 509

Amnesty International released its annual report, also raising four main weak points in Cambodia. The report shows human rights violations in many countries in the world, including Cambodia.

“The report particularly focuses on four negative points in Cambodia: land disputes; the expulsion of people from their houses moving them to live on the outskirts of the city; law enforcement and torture by cross-examining; and disrespecting press freedom.

“Concerning the legal system, Amnesty International wrote in its report that the status of proclaimed judicial reforms is not clear. Some laws, which were adopted by the National Assembly, have not been regarded so they cannot serve the nation’s benefits.

“Amnesty International wrote that the anti-corruption law, that the Cambodian Government promised to donor countries to be created, has not been adopted either. In contrast, the government created an anti-corruption body which is under the control of powerful officials at the Council of Ministers.

“Amnesty International wants to see the Khmer court system to be independent from powerful people, and it wants journalists to have freedom of expression when working in their profession. The report also raises the stand-still of the Khmer Rouge tribunal, as meetings have been paralyzed in Cambodia, and the authorities tightened up after the anti-Thai riots in January 2003.

“Amnesty International wrote that Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government used problematic laws to threaten journalists. The report was released after the head of the Khmer government had threatened Mr. Keo Nimol, a Radio Free Asia reporter, on 17 May 2007.

“In the past, government officials have reacted against the reports of Amnesty International and of human rights organizations. However, officials of the Sam Rainsy Party and of non-government organizations said that the annual reports of Amnesty International are true.

Mr. Chea Sochenda, a Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Kandal, affirmed that the report is really right, but the government does not have the will to correct the negative points raised by Amnesty International. Mr. Sochenda continued that the government did not take measures to prevent the land disputes caused by powerful and rich people who grab people’s land, it does not intend to conduct court reform, nor pushing the anti-corruption law to be adopted, and it does not provide the right to journalists to express opinions as is their profession.

“The opposition parliamentarian stated that to correct the negative points raised by Amnesty International, the only way is a change of leadership.” Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #409, 25.5.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 25 May 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1348, 25.5.2007

  • Cambodia Has More Than Three Million Mines Remaining in the Ground [according to Khem Sophorn, Director of CMAC]
  • A Colonel, Who Is a Trainer at the Kamboul Military Training Center, Had a Conflict with a Traffic Policeman; Both of Them Are Wounded [in fighting, they beat each other with guns and batons after the police tried to stop the colonel’s car because he had broken the traffic law – Phnom Penh]
  • 2,428 Guns Destroyed and Burned in Kompong Thom
  • Economic Police Set Up Checkpoints on All Roads in Oddar Meanchey for Money Extortion

Khmer Mekong, Vol.5, #274, 25-26.5.2007

  • ACLEDA Bank Has Developed Itself from a Capital of $4 Million to $293 Million for 14 Years

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6048, 25.5.2007

  • Cambodia Prepares to Host ASEAN Football Match of Under 17 Years Olds

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3167, 25.5.2007

  • [Vice-President of Sam Rainsy Party] Mr. Kong Korm Demands the Khmer Rouge Tribunal to Punish the Responsibles at the Area and Regional Levels of the Genocide Regime
  • Hun Neng, Kompong Cham Governor [Prime Minister Hun Sen’s brother] Only Looks at Yuon [Vietnamese] Soldiers Harming Khmers at Border Every Day
  • Specialist [Michael Smith, Technical Director at Energyfiles] Says Cambodia May Get Income from Underground Oil of 750 Billion Barrels and 300 Billion Cubic Meters of Gas

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4293, 25.5.2007

  • Sangkum Jati Niyum to Hold Congress to Join with Norodom Ranariddh Party
  • Wife of Heng Pov [former Phnom Penh Municipal Police Commissioner who is in jail] Leaves Singapore for Finland [after Phnom Penh Municipal Court has issued an arrest warrant for her to question her about counterfeit dollars]
  • Samdech Chea Sim Asks France to Provide More Aid to Cambodian Legislative Body
  • National Assembly Starts Discussion on Adoption of Draft Criminal Code

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3044, 25.5.2007

  • Sam Rainsy Party Officials Compete with Each Other to Organize Partisans at Local Levels

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #409, 25.5.2007

  • Amnesty International Reveals Four Scandals in Cambodia

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