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Saturday, 2.6.2007: Web Site of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Says Cambodia Covers an Area of 181,000 Square Kilometers Only

Posted on 2 June 2007. Filed under: Week 510 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 510

“Phnom Penh: Kampuchea Thmey has just received information through the web site of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations [ASEAN] that they say Cambodia covers an area of 181,000 sq km only [the site gives the size for all member countries in ‘thousand sq. km’ units, for all 12 member countries it is given in the same way]. According to the figure of this web site, Cambodia loses 35 sq km. Where is this taken from?

“The official web site of the Royal Government of Cambodia defines that Cambodia covers an area of 181,035 sq km. Cambodian citizens know well that the size of Cambodia is 181,035 sq km.

“Reacting to this issue, Mr. Monh Saphan, a parliamentarian from Funcinpec, said that if the ASEAN web site really says so, the Royal Government must react urgently, especially the Cambodian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation must ask for the web site to be corrected, because it affects the territorial integrity of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

“Ms. Seng Theary, the Executive Director of the Center for Social Development, said ‘The state’s figure is more important and appropriate than figures of other organizations. Therefore, we should urge the government to check this issue. We also wonder from where ASEAN got this figure.’

“Ms. Seng Theary continued, ‘In general, information about the size of a county should be quoted from appropriate documents from a government.’

“Mr. Keo Remy, a parliamentarian from the Sam Rainsy Party, seriously blamed the web site of ASEAN for providing inappropriate information; if they do not know, they should not write, because what they write is launched to the whole world. Mr. Keo Remy said, ‘It is not known whether it is an unintentional mistake or something else. However, the government should take urgent action over this issue; especially the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications should close the web site. We known that Cambodia has border disputes with its neighbors, and Khmer citizens are paying attention on these issues. We cannot accept such incorrect points. The most important thing is that the government should close this web site.’

“Mr. Keo Remy stated, ‘The map of Cambodia is defined at a size of 181,035 sq km, and the international community also recognizes this figure.

“Ms. Pong Chiev Kek [Dr. Kek Galabru], the President of the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights, said that the wrong information about the size of Cambodia on the web site is really a mistake, so the government should pay attention and ask for the web site to be corrected. Ms. Pong Chiev Kek asked why ASEAN posted a wrong figure about the size of Cambodia on its web site like this.

“Ms. Pong Chiev Kek also suggested that the government should investigate this issue, otherwise a small problem might turn into a bigger issue. Mr. Va Kimhong, from the Committee for Solving Border disputes, did not make any comment over this issue. He told Kampuchea Thmey that he was busy with a meeting.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1355, 2.6.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 2 June 2007

Chakraval, Vol.15, #2685, 2.6.2007

  • Ministry of Interior Issues Statement Rejecting Report of Mr. Yash Ghai [Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia – report issued in March 2007, to be discussed on 12 June at the 5th meeting of the UN Human Rights Council meeting 11 – 18 June in Geneva, where a representative of the Cambodian government has the opportunity to publicly react in front of the international community]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1355, 2.6.2007

  • Web Site of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Says Cambodia Covers an Area of 181,000 Square Kilometers Only
  • Meeting between [Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior] Sar Kheng and [opposition party President] Sam Rainsy Postponed without New Date Set [because Sar Kheng is busy]
  • South Korean Man Arrested on Accusation of Using Fake Passport, after He Was Hiding in Cambodia for Four Years
  • Ten Thai Soldiers and Five Muslims Killed by Muslim Separatist Rebels in South

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6055, 2-3.6.2007

  • International Labor Organization: Labor Conditions in Garment Factories [in Cambodia] Continue Progressing
  • NGOs Set Up Phone Network to Help Child Victims [of domestic violence, rights violations, trafficking, sex exploitation, and labor exploitation – no phone number is given]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3174, 2-3.6.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy: Global Witness Shows Evidence of Corruption that Hun Sen Condones; Relatives and Partisans of Strongman Are Involved in Forest Crimes with Hun Sen as Their Protection [Seng Kheang Company of Seng Kheang, former wife of Hun Sen’s cousin Hun Chouch, she is also Bun Rany Hun Sen’s friend, conducts illegal logging in Kompong Thom with Khun Thong, younger brother-in-law of Chan Sarun, Minister of Agriculture – some military generals are also reported to be involved in forest crimes]
  • Because of Corruption of Customs Officers and Tax Officials, About $90 Million of Tax Revenue Lost Every Year [according to Yim Sovann, Sam Rainsy Party Parliamentarian from Phnom Penh]
  • Mr. Yash Ghai Still Considers Cambodia Has Serious Human Rights Violations
  • Municipality Plans to Order Removal of Memorial of Grenade Attack Victims Opposite National Assembly

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4300, 2.6.2007

  • Prince Thomico: There is Only One Way Towards Amnesty for Samdech Krom Preah [to bring Prince Ranariddh back into Funcinpec]
  • International Monetary Fund Asks Government about Corruption, Oil, and Reforms
  • Big Shareholder [Shin Satellite PCL] of 011 Phone Company Announces Sale of Shares in Cambodia and Laos [at $200 million – reason not mentioned]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3051, 2.6.2007

  • Nhek Korsal Vithyea [Director of Camintel] Is Really Strong, He Commits Crimes, He Is Not Jailed, but He Even Frees His Subordinates [over alleged involvement in overseas phone gateway theft]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #416, 2.6.2007

  • Kampuchea Krom Khmers [in Cambodia] to Mark 58th Anniversary [4 June 1949 – 4 June 2007] When France Gave Kampuchea Krom Land to Yuon [Vietnam]

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Friday, 1.6.2007: National Election Committee Reform Is Very Important for 2008 National Elections

Posted on 2 June 2007. Filed under: Week 510 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 510

“After Prime Minister Hun Sen, the Vice-President of the Cambodian People’s Party [CPP], announced publicly that the forth term parliamentary election will be held on Sunday 27 July 2008, many said that a reform of the National Election Committee [NEC] is very important, so that the election will be conducted free and fair. If the NEC is not independent, not neutral, and is biased towards the ruling party like it is today, the forth term national election cannot be conducted free and fair.

“On Wednesday 30 May, Mr. Sam Rainsy, the leader of the no-longer-opposing-party, asked Mr. Yash Ghai, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia, that the UN should organize the 2008 parliamentary election like the one which was organized during the UNTAC [United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia] time in 1993. After the discussion with Mr. Yash Ghai, Mr. Sam Rainsy said that he himself and other Khmer people want the election like the one organized during the UNTAC time, because the elections after the UNTAC time brought many difficulties to the people – especially there is a bias towards the ruling party. He affirmed that his appeal is in line with the wish of many Khmer people and some political parties.

“The leader of the no-longer-opposing-party, who is an unreal democrat and an opportunist, noticed, ‘Since 1993, elections have been increasingly difficult and complicated and increasingly biased and very advantageous towards the ruling party. Such elections have made people want to express their sufferings; especially those whose land and whose houses had been grabbed and confiscated. They did not only lose land and houses, but also the right to vote [as they were not registered at the places of relocation].’

“In response to the above speech of Mr. Sam Rainsy, the leader of the no-longer-opposing-party, Mr. Tep Nitha, the secretary-general of the NEC, stated that a request for the United Nations to organize elections is the right of every party, but the election must be held according to the election law which has been decided by the National Assembly. Mr. Koul Panha, the executive director of the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia, expressed the hope that the United Nations should provide many technical people for the 2008 election, so that everything gets better than it was before; however, if somebody wants the 2008 election to be organized like the one which was held in 1993, it is obviously impossible, because it would cost very much money.

“National and international observers noticed that after the election which had been organized by UNTAC in 1993, later on the CPP always won the elections, and during all elections and after the elections, there were always protests from many political parties, that the CPP had conducted vote fraud and made threats against the voters, etc. Nevertheless, all such protests have never brought any solution with transparency, because the NEC, which is a tool of the CPP, has used tricks to protect the benefits of the CPP in many ways. Therefore, many people straightforwardly criticize the NEC with Mr. Im Suosdey as its president and Mr. Tep Nitha as its secretary-general, of being not independent, not neutral, and of being shamelessly biased towards the ruling party.

“Mr. Yash Ghai, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia, once had criticized the NEC of being not independent and not neutral, and of being a tool of the ruling party. This straightforward criticism made Mr. Im Suosdey and Mr. Tep Nitha very angry, and they released a statement of denial, trying to protect the bad image, but in a bad way. Actually, the NEC, which is under the power of Mr. Im Suosdey and Mr. Tep Nitha, conducts its affairs badly, even beyond what Mr. Yash Ghai had criticized.

“Before the second term commune and subdistrict council elections were held on 1 April 2007, some civil society representatives and analysts made an assessment in advance, that the CPP was to be successful, because it has the support from the NEC which is its tool. This advance assessment of civil society representatives and of analysts was correct, because when the results were out, the CPP was the winner; nonetheless the success was not in harmony with the Khmer people’s will, because up to more than 2.5 million Khmer people failed to vote, while many Yuon [Vietnamese] nationals had the right to vote instead of Khmers.

“Non-government organization officials, who observed the second term commune and subdistrict council elections on 1 April 2007, criticized the elections for having had many irregularities, especially irregularities in the voter lists, mistakes for which the NEC is responsible. This is why the CPP was successful, while more than 2.5 million Khmer people failed to vote, and there were many other cases which show that the NEC is not independent and neutral, and it is a tool of the CPP.

“Analysts said that in order to have the forth term national election on 27 July 2008 conducted free and fair, the NEC must be reformed, so that the NEC is really independent and neutral. If Im Suosdey and Tep Nitha are still president and secretary-general of the NEC, the 2008 national elections cannot be conducted free and fair. In contrast to other parties, the CPP will still have more facilities than the other parties, because it has the NEC as a tool to use tricks to assist the CPP in many ways.” Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3050, 1.6.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 1 June 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1354, 1.6.2007

  • Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen Receives Representatives of Muslim Aid [an organization]
  • Husband and Wife [outside Phnom Penh Municipal Court, after a hearing on their divorce] Compete for Their Little Daughter: Wife Said, ‘I Gave Birth to Her,’ Husband Said, ‘I Produced Her’

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6054, 1.6.2007

  • 579 Minors Aged from 13 to 18 Are in Prison [countrywide – according to Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3173, 1.6.2007

  • Ministry of So Khun [Minister of Posts and Telecommunications] Loses Much Money Because It Cannot Control Overseas Phone Gateway Theft
  • Hun Sen Speaks of His Prime Ministerial Position for 2008 Like a Threat

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.14, #11, .6.2007

  • [Poor] Children Who Sell Things Opposite Royal Palace: We Don’t Know What Festival Is on 1 June

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4299, 1.6.2007

  • Krom Preah Decides to Appeal against [Phnom Penh Municipal] Court Decision [which gave him 18 months’ imprisonment]
  • Samdech Hun Sen Speaks about Globalization and Regional Integration
  • Russian Federation: Cambodia Is Our Important Partner [for discussion with ASEAN]
  • Cambodia Lacks Capital to Become a Country of Rice Exports
  • [Former Thai Prime Minister] Thaksin and 110 [Thai Rak Thai] Party Officials Are Banned from Politics for Five Years [on accusation of vote fraud]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3050, 1.6.2007

  • National Election Committee Reform Is Very Important for 2008 National Elections
  • National Assembly Votes for Ek Sam Ol to Take Up Position of President of Council of Magistracy Replacing Bin Chhin [whose mandate ends]
  • Serious Corruption and Huge Debts to Foreign Countries Make that Cambodian Economy Cannot Grow Like Other ASEAN Members’
  • Yash Ghai [Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia] Expresses Sorrow for Appeals Court Decision over Case of Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun [accused of murder of Chea Vichea, former head of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #415, 1.6.2007

  • On 13 June, Mixed-Blood Court [Khmer Rouge Tribunal] Will Start to Investigate Former Khmer Rouge Leaders

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