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Tuesday, 5.6.2007: Samdech Hun Sen: Mr. Yash Ghai’s Conclusions Are Too Unreasonable

Posted on 6 June 2007. Filed under: Week 511 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 511

“Takeo: Samdech Hun Sen again criticized Mr. Yash Ghai, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia, for making conclusions about human rights violations in a too unreasonable way.

“Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen said during the inauguration of bridges built by Japanese donations in Takeo on 4 June, that the conclusion of one point of the report of the United Nations Human Rights Office is a very strong term, saying, ‘Human rights violations by the Royal Government of Cambodia are systematic.’

“Without mentioning the name of Mr. Yash Ghai, Samdech Hun Sen said to the people [attending the ceremony], ‘Grandfathers and grandmothers may have to be put in holes soon according to what he [Yash Ghai] said [sarcastic – meaning that the people may be killed and put in grave holes like in the Khmer Rouge regime], though he comes from a country which completely violates human rights.

“Mr. Yash Ghai, who from time to time comes to work, is always criticized by Samdech Hun Sen of being a short-term tourist, or a God without virtue, for the report on the human rights situation that criticizes the Royal Government of Cambodia for violating weak people’s rights.

“Mr. Yash Ghai arrived in Cambodia in late May for a three-day visit with an agenda to meet with Samdech Prime Minister, but he was rejected.

“Samdech said, ‘What a shame that you arrive in a foreign country but you are not welcome. You can stay for 1,000 years. If I live to be another 1,000 years, I will still never meet with you, because you have your rights and I have mine.’ Samdech added, ‘The prime minister is not obliged to meet you… I will never receive you.”

“Samdech Prime Minster said he told the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan during an ASEAN-UN conference, ‘I never expect to hear a good report on Cambodia’s human-rights record, because if the report would be positive about the human rights situation in Cambodia, the human rights staff in Cambodia would be out of job.’

“Samdech Hun Sen commented that some foreigners are unemployed in their countries, then they come to eat in Cambodia after they have found a job. Samdech said, ‘I speak clearly that you come for a salary.’

“Samdech Prime Minster said during the ceremony, which was attended by the ambassadors of the countries which have friendship towards Cambodia, that Cambodian citizens have the freedom to travel and to do business, and the right of expression, but not to engage in illegal activities.’

“Samdech also said, ‘The United Nations can send 500 or 1,000 more human rights staff, because some Cambodian citizens will get house rents paid by them, and the state will also get 10 % of the rent as tax.’ Samdech said, ‘We once considered Mr. Yash Ghai to be a long-term tourist… let him go for a walk and shout. As for us, we keep working, like a proverb says, ‘The dog barks, but the people still walk forward.’

“Samdech Hun Sen said, ‘I will not compare you [Yash Ghai] to a dog, but you have right to criticize me, and I have right to criticize you, because what you say is too unreasonable.’

“Samdech Hun Sen said, ‘They try to destroy us from Geneva, by submitting this human rights report, but we must try to strengthen human rights ourselves, because our economy is moving ahead, and in addition, we ended the war by ourselves, without anyone’s advice, because our citizens knew how to finally seek national reconciliation without bloodshed.’” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1357, 5.6.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Chakraval, Vol.15, #2689, 5.6.2007

  • Council of Ministers Holds a Closed-Door Meeting after Global Witness Has Released Its Report on Forest Crimes in Kompong Thom
  • Two Foreigners [a Korean-American man and a Vietnamese woman] Sentenced to 13 Years in Prison and Four Khmer Men Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison [on accusation of sex exploitation – Phnom Penh]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1357, 5.6.2007

  • Samdech Hun Sen: Mr. Yash Ghai’s Conclusions Are Too Unreasonable
  • 100,000 Thai Citizens Demonstrate against Government in Central Bangkok [demanding restoration of democracy in the country]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6057, 5.6.2007

  • Judges for Khmer Rouge Tribunal Will Discuss and Adopt Internal Rules Next Week
  • India’s Richest Man [Mokek Ambani] Builds 60-Story House for His Wife, His Mother, and Staff, Costing $500 Million [in Central Bombay]

Meatophum, Vol.51, #645, 4.6.2007

  • Illegal Logging and Illegal Transportation of Wood Still Exist in Forests in Sandan, Prasat Sambour, and Santuk Districts [Kompong Thom]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3176, 5.6.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy: Everything in Global Witness Report on Corruption Relating to Illegal Logging Is True

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4302, 5.6.2007

  • Gunmen Display Power to Each Other Opposite New National Assembly Building [sons of rich and high ranking officials open gunfight at each other]; Three of Them Are Seriously Wounded
  • Kampuchea Krom Khmers Mark 58th Anniversary [4 June 1949 – 4 June 2007] When France Gave Kampuchea Krom Land to Vietnam
  • COMFREL [Committee for Free and Fair Election in Cambodia] Encourages Its Activists to Observe Implementation of Decentralization in Communes and Subdistricts

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3053, 5.6.2007

  • Parliamentarian [Keo Remy from Sam Rainsy Party] Prepares to Call [Posts and Telecommunications] Minister So Khun for Questioning about Overseas Phone Gateway Theft

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