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Tuesday, 10.7.2007: Human Rights Party Will Hold Congress on 22 July

Posted on 11 July 2007. Filed under: Week 516 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 516

“Phnom Penh: The Human Rights Party will hold its congress on 22 July at the Olympic Stadium. It is affirmed that approximately 15,000 people will participate in order to adopt the statute and to express confidence in the policy and the leadership structure at the national level of the party, towards the competition in the parliamentary election in 2008.

“Mr. Kem Sokha, the temporary president of the Human Rights Party, announced this during the inauguration of the party headquarters on the morning of 9 July 2007. The headquarters is located at House #72-74, Street 598, Boeng Kak Pir Subdistrict, Tuol Kork, Phnom Penh.

Mr. Kem Sokha said, ‘The Human Rights Party received the announcement of the registration on the list of parties at the Ministry of Interior on 11 June 2007. So far, the Human Rights Party has continued to open its offices in provinces and towns; and today it opens its headquarters in Phnom Penh.’

“Mr. Kem Sokha said that the Human Rights Party is created to establish a form of historical real liberal democracy for the future of Cambodia and the Cambodian citizens, starting from the establishment of internal democracy in the party, such as setting term limits for the position of the party president of no more than two terms (ten years alltogether), organizing separate management roles for the executive committee, the steering committee, and a regulations committee to be mutually balanced, and the opportunity for the party members to select and remove the leaders at all levels in the party, etc. The Human Rights Party will use this policy also to apply it for national reforms when it is successful to lead the country, in order to curb dictatorship, towards the reconstruction of Cambodia in all sectors, based on the respect of human rights and nonviolence.

“Concerning the first congress of the Human Rights Party, Mr. Kem Sokha affirmed that the congress will define the policy of the party, adopt the statute and the regulations of the party, as well as adopt a declaration of confidence in the steering committee, the executive committee, and the regulations committee. The congress will also adopt a declaration of confidence in the president of the party, who is the president of the executive committee, and declare confidence in the president of the steering committee and the president of the regulations committee.

“Mr. Kem Sokha said that the chapter on the transitory statute says that all elements in the documents of the first congress are proposed by a transitional commission of the party, to be submitted to the congress for approval. He stated that the first congress is not elected by citizens, representing members of local chapters, like it will be in the second term, because the first term is short. According to what Mr. Kem Sokha affirmed, about ten parties wrote to his party, asking to join the party before the congress is held, and other parties will join after the congress. He also stated that a number of political figures will join the party such as Mr. Son Soubert, son of Louk Ta [grandfather] Son Sann, Mr. Keat Sokun, the former Minister of Women’s Affairs after the 1993 Election, and Mr. Keo Remy, the parliamentarian who left the Sam Rainsy Party, and Mr. Sam Ramsek, a former [Funcinpec] parliamentarian.

“Mr. Kem Sokha said that the congress will also have representatives from 1,621 communes and subdistricts countrywide. He also stated, ‘If we are prevented by the authorities today, we will hold the congress in separate groups.’” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4332, 10.7.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Chakraval, Vol.15, #2696, 10.7.2007

  • Head of [Cambodian] Government Cancels Visit and Returns [from India] to Cambodia after Former Indian Prime Minister [Chandra Shekhar, aged 80] Died
  • Thailand Opens Preah Vihear Temple Entrance without Clear Explanation; Black-Clad Thai Soldiers [special border protection unit] Closed the Entrance, Then Reported to Higher Levels that Khmers Had Closed It
  • What Action Should Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Interior Take against Trucks with Military and Police License Plates Being Used to Transport Wood Illegally and Smuggled Fuel? [mocking]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1387, 10.7.2007

  • Kem Sokha Opens Headquarters of Human Rights Party
  • Ok Socheat and Serey Kosal Officially Announce Defection from Norodom Ranariddh Party
  • 6 US Soldiers and 220 Civilians Killed in Iraq [in fighting last weekends]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6087, 10.7.2007

  • Norodom Ranariddh Party Appoints 27 Officials from Sangkum Jatiniyum Front Party [as deputy secretary-generals, steering committee members, etc.]
  • China Provides 27 Kinds of Office Supplies [computers, telephones, etc.] to National Election Committee
  • Japan Provides More Than $166,000 for Construction of School Buildings [in Cambodia]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4332, 10.7.2007

  • Human Rights Party Will Hold Congress on 22 July
  • Canada Provides More Than US$7 Million Grant to Ministry of Land Management, Urban Planning and Construction

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3082, 10.7.2007

  • Secret of Returning of Heng Pov [from Malaysia – former Phnom Penh Municipal Police Commissioner who is now in jail in Cambodia] to Cambodia May Be Known on 18 July [when his case is reviewed in court in Malaysia]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #448, 10.7.2007

  • Sam Rainsy Supports Brad Adams [Asia division director, Human Rights Watch] Who Calls on Khmer Youth to Enter Political Parties [to change leaders]

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