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Wednesday, 25.7.2007: Sam Rainsy Asserts that Human Rights Party Is Supported by Cambodian People’s Party

Posted on 25 July 2007. Filed under: Week 518 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 518

“The leader of the no-longer opposing Sam Rainsy Party accused the Human Rights Party of Mr. Kem Sokha of being a political tool of the Cambodian People’s Party [CPP]. Mr. Sam Rainsy said publicly yesterday morning at the office of World Vision that the Human Rights Party is supported and sponsored by the CPP; however, Kem Sokha denied what Mr. Sam Rainsy said.

“Mr. Sam Rainsy said that the Human Rights Party of Mr. Kem Sokha is supported by the CPP, which can be seen clearly because throughout the congress, which was cared for by the government, there was even an explosives detection system available for the congress of Mr. Kem Sokha. Mr. Sam Rainsy said that the congress of the Human Rights Party is not different from the congress of Funcinpec which was held on 18 October 2006 for the removal of Samdech Krom Preah Norodom Ranariddh. He explained that the congress of Funcinpec had bodyguards to protect it, and careful explosives detection procedures were in place which have never been available before. It can be said that the ruling party has never had any sympathy or support for other parties, like it helped the Human Rights Party of Mr. Kem Sokha.

“At the Funcinpec congress, a number of police officials, known as government officials, were sent to protect the Funcinpec congress. It is known that the congress of Funcinpec was supported by the ruling party. According to Mr. Sam Rainsy, the Human Rights Party organized the congress at this time not different from what Funcinpec had done in October.

“As for Mr. Kem Sokha, he responded to Mr. Sam Rainsy saying, ‘Because Mr. Sam Rainsy is frightened like a young bird when he saw that the congress of the Human Rights Party on Sunday was crowded and sounded like a busy rice mill. It can be said that Mr. Sam Rainsy fears a split of votes and losing in the election, as he saw the Human Rights Party forces were a big crowd in Phnom Penh.’

“While Mr. Sam Rainsy criticized the Human Rights Party of Mr. Kem Sokha for having good relations with the CPP, Mr. Nguon Nhel, a senior CPP official and member of the Permanent Committee of
the CPP Central Committee, expressed his position of favorably considering the Human Rights Party of Mr. Kem Sokha. This shows more and more that there is no problem between the CPP and the Human Rights Party of Mr. Kem Sokha. It can be said that the two parties have very good relations and cooperate with each other, like the Sam Rainsy Party thought. Mr. Nguon Nhel blamed Mr. Sam Rainsy for making statements without having a basis for them. He considered Mr. Sam Rainsy’s speech to be just in line with his normal habits.

“The Human Rights Party congress on Sunday was praised for the large number of people participating, as no other party had ever achieved something like that. However, after a while, some said that most of the participants had been paid some money, or had received T-shits or kramas [Khmer cotton scarfs], etc. Nevertheless, meals were a failure, because many participants complained about having been promised a meal; in fact, they had nothing to eat, and some said finally that they were deceived by Kem Sokha.

“However, it is observed that the Human Rights Party gained a pretty good number of supporters, though the supporters were paid some small money. But it is a reality that government officials seemed to have cared for and helped the Human Rights Party to hold the congress smoothly and well, like Mr. Sam Rainsy had suspected.” Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3095, 25.7.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 25 July 2007


Deum Ampil, Vol.2, #28, 25-31.7.2007

  • Prime Minister Orders Creation of a Commission to Check Why the Chhin Long Company Filled the Kobsrov Lake


Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1400, 25.7.2007

  • VCDs of Plane Crash in Kampot Sold in Markets [countrywide]; Ministry of Information Orders Confiscation
  • Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] Working Group Provides Huge Candles to 27 Pagodas in Bavel District [Battambang]
  • 82 Pagodas in Kampot Receive Huge Candles and Household Supplies from Dr. Pen Siman [head of Customs]
  • Dangkao District Authority Distributes Identification Cards to 1,931 People [Phnom Penh]


Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6100, 25.7.2007

  • Deadline for Collection of Road Tax on All Kinds of Vehicles for 2007 Is 31 July
  • [South] Korea Plans to Help Build Hospital in Kiri Vong District [Takeo]


Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3219, 25.7.2007

  • Sam Rainsy Party Will Use Output of Its Seminar on 24-25 July as Basis to Set Strategy for General Election
  • Hun Sen Wants to Replace Chea Sim as Party President [according to a reliable source from CPP officials]
  • CPP Finds a New Tool [Human Rights Party] to Attack the Opposition Party
  • International Monetary Fund Director [Rodrigo de Rato] Comes to See Economic Situation in Cambodia [Thailand: 28-29 July, the Philippines: 30-31 July, Cambodia: 1-2 August]


Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4345, 25.7.2007

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3095, 25.7.2007

  • Sam Rainsy Asserts that Human Rights Party Is Supported by Cambodian People’s Party
  • Big Foreign Investors Will Not Come to Cambodia unless Anti-Corruption Law Is Adopted

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Tuesday, 24.7.2007: Decisions of Human Rights Party: Kem Sokha Is President; Keo Remy, Pen Sovann, and Keat Sokun Are Vice-Presidents; Ou Chanrath Is Secretary-General

Posted on 25 July 2007. Filed under: Week 518 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 518

“The decisions of the Human Rights Party’s first congress, held on 22 July 2007 at the Olympic Stadium in the basketball section for eight hours, brought the results that Mr. Kem Sokha was elected president of the Human Rights Party; Mr. Keo Remy, Mr. Pen Sovann, and Mr. Keat Sokun were elected vice-presidents, and Mr. Ou Chanrath secretary-general of the party.

“In another decision, Mr. Son Soubert was approved with confidence for the top leadership over one of the three organizational structures of the party, in the position as president of the Steering Committee, and Mr. Keo Sambath became president of the Regulation Committee.

“Mr. Nhek Vannara, Mr. Yem Ponharith, and Mr. Chan Ven are deputy secretaries-general. Mr. Reach Samrach was approved as treasurer, and Mr. Ket Chinnaran as deputy treasurer. As for Dr. Kim Chanvong, he became cabinet chief of the Human Rights Party.

“The decision of the Human Rights Party’s first congress provided also confidence in the party policy and in the statute, which has nine chapters and 72 articles, and an amendment on Article 8, Point 3 and Point 5, stating the new Article 44: that the party president is to be appointed or to be removed at the request of the Steering Committee with two thirds of the votes of all Steering Committee members, and the support from the National Council by a 50% + 1 vote.

“The new Article 55 of the Human Rights Party also states that the Regulations Committee has at least five and at most nine members who are not members of the Steering Committee and not members of the Executive Committee. The president and the members of the Regulation Committee are to be proposed and to be appointed by the Steering Committee by a two thirds vote, and also from the National Council, also by a two thirds vote.

“Separately, during the congress of the Human Rights Party of Kem Sokha, a Khmer youth representative said critically that in Kem Sokha’s political party people should not quarrel with each other over power like it happened in other parties so far. The Cambodian youth representative also asked the party leaders that they must help protect the nation and its territory, and prevent foreigners from entering to live in Cambodia.” Toussanak Khmer, [no Volume number], #218, 23-24.7.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Chakraval, Vol.15, #2700, 24.7.2007

  • Sam Rainsy’s Opposition Party Gets Stunned When Kem Sokha’s Opposition Party Held Its Congress [according to a source from the Sam Rainsy Party]
  • Thomico: If Royal Family Does Not Reunite, Monarchist Parties Will Dissolve after 2008
  • Ministry of Information Asks Ministry of Interior to Ban VCDs of Plane Crash [in Kampot] and Bus Collision in Vietnam

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1399, 24.7.2007

  • Human Rights Party Boasts about Many People Joining It [activists from the Sam Rainsy Party, from Funcinpec, and from the Norodom Ranariddh Party]; Sam Rainsy Says Boasting Is the Nature of Politicians
  • Foreigners Can Hold 100% of Business Shares in Cambodia [announces Prime Minister Hun Sen]
  • Woman Seriously Wounded with Bullets in Land Dispute [by a soldier – article does not say whether the gunman was arrested or escaped – Santuk, Kompong Thom]
  • Four Cambodian Mathematical Smart Students Participate in International Mathematical Olympiad Competition for First Time in Vietnam

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3218, 24.7.2007

  • Ieng Vuth Hopes Khmer Rouge Tribunal Will Provide Justice to His Parents [Ieng Sary and Ieng Thirith]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3094, 24.7.2007

  • Samdech Krom Preah Tells Kompong Cham People by Phone that He Will Not Return to Help Funcinpec
  • People, Who Attended Human Rights Party Congress, Get Annoyed for Having No Food to Eat

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #460, 24.7.2007

  • Keo Puth Rasmey [President of Funcinpec] Tries to Meet with Prince Ranariddh Again in Kula Lumpur, Malaysia [he left on Sunday and plans to return on Wednesday]

Toussanak Khmer, Vol.[no volume number], #218, 23-24.7.2007

  • Decisions of Human Rights Party: Kem Sokha Is President; Keo Remy, Pen Sovann, and Keat Sokun Are Vice-Presidents; Ou Chanrath Is Secretary-General
  • Tens of Thousands of People Attended Mr. Kem Sokha’s Human Rights Party Congress

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