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


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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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