Archive for January, 2008

Wednesday, 30.1.2008: Ieng Sary Hospitalized

Posted on 31 January 2008. Filed under: Week 545 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 545

Tribunal Officials Concerned about Health of Five Former Khmer Rouge Leaders in Detention

“Phnom Penh: A Khmer Rouge tribunal official said on 29 January 2008 that Mr. Ieng Sary, 76, was admitted to Calmette Hospital at mid noon of 28 January, to have his hypertension checked by doctors and to have a medical checkup for his chronic diseases. The statement of this official is parallel to the announcement of the pre-juridical process of Nuon Chea, which is due to be held on 4 February.

“Mr. Reach Sambath, the Khmer Rouge tribunal’s spokesperson, told Koh Santepheap by phone that Mr. Ieng Sary had been brought to Calmette Hospital in Phnom Penh to have a medical examination for his hypertension related ailments. He continued, ‘We have made all efforts to treat him.’

“Mr. Eang Udom, Ieng Sary’s defense lawyer, said that Mr. Ieng Sary had suffered a serious relapse of heart related diseases, and on 29 January he was still hospitalized, waiting for medical help from Calmette doctors. The lawyer added, ‘He is suffering from a serious heart disease, that is why he was sent to the hospital, right now he is being observed by the doctors.’

“Mr. Reach Sambath added that ‘it is normal for older people to have hypertension, the patients are asked to take medicine regularly, because if they do not take it, it can cause problems; however, we consider all means to help him, providing highest attention; we are not careless.’

“It is noted that Mr. Chhit Chhoeun, as known as Ta Mok, had been detained by the military court in Phnom Penh for many years; later on, he suffered from serious ailments and was sent to a hospital. He died in the Ketumealea Hospital a few day later, on 23 October 2006.

“Mr. Reach Sambath continued that so far, the other accused, besides Mr. Ieng Sary, are in normal health. However, the five defendants are all old, they can face blood vessel or heart related aliments like Mr. Ieng Sary, while they are waiting for their hearings at the court.

“Mr. Ieng Sary and his wife had been brought to the Khmer Rouge tribunal in the early morning of 12 November 2007, charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes. Mr. Ieng Sary and his wife were the former Khmer Rouge Number Three and Number Four top leaders, who were arrested and have been jailed at the Khmer Rouge tribunal after Duch, the former chief of Tuol Sleng prison, and Nuon Chea, the former president of the People’s Assembly of the Democratic Kampuchea regime.

“On 28 January 2008, 28 judges of the Khmer Rouge tribunal met for their third plenary session to discuss the court’s performance every half year. In that meeting, Mr. Kong Srim, chairing the session, said that the investigating co-judges have been conducting their investigations of the defendant Ieng Sary, charged with crimes against humanity and war crimes, and had issued a warrant to temporarily detain the defendant.

“Mr. Kong Srim added that the five defendants have been charged and are temporarily detained for only four months, starting from the date when the investigative requests were issued.

“During the last few months, there were hints that the Khmer Rouge tribunal does not have sufficient money, and the funds can run out by April 2008, while legal processes have been done only for one of the former Khmer Rouge leaders, that is for the bail request for the defendant Duch. The date for the judgments has not yet been set, while before it was considered that the Khmer Rouge tribunal is a three years project and it was expected to cost US$56.3 million.

“Mr. Kong Srim claimed that ‘we start the year 2008 with a great success.’ He added that the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia is the smallest one of the international courts, and it has also the lowest budget. ‘We have around 300 staff members (200 national employees and 100 international staff members).’” Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6258, 30.1.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #35, 30.1.2008

  • Cambodian Senior Officials Prepare Documents to Register Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage Site on 1 February
  • Prach Chan [Battambang governor] and Chhay Sareth [Pursat governor] Collude with Businesspeople to Cut Trees Illegally in Pursat and Battambang

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1558, 30.1.2008

  • [Robert S. Mueller, III] Chief of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Visits Cambodia for Two Days [30-31 January]
  • Official [Prime Minister Hun Sen’s cabinet chief Hing Bun Heang] Requests through [Sou Phirin, Siem Reap governor, who is] Advisor of Hun Sen, that Action Should Be Taken against Monks Using Mobile Phones [as he considers it as running against Buddhism]
  • Opposition Party Seeks Supports in [garment] Factories [towards coming elections]
  • Young Man and His Three Friends Rape His Girlfriend [he and one of his friend are arrested – Dangkao, Phnom Penh]
  • Uncontrolled Violence in Kenya: Deaths Increase to Nearly 1,000
  • Deaths from Bird Flu in Indonesia Increase to 100

Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #553, 30.1.2008

  • Hun Sen Wants to Advise UN, Forgetting that He Spends State Money without Thinking about the People [mocking]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #101, 30.1.2008

  • Son Chhay [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Phnom Penh]: If Sam Rainsy Party Wins Elections, It Will End the Collection of Toll Fees on National Road 4 and on Other Roads
  • Yuon [Vietnamese] Immigrants Deployed [helped by Vietnamese associations] in Khmer Garment Factories

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6258, 30.1.2008

  • Ieng Sary Hospitalized
  • 41 Young People Use Drugs in Guesthouse [they are arrested – Daun Penh, Phnom Penh]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3377, 30.1.2008

  • Beijing Will Come to Mark 50th Chinese-Cambodian Diplomatic Anniversary on the Day of the Trial of Khmer Rouge Brother Number 2 [Nuon Chea – 4 February]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4502, 30.1.2008

  • Chevron Requests Further Support [from Prime Minster] for Being Partner with Cambodian Government

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #613, 30.1.2008

  • [Hun Sen’s eldest son] Hun Manet Appointed Chief of the Intervention Unit [riot police] of the National Military Police

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Tuesday, 29.1.2008: Samdech Dekchor Calls for the United Nations to Collect Money to Save Victimized Regions

Posted on 30 January 2008. Filed under: Week 545 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 545

Svay Rieng: The Cambodian Prime Minister called on the United Nations to use its resources to help areas in the world facing a crisis, rather than wasting it for missions to Cambodia.
“Samdech Akak Moha Senapadei Dekchor Hun Sen said during an inauguration ceremony of the Hun Sen Svay Rumpear Secondary School at Kilometer 13 in Svay Teab district, which cost US$440,000, initiated by General Sao Sokha, the National Military Police Commander in Chief, that Cambodia is a UN member which is obliged to pay an annual contribution to the UN, thus we have the duty to appeal to the world body to save its money to spend it on countries in crisis.

“Mr. Yash Ghai, a Kenyan citizen, a Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Human Rights in Cambodia, got a new verbal attack from Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen, who had suggested the UN send Mr. Yash Ghai to work in Kenya, which is in a critical political crisis.

“Samdech Prime Minister told the participants that he spent his time to follow the events in Kenya very closely. According to Samdech, the violence in Kenya is frightening. 81 people were killed on 27 January, in a conflict among tribal groups, and the government forces had shot innocent people. Samdech also stated that a newspaper had a cartoon of a UN staff going to enjoy hunting animals, while violence and killing occurs in Kenya.

“Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen added that apart from the time of the Pol Pot regime, Cambodia will not fall into violence like Kenya, and the UN should select people who are better than Mr. Yash Ghai to work with Cambodia. They should not hire a weaker person to work with Cambodia.

“The regions facing crisis and killings are Kenya, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and some other areas that Samdech Dekchor stated the UN should allocate all resources to those victimized regions, rather than wasting them in Cambodia.

“Early this month, when getting attacked from Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen [that he gets his salary for writing bad reports about Cambodia], Mr. Yash Ghai, who had called Cambodia as country without law, stated that he dose not get a salary from the UN for his missions to Cambodia.

“Samdech Prime Minister said that flying in first class planes and staying in five-star hotels costs much more than a salary, and he should be aware that these expenses are paid by the UN, to which Cambodia, as a member, has paid a part to this top world body.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1557, 29.1.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #34, 29.1.2008

  • To Close the Entrance from Thailand to Preah Vihear Temple Is the Khmer [Cambodian] Government’s Right [reacts government’s spokesperson Khieu Kanharith against Thai authorities that oppose putting Preah Vihear Temple as a world heritage site]
  • Civil Society Organizations Pray, Demanding Justice for the Not Really Murderers Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun [accused of killing Chea Vichea in 2004, leader of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia]

Deum Tnot, Vol.1, #7, 28-29.1.2008

  • US Ambassador [Joseph A. Mussomeli]: All Aid Is with Conditions

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1557, 29.1.2008

  • Samdech Dekchor Calls for the United Nations to Collect Money to Save Victimized Regions
  • Keang Vang [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Kampot who has just been expelled]: Getting out of Sam Rainsy Party Is Like a Rabbit Getting Free from a Cage
  • Burma Arrests 96 Opposition Members

Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #552, 28.1.2008

  • Deforestation and Transportation of Wood Still Persist in Kompong Cham, Kratie, and Stung Treng

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #100, 29.1.2008

  • After 2008 Elections, a Sam Rainsy Party Government Would Increase Salaries for Workers to $50-$60
  • Civil Society Officials Affirm that Court Has No Evidence to Accuse Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun
  • Cambodian People’s Party Weakness Is that It Does Not Resolve Immigration Issue

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6257, 29.1.2008

  • Samdech Dekchor Asks UN to Use Funds to Help Victimized Areas Rather Than to Waste Them in Cambodia [on trips of Yash Ghai, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Human Rights in Cambodia]
  • Achievement of Criminal Heng Pov [former Phnom Penh Municipal Police Commissioner, now in jail]: Chak Angrae Kraom Electricité du Cambodge Chief [Kim Pov Daravuth] Got [shot and] Disabled for Life for Cutting off [unpaid] Electricity [Phnom Penh]
  • Mr. Sou Phirin [Siem Reap Governor] Appointed as Advisor to Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen

Meatophum, Vol.52, #675, 28-31.1.2008

  • Mr. Keang Vang Returns to Funcinpec [from Sam Rainsy Party]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4401, 29.1.2008

  • Samdech Dekchor: “Human Resources Development Is Still Priority in Policy of the Cambodian People’s Party”
  • Cambodia Shares Condolences at the Occasion of the Death of Former Indonesian President Suharto
  • Chinese Minster of Foreign Affairs [Yang Jiechi] Will Visit Cambodia in Late January
  • Telecom Malaysia Will Invest $100 Million in Cambodia

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3239, 29.1.2008

  • President of the Norodom Ranariddh Party [Prince Ranariddh] Participated by Submitting a Statement Representing a Cambodian Political Party, [at the Centrist Democrat International Asia Pacific Forum on 25-27 January 2008] in Indonesia
  • Keang Vang [expelled from the Sam Rainsy Party] Declares He Will Ask Back the Money of Tens of Thousands of Dollars Which Eng Chhay Ieng [secretary-general of Sam Rainsy Party] Had Borrowed from Him to Gamble
  • Samdech Krom Preah Says Khmers Must Join Together and Beware so that Cambodia Will Not Become Champa Again, and Like Kampuchea Krom [which was taken by Vietnam] – so It Has to Change Leaders

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Monday, 28.1.2008: Suharto’s Death Announced

Posted on 29 January 2008. Filed under: Week 545 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 545

“An Indonesian senior police official reported that former President Suharto, who had been in power with an iron fist for 32 years in Indonesia, died on 27 January 2008 in Jakarta, at the age of 86 years.

“A Jakarta district police official, Mr. Dicky Sondani, told the press that the former president died at 13:10 local time. Dr. Mardjo Soebiandono, the head of the medical team, assessed Suharto’s health condition shortly before his death as very serious. The Indonesian media networks immediately changed their TV broadcasting programs to transmit live from the hospital, showing one of Suharto’s daughters crying.

“The Indonesian former president was suffering from multiple diseases, including of the heart, the lung, the kidneys, and the digestive apparatus. During the last three weeks that Suharto was suffering serious conditions, his burial place had been openly prepared. The Indonesian Air Forces have arranged five airplanes in Jakarta, to bring Suharto’s coffin and his relatives to central Java, where his body will be buried.

“Suharto had been toppled by mass street protests in May 1998 at the end of his political career. He used to be considered the Father of the Development of Indonesia, but he was also found to be the most corrupt leader in the world. According to certain evaluations, Suharto and his family have amassed between US$15 and 35 billions. The attempts to bring him to court failed many times due to his poor health. Now a week of official mourning was declared, and the Indonesian national flag was lowered to half-mast in front of the president’s office.

“Suharto, who was the Father of the National Development of Indonesia, was also an atrocious commander during 1965 and 1966, wiping out the Indonesian communist party and its alleged alliances, causing the death of 500,000 to 1 million people. As a ruler, who cracked down on his political opponents, he crushed also separatist uprisings and occupied East Timor, which led to the killing of one third of the citizens of East Timor.

“Shortly after the announcement of Suharto’s death, his body was sent to his house in a Jakarta municipality. The Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Vice President Jusuf Kalla had paid a condolence visit to Suharto’s family in the afternoon of 27 January. Suharto’s body will be buried on 28 January in the central part of Java.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6256, 28.01.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 28 January 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #33, 28.1.2008

  • Human Right Party Will Hold Extraordinary Congress in February to Select Prime Ministerial Candidate to Lead the Government If It Wins the Elections

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1556, 27-28.1.2008

  • Son Chhay [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Phnom Penh] Asks Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen to Clarify Seven Points [related to the implementation of the Rectangular Strategy] at the National Assembly
  • 16th Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum [held on 19-24 January in Auckland, New Zealand] Focuses on Economic Cooperation in APEC – “Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation”
  • Kien Svay District Police Arrest Eight Robbers [Kandal]
  • Vietnam Sentences Three Drug Traffickers to Death
  • Sweden Sells Six Fighter Planes to Thailand
  • Pakistan Successfully Tests Missile

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #99, 28.1.2008

  • Lawyer for Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun [accused of killing Chea Vichea in 2004, leader of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia] Asks Supreme Court to Hold [appeal] Hearing Soon

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6256, 28.1.2008

  • Suharto’s Death Announced

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3375, 28.1.2008

  • Civil Society Officials Want an Independent Institution for Hearing Cases, Besides the National Election Committee
  • Thieves Stole CNN Reporter’s Camera, Denigrating Khmer [Cambodia – Phnom Penh]

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Week 544 – 2008-01-27: Reality, Appearance, and Perception

Posted on 28 January 2008. Filed under: *Editorial*, Week 544 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 544

It is not the first time that we have mirrored information which shows that there can be a considerable gap between what might be considered to be hard facts of reality – and different dynamics originating from the same facts, because they appear differently to different people, and therefore they are also perceived differently.

This is important to consider in a democratic society, because at every occasions of elections, voters do not base their decions just on objective facts. This is so especially if it is difficult to verify the reality.

The Prime Minister warned the public, during this week, not to trust promises which may appear impressive, but in actual fact are empty promises, deceiving the people.
Such warnings are understandable, because many promises are made on the way towards elections, and if no clear and detailed plans are provided together with the promises how to implement them, such promises are not very convincing. Just to promise the elimination of corruption – the US ambassadors estimates losses of more than US$300 million per year through corruption – will not be very convincing if this is not accompanied by detailed and public plans, how this is to be achieved.

What makes such warnings against futile election promises crucially difficult, is the fact that the public has to be critical, in order to discern what exists only in its appearance, and what has the weight of reality. The words of those who call for vigilance will also be evaluated.

How is the public to understand the call of the Prime Minister to close down gambling sites, when during the same week announcements are in some newspapers that at the Grand Opening of a new high class gambling club, US$18,888,88 are waiting to be won?

More than one year ago, when Prince Ranariddh had been chairperson of the National Olympic Committee, the Prime Minister had sharply criticized this institution for having spent US$1 million for it activities, mainly for international group travel. Now it was announced that Cambodians, who win medals in international competitions, will be financially rewarded. And the four persons who will represent Cambodia at the Beijing Olympics in athletics and swimming, will get US$200 each. But they will be accompanied by 11 officials. And international media quoted the secretary general of the National Olympic Committee: “For the chef de mission and Olympic Committee President and Secretary General, guests such as wives or children can accompany us.” It is not only a question whether this large entourage of eleven persons accompanying four is necessary or not – it is a question what kind of perception the balance between the $200 and the total expenses will create.

There are allegations that there were irregularities in the operation of the bids for medical supplies for the Ministry of Health, and there are questions how contracts of the magnitude of US$1 billion, which will have an impact of the future of the national treasure of the Bokor National Park, were decided upon. And three more islands in Sihanoukville – public property – were contracted to private companies.

In spite of the many different concerned and opposing voices which have been heard in relation to the plans of filling up 90% of the largest lake in Phnom Penh – voices of directly affected residents, of highly placed experts, and of high office holder of the National Assembly and of the Cambodian People’s Party – the laying of the pipe systems to for ever destroy this part of the natural environment of the capital city continues. Neither the decision making procedures are transparent to the public, nor the financial dealings related to them.

Whatever the reality may be – the population and the public will observe and come to their conclusive perceptions, whether public resources are being cared for in the public interest, or whether it appears that private interests and private deals are going on.

Since several weeks, the question is repeatedly being raised in different media, whether of not the allegations of corruption in Telecom Cambodia have been either found to be groundless – or if not, what punitive action has been initiated.

This week brought also the belated news that the US President had already in December signed a law, which instructs the US State Department to identify foreign officials and their relatives, who are believed to have been involved in corruption relating to the extraction of natural resources in their countries. Again a result of the perception, created by the Global Witness report, with detailed allegations about deforestation related corruption . No outside source has verified the reality of these allegations – but also the government has no responded with detailed facts, proving the allegations as baseless, but instead prohibited the publication and distribution of the report in Cambodia.

It can only be hoped that the warning of the Prime Minister, quoted at the beginning, will lead to more careful considerations how dealing with facts – especially in a transparent, or in a non-transparent way – can build or undermine public confidence. Without such basic trust that justice will prevail, no hope into a better future of a society can be sustained.

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Saturday, 26.1.2008: Cambodian People’s Party Invited to Participate in a Conference of the Centrist Democrat International in Indonesia

Posted on 27 January 2008. Filed under: Week 544 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 544

“Phnom Penh: Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Sok An, Minister of the Council of Minsters, leads a delegation of the Cambodian People’s Party [CPP] to attend the second conference of the Centrist Democrat International Asia Pacific (CDI-AP), which is held in Jakarta, Indonesia, 25-27 January 2008 [as the Centrist Democrat Internaional web site is not accessible, secondary information about the background of the CDI, until 2001 called the Christian Democrat International, is referenced].

“Mr. Suos Yara [Secretary General of the Cambodia Golf Association], who accompanied Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Sok An, said that this trip of Mr. Sok An is responding to an invitation from the vice-president of Indonesia who is also the president of the Golkar Party, Indonesia’s biggest party, in order to participate in the second conference of the Centrist Democrat International Asia Pacific, on 25-27 January 2008.

“Mr. Suos Yara said that 17 ruling parties [the President of Indonesia is the head of the Democratic Party, the fourth largest party, ruling with a coalition] in the Asia-Pacific and 8 new parties participate in the conference. The conference will discuss the topic “All Together at the Center” – that means joining together for peace, freedom, security, and long-term political stability; this topic is very important for ruling parties.

“Mr. Suos Yara added that Mr. Sok An, as a representative of the CPP, will make a speech to share the experience of the CPP, which has ruled the country for more than 20 years. In Cambodia, the international community notices that the CPP is a centrist party; therefore it could hold power for more than 20 years. If it had not been centrist, it would not have held power for such a long time until now. It is believed that the CPP can definitely maintain a centrist democracy, which is not too leftist and not too rightist. According to Mr. Suos Yara, all countries which participate in the conference encourage Cambodia to host the third conference of the Centrist Democrat International Asia Pacific in Cambodia in 2009.

“It should be stated that at present there are 28 parties which are members of the Centrist Democrat International in Europe that create political stability, and maintain peace and security among neighboring countries. This ideology was brought to the Asia-Pacific region first through the Philippines. The first conference was held in Manila, in the Philippines, in 2006.” Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4499, 26.1.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Saturday, 26 January 2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1555, 26.1.2008

  • Sam Rainsy Party Decides to Expel a Parliamentarian Officially [Keang Vang, from Kampot – an unofficial source says: because he criticized Sam Rainsy Party officials who conduct misdeeds]
  • Plane Carrying Samdech Heng Samrin and More Than Ten Parliamentarians Had a Tire Bursting While It Landed [at Phnom Penh Airport on 25 January – no injuries]
  • Married Man Raped Married Cambodian Muslim Woman [he is arrested – Krakor, Pursat]
  • US Intends to Send Troops to Pakistan [government of Pakistan not interested]
  • Iraqi Government Decides to Change Its Flag [to remove Saddam Hussain’s handwriting “Allah is Great”]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6255, 26-27.1.2008

  • [Posts and Telecommunications] Minister So Khun Asks China to Help to Train Human Resources
  • Female Owner of “Thmey Thmey” Barber Shop Shot Dead in Street [by unknown person on 25 January – Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3374, 26-27.1.2008

  • Hun Sen Warns that if Royal Family Enters Politics They Should Not Care about Status

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4499, 26.1.2008

  • Cambodian People’s Party Invited to Participate in a Conference of the Centrist Democrat International in Indonesia
  • Thai Military Threatens to Oppose Nominating Preah Vihear Temple as a World Heritage Site

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #610, 26.1.2008

  • Siam [Thailand] Declares War with Khmer over Preah Vihear Temple Issue

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Friday, 25.1.2008: Main Reason Why the US Ambassador Did Not Participate in the Ceremony at Tuol Sleng

Posted on 25 January 2008. Filed under: Week 544 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 544

“Phnom Penh: Mr. Joseph Mussomeli, the US Ambassador to Cambodia, told journalists in Kratie on 22 January that the reason why he did not participate in the march to Tuol Sleng with the Hollywood actress is that the march was political.

“The ambassador said that at first, he thought that the ceremony was peaceful and it was to recall the genocidal tragedy; therefore, he decided to register on the participants’ list in order to participate in the march, but later the march became political, criticizing a third country – then he decided to withdraw himself so as not to participate.

“The march of civil society organizations in Cambodia and of organizations from Darfur had asked for permission from the government to hold a ceremony on 22 January at [former] Tuol Sleng prison and at the Choeung Ek Genocide Memorial, but this was prevented by government authorities, because it was considered to be an initial step to criticize China.

“If the ceremony had been in line with what the permission had been asked for, it would not have been prevented.

“Mr. Joseph Mussomeli said that he would not support any activity which is unjust and uses an opportunity to criticize a third country. If the march had been humanitarian and had not criticized another country, he would not have refused to participate. Firstly, he was told that the civil society group from Darfur, which was led by Hollywood actress Mia Farrow, would conduct an Olympic-style torch march at Tuol Sleng prison against genocide worldwide. On the day when they started, the march became political and criticized a third country. The ambassador regretted what contradicted the purpose for which the permission had been asked.

“However, the ambassador praised the government authorities for not causing any injuries in preventing the march.

“Besides the Darfur issue, the ambassador referred also to the anti-corruption law in Cambodia, that it must be pushed forward in order to be applied in the country, so that it contributes to the reduction of corruption in the society, so that the development of the country can move ahead. The Royal Government has already vowed that the anti-corruption will be sped up, not delayed.

“Mr. Joseph mentioned a figure of approximately $320 million that is lost to corruption each year, to have a reference to compare to. Thus, if such a great amount would be prevented from being lost, it could be used to construct many school buildings, hospitals, and other elements of the infrastructure.

“A report from the US Embassy stated also that more than 500,000 citizens have given their thumbprints, supporting that the National Assembly should adopt the anti-corruption law soon. In Kratie alone, more than 20,000 citizens have given their thumbprints to support the adoption of such a law.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1554, 25.1.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Friday, 25 January 2008

Chakraval, Vol.16, #2750, 25.1.2008

  • Former Female Teacher of Santhor Mukh High School Robbed and Killed in Her House [Tuol Kork, Phnom Penh]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1554, 25.1.2008

  • Main Reason Why the US Ambassador Did Not Participate in the Ceremony at Tuol Sleng
  • Cambodia Becomes Attractive Destination for Nature and Culture Tourism in the Region and in the World

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #98, 25-26.1.2008

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy: Plan of Distribution of Voters’ Information Cards Is Politically Prejudiced

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6254, 25.1.2008

  • National Election Committee Calls for Relevant Institutions to Give Recommendations on Draft Regulations and Procedures for the 2008 Elections

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3373, 25.1.2008

  • President Bush Signed, on 26 December 2007, a Law Prohibiting Corrupt Officials from Entering America

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.15, #1272, 25.1.2008

  • Snadai Khmeng Wat Publisher [Sam Phannarith] Provides an Ambulance to Samdech Dekchor Hun Sen

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4498, 25.1.2008

  • Non-Violent Demonstration with More Than 2,000 Demonstrators to Protect School Land [which is to be given to individuals by a court decision – Angk Snuol, Kandal]
  • Buildings Worth More Than $6 Million Inaugurated at Samdech Dekchor’s Bodyguard Unit [24 January – Takhmao, Kandal]
  • Krom Preah [Norodom Ranariddh] Turns to Ask Mam Sonando [director of Sambok Khmum Radio] to Help Reconcile [some political parties in order to resist the Cambodian People’s Party]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3237, 25.1.2008

  • US Ambassador Says Each Year Cambodia Loses $320 Million Equal to 10,000 School Buildings Due to Corruption, Funds Which Cannot Be Recovered
  • Black-Clad Thai Soldiers [special border protection unit] Enter Nearly 100 Meters into Khmer Land to Prohibit Demining in Oddar Meanchey

Srorch Srang Cheat, Vol.10, #268, 25.1.2008

  • Cambodia Still Has a Limited Number of Internet Users, and They Face Difficulties

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Thursday, 24.1.2008: Launching Ceremony of Textbook for Computer Use in Khmer and Inauguration of Low Cost Computing Research Laboratory for Education Under the Framework of the ICT Education Master Plan

Posted on 25 January 2008. Filed under: Week 544 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 544

“Phnom Penh: The Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, in collaboration with the Open Institute [a Cambodian Non-Government Organization] launched a program to use low cost [and low electricity consumption] computers under the framework of the Information Communication Technology [ICT] Development Master Plan on the afternoon of 22 January 2008 at the National Institute of Education, presided over by Mr. Im Sethy, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports.

“The launch of a computer textbook in Khmer, and the inauguration of the use of low cost computers was conducted under the framework of the ICT development master plan, and as part of the Open School Program, developed in cooperation between the Ministry of Education and the Open Institute, with the goal to promote the quality of education in Cambodia through the use of ICT. The Open School :Program is a three stages project, which develops and applies the ICT Master Plan in Education.

“The first stage of the project is to provide computer training programs in Khmer at schools, Teacher Training Colleges, and other educational institutions. The second stage is to do research and prepare more details towards the elaboration of the ICT Master Plan in Education. The textbook about the use of computers in Khmer is a new reference textbook in Khmer for all schools, training institutions, and the administration of the Ministry of Education.

“Mr. Im Sethy said at the launch ceremony that it is important to have ICT integrated in education in Cambodia in the future.

“He went on to say that this achievement must reach all students in the educational system, in their own language which they understand clearly; it must be used consistently and systematically based on the carefully prepared steps in the Master Plan for ICT in Education.

“Mr. Im Sethy added, ‘No economic development can happen without a policy encouraging the use of technology in the national language, which the citizens can understand and use.’ He continued that more and more younger people absorb the use of new technologies; our children know how to use many modern technologies that we cannot use. This is the reason why we have to make sure that all students, not only those who live in cities, can get new knowledge and new technologies. Mr. Im Sethy said that the mainstreaming of new technologies must ensuree that all can understand it – the only way is the use of such technology in the Khmer language, putting ICT study programs, and providing appropriate ICT structures, into all schools by 2012.

“At that occasion, Mr. Im Sethy expressed also his gratitude to the Open Institute, to the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation, to InWEnt [Capacity Building International, Germany], to UNESCO, and to other human resource development partners in line with the policy of the Royal Government of Cambodia.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1553, 24.1.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Thursday, 24 January 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #31, 24.1.2008

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1553, 24.1.2008

  • Launching Ceremony of Textbook for Computer Use in Khmer and Inauguration of Low Cost Computing Research Laboratory for Education Under the Framework of the ICT Education Master Plan
  • National Election Committee Asks Political Parties to Participate in Checking the Distribution of Information Cards [giving voters detailed information, for example about their polling station number, etc.]
  • [Unidentified] Man Hangs Himself on Tenth Floor of New Tax Department Building [Tuol Kork, Phnom Penh]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3372, 24.1.2008

  • Corrupt Leaders and High Ranking Officials of Cambodian Government Can Be Prohibited from Entering America
  • A Man Seriously Wounded with Bullets [by two men, one in a bodyguard uniform, both of them escape – 22 January – Chamkarmon, Phnom Penh]; It Is Suspected that This Relates to a Love Triangle, Involving a High Ranking Official’s Mistress

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4497, 24.1.2008

  • Ministry of Education Launches Textbook for Computer Use in Khmer
  • Cambodia Contacts Vietnam to Investigate the Printing of Angkor Wat Picture on Shoes
  • New German Ambassador [Frank M. Mann] Meets with Senior Minister Keat Chhon

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3236, 24.1.2008

  • National Election Committee Calls for Representatives of Parties and Civil Society Organizations to Participate in the Distribution of Information Cards

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Wednesday, 23.1.2008: Sam Rainsy Puts Pressure on the King to Give the Title of Hero of Workers to Chea Vichea Posthumously

Posted on 24 January 2008. Filed under: Week 544 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 544

Khieu Kanharith: A title does not come through demands

“Phnom Penh: The title of ‘hero’ should be granted to Mr. Chea Vichea posthumously. If the King does not grant this title, then the titles he has granted so far are meaningless. This is what Mr. Sam Rainsy, the opposition party leader, said while attending a garlands’ procession to Wat Langka where the former president of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia was gunned down.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith, the royal government’s spokesperson, said that such titles do not come in response to requests like Mr. Sam Rainsy said. Titles are given when the King himself wants to grant them.

“Yesterday morning, on 22 January 2008, the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia organized a ceremony to mark the anniversary of Chea Vichea’s death, who was gunned down on 22 January 2004 near Wat Langka. Mr. Sam Rainsy, the opposition party leader, attended the procession along with members of parliament of his party and more than 100 union members.

“In a public speech at the ceremony, Mr. Sam Rainsy said that Mr. Chea Vichea should be granted the title of ‘hero’ posthumously by the King, because Mr. Chea Vichea was a key activist who had helped thousands of Cambodian workers to demand their rights and freedoms.

“He continued that Mr. Chea Vichea should be granted the title posthumously, otherwise all titles granted by the King are meaningless. Mr. Sam Rainsy did not only ask the King to grant Mr. Chea Vichea a title posthumously, but he also reminded the King about bestowing titles, and then he insisted that it is necessary to find the true killers to be punished, as he considered that the detained suspects arrested by the police are not the real killers.

“Mr. Sam Rainsy added that the granting of titles at present to a number of okhnas and other sly figures only encourage their ambitions to destroy the nation and to commit corruption. Thus, if titles granted so far have been done like this, they have no value for real blameless patriots.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith said that if the title is granted to Chea Vichea as Sam Rainsy has demanded, then there would be hundreds of titles needed for those who have sacrificed their lives for the nation and the country. We don’t mean to disrespect the dead, but Chea Vichea just helped workers to protest when there were demonstrations or irregularities in some factories only.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith added that Chea Vichea only became very famous after his death, rather than when he was alive. Mr. Khieu Kanharith pointed to some evidence for this to be compared: if a title was to be granted to Chea Vichea, then it should also be granted to hundreds of thousands of soldiers who have died on the border, who have lived under storm, rain, and bullets, and who sacrificed their lives to the nation and to the country. They struggled to defend the country and the nation from enemy invasions. Moreover, the soldiers who had sacrificed their lives along the borders are to be highly valued for the nation and for the Cambodian people as a whole.

“Mr. Khieu Kanharith added that the granting of titles comes from the heart of the King himself. It is not done in response to demands like what Mr. Sam Rainsy wants. If Mr. Sam Rainsy appealed for the King to bestow the title on Mr. Chea Vichea, why doesn’t he ask for a title for Mr. Thun Bunly, who was a key reporter supporting his party, who was also shot dead [Notes: Murdered in May 1996 – Thun Bunly had been convicted in 1995 for insulting co-prime ministers Hun Sen and Norodom Ranariddh, and was appealing his conviction. The killing was denounced at that time as ‘despicable and cowardly’ by King Sihanouk]. This kind of demand is just exploiting an event for political gain.

“Mr. Hem Kouy, a decorated solider who received the title of hero in 1980, said that a title of hero is not obtained through demands or purchase. He explained that the title is reserved only for those who have a history of liberating the nation from a genocidal regime or from invading enemies. Those who have gone through such miserable life experiences should be given a title by the King. Mr. Hem Kouy added that if the King grants a title to a person, the name of that period will be in golden script recorded in history.

“Responding to the question whether the demand of the opposition leader will affect the King’s honor, Mr. Khieu Kanharith said that Mr. Sam Rainsy used to be a person who has always criticized the monarchy for a long time – not only he but also his father [changing from deputy prime minister to criticizing the government].” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1552, 23.01.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Deum Ampil, Vol.3, #53, 23-29.1.2008

  • Funcinpec Raises White Flag Before 2008 General Elections [Nhek Bun Chhay, secretary-general of Funcinpec, said that the amendment of the Constitution leaves Funcinpec less and less chance to participate in the elections]

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #30, 23.1.2008

  • Keo Remy [vice-president of the Human Rights Party]: If the Human Rights Party Wins the 2008 Elections, It Will Give the Title of “Hero of Workers” to the Dead Chea Vichea [former leader of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1552, 23.1.2008

  • Sam Rainsy Puts Pressure on the King to Give the Title of Hero of Workers to Chea Vichea Posthumously
  • An Oknha [Thong Sarath] at Whom Two Soldiers Aimed a Gun and Prepared to Shoot Got Help from His Bodyguards on Time [the bodyguards twisted a soldier’s hand and the gun was dropped – on 22 January in a land dispute – S’ang, Kandal – the oknha takes the soldiers to court]
  • China Promises to Help Cooperate in Telecommunications through Telecom Cambodia

Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #550, 23.1.2008

  • Hun Sen and Donors Must Study Ministry of Health’s Bids for Supplying Medicines 2008, Which Have Irregularities

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #97, 23.1.2008

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy: Most Titles Given Only to Mafia and Criminals
  • So Far, No Action Taken by Khmer Leaders against [Telecom Cambodia director] Nhek Kosal Vithyea’s Misdeeds
  • Kimsour Phirith [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Banteay Meanchey]: Corruption Makes Health Services in Cambodia Badly Decline

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3371, 23.1.2008

  • Sao Sokha [commander of National Military Police] Boasts about Constructing the Military Police Headquarters Costing More Than $1 Million without Using State Money [but asking for money from a number of businesspeople and okhnas]

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.15, #1271, 23.1.2008

  • Prime Minister: Culture of Deception Makes Funcinpec Go Down

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4496, 23.1.2008

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Asks Cambodian King to Give Royal Title of Hero of Cambodian Workers to Mr. Chea Vichea Posthumously

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #607, 23.1.2008

  • Joseph A. Mussomeli [US Ambassador to Cambodia]: Cambodia Is a Country Which Is Rich in Wealth [of natural resources], but It Is Ruined by Corruption
  • It Is Said that Nuth Sokhom [Minister of Health] Gets $2 Million from Bids for Supplying Medicines

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Tuesday, 22.1.2008: Apologies for the delay – and we do not have a translated article today

Posted on 23 January 2008. Filed under: Week 544 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 544

Apologies for the delay – and we do not have a translated article today

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Apyea Kroet, Vol.6, #65, 21.1.2008

  • In Cambodia There Are Only Two Parties [Cambodian People’s Party and Sam Rainsy Party] Which Are Competent to Rule the Country
  • Most of Those Who Respect the Law Are Innocent People, but Many of Those Who Violate the Law Are Powerful People
  • Wood Workshops Illegally Spread; It Seems that All Ratanakiri Officials Are Blind [mocking]

Chakraval, Vol.16, #2749, 22.1.2008

  • Government Decides to Reward Athletes Who Get Medals [from overseas]
  • Case of Teachers Taking Leave on Suspension of Their Salaries Causes Many Shortages of Teachers in Provinces and Districts

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #29, 22.1.2008

  • Hundreds of Workers Laid Flowers to Commemorate Chea Vichea [leader of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia] This Morning
  • Hun Sen Gives Economic Land Concessions to Yuon [Vietnamese] Companies, Making Khmer People Concerned about Loss of Land

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1551, 22.1.2008

  • [Cambodian] Government Seeks Those Who Made Shoes and Printed Angkor Wat Picture on the Shoes
  • Khieu Kanharith [Minister of Information and the government’s spokesperson]: Dead Victims of Khmer Rouge Regime Must Not Be Used for Business [political purpose]
  • Mr. Son Chhay [Sam Rainsy Party parliamentarian from Phnom Penh] Asks the King to Give a Royal Title such as “Hero of Workers” to Chea Vichea
  • Tens of Thousands of Trees in Ou Krieng Ringbarked by Unknown People [Sambour, Kratie]

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #96, 22.1.2008

  • Citizens Get Furious because Yuons [Vietnamese] Printed an Angkor Wat Picture on Shoes
  • Sam Rainsy Party Demands Government Release Investigating Documents Related to the Death of Mr. Chea Vichea, and Release Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun from Prison [controversially accused of killing Chea Vichea]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6251, 22.1.2008

  • Learning Khmer in Thailand: Association of Surin Language and Culture Continues to Maintain Khmer Heritage

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3370, 22.1.2008

  • A Party That Uses Money and Gifts to Buy Votes Is Really a Dishonest Party [says analysts in response to Hun Sen who warned people not be deceived by politicians]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4495, 22.1.2008

  • Printing Angkor Wat Picture on Shoes Causes Strong Reaction in Cambodia
  • Eight Illegal Wood Workshops in Svay Leu District Suppressed [Siem Reap]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3234, 22.1.2008

  • Power of the Cambodian People’s Party Puts Pressure on Cambodia to Be Slave of China – China that Had Supported the Genocide Regime [about prevention of lotus march to Tuol Sleng Genocide Memorial]
  • Sam Rainsy Will Finally Become Hun Sen’s Unofficial Spokesperson

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #606, 22.1.2008

  • [Cambodian Human Rights] Action Committee Condemns Hun Sen Government for Violating the Freedom of Assembly of Citizens

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Monday, 21.1.2008: Gate of Tuol Sleng Memorial Closed; Darfur Issue Causes Controversy in Phnom Penh

Posted on 22 January 2008. Filed under: Week 544 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 544

“Phnom Penh: More than 100 representatives of civil society organizations led by the executive director of the Center for Social Development and by the American movie star Ms. Mia Farrow , wanted to gather on 20 January 2008 at the entrance to Tuol Sleng Genocide Memorial in order to hold a ceremony to commemorate victims in Darfur and survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide, but the attempt to lay flowers in commemoration was prevented by the authorityies, stating that this was not permitted by the government.

“Ms. Seng Theary, the president of the Center for Social Development, who led an American Hollywood actress, two Sudanese nationals, and civil society officials from human rights organizations, was barred while they were trying to go to the Tuol Sleng Genocide Memorial to present lotus flowers. Police had deployed forces and blocked the roads around Tuol Sleng Museum from early in the morning of 20 January 2008, preventing the march of civil society members. It was known that this might happen, because the Royal Government had immediately rejected this plan after permissions had been issued by the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and by the manager of the Genocide Memorial.

“Hollywood actress Mia Farrow said, ‘We do not understand why the authorities do not allow us to commemorate the dead by laying flowers at Tuol Sleng, to remember the victims and to promot an end to genocide worldwide.’ She continued that they had been to everal other countries where genocide had happened, and they advocate that genocide should not be allowed to happen any longer.

“Ms. Seng Theary went on to say that the genocide memorial is not a place of anybody specific only, and it must not be linked to politics. She continued, ‘Tuol Sleng is where my father, my mother, and my siblings’ death is commemorated.’ She added, ‘I call on our Khmer Royal Government on behalf of survivors of the Khmer Rouge regime to stop using politics to interfere in humanitarian actions.’

“However, police officials said, ‘Tuol Sleng is closed and visitors are not allowed to enter.’ Therefore Boeng Keng Kang Bei Subdistrict authorities ordered the civil society group to leave the Tuol Sleng area, because they were not allowed to enter to lay flowers on that day. Eight representatives of civil society organizations with lotuses in their hands, who planned to take the flowers and lay them in front of Tuol Sleng Memorial, were also not alloweded to proceed, even only two of them, who finally asked the police to allow them in, were not permitted to proceed.

“According to the letter of the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, dated 24 December 2007 which also Koh Santepheap has seen, sent to Ms. Seng Theary as president of the Center for Social Development, the ministry agreed that the site of the Tuol Sleng Genocide Memorial may be used by the Center for Social Development, to hold a ceremony to honor the Darfur citizens and the survivors of the genocide, based on a request for the plan for 20 January 2008. Nonetheless, the permission was canceled, but the organizers still claim that they did not get any information about this change.

“Ms. Alison Johnson, a representative of the ‘Dream for Darfur,’ said at a press conference that they had laid flowers in several countries before, where genocide had happened. She continued that on the morning of 20 January, they wanted to lay flowers at Tuol Sleng Genocide Memorial also, but the authorities barred them.

“Ms. Seng Theary continued, ‘The Tuol Sleng Memorial belongs to the citizens and the world, to those who want to share in the sufferings with the victims who died, and to share hope with the survivors.’ She went on to say, ‘The Tuol Sleng Memorial is not a market to sell tickets for profit.’

“The Tuol Sleng memorial is known since 1979 as the four buildings which are a former high school; they were used by the regime of Democratic Kampuchea as administrative offices, as rooms for cross-examinations, and as rooms for torture. In 1975 there had been 154 prisoners, in 1976 2,250, in 1977 2,330, and in 1978 there had been 5,765 prisoners.

“The Center for Social Development said that in the planned ceremony, after laying flowers, there would also be the lighting of an Olympic-style torch, where the flame would symbolize the commemoration of those who died and of those who suffer. The flame is to shine on the bravery of the survivors. The flame represents our hope that there will be an end to genocide everywhere.

“Ms. Seng Theary added, ‘What does this activity of the police mean, that we – only eight of us – six women and two men, are humanitarian representatives who quietly and peacefully hold white lotuses, wanting to commemorate the victims and lay flowers at Tuol Sleng?’ She continued that they are Khmer people, but many officials with weapons prevented them. Previously, there had been a straight warning issued by some officials that the ceremony would not be allowed, because it would serve the politics of one country against another country, by using Cambodia as the location. The authorities will not allow the use of Cambodia to go against another country.

“It is noticed that during the actions of pushing against each other [between the police and those who wanted to go to the Toul Sleng Menorial], no one was injured, and the civil society group withdrew at the order of hundreds of armed Chamkarmon district police officials. However, on 19 January 2008, this group of activists had once already visited the Tuol Sleng Memorial, but they were not barred, until the afternoon of the same day; police also deployed forces guarding the Chinese Embassy, as it had been said that the activists planned to march to the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6250, 21.1.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Monday, 21 January 2008

Chuoy Khmer, Vol.2, #28, 21.1.2008

  • Hun Sen Government Does Not Allow Ms. Seng Theary [executive director of the Center for Social Development] and Hollywood Movie Star Mia Farrow to Put Flowers at Tuol Sleng, Considering the Attempt to Use Cambodia as a Battlefield against China
  • Keo Remy [vice-president of Human Rights Party] Reacts against Yuon [Vietnamese] Tan Bien Rubber Plantation Company That Blocks Roads of Thousands of Families [Santuk, Kompong Thom]
  • Kem Sokha [president of Human Rights Party] Accuses Cambodian People’s Party of Not Attending to Solve Spreading Land Disputes
  • Yuons [Vietnamese in Cambodia] Prepare to Vote for Cambodian People’s Party So that Laws on Nationality and Immigration Will Not Be Carried Out

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1550, 20-21.1.2008

  • Cambodia Must Not Become a Battleground against Any Country
  • 14 Vietnamese Soldiers’ Remains Returned [from Siem Reap] to Vietnam

Khmer Amatak, Vol.9, #549, 21.1.2008

  • Hun Sen Authority Forces Prevent [Olympic-style] Torch Event and Flower Laying for Genocide Victims
  • Hun Sen’s Shouts Ordering Closure of Gambling Sites – It Is Just to Deceive Voters
  • Forest Crimes Still Destroy the Nation; Hun Sen Does Not the Leave Power as He Promised

Khmer Machas Srok, Vol.2, #95, 21.1.2008

  • Prevention [of Darfur event] Reflects that Sudan and Cambodia Are Equally Dictatorial
  • Strong Powerful Prime Minister Hun Sen Makes Promises Empty as the “Wind” [responding to Prime Minister Hun Sen who had warned people not to be deceived with empty promises]

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6250, 21.1.2008

  • Gate of Tuol Sleng Memorial Closed; Darfur Issue Causes Controversy in Phnom Penh
  • Sokha Hotel Company Invests $1 Billion in Bokor National Park [Kampot]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3369, 21.1.2008

  • Hun Sen Government Forces Prevent Flower Laying at Tuol Sleng Museum
  • Vanvimex Company [under the control of a child of Pheapimex Company director Cheung Sopheap] Wins Ministry of Health’s Bids for Supplying Medicines 2008 because of Corruption [bribes – according to some businesspeople who participated in the bids]

Rasmei Angkor, Vol.15, #1270, 21.1.2008

  • Holding Lotus March to Tuol Sleng Memorial Prevented
  • Siem Reap District Military Police Are Notorious for Extorting Money from Trucks Transporting Wood; Svay Leu District Military Police Are Notorious for Operating Illegal Wood Workshops [Siem Reap]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #4494, 20-21.1.2008

  • Election Season Is Time of Making Empty “Wind” Promises [Prime Minster Hun Sen warns Cambodian people to be cautious not to be deceived into losing property or choosing wrong politicians to be their representatives]
  • Samdech Dekchor [Hun Sen] Calls for Political Parties Not to Deceive People Any Longer [with empty promises]
  • Siem Bouk District Military Police Official [Chea Samnang] Takes Radio Free Asia Reporter [Ratha Visal] and Human Rights Official [Chhay Reth from ADHOC] to Stung Treng Court [on accusation of false report on 2 January, that ‘a military police official in Stung Treng is accused of beating a villager for not being able to get his daughter to marry, and making unjust investigations]
  • Government Leases Three More Islands [in Sihanoukville] to Private Companies [Angela Real Estate, RPB Investment, and Twin Golden]
  • Ly Yong Phat Company Builds Bridge Across Tonle Sap River [at Prek Pnov, Ponhea Leu, Kandal – under build-operate-transfer policy]
  • Bush Calls for Reduction of Taxes of $140 Billion to Avoid Economic Decline
  • Another 25 People Die in Recent Violence in Kenya

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #606, 20-21.1.2008

  • Those Who Steal from the Nation Get Oknha Titles but a Title Is Not Given to Chea Vichea [leader of the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia] Who Died for Justice for Workers

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