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Reactions to the Arrest of Two Human Rights Organization Officials Who Are Accused by the Authorities and a Court to Be Troublemakers – Tuesday 2.12.2008

Posted on 3 December 2008. Filed under: Week 589 |

The Mirror, Vol. 12, No. 589

“The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association – ADHOC – released an announcement about the arrest of Mr. Sven Vev and of Mr. Yang Than, volunteer human rights activists of ADHOC in Ratanakiri on 27 November 2008. The announcement condemns the activities of the Ratanakiri authorities and the court that arrested two human rights activists of ADHOC for the Lumphat district in Ratanakiri. The arrest is considered by ADHOC to be an unjust act to intimidate human rights activists and to break the determination of the minority tribespeople who protect the forest land of their community that is violated by dishonest merchants with the support and collusion of some persons in authority.
“At 5:00 p.m. of 27 November 2008, Mr. Sven Vev, 36, and Mr. Yang Than, 43, representing 136 families in Ba Tang village and commune, Lumphat, Ratanakiri, were summoned by the Ratanakiri court for direct questioning about a land dispute in Ba Tang. After the court finished asking about the land dispute (which is a civil case), it ordered police to arrest both of them and had them handcuffed; when both shouted, ‘Very unjust, help!’ immediately police grabbed their necks, and a co-prosecutor rolled up paper and forced it into their mouths, so that they could not shout. This cruel torture was committed by both persons of authority [police and prosecutor] against these human rights defenders.

“Seeing such cruel and unjust actions, around 40 citizens, who accompanied them and who were standing outside, rushed in to drag their representatives out from the court, though they were handcuffed, but they were hit by the police, then, they responded by hitting back so that they could take their representatives out of the court. The violent exchange between the citizens and the police lasted almost 10 minutes. But after that, the police could arrest Yang Than by shouting, ‘Arrest this motorbike robber!’ This accusation is a distortion of the truth by the state organ of the police, a blatant fraud and abuse of trust in the sate. Also, police cruelly hit and tormented some activists; furthermore, they incited other citizens to join in hitting the victim [whom the police had accused to be motorcycle thieves – and such situations lead frequently to lynchings]. After that, police put the victim into a car to bring him to a police office, and then to the Ratanakiri prison. They even severely hit the victim in the car. As for the other activist, he managed to escape safely so the police could not hold him.
“ADHOC considers the arrest of the two human rights activists as unjust and inhuman actions of the Ratanakiri police and court, they are bad and are directed against the right implementation of the law. These activities are to intimidate human rights activists, to` destroy activities promoting human rights, and to break the citizens’ determination, while they dare to protest and to prevent the intrusion into, and the violation of forest lands of the minority tribespeople’s communities. This happens almost in all districts of Ratanakiri. ADHOC investigated this case and had found that the land dispute between the Ba Tang community and the company of the DM Group started since 2003, and the citizens had lodged complaints to the authorities and to the court, but there was no solution, beside forcing some citizens to take small amounts of money in exchange for agreeing to deliver the land to the company. This company cleared many hectares of crop of the minority tribespeople, and felled high value luxury wood trees on hundreds of hectares. The citizens sued, but there was no solution at all.
“This shows that the court and the authorities of this province do not care to investigate illegal logging, which is a serious crime and is against the policy of the Royal Government. On the contrary, the company sued two representatives of the people at the Ratanakiri court for destroying public assets and for blocking the DM Group’s work to plant rubber trees. But the court of this province used very bad tricks to cheat and to arrest them without any reason.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6514, 2.12.2008

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Chakraval, Vol.16, #2830, 2.12.2008

  • Crisis in Siam [Thailand] Is Estimated to Waste Nearly US$300 Million per Day [Thai Minister of Foreign Affairs said that the government will compensate Baht 1,000,000,000 [approx. US$28,300,000] to tourists stuck in the airports by anti-government demonstrators]

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.7, #1809, 2.12.2008

  • Two Monks and Four Men Who Recently Left the Monkhood Are Involved in Robbery and Murder in Dambae District [in Kompong Cham, where two men were murdered]
  • India Is Considering to Create an Anti-Terrorism Organization [after the attacks by terrorists in Mumbai]
    Two Days of Religious Violence between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria Killed 400 People

Koh Santepheap, Vol.41, #6514, 2.12.2008

  • Reactions to the Arrest of Two Human Rights Organization Officials Who Are Accused by the Authorities
    and a Court to Be Troublemakers
  • Thai Media Published that [ousted former Thai Prime Minister] Mr. Thaksin Shinawatra Secretly came to Koh Kong, but Cambodian Officials Deny This, as There Is No Reliable Information [Koh Kong is a province at the Cambodian-Thai border]
  • Angkor World Heritage Site Signals Are Inaugurated [in Siem Reap, now – which has been inscribed in the World Heritage List already in 1992]
  • Chaos in Bangkok Motivates More Than 1,000 Tourists per Day to Enter Cambodia through the Poipet Border Crossing Point [according to immigration police at Poipet, about double the normal figure – but by now it is almost down to zero]
  • Two Motorbikes Collided with One Another, then a Truck Coming from Behind Rolled Over Three People and Killed Them, Injuring Three Others [Phnom Penh Thmey, Phnom Penh]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.15, #3628, 2.12.2008

  • Two Parties under the Monarchist Banner [Funcinpec and the Norodom Ranariddh Party] Continue to Seek Union [according to Funcinpec Secretary-General Nhek Bun Chhay]

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.16, #47575, 2.12.2008

  • [Mr. Hing Bun Heang] A Cambodian Military Officer Testifies Again about the Number of Deaths and Injuries of Thai Soldiers [the bones of two Thai soldiers were found in the Veal Intry region – he said that 28 soldiers lost their lives, while Cambodia lost 3 soldiers; however, Thailand said that only 6 Thai soldiers died]
  • If Cambodia Still Needs, the Peace Corps [a US voluntary organization] Will Continue to Help [so far, there are 57 volunteers in Cambodia]

  • An English Man Is Detained for Producing Pornographic Photos of Children [Phnom Penh]
  • In 2009 Korean Volunteers [of the Korea International Cooperation Agency – KOICA] Will Focus on Three Institutions of the Government [1. Ministry of Agriculture, 2. kindergarten, art, and general physical education, and 3. basic health education at rural communities]

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.15, #3449, 2.12.2008

  • Crisis in Siam [Thailand] Might Make Cambodia Loose Income of Approximately US$100 Million [according to the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Thong Khon, more than 1,500 tour

ists visit Cambodia every day through flights and through roads from Thailand, about 30% of all tourists]

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