Political Parties

Wednesday, 13.6.2007: Samdech Hun Sen Says Social and Economic Inequalities Encourage Society to Be Progressive

Posted on 14 June 2007. Filed under: Political Parties, Week 512 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 512

“Phnom Penh: Samdech Hun Sen said on 12 June that although Cambodia is proud about the social development during the last few years, the Royal Government of Cambodia still has some concerns, because while poverty declined, the social and economic inequalities grow.

“Samdech Prime Minister said at the launch of the World Bank document “Cambodia Equity Report 2007: Sharing Growth” that in fact, we know that in our world there might be no society or government that can guarantee that the social and economic inequities will be solved 100%. We are all witnesses of failure in the efforts to construct a society with 100% equity.

“Samdech said that social and economic inequalities, within certain appropriate limits, are also a fundamental factor and result in an encouragement to society to move ahead by overcoming them and to develop.

“The Royal Government of Cambodia and the World Bank cooperated to arrange the launching of this report about equity in Cambodia in 2007.

“Deputy Prime Minister Keat Chhon, the Minister of Finance and Economy, said that the theme and time of the arrangement of the launch is really appropriate to the situation and to the circumstances of development of Cambodia, which is strongly moving forwards and maintains a two digits economic growth rate during the last three years.

“Mr. Keat Chhon said that it is not just by chance that the Rectangular Strategy contains the word “equity;” therefore, to continue to solve problems faced, especially to reduce the gaps and inequities, the Royal Government of Cambodia operates development projects and conducts big reforms in the fields of economy and finances, including public financial reforms, and a strategy for financial development 2006-2015, and it is also strengthening partnerships according to the declarations of the Royal Government with bi-lateral and multi-lateral partners, aiming to achieve harmonized and equalized results.”

“Ms. Nisha Agrawal, the World Bank Country Manger for Cambodia, said that the report evaluating poverty, which was made public in early 2006, is very important, which shows that in general the poverty did decline in Cambodia in the last decade. She said, ‘The present report on equities is also an important report, and we hope that there will be a change, according to the views about inequities in the report.’

“Ms. Nisha Agrawal said that the two reports show the importance of basic analysis, and that the policies have to consider data both relating to quantity and to quality. Especially the two reports show the important work of the National Institute of Statistics, and the need to conduct observations of high quality, and regularly observe the situation of families in the future, as these data can be used to observe the development of overcoming poverty, and the achievement of equity.

“Samdech Hun Sen said that it is important at this time not to guarantee a definite equity in society, but to try to guarantee social equity – i.e. to guarantee to provide the people of all social classes equity and justice, that means that they receive the opportunity for development and for participation in all activities for their whole life, and it is important to guarantee that the people in poverty are definitely not to be left out, and without any care.” Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1364, 13.6.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Kampuchea Thmey, Vol.6, #1364, 13.6.2007

  • Samdech Hun Sen Says Social and Economic Inequalities Encourage Society to Be Progressive
  • Ministry of Interior Decides to Register Kem Sokha’s Party Officially
  • Pornographic CDs Sold on Top of Dangrek Mountains [Oddar Meanchey]
  • Floods in Bangladesh Kill Nearly 100 People
  • Heat Wave Kills 26 People in Pakistan

Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6064, 13.6.2007

  • Norodom Ranariddh Party Decides to Appeal [over Ranariddh’s case]

Moneaksekar Khmer, Vol.14, #3183, 13.6.2007

  • Mr. Sam Rainsy Demands Hun Sen to Solve Issue of 1,554 Families Evacuated from Sambok Chap Village [Phnom Penh – because most of them do not have accommodations]
  • Asian Human Rights Commission Urges Donor Countries to Pressure the Cambodian Government over Procedures and the Independence of the Courts

Rasmei Kampuchea, Vol.15, #4309, 13.6.2007

  • Thai General [Wattanachai Chaimeunwong] Denies to Have Made the Accusation that Khmer Muslims Are Involved with JI Terrorist Group
  • NGOs Urge Government to Speed Up Law on Access to Information

Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol.14, #3060, 13.6.2007

  • Government Decides to Cancel Five Forest Concessions formerly Given to Companies [reason not mentioned]

Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #425, 13.6.2007

  • Ky Tech, President of the Cambodian Bar Association, Says Global Witness Report on Thieves’ stealing “Cambodia’s Family Trees” Is Not True

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2006-12-30 – At the End of the 10th Year of The Mirror

Posted on 3 January 2007. Filed under: Political Parties |

Throughout the years, our editorials very frequently dealt with fundamental problems of how a society can keep functioning peacefully and move ahead, so that an ever growing number of its members feel satisfied, even under difficult circumstances. Obviously, among the most important preconditions is a reliable, fair, legal environment. The challenge of responding to a wide variety of people in society – with very different degrees of power – can be achieved when there is a perception of fairness and justice for all under the law. When this confidence is weak or absent, there is no peace.

This week provided many opportunities to reflect on this again, and the same issues will accompany us in the next weeks and months:

– Prince Ranariddh has been called to court for quite different reasons – massive economic accusations, and very personal ones.
– Former police commissioner Heng Pov has been repatriated to Cambodia to face the law – but members of the Federal Court in Malaysia, and the Bar Association of Malaysia, are deeply upset, claiming that legal procedures of their country were short-cut.
– Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, has been sentenced to death for the 1982 killings of 148 Shiites; to remove him from office and work towards regime change has cost the lives of an estimated 60,000 to 600,000 civilians. The execution has short-cut and taken away forever the opportunity to come closer to the historical truth about the past – a fundamental goal of the Khmer Rouge Trial.

When The Mirror – in English – was started in 1997, we did not have any idea how long we would be able to provide the service, or how long it would be appreciated. With the addition of the Kanychok Sangkum – in Khmer – one year later, the scope became much wider: not only to provide the English reading public with access to events in society as they are presented in the Khmer press, but to provide an overview of the whole Khmer press to a wide Khmer reading public: not only in Phnom Penh, but especially also in the provinces, and among the expatriate Khmer community.

After this issue, we will not be able to provide the same service, but will have to change to a different format: publishing only on the Internet, and only in English. It is with deep regret that we have to announce this – it is not our choice.

In the 478th Mirror and the 416th Kanychok Sangkum, published at the end of June 2006, we informed our readers of financial problems and consequences: “With this issue, we have to stop publication – but we can add a ray of hope: maybe we will be able to resume after a temporary interruption. Whether or not this will be possible will become clear during the next one or two months.”

But things took an unforeseen turn: although financial support for The Mirror and Kanychok Sangkum was received, the production team and I were terminated. – The resources, including the pre-paid subscriptions, are kept by the former institution, outside our control.

We resumed publication in November 2006, in association with the new Open Institute, on the basis of impressive staff dedication and some private financial contributions. We received a lot of appreciation, and a number of subscription requests, but it has not been possible to re-create the solid financial basis we had before.

Instead, for now, I am building a similar but flexible form English language publication on the Internet – a blog. It is free and can be found at:


It is not yet clear whether it will be possible to create again, in cooperation with the Open Institute, a Khmer version which would be available on the Internet and also on paper, for the majority of our readers who do not have access to the Internet.

There is one positive aspect to the change: electronic publication enables an easier real mutual exchange of communication – and not in the static form known in some publications as “Letters to the Editor” which then are also shared with other readers. We hope for more. This will be technically possible in the electronic publication: an open dialogue not only with the editor, but also among readers.

This has been a goal from the beginning: not only to provide readers with an overview of the major issues appearing in Cambodian newspapers, but to facilitate dialogue between the wide variety of different positions and opinions which we mirror. No modern, democratic, multiparty society can develop without such open exchanges. We hope that our readers will reflect on and discuss the values, social dynamics, and uses of power and resources that are mirrored in the press, and that this will enable all to be more effective and active members of society.

We are grateful that the Khmer language newspapers have, over the years, allowed us to share translated excerpts from their publications – and by doing so to make them more widely known. We will ask for a similar understanding also for our new communications tool.

Thanks for all the encouragement sent when we started to publish again. We regret that we cannot continue as we had hoped – but we trust that a new community of communication can grow.

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Political Parties in Cambodia

Posted on 31 December 2006. Filed under: Political Parties |

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Cambodian People’s Party

Democratic Society Party

Funcinpec Party (Front Uni National pour un Cambodge Indépendant, Neutre, Pacifique, et Coopératif)

Hang Dara Democratic Movement Party

Khmer Democratic Party

Khmer Front Party

Khmer National Party

Khmer Unity Party

League for Democracy Party

Norodom Ranariddh Party

Sam Rainsy Party (SRP)

Sangkum Jatiniyum Front Party (SJF)

United People of Cambodia Party

If the name of a party is underlined, a mouse-click will lead to the web stite of the party.
Any suggestions for additions or corrections to this alphabetical order listing are welcome.

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