What Venerable Loun Sovath Has To Say About His Mission

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A True Human Right Defender and a True Peace Lover

Hear the words of Ven. Loun Sovath in front of the Municipality Court, yesterday.

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Stop the Kangaroo Court

In 2011, Venerable Loun Sovath, an Award-winning Buddhist monk was questioned by the Court of Phnom Penh. His case was linked to the case involving the People Power Movement. The leader was accused of terrorism and his members ate now serving time in prison. However, The Couryt found no evidence against Venerable Loun Sovath but they refused to drop charges.

In 2012, the prosecutor asked to get the two cases separated.

The judge announced this morning that Venerable Loun Sovath’s case should be separated from the People Power case, therefore he should not have been invited for a trial. It was just a technical error. Again, the judge declined to accept the dropping of charges against Ven. Loun Sovath.

It is no “technical error” but a complete case of intimidation with a clear message to dissidents that even your high monk can not escape the Courts.

This game must stop.

The govt. Continues to fail to deal with the real issue: to return the land to the people.

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Venerable Loun Sovath after 2 hours in the Court room where there was no trial.

Free for the moment but the charges continue to be a threat to his activism.

Will There Be Another Buddhist Monk Defrocked?

It will be a real miscalculation by the ruling party if Ven. Loun Sovath is found guilty by the Phnom Penh Court.

Let’ s hope not.

Show your support by coming to the trial tomorrow at 7.30 am.

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Weak Implementation of Labor Law

23 November 2014

 

On 14 October 2014, in front of the National Assembly building, Labor and Vocational Training Minister Ith Sam Heng promised workers from Huy Chean factory that they would not lose their severance pays (please watch the video below). However, as of today, more than 1,000 workers from that factory have yet to receive their legally due severance pays and, moreover, they are facing layoff.

The Taiwanese-owned Huy Chean company manages a factory located in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov southern district that produces shoes for German distributor Puma. Three months ago, the company changed its name to Chean Luck, pretending that its predecessor Huy Chean has gone bankrupt. In fact, it’s the same company, with the same owner doing the same business. The company owner resorts to such a trick to avoid paying taxes because there is a five-year tax exemption for any new company and Huy Chean has been operating for more than five years already. In order to enjoy another five-year period of tax exemption, the company owner must pretend that a new company named Yin Luck has been established in lieu and place of the old company named Huy Chean.

 

With the fake bankruptcy and the fraudulent name change the company owner can fire workers and/or deny any seniority rights (including severance pays) to those workers from the “old” company who would not be recruited by the “new” company.

 

The Huy Chean case is not an isolated one. Many similar cases have been buried by the authorities because shady factory owners have bribed corrupt government officials to turn a blind eye to such abuses, which continue to happen behind a thin façade of “democracy and rule of law.”

« Information is knowledge. Knowledge is power. Power must be exerted to help the people, not to oppress and exploit the people as is the case now with Cambodia’s corrupt government. »

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Time To Take Action for Workers

When the Labor is not enforced, employers will continue to find ways to prolong what they owe to the workers.

23 November 2014

On 14 October 2014, in front of the National Assembly building, Labor and Vocational Training Minister Ith Sam Heng promised workers from Huy Chean factory that they would not lose their severance pays (please watch the video below). However, as of today, more than 1,000 workers from that factory have yet to receive their legally due severance pays and, moreover, they are facing layoff.

 

The Taiwanese-owned Huy Chean company manages a factory located in Phnom Penh’s Chbar Ampov southern district that produces shoes for German distributor Puma. Three months ago, the company changed its name to Chean Luck, pretending that its predecessor Huy Chean has gone bankrupt. In fact, it’s the same company, with the same owner doing the same business. The company owner resorts to such a trick to avoid paying taxes because there is a five-year tax exemption for any new company and Huy Chean has been operating for more than five years already. In order to enjoy another five-year period of tax exemption, the company owner must pretend that a new company named Yin Luck has been established in lieu and place of the old company named Huy Chean.

 

With the fake bankruptcy and the fraudulent name change the company owner can fire workers and/or deny any seniority rights (including severance pays) to those workers from the “old” company who would not be recruited by the “new” company.

 

The Huy Chean case is not an isolated one. Many similar cases have been buried by the authorities because shady factory owners have bribed corrupt government officials to turn a blind eye to such abuses, which continue to happen behind a thin façade of “democracy and rule of law.”

 

« Information is knowledge. Knowledge is power. Power must be exerted to help the people, not to oppress and exploit the people as is the case now with Cambodia’s corrupt government. »

Video: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=811936155529786&set=vb.520708567985881&type=2&theater

Prison Visit

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