Monthly Archives: July 2011

The Silk Road to Australian drug treatment: WikiLeaks cable

The heavy social cost of corruption in Cambodia.

Most of these rich kids are from high ranking officials or business tycoons with close ties to the ruling party.

Police fear them, they are above the law.

When poor citizens are run over by these rich kids’ Lexuses, police help hide evidence.

The PM himself often lashes out on this troubled population, threatening their parents. But not much done to comfort the general population that justice will be served to the victims of these gangs.

Cambodia: Women Entrepreneurs and Social Media – Global Voices

Cambodian women seizing opportunities provided by social media to improve their enterprises. They represent the new women of Cambodia. They change the economic, social and political landscape of Cambodia.

Support them, invest in them.

Global Voices Cambodia: Women Entrepreneurs and Social Media
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2011/06/10/cambodia-women-entrepreneurs-and-social-media/

Cambodian awarded Nobel prize of Asia

Koul Panha is a true believer of free and fair elections. His team of local observers know the real flaws of the electoral process in Cambodia.

Democracy starts with free and fair elections. Uneven level playing field set a wrong start for democracy.

EU election observers in Cambodia rated the 2008 parliamentary elections in Cambodia as “falling far short of international standards”.

Less than one year before local elections in Cambodia and 4 million Cambodians have expired I.D. cards while another 2 million need new I.D. cards.

The opposition and civil society working together to demand a new and clean voter list and equal access to media-99% controlled by the Cambodian People’s Party, lead by former Khmer Rouge that has ruled Cambodia over 30 years.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Cambodian awarded Nobel prize of Asia

Friday, 29 July 2011 15:01
Daniel Sherrell
Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian citizen Koul Panha has been awarded the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award, often referred to as Asias Nobel peace prize, for his work with the Committee for Free and Fair Elections.

He is one of six people to receive this years award, which will be presented to them at a ceremony in Manila on August 31.

He is being recognised for his determined and courageous leadership of the sustained campaign to build an enlightened, organised and vigilant citizenry who will ensure fair and free elections as well as demand accountable governance by their elected officials in Cambodias nascent democracy, the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation said.

In an interview with The Post, Koul Panha said he was surprised and excited to receive the award.

Koul Panha is executive director of Comfrel, which seeks to increase electoral transparency and voter participation.
Since 1997 it has enlisted more than 50,000 election volunteers and held election-related workshops for about 150,000 voters, he said.

Koul Panha said the award would encourage his organisation to work harder, especially in preparation for the commune elections next year and national elections in 2013.

We will deploy our volunteers to inform people about the importance of elections and their right to vote, as well as advocating electoral fairness, integrity and an even playing field for all [political] parties, he said.

The history of Cambodia is full of conflict. People want, finally, to enjoy democracy and fair elections.

The award is named after a president of the Philippines who died in a plane crash in 1957. The foundation that oversees the award was established by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to honour his memory and perpetuate his example of integrity in public service and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society.

Koul Panha will receive a certificate, a cash prize and a medallion emblazoned with the image of Ramon Magsaysay. A total of 290 people in 22 Asian countries have been given the award.

Posted by CamWatch at Friday, July 29, 2011

Tycoon Admits Land Policy Hurts Poor

Amazingly rare critics from inside the ruling party official. Very courageous, a sign of change? Grassroots power!

Tycoon lands surprise | National news | The Phnom Penh Post

One of the country’s best known tycoons yesterday delivered an impromptu speech to senators and parliamentarians that was as surprising in its content as it was in context… Photo by: Heng Chivoanc

www.phnompenhpost.com

Maid’s Death:Cambodian MP wants answers

The letter to the Malaysian Embassy in Phnom Penh was sent two days ago. Another problem with this case is the return of the body. The recruitment agency is looking for solution to cover the heavy cost. The family claims for the body- for a proper religious ceremony and funerals.

Awaiting official reports for this latest case and a previous case which the domestic worker retracts her claim of sexual assault by the father of the employer.

Maid’s death: Cambodian MP wants answers
Free Malaysia Today
Mu Sochua pledges to hound Malaysian authorities to get to the bottom of Mu Sochua has promised to find answers to Choy Phich’s death and said that
Free Malaysia Today

June Textile Factory Agrees to Compensate Workers

4,000 workers, mainly women fought for compensation after June Textile factory burned down. After months of facing police, arrest and detention, the women won their fight. June factory agrees to pay compensation. Sam Rainsy Party stood with the workers all the way. Justice prevails.

http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSRP1995#p/u/133/tlLNIo0eys0

Mu Sochua, MP

https://sochua.wordpress.com
“I do not fear death; I fear political silence against injustices”
-Malalai Joya, MP Afghanistan

Donate to Mu Sochua’s Justice Fund

My Beer-My Dignity

The women are still braving rain and police harassment.

Still going strong.

Mu Sochua, MP

https://sochua.wordpress.com
“I do not fear death; I fear political silence against injustices”
-Malalai Joya, MP Afghanistan

Donate to Mu Sochua’s Justice Fund