Strong Opposition for Strong Democracy

Free an fair election can not be accomplished without a level playing field.

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The 2008 EU election observation report gives full detail of the necessary steps for full electoral reforms in Cambodia.

Sentencing the leader of the main opposition for a crime he has not committed puts Cambodia off track for true democracy.

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20 February 2012 Dear liberal friends,

As liberals and democrats, we share the belief that democracy can only thrive in an environment where opposition parties are given a fair and equal chance to participate actively and meaningfully in the political process. The stability of democracy hinges on the presence of strong opposition parties which can realistically challenge the governing party – or coalition of parties – controlling the mantle of government without which democracy deteriorates into a rule of the worst, most abominable form.

It is in this light that we, on behalf of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD), appeal to all of you to express solidarity with our liberal comrade Sam Rainsy, an elected member of the Cambodian parliament and leader of the opposition, who has been a perennial target of political harassment and persecution by the ruling Hun Sen government. Forced into exile in France to avoid a prison sentence, Sam Rainsy calls on all of us to put pressure on the authorities of Cambodia, in whatever form and venue possible, to allow Sam Rainsy to return to the country and resume his parliamentary duties without fear of persecution, and to permit him to lead his political party in countering Cambodia’s democratic backsliding and in promoting the well-being of the Cambodian people.

Attached, herewith, is a letter of appeal from Sam Rainsy for your kind consideration.

In liberal solidarity,

Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, MP Dr. J.R. Nereus Acosta

CALD Chair CALD Secretary General

Climate Change is the New Normal 15 February 2012

The Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats (CALD) convened on 10-14 February 2012 in Manila, Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon Philippines to continue its discussions about the “new normal” brought about by climate change. With the theme, “Addressing Vulnerability, Fostering Adaptation”, the workshop looked at the impact of erratic weather patterns caused by climate change on the health, safety and livelihoods of people particularly the poor.
http://cald.org/site/entry.php?i=Climate_Change_is_the_New_Normal&id=869

DEMOCRAT PARTY, THAILAND House breaks out in battle as Democrats question PM’s hotel meeting
17 February 2012 A House meeting had to be adjourned yesterday after a war of words broke out after the opposition started asking why Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had visited the Four Seasons Hotel during working hours last week. In fact, things became so disorderly that the Speaker had to call on the security to escort defiant MPs out of the chamber, and about an hour later, the chairman adjourned the meeting. The battle started when Democrat Samut Songkram MP Rangsima Rodrasami asked what the premier was up to at the hotel when she should have been attending a House meeting.
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/House-breaks-out-in-battle-as-Democrats-question-P-30176091.html

Democrats to oppose govt charter changes
15 February 2012

The opposition will vote against the charter amendments proposed by the government, Democrat Party MP Jurin Laksanavisit has said. Mr Jurin, the opposition chief whip, said yesterday the opposition would oppose any efforts by the Pheu Thai Party-led government to rewrite the entire 2007 constitution.
http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/politics/279851/democrats-to-oppose-govt-charter-changes

DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY OF TAIWAN DPP cites six main reasons for loss
16 February 2012

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday outlined six primary reasons for its loss in the presidential election last month and concluded that the party’s support rate took a dramatic hit in the final two weeks of the campaign.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2012/02/16/2003525589

FEATURE: DPP scrambles to find new leader, direction

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) yesterday outlined six primary reasons for its loss in the presidential election last month and concluded that the party’s support rate took a dramatic hit in the final two weeks of the campaign.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2012/02/12/2003525280

INDONESIAN DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF STRUGGLE

CSIS finds Megawati remains popular president candidate
15 February 2012

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) chief Megawati Soekarnoputri remains a strong figure for the next elections, despite assumptions that she might not run as a presidential candidate in 2014, a survey has found.
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/02/15/csis-finds-megawati-remains-popular-president-candidate.html

LIBERAL PARTY OF SRI LANKA

CALD Second Workshop on Climate Change Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
15 February 2012

Climate Change and maximization of economic benefit — The text of welcome address by Prof. Rajiva Wijesinha, MP, Chair, Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats at the Second Workshop on Climate Change Cagayan de Oro, held from February 11-14, 2012
http://www.dailynews.lk/2012/02/15/fea03.asp

SAM RAINSY PARTY

Mu Sochua sued over Prey Speu detainees’ ‘escape’

17 February 2012

Almost a month after opposition lawmaker Mu Sochua gave a spirited speech that preceded the escape of detained Borei Keila evictees from the Prey Speu Social Affairs Centre, the facility’s director has sued her but, curiously, refuses to say on what grounds.
http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2012021754582/National-news/mu-sochua-sued-over-prey-speu-detainees-escape.html

SINGAPORE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Women to play leading role in SDP

February 15, 2012

History shows that women have been unequally represented in the political arena in Singapore. From 1970 to 1984, there were no women parliamentarians. This trend is even more pronounced in the opposition. The Women Democrats (WD), the women’s wing of the SDP, is looking to change that. A working committee of the group held its first meeting of the year to chart the way for greater participation by women in opposition politics. Events and activities to promote activism and advocacy are also planned.
http://yoursdp.org/index.php/news/singapore/5137-women-to-play-leading-role-in-sdp

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