Monthly Archives: March 2012

15 Years On-No Arrests – No Justice. We Remember 30 March,1997

This regime of impunity is further reinforced by donors’ lack of
accountability to human rights protection. Impunity and
corruption at all levels are part of Cambodians’every day
life. Getting Cambodians to live above fear takes courage
and a true sense of justice. Support those who are
standing up and refuse to live in fear by focusing on how
you should
vote and speaking out. Do not hide behind fear.

Cambodia: 15 Years on, No Justice in Grenade

Attack | Human Rights Watch

(New York) The Cambodian government has made no

effort over the last 15 years to bring to justice those

responsible for a bloody grenade attack on an

opposition party rally, Human Rights Watch said today.

Court Urged to Arrest Ex-Governor

Arriving early at Svay Rieng court yesterday, I was able to exchange a few words with the victims and their families.

They speak of fear of retaliation for filing the complaint against the city governor. They speak of isolation but they are determined to seek justice.

Investors and Cambodia stand to loose if justice is tempered with.

So far, all signs point to protection provided by high ranking officials to hide the ex-governor who is known to handle business for the ruling party in this casino town.

Court Urged to Arrest Ex-G overnor

The victims of a shooting incident want the lone suspect arrested and tried.

A rights group and an opposition lawmaker on Thursday called on a court in southeastern Cambodia to swiftly prosecute a former city governor who is the lone suspect in a shooting incident, as victims of the attack took the stand in court in connection with the case.

Moeun Tola, head of the labor program at the Community Legal Education Center, said the court should immediately arrest and try Chhouk Bandit, the former chief of Bavet city in Svay Rieng province, for his suspected role in the incident, which left three women injured as they took part in a factory strike last month.

Until the accused is charged and tried, we cant say justice has prevailed for the victims yet, Moeun Tola said after the court heard testimony from two of the three victims. One of the victims was unable to attend the hearing, as part of a court investigation process, due to lingering injuries sustained during the shooting.

Moeun Tola said that giving Chhouk Bandit impunity would negatively affect the reputation of the Kaoway Sports Ltd. factory, where workers were striking for better conditions when the incident occurred, as well as the reputations of the factorys purchasers, which include German sportswear giant Puma.

All three victims have filed criminal complaints against Bandit for premeditated murder, seeking nearly U.S. $100,000 in compensation for medical bills and other damages.

The victims said they had earlier been approached by a representative of Chhouk Bandit who offered them each a settlement of U.S. $1,000 to $2,500 to drop the case.

NGO officials and opposition legislators escorted the victims to the courthouse to appeal on their behalf.

Outside interference

Opposition Sam Rainsy Party lawmaker Mu Sochua also urged the court to work independently of outside interference.

The victims are suffering to see the suspect free from prison. The suspect continues to freely travel in and out of Bavet city, Mu Sochua said.

It appears as if the judicial process has been interfered with, she said, adding that the court should prove otherwise to ease any speculation that it has been under pressure.

Chief prosecutor Hing Bunchea told RFA that he would summon Chhouk Bandit for a second time for questioning.

Shooting incident

Factory workers Bun Chinda, Keo Nei, and Nuth Sakhorn, all aged between 18 and 23, suffered gunshot wounds as they participated in a strike by thousands of workers demanding better conditions at the Kaoway Sports Ltd. factory on Feb. 20. All three were treated for their wounds at a nearby hospital.

Local rights groups said protesters had been demanding that management of the SEZs three factories raise their monthly wages by U.S. $10 per month to U.S. $71.

According to initial reports, an unidentified gunman dressed as a bodyguard opened fire at the demonstration, but escaped from the scene despite a heavy police presence.

NGOs and rights groups say the shooting case has highlighted a culture of impunity among Cambodian officials implicated in scandals and the reluctance of Cambodian courts to find justice for the victims of attacks on labor activists.

Cambodias textile industry, which is the countrys third-largest currency earner after a griculture and tourism, employs more than 300,000 people, mostly women.

Strikes and protests are not uncommon at textile factories, where laborers often work long shifts for little pay.

Several murder cases of high-profile union leaders are still unresolved in Cambodia, and authorities have failed to bring suspects to trial.

Free Trade Union leader Chea Vichea, whose brother Chea Mony is the current union leader, was gunned down in broad daylight in 2004.

His killers are still at large.

Reported by Sonorng Khe for RFAs Khmer service. Translated by Samean Yun. Written in English by Joshua Lipes.

Sam Rainsy Party Woman Candidates Fight as hard as Men for Their Seats

Rattanak Mondoul is one of the toughest districts of
Battambang 14 districts-former strong hold of military
and KR. Keo Yan, aims to be chief of her commune on
3June, 2012. She leads her team actively to deal with
land conflicts and violence against women. Giver her
your support with your generous donation.

Fighting Corruption at Local level-Vote for Sam Rainsy Party Candidates

Sam Rainsy Party candidates for the 3June,2012 commune election have a very clear message to voters: Vote for Sam Rainsy Party to eliminate corruption from our communes. Keep your money for your children’s future.

Corruption in Cambodia is at all levels. At commune level, over-charging villagers who need the most basic but vital documents such as birth and marriage certificates can cost up to US$20-$25. Even to ask permission to hold a wedding can boost the price up to US$50. For most villagers, this means selling chickens and pigs and even cows in order to get their commune chiefs to provide them with these documents. Officially, a birth certificate is free for the first 30 days. A marriage certificate costs US$1.00.

We make the promis e-we deliver.

Sam Rainsy Party won 28 communes in 2007. These are clean communes.

Youth Stars-Nigeria

Very relevant to Cambodia youth. Youth action for
accountability. Cambodia has also its own youth stars.
Watch them move.

“I VOTED, NOW WETIN?” — a young peoples short

film on deepening post election engagement


Featuring Ali Nuhu, Lilian Esoro and Jeremiah


“I Vo…

Robbing the Land from Indigenous Communities in Cambodia

Cambodia: Country for sale. The solution: hear
people have to say. Land is life.

Land Grabbing in Cambodia: Social

‘Crisis: Land Alienation in Ratanakiri’, a

social issue documentary about

landgrabbing (‘land alienation’) in

indigenous areas of Cambodia, was

produced by C…

Reasons to worry.or not

Strange: I more or less taught our 3 daughters the same thing about life.

The thing I miss most by being tied to the commitments I have made to justice: the great moments being with our daughters.

Should I worry?

Reasons to worry

F. Scott Fitzgerald with his wife, Zelda and their daughter, “Scottie”

La Paix, Rodgers Forge
Towson, Maryland

August 8, 1933

Dear Pie:

I feel very strongly about you doing duty. Would you give me a little more documentation about your reading in French? I am glad you are happy but I never believe much in happiness. I never believe in misery either. Those are things you see on the stage or the screen or the printed pages, they never really happen to you in life.

All I believe in in life is the rewards for virtue (according to your talents) and the punishments for not fulfilling your duties, which are doubly costly. If there is such a volume in the camp library, will you ask Mrs. Tyson to let you look up a sonnet of Shakespeares in which the line occurs Lillies that fester smell far worse than weeds.

Have had no thoughts today, life seems composed of getting up aSaturday Evening Post story. I think of you, and always pleasantly; but if you call me Pappy again I am going to take the White Cat out and beat his bottom hard, six times for every time you are impertinent. Do you react to that?

I will arrange the camp bill.

Halfwit, I will conclude.

Things to worry about:

Worry about courage
Worry about Cleanliness
Worry about efficiency
Worry about horsemanship
Worry about. . .

Things not to worry about:

Dont worry about popular opinion
Dont worry about dolls
Dont worry about the past
Dont worry about the future
Dont worry about growing up
Dont worry about anybody getting ahead of you
Dont worry about triumph
Dont worry about failure unless it comes through your own fault
Dont worry about mosquitoes
Dont worry about flies
Dont worry about insects in general
Dont worry about parents
Dont worry about boys
Dont worry about disappointments
Dont worry about pleasures
Dont worry about satisfactions

Things to think about:

What am I really aiming at?
How good am I really in comparison to my contemporaries in regard to:

(a) Scholarship
(b) Do I really understand about people and am I able to get along with them?
(c) Am I trying to make my body a useful instrument or am I neglecting it?

With dearest love,


P.S. My come-back to your calling me Pappy is christening you by the word Egg, which implies that you belong to a very rudimentary state of life and that I could break you up and crack you open at my will and I think it would be a word that would hang on if I ever told it to your contemporaries. Egg Fitzgerald. How would you like that to go through life with Eggie Fitzgerald or Bad Egg Fitzgerald or any form that might occur to fertile minds? Try it once more and I swear to God I will hang it on you and it will be up to you to shake it off. Why borrow trouble?

Love anyhow.