Message to Sec. Hillary Clinton

June 11, 2012 – Wellesley College

MP, Mu Sochua appeals to Sec.Hillary Clinton on the following issues:

1/ suspension of US military aid to Cambodia as soldiers protecting land grabbed shoot and kill villagers;

2/ release of Beung Kak Lake 15;

3/ return of leader of opposition MP,Sam Rainsy for free and fair elections in 2013.

Sec. Clinton’s reply: “We know about the situation. We are working on it”.

Sec. Clinton is scheduled to meet with Cambodia foreign minister tomorrow, 12 June.

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Cambodian American have mobilized to protest in front of US State Department during the visit of the foreign minister.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Unresolved Land Issues Could Explode, Analysts Say

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Friday, 08 June 2012
Sok Khemara, VOA Khmer | Washington, DC

“Todays leaders have failed to protect peoples livelihoods, their freedoms and their rights.”

Land issues will continue to be a serious problem for Cambodias government, given the high number of continued crackdowns, arrests and violence, analysts say.

If an issue is covered and unsolved, one day it will explode, Lao Monghay, an independent political analyst, told Hello VOA, in a regular guest appearance. This exploded once in the history of our country, he said, referring to the rise of the Khmer Rouge in the 1960s.

Authorities today fail to comply with the law, which leads to unrest and subsequent crackdowns. This has increasingly led to violence, but the courts, too, have been involved in curbing protests, he said.

Sia Phirum, director of the Human Rights Task Force, which advocates for housing rights, told Hello VOA that violent crackdowns on land protesters will only lead to more problems. Land development has no transparency, he said, thats why the problems happen consistently with developments.

Negotiated solutions are th e only way to move forward, Sia Phirum said. The use of violence to crack down on people is not a solution.

Todays leaders have failed to protect peoples livelihoods, their freedoms and their rights, Lao Monghay said. Part of the blame falls to the National Assembly, whose lawmakers have not properly fulfilled their role as a watchdog over the executive branch. The Royal Palace has also done little to help, he said.

This was a change from the actions of the former king, Norodom Sihanouk, he said. The suffering of the people is the suffering of the king.

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