Monthly Archives: November 2012

Real Life in Remote Cambodia – 30 Years of Development

Prime Minister Hun Sen calls Cambodia development as “frog leap ” development.

I think he is right; whenever the frog decides to leap, then he makes his move.

One can easily tell that the Cambodian frog style development is a very lazy one.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes



60 Days Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women

Be part of it and Walk A MIle in Her Shoes


Downtown Toronto


Combatting Human Trafficking – The White House

MU SOCHUA Shut Out of Live Call-In Show on National Radio

Pok Nanda, a leading women’s rights activist on Women’s Voices-Women’s Choices.

The director in charge of national radio AM 918 asked Strey Khmer , a women NGO running WOMEN’S VOICES. WOMEN’S CHOICES to cancel the show today, just about 30 minutes before I was due to appear as the host of this live call-in weekly show.

His reason: it is government policy that the show has to be politically balanced and MU Sochua could not appear alone.

The program has been in existence for 10 months. Ruling party female officials have appeared on a regular basis without, representative from the opposition party.

This is a serious form of discrimination and a government regulation that restricts freedom of expression and it is unconstitutional.

The show went on without a guest. More than 20 callers joined during the hour.

It is a popular show and popular topic: women in politics.

After a full hour of debate with the director at his office, I am given the opportunity to come back next time but with a member of the ruling party.

In my capacity as MP, that was the only moment I would have had the chance to be on national radio, except during the official electoral campaign period-once every 5 years.

Report on Radio Free Asia in Khmer:

Indigenous Phnoung Communities Ask for MP Apology


A Phnoung man speaks out against MP’s remarks.

Instead of swallowing his pride, the ruling party MP gets himself into deeper shameful and degrading rejections of the existence of our Phnoung indigenous people.

In other countries, this MP would be forced to resign.

The ruling CPP should learn from the mistake of the Republican candidates in the US who tried to redefine rape.

The Phnom Penh Post article:


Editorial in Khmer on Cambodian National Rescue Party radio

Democracy Balloons – Message to President Obama

Next step:

1/getting US Congress Resolution adopted;

2/free and fair elections: lobby for equal access to media(in particular state TV and radio);

3/safe return of Mr. Sam Rainsy for elections;

4/voter education campaign.

Remembering Koh Pich 3 years later – No Independent Investigation Conducted

Koh Pich bridge – the day after the stampede- Nov. 2010

Ceremony to commemorate 3rd anniversary of Koh Pich stampede- 22 Nov.2012

The government closed the case immediately after its own investigating team submitted the report. No officials were sanctioned or prosecuted. The government paid victims families up to US$20,000.

This culture of impunity and money can pay for anything plagues Cambodia today.

At the time MPs from the opposition and NGOs called for suspension of officials  in charge of public security during the 3 day Water Festival and an parliamentary by-partisan investigation. The request was denied by the president of the National Assembly.

Today’s ceremony conducted by opposition MPs and a small group citizens is to say: We will not forget Koh Pich.

Just one hoursafter the stampede captured on CNN

Independent study of Koh Pich rejected