Monthly Archives: December 2012

Who are the richest in Cambodia? How do they get to the top? And PM Hun Sen wants more of them

http://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/hun-sen-encourages-cambodians-to-emulate-chinese-style-wealth-7028/

Prime minister Hun Sen has nothing to hide about his economic policy: making the richest richer and that communism is not so bad. He cites the example of millionaires in China.

In his speech, the PM tells the public about how to become millionaires in Cambodia. But the policy only applies to the selected ones. If you are at the bottom, just remain there or go down further and wait for these selected richest come to rescue you: rape you raw of your land so you can beg for mercy from the richest and the most powerful 500 millionaires made by the policy of PM Hun Sen.

Who are the richest men in Cambodia? The top ones who are known to the public:

http://phumyeung.blogspot.com/2009/12/richest-men-in-cambodia.html

And more : the Full Family Tree

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http://www.globalwitness.org/library/cambodias-family-trees

What farmers have to say about Hun Sen’s riches: from land owners to day laborers with no rights
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http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2012122860514/National/cambodian-sugar-plant-leaves-villagers-bitter.html

Where are the legal land owners in Hun Sen’s economic policy?

Tim Sakmony

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Where are the environmentalists, human rights defender and politicians who want a voice for the poor and build roots for democracy?

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Cambodia police and military forces trained to silence the poor and some of the training is paid for by donors’money that include France and U.S.A are used to crackdown and break each rally and demonstration.

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And the 100% say
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Cambodia is not for the 500 millionaires but for us, the children of the 100% who never have a chance for equal opportunity.

Cambodia Continues with its Travesty of Justice

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Bun Samnang

It has taken me a few days to post this as I have been feeling numb from the results of the 3 trials last week.

The travesty of justice shows how far off track Cambodia is when it comes to setting strong pillars for democracy to be rooted and for the nation to move forward.

We do not have to be stuck. together we can push the democracy agenda forward and 2013 is key.

The message we bring to grassroots voters is the alternative we offer to voters. Vote for what you wish to have as a justice system that you can trust. Vote for economic alternatives that bring equal opportunity to all and not to make “500 millionaires for Cambodia” , as the prime minister said in his speech last week.

500 millionaires to feed 14 millions? Who will be getting the raw deal?

Justice is about the 100% of Cambodians.

Yorn Bopha, Bun Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun are sent back to Prey Sar prison. We will not forget them. We will continue the fight.

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2012122860520/National/boeung-kak-activist-gets-3-years.html

Mrs. Tim Sakmony of Borei keila Is Free

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The trials of both women went on for more than 5 hours yesterday.

As usual, the roads leading to the Phnom Penh court were blocked from all sides. It took some convincing for me to go through the police barricades.

The case of Tim Sakmony: We all were standing when the judge read the decision of the court: 6 month- sentence with 3 month suspended – having served 3 months already. We were elated. The clerk had to remind us to keep order in court.

Mrs. Tim Sakmony was released last night. The prison guards took her back to prison around 7PM. Her lawyers were able to complete all the court papers for her release by 9PM.

Mrs. Tim Sakmony is free although she should not have spent even 1 day in prison.

We need a justice system that is independent with strictly enforced rule of law and not a guessing game about for each trial.

The case of Yorn Bopha:I was at the trail that lasted over 5 hours. The decision was not reached till this morning.

We pray for Bopha’s release today.

Borei Keila community will commemorate the demolition of their community on 3 January , 2013.

http://www.licadho-cambodia.org/collection/16/jailed_land_activists_profile
Profile of Yorn Bopha and Tim Sakmony
http://www.licadho-cambodia.org/collection/16/jailed_land_activists_profile

STOP FORCED EVICTIONS GANGMAN STYLE

Victims of prime minister Hun Sen’s economic land concessions policy, human rights activists, workers performance at National Assembly

Cambodia Youth: A vital force for change

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Converting youth vulnerability to a youth force for change

according to the UNICEF 2009 youth situation analysis:

15-24 years old youth represent 26% of Cambodia’s population. They represent 32.4% of the labor force. 35% of these youth live below poverty line and come from families that are landless, and/or in debt.The health, education and employment issues confronting Cambodian youth today are highly inter-related.

For example, youth employment is inextricably linked with access to education and skills training, and access to health services and information is directly correlated with income. The children of poor and very poor households are more vulnerable to problems associated with poverty and social exclusion.

Without policies aimed at disrupting the intergenerational disadvantages of poverty, such patterns are self-perpetuating.

UNICEF report:
Unicef report: http://www.unicef.org/cambodia/results_for_children_13004.html

From the words of Romdoul, a 26 year-old elected deputy commune chief: “I struggle to put myself through university. When I apply for a scholarship, I am stuck because I come from a poor family, I have no contact, I am excluded. This is the same situation with my friends. We are rural youth of today. But, I am active with politics and I am now elected. I fight to represent the poor. Rural youth must have opportunity, rights and justice”.

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The Cambodian National Rescue Party proposal for efficient tax collection, efficient use of the national budget for free education and health care is part of the solution for youth to be part of development and to benefit from the economic growth for social and economic justice.

Freedom of speech and expression as part of promting and protecting human rights help engage the youth to be take part in politics and push for accountability.

CNRP has developed its youth and women’s platform that offer concrete solutions.

The full CNRP platform wil be launched in Mid-janusary 2013.

Newletter 2012

Former Governor Walks Free – Victims Fear for Their Lives

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http://www.phnompenhpost.com/2012122060396/National/shooting-victims-fight-on.html

Cambodia courts have fallen to the bottom.

The Minister of Interior knew, had evidence of the shooting that took place that day. He even mentioned by name the former governor of Bavit as the suspect. he wanted to take action.

In Cambodia, all that counts is protection from the ruling party and you can aim to kill but it does not count.

The courage of the victims to move forward for justice is remarkable and need our support.