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Articles about MP Mu Sochua, or articles related to her interests and causes

Cambodian MP nixes Bukit Aman’s denial- Free Malaysia Today

Evidence of Abuse of Cambodian Maids in Malaysia: A young woman returned to Cambodia this afternoon. She is still emotionally unstable and has had to go straight to the city hospital. She left Cambodia 4 years ago when her son was just a baby.

Let’s not try to cover up. Let’s try to find the truth and start with developing a Memorandum of Understanding between the  two countries for the safety, security and rights of the workers.

Cambodian MP nixes Bukit Aman’s denial

Stephanie Sta Maria | October 18, 2011

Mu Sochua says three maids from her country did die from abuse by their Malaysian employers.

PETALING JAYA: Cambodian opposition MP Mu Sochua is challenging a statement by Bukit Aman that the reports about three Cambodian maids being abused to death are false.

Cambodian Ambassador Princess Norodom Arunrasmy recently disclosed that the embassy received daily complaints of abuse and that three maids had died within a week.

Mohd Bakri Zinin of the Bukit Aman Crime Investigation Department said yesterday that only two Cambodian deaths had been recorded since 2004 and that the two were male factory workers killed by compatriots.

Read the full article on the Free Malaysia Today website:

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2011/10/18/cambodian-mp-nixes-bukit-aman%E2%80%99s-denial/#

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Free Malaysia Today: Cambodia’s warrior woman

Stephanie Sta Maria | September 9, 2011

From thousands of miles away, Mu Sochua is fighting for the well being of every Cambodian domestic worker in Malaysia.

INTERVIEW

KUALA LUMPUR: Cambodian opposition MP Mu Sochua moves like a feline. Silent, solitary and very much alert. So when she arrived at the Tenaganita headquarters she indulged in a quiet moment of observation before being spotted.

Then the greetings gushed forth with the most ebullient coming from seven young Cambodian girls who could not believe that the voice they have only heard on the radio was standing before them.

The seven are among 41 domestic workers rescued by Tenaganita from abusive employers this year alone. Sochua, 57, came to Malaysia to hear their stories and to seek the truth behind the sudden death of another worker in Penang.

Choy Pich, 19, was found dead in her employer’s house on July 17. Police ruled that she died of pneumonia but Sochua believes that the teenager was beaten to death and is determined to prove it.

Any other guest on such a controversial mission to Malaysia would likely be intercepted by immigration officials and deported. But Sochua’s low-key movements enabled her to enter the country without any hassle.

Continue reading on Free Malaysia Today.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2011/09/09/cambodias-warrior-woman/

My Dignity, My Beer- The Phnom Penh Post on August 03, 2011

Send your message of support to the women. I met them this afternoon. They are running out of energy but still determine to fight. They will win. But they need you to send strong messages to Angkor beer. Send your message to the women so they can read them every day. Send water. Send fruits. Send food.

Two of the women are pregnant.

http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2011080350823/National-news/my-dignity-my-beer.html

The Silk Road to Australian drug treatment: WikiLeaks cable

The heavy social cost of corruption in Cambodia.

Most of these rich kids are from high ranking officials or business tycoons with close ties to the ruling party.

Police fear them, they are above the law.

When poor citizens are run over by these rich kids’ Lexuses, police help hide evidence.

The PM himself often lashes out on this troubled population, threatening their parents. But not much done to comfort the general population that justice will be served to the victims of these gangs.

Cambodian awarded Nobel prize of Asia

Koul Panha is a true believer of free and fair elections. His team of local observers know the real flaws of the electoral process in Cambodia.

Democracy starts with free and fair elections. Uneven level playing field set a wrong start for democracy.

EU election observers in Cambodia rated the 2008 parliamentary elections in Cambodia as “falling far short of international standards”.

Less than one year before local elections in Cambodia and 4 million Cambodians have expired I.D. cards while another 2 million need new I.D. cards.

The opposition and civil society working together to demand a new and clean voter list and equal access to media-99% controlled by the Cambodian People’s Party, lead by former Khmer Rouge that has ruled Cambodia over 30 years.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Cambodian awarded Nobel prize of Asia

Friday, 29 July 2011 15:01
Daniel Sherrell
Phnom Penh Post

Cambodian citizen Koul Panha has been awarded the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award, often referred to as Asias Nobel peace prize, for his work with the Committee for Free and Fair Elections.

He is one of six people to receive this years award, which will be presented to them at a ceremony in Manila on August 31.

He is being recognised for his determined and courageous leadership of the sustained campaign to build an enlightened, organised and vigilant citizenry who will ensure fair and free elections as well as demand accountable governance by their elected officials in Cambodias nascent democracy, the Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation said.

In an interview with The Post, Koul Panha said he was surprised and excited to receive the award.

Koul Panha is executive director of Comfrel, which seeks to increase electoral transparency and voter participation.
Since 1997 it has enlisted more than 50,000 election volunteers and held election-related workshops for about 150,000 voters, he said.

Koul Panha said the award would encourage his organisation to work harder, especially in preparation for the commune elections next year and national elections in 2013.

We will deploy our volunteers to inform people about the importance of elections and their right to vote, as well as advocating electoral fairness, integrity and an even playing field for all [political] parties, he said.

The history of Cambodia is full of conflict. People want, finally, to enjoy democracy and fair elections.

The award is named after a president of the Philippines who died in a plane crash in 1957. The foundation that oversees the award was established by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund to honour his memory and perpetuate his example of integrity in public service and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society.

Koul Panha will receive a certificate, a cash prize and a medallion emblazoned with the image of Ramon Magsaysay. A total of 290 people in 22 Asian countries have been given the award.

Posted by CamWatch at Friday, July 29, 2011

Tycoon Admits Land Policy Hurts Poor

Amazingly rare critics from inside the ruling party official. Very courageous, a sign of change? Grassroots power!

Tycoon lands surprise | National news | The Phnom Penh Post

One of the country’s best known tycoons yesterday delivered an impromptu speech to senators and parliamentarians that was as surprising in its content as it was in context… Photo by: Heng Chivoanc

www.phnompenhpost.com

Maid’s Death:Cambodian MP wants answers

The letter to the Malaysian Embassy in Phnom Penh was sent two days ago. Another problem with this case is the return of the body. The recruitment agency is looking for solution to cover the heavy cost. The family claims for the body- for a proper religious ceremony and funerals.

Awaiting official reports for this latest case and a previous case which the domestic worker retracts her claim of sexual assault by the father of the employer.

Maid’s death: Cambodian MP wants answers
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Mu Sochua pledges to hound Malaysian authorities to get to the bottom of Mu Sochua has promised to find answers to Choy Phich’s death and said that
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