The courage of our elected councilors who will vote this week-end to choose members of the Cambodian senate, deserves more than respect.
CPP vote buying tactics are revealed each time by these very brave grassroots councilors.
“You can threaten us, you can try to buy us but you will never have our votes”, that is the message to CPP.
Is there no shame?
Next step: how will the National election Committee going to deal with this case.
SRP has long talked about CPP vote buying.
“I am confident that people will vote for me because I am from this village. I am involved in the struggle of the people to find better ways for their daily survival" - Ramdoul
Born in the Barkrateh village (in Khmer “the broken cart”) , Ramdoul is one of seven children in a family where education has always been a priority. Her parents worked as sellers in the market but their income was very limited. However they were able to loan Ramdoul enough money to attend the Battambang University.
At 25, she already has completed her Bachelor’s` degree in accounting and has been an active party member since 2006. She leads the youth movement in this cluster of villages with skills and experiences she has acquired from youth training from the International Republican Institute(IRI) and her active participation in the Sam Rainsy Party Youth Wing
Her commitment to the empowerment of youth has gained her great recognition from her peers and the party leadership.
She will run for the first time as candidate for the 2012 commune elections. The party is confident that she will win her seat and has trusted her with a winning position on the party list, in Battambang province-North West of Cambodia.
Chea Vichea's daughter was only a toddler when he was assassinated in 2004. (Photo from the film WHO KILLED CHEA VICHEA? © 2010 Loud Mouth Films)
Chea Vichea not only led the workers’ movement of Cambodia, he challenged all those in politics in a country that came out of genocide and continues to be governed by one strong man. Chea Vichea accepted nothing less for the workers than their fundamental rights for respect and their right for dignity.
This year will mark the 8th year of Chea Vichea’s assassination and yet the killers are still free. Cambodians officially may not know the real killers but we have a very clear idea who gave the order.
The real killers will be found the day Cambodia is governed with rule of law.
Remembering 22 January, 2004 keeps the hope for us that justice is real and not just right but an absolute element of freedom.
The Chea Vichea Fund for Workers’ Rights
Chea Mony 012 941 308
Roung Choun: 012 930 706
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Cambodia is hosting ASEAN . President Obama and Sec. Clinton are expected to attend. We need to tell each story of abuse, in particular of women’s human rights violations as Sec. Clinton is a champion of women’s human rights.
USA should not just think about a strategic presence in ASEAN. USA, like any other country that preach human rights, must come with a very clear message:
Free and fair elections for true and not facade of democracy.