Tag Archives: corruption

Who Killed Chea Vichea?

Chea Vichea's daughter was only a toddler when he was assassinated in 2004.

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

Contact:
Chea Mony 012 941 308
Roung Choun: 012 930 706
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Detained Illegally – Freed by Sam Rainsy Party MPs (video)

 Hear the cry for justice. Take action and do not watch passively.
Write to your local and national politicians about these abuses.
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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi_QUruC–c&list=UUWyICQWsoVEnvBoKtzxuUNg&index=1&feature=plcp

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/#

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

Fight for Your Land-Use Your Collective Power

Planting Democracy Seeds-Part 2

Rattanak Mondoul-Battambang Province-North West Cambodia

“My first husband died when he was just 25 years old. We had two children. We came to this part of the forest over 10 years ago. It was nothing but land mines. We were too desperate for land. Our young children watched their children blown up by a land mine”.

“I was clearing the forest and there it was: 3 land mines. I was so terrified, I was paralyzed. I will never forget that day”.

“The rich man tells me that I do not own this land, because I am too young. I say to him that I came with my father to plant these mango trees. I crossed this creek with my father every day. I know every parcel of this land. Do you?”

As I listen to this group of 40 farmers talking about their desperate search for land to cultivate, I hear their burning need for justice. For over a decade, they have farmed these plots of land collectively and have managed to build a community and survived year after year from the crops.

Today, rich and powerful men claim that every single plot of land in this community is theirs. They have the backing of the new village chief and the commune chief. They are protected by police and local authorities.

I say to the villagers:

Tell your stories. Tell the truth. That is your power.

Stand up together. That is your power.

Speak with one voice. That is your power.

The rich men do not have your power.

“Land is life- land is hope. ” a song from the messenger band. A group of young women who put justice into songs.

Fight Corruption Now: Distributing Weal th to Benefit All !

The existence of ‘ghost’ soldiers is no secret to Prime Minister Hun Sen. Millions of dollars of State funds have been lost to corruption committed during the demobilization of soldiers following the 1991 Paris Peace Accords and a second stage of demobilization followed with a US$18.4 million World Bank loan. Marred with corruption, the World Bank discontinued the project.

Last week a request was made by the Ministry of Economy and Finance for the Ministry of Social Welfare to return more than US$5 million embezzled through falsified budgets and pensions collected in the name of ‘ghost’ veterans. They also have demanded an immediate and in-depth inquiry of all Ministries concerned. Embezzlement of public funds, falsification of documents are crimes with stiff penalties under the Penal Code and the Anti-Corruption Law.

The time is now for Cambodian people to unite against corruption! Every year until now hundreds of million of dollars has been embezzled by this government and its officials either through the process of collecting revenue, through government expenditure or through government concession policy. This money was intended to be used to better pay for genuine civil servants, teachers and soldiers and especially to allow for the sustainable development of our country.

We, the Members of Parliament of the Sam Rainsy Party can no longer accept what is really a token political gesture to “return” the stolen State funds. This does not go far enough to address what has become a systemic problem in our country – government corruption. We demand the following:

  • An immediate and full independent and public investigation This investigation is to be transparent and objectively conducted into the investigation of all relevant Ministries including the Office of the Prime Minister and Ministry of Council of Ministers on the misappropriation of state funds and those held accountable to be brought for justice. This includes the suspension and criminal retribution of all those found responsible in accordance with Law.
  • The government is to release all falsified documents and expenses including the payroll list for soldiers, civil servants and government contracts (including oil and gas contracts), land, mining concessions and so forth.
  • The government adopt the law on Freedom of Information proposed by the the Sam Rainsy Party Members of Parliament.

Corruption thrives in a climate of secrecy and impunity. Corruption threatens good governance sustainable, democratic process and fair business practices. More importantly corruption creates poverty and human rights abuses.

Sam Rainsy Party Members of Parliament

For further information contact: MP Son Chhay on sonchhay@yahoo.com or MP Mu Sochua on 012- 831040