July 23, 2014

Message from Wren Bird [VIDEO]

'Wren bird singing a beautiful song...'
I am no where near a politician... a human only.
But, for our Mother, Cambodia, this is a critical moment.
Not a good time to swear, scream or attacking one another.
We should take a break from all these things.
A break from swearing, from attacking CNRP leaders.

No one, none of us, is perfect. None, is willing to keep all promises.
Especially in the world of politic, in every country...
It's not fair to point fingers, screaming or yelling at CNRP.
We need to be patient. We need to give the opposition leaders some time.

I belong to no party, but for me, CNRP is my choice.
Unlike Yuon, Hun Sen, and/or CPP, Mr. Sam Rainsy,
has not robbed, killed or harmed anyone yet. ~Jendhamuni

CNRP takes steps to help Sam Rainsy become lawmaker: Spokesman

The Cambodia Herald, 23-Jul-14

PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party is preparing for legal procedures to help Sam Rainsy become a lawmaker, party spokesman Yim Sovan said Wednesday.

Sam Rainsy, president of CNRP, couldn't stand as a parliamentary candidate in the last July general election after his name was removed out of election list by the National Election Committee which claimed that Sam Rainsy was a convict.

He returned home from four-year in self exile just two weeks before the July general election, following a royal pardon granted by the King Norodom Sihamoni.

Yim Sovan, however, didn't clarify how CNRP can help its president to become a lawmaker.

Tep Nitha, secretary general of National Election Committee, said that CNRP could make Sam Rainsy become legitimate lawmaker through updating its election candidate registration and asking one of its lawmakers to resign to be replaced by Sam Rainsy.

CNRP tv news

Khmer youth calls for unity - 'postponing re-election to 2018 is NOT acceptable!'

Sophoan Seng: Political deadlock is broken on mere realistic implementation

By Sophoan Seng | July 23, 2014


As Hun Sen walked out from the Senate Building, he spontaneously told the waiting reporters that “victory, let together help applaud”. Cambodian people and supporters have posited doubt on what “victory” he mean? The agreement both parties signed seem show clear road-map bringing into implementation, but sympathizers see this as “output” not the “outcome” at all. On the other hand, some articles on the agreement are still vague and need more time to realistically articulate them. The victory might be plausible for Hun Sen as he will lead this government legitimately for another 5 years while Sam Rainsy is feeling relaxed as his 7 MPs-elect and one activist can walk out the prison as a bail from their unjust pre-trial detention. The two phenomenon is very dichotomous.

The doubtful theme of the agreement to breakthrough the deadlock:

Beside of clear numbers, roles and responsibility for power sharing within the parliament, the important agendas on National Election Committee (NEC) in-dept reform and the rescheduling of early election date caused by recent protests of election flaws, both are not yet written. The agreement just said they will anticipate with the task force of both parties to work on it. According to the publicized agreement (in Khmer and translated into English by KEEN Languages Interpreter), the current NEC that CNRP has fought vehemently, is still having full authority to conduct their tasks, and the agreed statement on 4 members of the NEC selected by the CNRP must go through this current NEC’s mission as usual before the new NEC body is created. The 9 members of the NEC or the formula of 4+4+1 will be deliberately applying to all levels such as provincial and district NEC, or just the top NINE? For the new date of early election is not mentioned exactly within the agreement as it will depend on the task force from both sides.

Sichan Siv and Richer San court cases [5 pages]

នយោបាយ នឹង នយោបោក [From Chandara Kin]

Khmer Yuvethey's message to Kem and Sam

Mu's prison message to Rainsy

២៣ កក្កដា ២០១៤ / 23 July 2014 - A message from prison...

មូរ សុខហួរ បានផ្ញើសារឲ្យខ្ញុំ ពីពន្ធនាគារ ៖ “សូមលោកប្រធានកុំចរចា ដើម្បីទាមទារឲ្យគេដោះលែងខ្ញុំ តែសូមចរចា និងធ្វើការងារអ្វីៗទាំងអស់ ដើម្បីរំដោះប្រទេសកម្ពុជា និងជួយឲ្យប្រជារាស្ត្រខ្មែរទាំងមូល ទទួលបាននូវសេរីភាព និងយុត្តិធម៌”។

Mu Sochua sent me this message from prison: "Mr. President, don't negotiate to secure my release from jail but do whatever you can to secure freedom and justice for the entire Cambodian people."

-Sam Rainsy

Yearlong Political Deadlock Ends វិបត្តិនយោបាយនៅកម្ពុជាត្រូវបញ្ចប់

Golden memories ... សុវណ្ណអនុស្សារ - ផាហ៊ុមកវី


...ទោះជាយ៉ាងណា ប្រយ័ត្នល្បិចសាមកុករបស់ ហ៊ុនសែន...

Cambodia profile - Timeline

BBC News, July 22, 2014

A chronology of key events

1863 - Cambodia becomes a protectorate of France. French colonial rule lasts for 90 years.

Norodom Sihamouk abdicated in 1955, but returned to high office several times

1941 - Prince Norodom Sihanouk becomes king. Cambodia is occupied by Japan during World War II.
1945 - The Japanese occupation ends.
1946 - France re-imposes its protectorate. A new constitution permits Cambodians to form political parties. Communist guerrillas begin an armed campaign against the French.

1953 - Cambodia wins its independence from France. Under King Sihanouk, it becomes the Kingdom of Cambodia.
1955 - Sihanouk abdicates to pursue a political career. His father becomes king and Sihanouk becomes prime minister.
1960 - Sihanouk's father dies. Sihanouk becomes head of state.
1965 - Sihanouk breaks off relations with the US and allows North Vietnamese guerrillas to set up bases in Cambodia in pursuance of their campaign against the US-backed government in South Vietnam.
1969 - The US begins a secret bombing campaign against North Vietnamese forces on Cambodian soil.

UN rights expert praises Cambodia’s political agreement, urges promised reforms

Surya Prasad Subedi, Special Rapporteur on the Situation
of Human Rights in Cambodia. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré
UN News Centre, July 22, 2014

22 July 2014 – The United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia today welcomed the agreement reached between the two main political parties in the country, which was followed by the release of the opposition party members arrested last week.

“The two parties have finally found common ground, in the best interests of the Cambodian people. They deserve our congratulations, and the Cambodian people to enjoy a moment of celebration,” said Special Rapporteur Surya P. Subedi.

He noted in a news release that the agreement reached on the National Election Committee indicates “the beginning of the true work of reforming” and provides “an opportunity to carry out a comprehensive reform of lasting character in line with international standards.”

Having produced four substantial reports with a thorough analysis of the situation of human rights and the challenges that Cambodia urgently needs to address, the UN expert encouraged the two parties to continue working together. He stressed the importance of strengthening the electoral, judicial and parliamentary regulations with responsibilities for human rights implementation and independent monitoring.

Joint Vietnam-World Bank Group Study Will Seek Path for Higher Economic Growth

ពលរដ្ឋខ្មែរក្រោមខ្មែរកណ្តាលបន្តតវ៉ាដាក់ញត្តិជូនស្ថានទូតយួន ឲសុំទោសខ្មែរជាសាធារណ:


ទិដ្ឋភាពដោះលែងតំណាងរាស្ត្រគណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិចេញពីពន្ធនាគារព្រៃស និងការធ្វើដំណើរតាមផ្លូវមកទីស្នាក់ការគណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិ



Krom protests end for now

Buddhist monks protest at a blockade near the Vietnamese Embassy in Phnom Penh yesterday. Eli Meixler

Wed, 23 July 2014 ppp
Khouth Sophak Chakrya and Pech Sotheary

Two days of roadblocks in front of the Vietnamese Embassy by Kampuchea Krom activists ended yesterday after intervention from the Phnom Penh municipality.

Protesters led by the Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community and the Federation of Cambodian Intellectuals and Students had been demanding an official apology from the embassy after a spokesman there said that Kampuchea Krom – a portion of southern Vietnam home to many ethnic Khmer – had belonged to Vietnam “for a very long time”.

While embassy officials never received the demonstrators’ petition calling for the apology, Phnom Penh municipal authorities did, promising to pass it on to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which would, in turn, pass it to the Vietnamese government, representatives of the activists and the municipality said.

After two hours of negotiations with leaders from the two organisations, municipality spokesman Long Dimanche accepted the petition from demonstrators in front of the Vietnamese Embassy, before saying: “Please, all of you, stop protesting.”

Mao Pises, head of the Federation of Cambodian Intellectuals and Students, said that authorities had two weeks to secure a response.

“The reply is a public apology in written form to Cambodian people for what their senior official has stated, [which] fakes the history. If there is not a reply, a new big protest will be set up again,” Pises said.

One year in the making

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy (left) and Prime Minister Hun Sen shake hands in front of the Senate, where a meeting to break the nation’s political deadlock took place yesterday. Heng Chivoan

'In response to questions as to whether he was happy with the deal, Rainsy told reporters the CNRP “had no choice”.'

Wed, 23 July 2014 ppp
Meas Sokchea and Kevin Ponniah

The deadlock is over. Nearly a year after the disputed July 2013 national election, the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party yesterday agreed to end its 10-month-long parliamentary boycott and “work together” with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party in the National Assembly.

In return, the blighted National Election Committee – which the CNRP has decried as biased and a key reason for the irregularities it says compromised the election – will be overhauled and made a new constitutionally mandated institution with representatives of both parties as members.

The CNRP will also gain a suite of top positions in the 123-seat assembly when it officially takes its 55 seats. Opposition leader Sam Rainsy said his party’s lawmakers-elect would be sworn in early next week, possibly on Monday – the anniversary of the election.

Prime Minister Hun Sen and Rainsy emerged from a room at the Senate at about 2pm yesterday after a five-hour meeting. Smiling together, they shook hands for the cameras, sending a clear message that a tumultuous year of street protests, threats, on-again off-again talks and occasional violence had ended through negotiations.

“Both parties have agreed to work together at parliamentary institutions in order to find solutions to the nation’s issues, based on principles of democracy and rule of law,” a joint agreement says.

The new talks were called against a backdrop of threats towards the opposition following a violent protest last week and the arrest of eight of its members. All were released on bail just hours after the agreement was inked yesterday.

High level summit ends deadlock - on paper...


Scenes outside detention centre today 22 July 2014

Sokha on moral stance of CNRP leaders

Detainees return to heroes' welcome

July 22, 2014

Political deadlock broken

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen shake hands after a meeting at the Senate building in Phonm Penh on Tuesday. Heng Chivoan

Tue, 22 July 2014 ppp
Post Staff

The ruling Cambodian People’s Party and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party have struck a deal that will end the longest parliamentary deadlock in the country’s history.

With the announcement, seven elected opposition lawmakers and one party activist arrested last week over violent clashes at Freedom Park will be released from Prey Sar prison, paving the way for the opposition to take its 55 seats in the National Assembly.

But while the eight will walk free today, Keo Mony, a Phnom Penh Municipal Court investigating judge, said they still face charges.

“I have signed their release [documents] this afternoon,” he said. “I have allowed the eight to stay outside detention temporarily.

“They are authorised to leave today.”

CNRPtv: progress made through mutual concessions

Mu freed - After a week in jail, not even her nail polish is broken...

Hmmmmm... I told you, messing with Mu is bad luck!


Cambodian opposition agrees to end boycott of parliament after ruling party agrees to poll reforms, TV license

In regard to the next general election, he [Prum Sokha, CPP spokesman] said that it will be held in February 2018, five months earlier than the schedule.

Jendhamuni: Robber PM looks wicked creepy! Looks like he's saying, "Yeah, right! Like I will keep my words!"
Photo source: The Cambodia Herald

Xinhua, 22-Jul-14

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) on Tuesday agreed to end its year- long boycott of parliament after the ruling party agreed to electoral reforms, power sharing in parliament and a TV license.

"The two parties have agreed on a political resolution by joining to work in the National Assembly towards tackling national issues based on the principles of democracy and the rule of law," according to a joint agreement released after a five-hour face-to- face negotiation between Prime Minister Hun Sen, vice-president of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP), and CNRP's president Sam Rainsy.

The opposition's 55 lawmakers-elect have boycotted the Parliament since last July's election, which they alleged was marred by fraud, and are demanding electoral reforms and an early election.

The two parties agreed to the reform of the National Election Committee (NEC), according to the joint agreement. The new NEC will comprise nine members--four from each side and one will be chosen with both parties' approval.

Golden memories ... សុវណ្ណអនុស្សារ - "សម្រែកឈាមខ្មែរ"