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Monday, 28 July 2014

It is high time for Cambodia’s Hun Sen to go

Editorial

The prime minister has ruled the country for too long 
The Financial Times
July 27, 2014 4:56 pm
A year-long political crisis ended last week in Cambodia when the opposition agreed to take up its seats in parliament after disputed elections last July. In return for calling off its parliamentary boycott, eight opposition figures were released from detention on trumped-up insurrection charges.
Of potentially longer lasting significance, the government agreed to overhaul the election committee in order to bring some degree of transparency to the deeply compromised electoral process. Opposition representatives will also get the chairmanship of five out of 10 parliamentary commissions, including those covering labour, human rights and anti-corruption – all areas of urgent concern.
In some ways, we have been here before. Time and again, Hun Sen, the cunning prime minister who will in January celebrate 30 years in office, has done whatever it takes to prolong his grip on power.
That has included a spell as co-prime minister after he refused to accept the result of UN-organised elections in 1993. By 1997 he was back in full control after a coup.

Keen to maintain at least the semblance of democracy – useful for keeping the aid dollars flowing – he has gone through the rigmarole of regular elections since. At last year’s poll, his air of invincibility wore thin. His Cambodian People’s party only narrowly won an election that the opposition claimed was rigged.

Licadho President Selected as Ninth Member of New NEC

By and | July 28, 2014
The Cambodia Daily
 
The ruling CPP and opposition CNRP have selected Pung Chhiv Kek, a founder and president of local rights group Licadho, to become the ninth “consensus” member of the new bipartisan electoral commission.
“The two parties have agreed to choose her but I do not know any further details on whether or not she accepts this or not,” said senior CPP lawmaker and party spokesman Cheam Yeap on Monday morning.
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy also confirmed that the CNRP had approved Ms. Chhiv Kek’s selection as the ninth and final member.
“I will wait for her to officially accept. I think this a matter of one hour, then we will know whether she has accepted or not,” he said at 11:50 a.m. “We need the confirmation before I can make any comment.”

Rights monitor tapped for 'neutral' NEC seat


Pung Chiv Kek

Licadho president Pung Chhiv Kek has been selected as the ninth member of the reformed National Election Committee following a cross-party meeting this morning, a government official and sources in the rights group she heads have said.
Kek, who has yet to officially accept the role on the election body, could not be immediately reached, but senior Cambodian People’s Party lawmaker Cheam Yeap confirmed that she had been approached for the job.
“This morning, [Prime Minister] Hun Sen met with [Cambodia National Rescue Party president] Sam Rainsy to agree on the ninth member,” he said. “They choose Pung Chhiv Kek.”
Am Sam Ath, a senior investigator for Licadho, said Kek had yet to receive an official letter offering her the position.

A ninth candidate is eyed


Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy addresses supporters at a party congress in Wat Botum Park
Cambodia National Rescue Party president Sam Rainsy addresses supporters at a party congress in Wat Botum Park yesterday. Hong Menea

A candidate to fill the crucial ninth position of a reformed National Election Committee will likely be announced today, roughly 24 hours after an opposition party congress involving members from across the country took place in Phnom Penh.
Opposition sources refrained from revealing the name of the candidate who is the subject of ongoing discussions between the Cambodia National Rescue Party and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party.
But CNRP president Sam Rainsy said it was likely that the candidate, who will hold the balance of power in the bipartisan election body, will be announced following a meeting between the negotiating teams today.

Gender gains still lag: report


A woman and her son wash dishes on the side of a dirt road in Srah Chak commune in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh distric
A woman and her son wash dishes on the side of a dirt road in Srah Chak commune in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district last year. Hong Menea

In Cambodia, the marginalisation and under-education of women remains among the worst in the world, a new report says.
Development organisations have long recognised the centrality of women and girls in the fight to eradicate poverty. But in practice, the pace of poverty alleviation in the region is slacking, mired in a rut of inequality, according to the latest United Nations Human Development Report.
“Despite improvements in health, and incremental progress on education and parliamentary representation, women’s empowerment is still lagging,” the report’s researchers found.
The latest Human Development Report bumps Cambodia up one ranking place to 136th out of the

The CNRP’s opportunity


Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy greets supporters in Phnom Penh earlier this month
Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy greets supporters in Phnom Penh earlier this month. AFP

The de facto National Assembly and the de facto government rising from it will very soon gain de jure status, becoming legitimate state institutions when the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s 55 lawmakers-elect are sworn in and take their seats in parliament.
On Tuesday, the Cambodian People’s Party and the CNRP settled their differences, defusing the tension in the country that saw public demonstrations against the CPP, violent crackdowns against peaceful protests and the arrest of 25 garment factory workers in early January and seven CNRP lawmakers-elect and an activist last week.
This settlement has been met with mixed reactions. Many CNRP supporters have felt disappointment and resignation, believing the agreement fell short of what they wanted: a change of regime, a real

យុទ្ធសាស្រ្ដសង្រ្គោះជាតិសម្រុកចូលរដ្ឋសភា

មេដឹកនាំ​បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ​ពន្យល់​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​អំពី​ការ​ចូល​សភា

បក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរ​​ស្នើឲ្យ​អ្នកស្រី ពុង ឈីវកេក ជា​​បេក្ខភាព​ទី​៩របស់​គ.ជ.ប

ដោយ វណ្ណ វិចារ
2014-07-28
RFA
ពុង ឈីវកេក ៦១០
ប្រធាន​អង្គការ​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​លីកាដូ (LICADHO) អ្នកស្រី​វេជ្ជបណ្ឌិត ពុង ឈីវកេក ក្នុង​វេទិកា​អ្នក​ស្ដាប់​វិទ្យុ​អាស៊ីសេរី នៅ​យប់​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​៣១ ខែ​មករា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
Photo: RFA
គណបក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរ​ស្នើ​សុំ​ឲ្យ​ប្រធាន​អង្គការ​លីកាដូ អ្នកស្រី ពុង ឈីវកេក ជា​បេក្ខភាព​ទី​៩ របស់​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត។ មន្ត្រី​អង្គការ​ការពារ​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​លីកាដូ ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា គណបក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរ​បាន​បញ្ជូន​មន្ត្រី​របស់​ខ្លួន​មក​ទាក់ទង​អ្នកស្រី ពុង ឈីវកេក ឲ្យ​ធ្វើ​ការ​ជា​សមាជិក គ.ជ.ប ដើម្បី​កែទម្រង់​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​នៅ​កម្ពុជា។ ប៉ុន្តែ​ភាគី​អ្នកស្រី ពុង ឈីវកេក មិន​ទាន់​សម្រេច​ថា ព្រមព្រៀង​កាន់​តំណែង​នេះ​ជា​ផ្លូវ​ការ​នៅ​ឡើយ ដោយ​អ្នកស្រី​ត្រូវ​រង់ចាំ​ប្រជុំ​ផ្ទៃក្នុង​ដើម្បី​ស្ដាប់​យោបល់​បុគ្គលិក​ ថ្នាក់​ក្រោម​ជាមុន​សិន។ បុគ្គលិក​របស់​អង្គការ​លីកាដូ កំពុង​ប្រជុំ​គ្នា​ពី​បញ្ហា​នេះ​នៅ​វេលា​ថ្ងៃ​ត្រង់ ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៨ ខែ​កក្កដា។
អ្នកស្រី ពុង ឈីវកេក ធ្លាប់​ធ្វើ​ជា​តួអង្គ​សំខាន់​មួយ​ក្នុង​ការ​ស្វែង​រក​ដំណោះស្រាយ​នយោបាយ​នៅ ​កម្ពុជា តាំង​ពី​ទសវត្ស​ឆ្នាំ​១៩៩០ ដើម្បី​បើក​ផ្លូវ​ឲ្យ​មាន​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​ទីក្រុង​ប៉ារីស កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៣ ខែ​តុលា ឆ្នាំ​១៩៩១។

Are Cambodian Leaders Serious About Implementing Reforms?

By Parameswaran Ponnudurai
2014-07-28
RFA
cambodia-end-of-deadlock-july-2014.jpg
Sam Rainsy (L) shakes hands with Hun Sen following a meeting in Phnom Penh, July 22, 2014.
RFA
Doubts are emerging over whether Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen will live up to his promise of implementing electoral and other reforms under an agreement he clinched with the country's opposition aimed at ending a year long political deadlock following disputed elections.

While political pundits and experts doubt the sincerity of Hun Sen, who has outfoxed all opponents since he came to power three decades ago, questions are also being asked whether opposition leader Sam Rainsy has been so gullible to have fallen into a potential trap by the strongman.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

ទស្សនៈនិងការរំពឹងរបស់យុវជនចំពោះដំណោះស្រាយនយោបាយ (វគ្គ ១)

ទស្សនៈនិងការរំពឹងរបស់យុវជនចំពោះដំណោះស្រាយនយោបាយ (វគ្គ ២)

ទស្សនៈនិងការរំពឹងរបស់យុវជនចំពោះដំណោះស្រាយនយោបាយ (វគ្គបញ្ចប់)

បក្ស​ប្រឆាំង​រំពឹង​ថា​សមាជិក​គ.ជ.ប​ទី​៩​នឹង​ត្រូវ​បាន​​ជ្រើសរើស​មុន​ពេល​ចូល​ស្បថ

ដោយ យាង សុជាមេត្តា
2014-07-26
RFA
បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ជួប​ជុំ​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ ៦១០
លោក សម រង្ស៊ី និង​លោក កឹម សុខា មេដឹកនាំ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ជួប​ជាមួយ​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​ប្រមាណ ២​ម៉ឺន​នាក់ នៅ​ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ កាល​ពី​រសៀល​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៦ ខែ​សីហា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣។
Photo: RFA
ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ រំពឹង​ថា នឹង​មាន​ការ​ជួប​ពិភាក្សា​គ្នា​មួយ​ទៀត​ក្នុង​ពេល​ឆាប់ៗ​នេះ​រវាង​គណបក្ស​ លោក និង​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា ដើម្បី​ជ្រើសរើស​សមាជិក​ទី​៩ នៃ​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត (គ.ជ.ប) ទៅ​តាម​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ ខែ​កក្កដា។ ការ​កំណត់​សមាជិក​ទី​៩ ត្រូវ​ចាត់​ទុក​ថា ជា​ចំណុច​គន្លឹះ​មួយ​ក្នុង​ចំណោម​ចំណុច​មួយ​ចំនួន​ទៀត​ដែល​ជា​លក្ខខណ្ឌ​ សម្រាប់​គណបក្ស​នេះ​ក្នុង​ការ​ស្បថ​ចូល​សភា។
គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ពុំ​ទាន់​កំណត់​ថ្ងៃ​ចូល​ធ្វើ​សច្ចា​ប្រណិធាន​នៅ​ចំពោះ​ព្រះ​ភក្ត្រ​ព្រះ​ មហាក្សត្រ ឲ្យ​ពិត​ប្រាកដ​នៅ​ឡើយ បើ​ទោះ​ជា​ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ត្រូវ​បាន​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត បាន​ទទួល​ស្គាល់​ជា​បេក្ខជន​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​តំណាងរាស្ត្រ​មណ្ឌល​កំពង់ចាម ហើយ​បើ​ទោះ​ជា​រដ្ឋ​សភា​ប្រកាស​ថា នឹង​បើក​សម័យ​ប្រជុំ​ពេញ​អង្គ​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៨ កក្កដា ខាង​មុខ ដើម្បី​ប្រកាស​សុពលភាព​លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ជា​សមាជិក​រដ្ឋសភា​ក៏ដោយ។

Cambodian Opposition Leader Accepted as MP Ahead of Parliament Sitting

2014-07-25
RFA
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Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy speaks to reporters after meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen in Phnom Penh, July 21, 2014.
NurPhoto
Cambodia's election body on Friday accepted opposition leader Sam Rainsy as a lawmaker, paving the way for his party to enter parliament as part of a political settlement with Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Following the move, the National Assembly, the country's parliament, announced in a statement that Sam Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), will be confirmed as a legislator at a plenary session on Monday.

In accepting Sam Rainsy's application, the government-appointed National Election Commission (NEC) said that it recognized him as an "elected [MP] and has already dispatched the document on its decision to the National Assembly, to political parties, to the Royal Palace, Senate and other institutions.”

Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Cambodia has just taken a crucial step toward more participatory politics. But further progress toward democracy is likely to be slow and evolutionary rather than sudden and dramatic.

BY Peter Bartu , Andrew Grant
JULY 25, 2014
FP

On July 22, Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen finally announced a deal to end a ten-month standoff between the government and the opposition, which has been boycotting parliament as part of its protest against disputed elections last year. Rainsy has now agreed to let his party take up seats in the National Assembly in exchange for an overhaul of the election commission, the release of eight opposition leaders arrested in recent clashes with government security forces, and a grab-bag of other reforms. Though still controversial, the deal may yet herald a new turn in Cambodian politics.
Since 1993, the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) led by Hun Sen has dominated Cambodian politics in semi-authoritarian fashion. The CPP held regular elections, but the opposition never had a chance of winning due to widespread fraud, intimidation, and lack of capital. In 2013, however, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) shattered this paradigm. The new opposition coalition came within a whisker of beating the CPP on a platform saying that they'd had "enough" and promising "change," which appealed to a youthful, tech-savvy, and urban-centric demographic excluded from the spoils of political power, tired of rampant corruption and the oligarchic management of the economy, and unhappy at the prospect of dynastic succession among nouveau-rich families and clans.

តើកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងរបស់បក្សទាំងពីរមានផលប្រយោជន៍អ្វីខ្លះដល់ជាតិ? (វគ្គ ១)

តើកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងរបស់បក្សទាំងពីរមានផលប្រយោជន៍អ្វីខ្លះដល់ជាតិ? (វគ្គ ២)

តើកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងរបស់បក្សទាំងពីរមានផលប្រយោជន៍អ្វីខ្លះដល់ជាតិ? (វគ្គបញ្ចប់)

គ.ជ.ប.ទទួល​ស្គាល់​លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ជា​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ពេញ​សិទ្ធិ​មណ្ឌល​កំពង់ចាម

ដោយ ដែន អយុធ្យា
2014-07-25
RFA
សម រង្ស៊ី កឹម សុខា កំពង់ចាម ៦១០
លោក សម រង្ស៊ី និង​លោក កឹម សុខា ប្រធាន និង​អនុប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ឃោសនា​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​អាណត្តិ​ទី​២ នា​ខេត្ត​កំពង់ចាម នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៦ ខែ​ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Saut Sokprathna
រដ្ឋសភា កំណត់​យក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៨ ខែ​កក្កដា ដើម្បី​បើក​កិច្ច​ប្រជុំ​ពេញ​អង្គ​វិសាមញ្ញ​នៃ​នីតិកាល​ទី​៥ ជា​ការ​ប្រកាស​សុពលភាព លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ជា​សមាជិក​សភា។ ការ​សម្រេច​នេះ គឺ​បន្ទាប់​ពី​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​អចិន្ត្រៃយ៍​រដ្ឋសភា បាន​បើក​កិច្ច​ប្រជុំ​ភ្លាមៗ ក្រោយ​ពេល​ដែល​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត (គ.ជ.ប) បាន​ធ្វើ​បញ្ជី​ឈ្មោះ​បេក្ខជន​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ថ្មី​របស់​គណបក្ស​ សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ និង​បាន​ទូល​ថ្វាយ​ស្ថាប័ន​ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ ឬ​រដ្ឋសភា​រួច។
បញ្ហា​នេះ អ្នក​វិភាគ​សង្គម ក៏​ស្នើ​ដល់​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​គណបក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​នីតិកាល​ទី​៥​ទាំង​ពីរ ត្រូវ​ពិភាក្សា​ដោះស្រាយ​សង្គម​ដោយ​សន្តិវិធី ជា​ជាង​ប្រើ​កម្លាំង​ប្រដាប់​អាវុធ​បង្កើត​ឲ្យ​មាន​អំពើ​ហិង្សា នាំ​ឲ្យ​បាត់​បង់​អាយុ​ជីវិត​មនុស្ស។
ក្នុង​បញ្ជី​របស់​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត (គ.ជ.ប) ដែល​ចេញ​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​សុក្រ ទី​២៥ ខែ​កក្កដា បញ្ជាក់​ថា លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ជា​បេក្ខជន​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​នីតិកាល​ទី​៥ របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ នៅ​មណ្ឌល​ខេត្ត​កំពង់ចាម។

តើ​បក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរ​ចំណេញ​ឬ​ខាត​អ្វី​ខ្លះ​ពី​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​បញ្ចប់​នយោបាយ​ជាប់​គាំង?

ដោយ តាំង សារ៉ាដា
2014-07-25
RFA
សម រង្ស៊ី ហ៊ុន សែន ៦១០
ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ លោក សម រង្ស៊ី (ឆ្វេង) ចាប់​ដៃ​ជាមួយ​លោក​នាយករដ្ឋមន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន ក្រោយ​ជំនួប​ចរចា​នា​វិមាន​ព្រឹទ្ធ​សភា​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ កក្កដា ២០១៤។
RFA/Tin Zakariya
ក្រោយ​ពី​មាន​ការ​ចរចា​ដើម្បី​បញ្ចប់​ភាព​ជាប់​គាំង​នយោបាយ ដែល​អូស​បន្លាយ​ជិត​មួយ​ឆ្នាំ​មក​ហើយ​នោះ ទាំង​គណបក្ស​កាន់​អំណាច និង​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ បាន​បង្ហាញ​គោល​ជំហរ​រៀងៗ​ខ្លួន​ថា ជា​ជម្រើស​ល្អ និង​ជា​ជោគជ័យ។
តើ​ការ​ចរចា​កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ កក្កដា កន្លង​មក​នេះ បាន​នាំ​ឲ្យ​បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ខាត​អ្វី និង​ចំណេញ​អ្វី​ខ្លះ? ចុះ​ចំណែក​គណបក្ស​កាន់​អំណាច​វិញ បាន​ផល​អ្វី​ដែរ?
នៅ​បន្ទាប់​ពី​មាន​ការ​តស៊ូ​ស្វិតស្វាញ ទាមទារ​ឲ្យ​មាន​ការ​កែ​ទម្រង់​ប្រព័ន្ធ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​របស់​ក្រុម​ប្រឆាំង អស់​រយៈពេល​ជិត​មួយ​ឆ្នាំ​នៅ​ក្រោយ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ជាតិ​កាល​ពី​ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣ ដែល​គណបក្ស​មួយ​នេះ និង​ក្រុម​អ្នក​ឃ្លាំ​មើល​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត រក​ឃើញ​ថា មាន​ភាព​មិន​ប្រក្រតី​ធ្ងន់ធ្ងរ​នោះ នៅ​ពេល​នេះ​បាន​ត្រឹម​តែ​ពាក្យ​ពីរ​ម៉ាត់​យ៉ាង​ខ្លី​ប៉ុណ្ណោះ គឺ​គ្មាន​ជម្រើស ដែល​ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ថ្លែង​ទៅ​កាន់​ក្រុម​អ្នក​សារព័ត៌មាន​ក្រោយ​ការ​ចរចា​អស់​រយៈពេល​ជាង​ប្រាំ​ ម៉ោង នៅ​ឯ​វិមាន​ចំការមន កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ ខែ​កក្កដា។

Friday, 25 July 2014

PM, Rainsy take deal to monarch


Opposition leader Sam Rainsy greets reporters
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy greets reporters yesterday following a meeting between himself, Prime Minister Hun Sen and King Norodom Sihamoni. Vireak Mai

Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy met with King Norodom Sihamoni yesterday for about 90 minutes at the Royal Palace, emerging with royal approval of the political deal they hammered out on Tuesday.
“He congratulated us and he was very happy. He encouraged us to go out and complete the work we have done and do whatever remains to be done,” Rainsy told the Post.
The King was looked to at various times throughout the nearly one-year political stalemate as a possible mediating force between the two parties.
He was petitioned near the beginning of the dispute by the opposition and civil society groups hoping he would hold off on inaugurating the new National Assembly in September last year, with only lawmakers from the ruling party willing to take their seats.

Down to the power of one


Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen stand outside the Senate after final negotiations
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen stand outside the Senate after final negotiations on Tuesday. Heng Chivoan

One person will hold the balance of power on the overhauled National Election Committee when the political agreement signed by the opposition and ruling parties on Tuesday is implemented.
Sitting beside four members from the ruling party and four from the opposition, the man or woman who fills the final “consensus” spot will play the unenviable role of mediator and, presumably, decision maker in an election body that has long been considered beholden to the CPP.
But while there are many possible candidates for the job, it appears most of those floated as top choices by observers stand little chance of being amenable to both sides.
Koul Panha, who since 1998 has been executive director at watchdog the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Comfrel), is chief amongst them. “This is the best candidate in my eyes, but it’s not the best candidate for the CPP,” political analyst Kem Ley said.

Deal making waves abroad


Cambodians protest the results of the election in front of the United Nations in New York
Cambodians protest the results of the election in front of the United Nations in New York. Many backers of the opposition abroad are not happy with the deal struck to end the political deadlock this week. PHOTO SUPPLIED

With the country’s longest post-election deadlock now over and the opposition parliamentarians ready to take their seats, at least some of the CNRP’s most lucrative supporters – those overseas – are struggling to swallow the new concessions.
“Join[ing] the CPP [in the National Assembly] is the same as a male spider mating with the black widow. The chance that he comes out alive is remote,” said Saunora Prom, secretary of Washington, DC-based Cambodian Americans for Human Rights and Democracy.
“The key question of our support is how the CNRP will guarantee the National Election Committee . . . will do its job: ensuring free and fair elections,” Saunora said. “I’m afraid that people will not support them any more for the next election – they did not fulfil their promises yet.”

លោក ប៊្រែដ អាដាម ចាត់​ទុក​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​រវាង​បក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរ​ថា​អាក្រក់​បំផុត

ដោយ ជី វិតា
2014-07-25
RFA
ប្រែត អាដាម (Brad Adams) ៦១០
នាយក​ប្រតិបត្តិ​ទទួល​បន្ទុក​កិច្ចការ​តំបន់​អាស៊ី របស់​អង្គការ​ឃ្លាំ​មើល​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​អន្តរជាតិ យូមែន រ៉ៃត៍ វច្ឆ៍ (Human Rights Watch) លោក ប៊្រែដ អាដាម (Brad Adams) ក្នុង​បន្ទប់​ផ្សាយ​របស់​វិទ្យុ​អាស៊ីសេរី នា​ទីក្រុង​វ៉ាស៊ីនតោន (Washington DC) សហរដ្ឋ​អាមេរិក កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី២៨ ខែ​មិថុនា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣។
Photo: RFA
មន្ត្រី​អង្គការ​ឃ្លាំ​មើល​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស​អន្តរជាតិ យូមែន រ៉ៃត៍ វ៉ច្ឆ (Human Rights Watch) ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​នយោបាយ​រវាង​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ និង​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២២ កក្កដា គឺ​ជា​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​មួយ​ដែល​នឹង​មិន​ជួយ​ឲ្យ​ប្រទេស​កម្ពុជា មាន​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ប្រកប​ដោយ​សេរី យុត្តិធម៌ និង​តម្លាភាព នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​អនាគត ដូច​ដែល​ពលរដ្ឋ​កម្ពុជា ទន្ទឹង​រង់ចាំ​ចង់​បាន​នោះ​ឡើយ។

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Cambodian Opposition Leader Set to Join Parliament

2014-07-24
RFA
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Sam Rainsy leaves by car after meeting with King Norodom Sihamoni at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, July 24, 2014.
RFA
Opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) leader Sam Rainsy has applied to become a member of parliament following an agreement with Prime Minister Hun Sen to end the party’s boycott of the legislature in return for key electoral reforms, party officials said Thursday.

CNRP officials said the party’s lawmakers who were elected in the July 2013 elections but have boycotted parliament over poll irregularities would take their seats in the legislature once Sam Rainsy is given the green light by the National Election Committee (NEC) to be an MP.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Rainsy after the deadlock

Agreement a tough sell


Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen shake hands in front of the Senate
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen shake hands in front of the Senate, where a meeting to end the political deadlock took place on Tuesday. Heng Chivoan

Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy are to meet with King Norodom Sihamoni at the Royal Palace today to officially inform him of the political agreement reached earlier this week that brought an end to a nearly one-year deadlock.
By doing so, they will kick-start a series of events that could see the Cambodia National Rescue Party’s 55 lawmakers – including Rainsy, who announced yesterday he would swap in for Kampong Cham lawmaker-elect Kuoy Bunroeun – take their oaths and swear in to parliament within a matter of days.
But not all are happy.

After deal, unions expect support


Cambodia National Rescue Party deputy leader Kem Sokha addresses party supporters and garment workers at Freedom Park in December
Cambodia National Rescue Party deputy leader Kem Sokha addresses party supporters and garment workers at Freedom Park in December. Scott Howes

News of an end to a year-long political deadlock has labour union leaders believing the opposition party can bring their interests to parliament, but a lack of follow-through could cost the Cambodia National Rescue Party vital support from one of its key interest groups.
Different union leaders said yesterday they hope that once the CNRP takes its seats and takes charge of its many committees, the newfound influence will translate into a reinvigorated push for a higher minimum wage and for investigations into fatal strike shootings.
“I would say there’s potential [for labour reform] and there’s also an obligation,” said Dave Welsh, country director of labour rights NGO Solidarity Center. “If we recall what happened in January, what was a labour issue turned into a political issue.”

A justice system ‘rotten to the core’


Supporters greet CNRP lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua after her release from Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh on Tuesday
Supporters greet CNRP lawmaker-elect Mu Sochua after her release from Prey Sar prison in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. Vireak Mai
 
Analysis
When seven Cambodia National Rescue Party lawmakers-elect and a party activist were released on bail from Prey Sar prison on Tuesday, it was to the cheers of supporters and the general approval of civil society.
But even as observers yesterday welcomed the detainees’ release – which came hot on the heels of a political deal between the CNRP and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party – some were quick to note that the entire episode was yet another example of Cambodian courts’ susceptibility to political influence.
According to Duch Piseth, head of the trial monitoring project at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, the court betrayed its lack of independence both coming and going.

Sam Rainsy's explanations on recent political agreements and ending of p...

CPP’s History Suggests Short Life for New Deal

By Alex Willemyns | July 24, 2014
the cambodia daily
 
In the aftermath of the covenant struck between Prime Minister Hun Sen and CNRP President Sam Rainsy on Tuesday, the opposition was fast to frame the deal as a grudging and rare concession from an authoritarian party deeply protective of its power.
For the first time in the country’s modern history, a party outside of executive government would be granted control of parliamentary committees, ostensibly allowing it to summon ministers from the long-ruling former communist party for questioning.
–News Analysis
The election commission, long dominated by government apparatchiks trained during the single-party control of the 1980s, would suddenly be composed equally of CPP and CNRP officials.
A year of political struggle had not gone to waste.

Rainsy to Become a Lawmaker; to Meet King Sihamoni

By Alex Willemyns and Kuch Naren | July 24, 2014
The cambodia daily
 
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who was banned from running in last year’s national election, will now be sworn in as one of the CNRP’s 55 lawmakers, with Kompong Cham province lawmaker-elect Kuoy Bunroeun standing down to become an opposition member on the new bipartisan electoral commission.
The National Election Committee did not allow Mr. Rainsy, who has been elected to the National Assembly at every ballot since the U.N.-run 1993 vote, to stand last year, citing his absence from the country’s voter list due to a criminal conviction.
Mr. Rainsy, who spent four years living in self-exile to avoid a decadelong prison sentence for crimes including removing a border marker on the Vietnamese border, was pardoned by the King in July last year and returned two weeks before the July 28 vote.

Amid Global Applause for Pact, a Sense of Betrayal

By Mech Dara and Alex Consiglio | July 24, 2014
The Cambodia Daily
As the international community on Wednesday lauded the opposition CNRP’s agreement with the ruling CPP to take its seats in the National Assembly, some of the opposition’s most outspoken allies talked of treachery from a party that months ago was demanding a re-election or the resignation of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
The opposition CNRP’s 55 lawmakers-elect ended their nearly yearlong boycott of parliament in exchange for a promised overhaul of the electoral commission it blames for rigging the July 2013 election in favor of the CPP.
The U.N. human rights office was among numerous international organizations and foreign countries that congratulated the parties on their agreement.
“The two parties have finally found common ground, in the best interests of the Cambodian people,” U.N. human rights envoy Surya Subedi said in a statement. “They deserve our congratulations, and the Cambodian people to enjoy a moment of celebration.”

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


Surya Prasad Subedi, Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia
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.

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