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Cambodia and Vietnam reached a possible breakthrough in talks being held to end a dispute over the demarcation of the two country’s borders last week in Siem Reap.
Prime Minister hun Sen met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in the northern Cambodian city on Wednesday and agreed to write a joint letter to the French government to request more detailed maps of the border.
“Relating to the border issue … both prime ministers agreed to write a joint letter to request France send mapping experts to help draw up” a new map,
Kao Kimhourn, a senior minister, told reporters after the bilateral meeting.
He added that Hun Sen had also asked his Vietnamese counterpart to halt all ongoing construction along the border, without elaborating.
In late August a committee set up to discuss the issue decided to draft a letter to France asking the former colonial power to assist in resolving the dispute.
However, the idea was dropped when the two sides could not agree on the wording of the letter.
Va Kim Hong, head of the border committee, could not be reached.
Yim Sovann, an opposition spokesman, said as well as bilateral discussions, civil society should be involved “to ensure that border demarcation is accurate.”
Sun the 13th Waning Moon of Kattikā B.E.2560, November 27, A.D.2016 Year of the Monkey
United Nations Special Rapporteur Rhona Smith (left) and Wan-Hea Lee, the Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. KT/Mai Vireak
The United Nations human rights body says talks on a new agreement to let it stay in Cambodia are continuing as the government warned that the organization would be shut down if negotiations were not speeded up. (more…)
“Vietnam is at a crossroads,” explains USCIRF Chair Thomas J. Reese, S.J. “Its government needs to stop oppressing believers and enact legislation that respects religious freedom. If it does not, USCIRF will have to continue calling for its designation as a country of particular concern.”
Fri the 4th Waning Moon of Kattikā B.E.2560, November 18, A.D.2016 Year of the Monkey
Washington, D.C. – On the 10th anniversary of the State Department’s removal of Vietnam’s designation as a “country of particular concern” (or CPC), the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) sees a country that has made progress but still has a long way to go before it fully respects religious freedom. USCIRF also watches with concern as the Vietnamese National Assembly is poised to vote on a new law governing religion. (more…)
Fri the 5th Waxing Moon of Kattikā B.E.2560, November 4, A.D.2016 Year of the Monkey
Courtesy HRW When the Agreements on a Comprehensive Political Settlement of the Cambodia Conflict were signed by Cambodian leaders and representatives of 17 other countries in Paris on October 23, 1991, Cambodians had reason to hope for an end to one-party rule, political trials and political killings. Yet, 25 years later, the leader of the opposition is in exile, politicians and human rights activists are in prison, and dissidents continue to be killed. The prospects for free and fair elections in 2018 are almost nil and Cambodia is hurtling back toward a one-party state led by a violent demagogue, Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for 31 years. Why did Paris fail to deliver democracy and human rights?
Here are some of the key reasons why:
Free and Fair Elections Were Dead on Arrival
The Paris Agreements state that, “The Cambodian people shall have the right to determine their own political future (more…)