“ The UN Human Rights Office for South-East Asia welcomed the orderly conduct of voting in the communal elections held across Cambodia on 4 June, and expressed hope that the smooth and peaceful poll bodes well for the democratic process ahead of next year’s general election.
“We are pleased to have witnessed that the violence, military intervention, and arrests that were threatened prior to the elections did not take place and that the people of Cambodia expressed general satisfaction with the process,â€ said Katia Chirizzi, the deputy regional representative of the South-East Asia Office in Bangkok.
The UN Human Rights Office observed the human rights environment of the vote, as it has every election since the establishment of its office there in 1993. It applauded the fact that in contrast with previous ballots no voters this time claimed that they had been kept from voting. The Regional Office congratulated Cambodians who turned out in exceptionally high numbers, civil society organizations that also mobilized in large numbers to scrutinize the election, all the participating political parties, and the National Election Committee on its preparations.
However, reports were received prior to the vote of some opposition politicians being threatened and obstructed from campaigning, and some civil society election monitors being subjected to intimidation and harassment.
“Having done well with the organization of the vote, we are confident that the reformed National Election Committee will be able to deal with any election-related complaints that come to its attention in strict accordance with the law, including the internationally established human right to participate in public affairs,” said Chirizzi, stressing the importance of preventing a repeat of such intimidating behaviour ahead of the 2018 general election.
“The elections have set new benchmarks in transparency, while revealing some ways in which the process could be further strengthened next year. In particular, the politicized threats and arrests of civil society actors and members of opposition parties should cease, so that, in their respective capacities, they may continue to play their legitimate role in a democratic Cambodia, particularly ahead of next year’s election. The release of the ‘Adhoc 5’ and Tep Vanny would be a crucial test of that space.”
KKC meeting with other Khmer Krom civil society and KYAD to plan the 68th Annual Kampuchea Krom Loss Commemoration on June 24 this year.
Meeting decided to:
1. Hold the 68th Annual Kampuchea Krom Loss Commemoration on June 24 at the Bodhiyaram (aka Wat Jaas) located across from the Royal Palace on the opposite side of the Mekong River.
2. The 68th KK Loss to be held in one full day:
A. 8AM – 11AM — The Offering Ceremony to 1,949 Buddhist Monks
B. 2PM – 6PM — Seminar on understanding of Kampuchea Krom and Her People, and live performance on patriotic songs.
C. Floating candles on the Mekong River sending Homeland, Love, and Hope to Khmer Krom Buddhist monks and people
3. On June 26, from Wat Jaas again processing to deliver petition to the Parliament requesting to incorporate June 4 as National Mourning Day as holiday. (more…)
Cambodian Buddhist monks join the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) rally during the first day of the country’s commune election campaign at outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday, May 20, 2017. Ten of thousands of Cambodians kicked off a two-week campaign period Saturday for local elections that are seen as important indicators of how the big political parties are doing nationally. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
Sat 10th Waning Moon of Visakha B.E.2561, May 20, A.D.2017 Year of the Rooster
By SOPHENG CHEANG, ASSOCIATED PRESS PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — May 20, 2017
Cambodia’s main opposition party believes it has momentum on its side in next month’s local elections, which will gauge the support for Prime Minister Hun Sen ahead of national polls next year.
The U.S. State Department called on the government to avoid threats and political intimidation as the two-week campaigning for the June 4 communal elections started Saturday with tens of thousands of supporters of Hun Sen’s ruling party and the main opposition party flooding the streets of the capital.
The Khmer Kampuchea Krom Community of Battambang province
KKC-Battambang Provincial Chapter
Thu 8th Waning Moon of Visakha B.E.2561, May 18, A.D.2017 Year of the Rooster
ក្រុមសហគមន៍ខ្មែរកម្ពុជាក្រោមបានចូលសួសុខទុក្ខលោក ចៅ វាសនា នៅពន្ធនាគារខេត្តបន្ទាយមានជ័យ នៅថ្ងៃទី១៨ ខែឧសភា ២០១៧។
ល្ងាចលើកស្លាកសហគមន៍ និងជួបសំណេះសំណាលជាមួយសហគមន៍ខ្មែរកម្ពុជាក្រោម នៅនិគមព្រះសីហនុ ឃុំជ្រោយស្តៅ ស្រុកថ្មគោល ខេត្តបាត់ដំបង។
KKC delegation visited Mr. Chao Veasna in Banteay Meanchey provincial prison on May 18, 2017.
Later on the same day raised banner in Nikum Preah Sihanouk, Jrauy Sdao (Chrauy Sdao) commune, Thmor Kaul district, Battamang province, Cambodia.
The Khmer version is now available of the decision of the Governing Council of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the world organization of national parliaments, adopted on 5 April 2017, regarding the cases of 15 parliamentarians from the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP). In that decision, the IPU “deplores the lack of any concrete progress in resolving the cases,” “can but conclude that there is a lack of political will … to resolve the cases,” “remains deeply concerned that a large segment of opposition members of parliament… continue to face serious violations of their fundamental rights to freedom of opinion, expression, association and assembly; considers that these restrictions undermine their right to political participation” and “expresses the hope for increased tolerance and acceptance of the role of the political opposition in Cambodia.” The IPU urged a resumption of the political dialogue and respect for the freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly.