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UN Did Not ‘Warn’ Government During Rights Review Meeting

– May 13, 2013  By James Heenan

I refer to this weekend’s article “UN Official Tells Govern­ment Not to Be Defensive on Rights Record.” The article reports on a meeting convened jointly between the Cambodian Human Rights Com­mittee and the local U.N. Hu­­­man Rights Of­fice (OHCHR) on Friday, which addressed the preparation for Cambodia’s next human rights review by the U.N. Human Right Council 2014.

As a technical discussion, it fo­cused on how the government might best prepare for the re­view, so that its report is as strong as possible. The meeting was but the latest event in ongoing technical as­sistance on the U.N.’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) that OHCHR and other donors are providing at the Royal Government’s request.

The article inaccurately suggests I “warned” the government not to be defensive in its UPR reporting. The U.N. and OHCHR do not “warn” member states, nor do they “tell” member states what to do in relation to a UPR review. The rules of the UPR are set by the U.N. Human Rights Council, and these formed the basis for Friday’s discussion. The meeting also heard constructive suggestions based on best-practice, including the experience of other member states having been through the UPR.

James Heenan is the representative a.i. at the OHCHR Cambodia Office

 

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Thai FM urges US not to downgrade Thailand on its human trafficking watchlist

BANGKOK, May 10 (Xinhua) — Thai foreign minister urged his US counterpart not to downgrade the southeast Asian country in its latest review of the human trafficking situation during his visit to the United States, Thai News Agency reported on Friday.

Surapong Tovichakchaikul, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand, said on Thursday upon his return from a visit to Washington that he had discussed several issues with his US counterpart John Kerry during his visit from May 5 to 8.

During the Monday meeting on Monday, Surapong said he highlighted the Thai government’s efforts in dealing with the problem of trafficking. He cited the example of Thailand’s newly- established One-Stop Crisis Centres on assistance and protection for various target groups, including victims of human trafficking.

The minister said he hoped the efforts would be reflected positively in the upcoming U.S. State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which is to be published next month.

The TIP report has put Thailand on the Tier 2 Watch List for three consecutive years and the government is concerned that the country may slip into Tier 3 if no meaningful action is taken to deal with the human trafficking problem.

A country in the Tier 2 Watch List is not yet compliant to the maximum standards to combat trafficking in persons and is in danger of falling to Tier 3, which is worse.

Kerry said he would consider Thailand’s request and effort, but expressed concern over Thailand’s lengthy judiciary procedures in tackling human trafficking cases, Surapong said.

The two ministers also discussed a wide range of bilateral and regional issues, as well as global issues of common concern.

On regional issues, Surapong welcomed Washington’s strategic rebalancing policy focusing on re-engagement with Asia, particularly the importance the US has given the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to centrality.

He stressed that American engagement in ASEAN integration efforts can serve as a stabilizing force in the region.

The partnership will help address political-security challenges in the ASEAN region, including transnational crime, human trafficking, piracy, and disaster.

 

Cambodian radio station owner to be freed this week

Mam Sonando, owner of the Beehive Radio and president of the Association of Democrats, waves to his supporters at Cambodia's Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 14, 2013. Cambodia's Court of Appeal on Thursday reduced jail term for Mam Sonando, owner of the Beehive Radio and president of the Association of Democrats, to five years with remaining jail term being suspended, according to a verdict announced by presiding judge Khun Leang Meng. (Xinhua/Phearum)

Mam Sonando, owner of the Beehive Radio and president of the Association of Democrats, waves to his supporters at Cambodia’s Court of Appeal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, March 14, 2013. Cambodia’s Court of Appeal on Thursday reduced jail term for Mam Sonando, owner of the Beehive Radio and president of the Association of Democrats, to five years with remaining jail term being suspended, according to a verdict announced by presiding judge Khun Leang Meng. (Xinhua/Phearum)

PHNOM PENH, March 14 (Xinhua) — Cambodia’s Court of Appeal on Thursday reduced jail term for Mam Sonando, owner of the Beehive Radio and president of the Association of Democrats, to five years with remaining jail term being suspended, according to a verdict announced by presiding judge Khun Leang Meng.

The court found Sonando, 72, guilty of obstruction of public officials, interference in the discharge of public duties, and illegal logging, he said.

Sonando, who was arrested on July 15, 2012 at his house in Phnom Penh, will be released on Saturday after he has served eight months in jail, the judge said.

“I support the court for giving a suspended jail term to my client,” Sonando’s defense lawyer Sar Sovan told reporters.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Oct. 1 last year convicted Sonando of masterminding a “secessionist” plot and sentenced him to 20 years in jail.

The court found that Sonando masterminded a plot to establish an autonomous region in eastern Kratie province in May last year. At that time, there was a violent clash between the government forces and illegal land holders. As a result, a 14-year-old girl was shot dead by government forces.

Some western countries see the conviction of Sonando as a political motivated move to stifle a popular government critic.

In November last year, while attending ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, U.S. President Barack Obama urged Cambodia to release political prisoners during a bilateral meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Obama highlighted the case of Sonando for instance.

However, Hun Sen said, “In Cambodia, there is no political prisoner, but politicians abused the law, so they must be punished in accordance with the law.”

For Cameras,this Draconian pair pretended to care for other women.What a farce!

For Cameras,this Draconian pair pretended to care for other women.What a farce!

PHNOM PENH, March 8 (Xinhua) — Cambodia on Friday celebrated the 102nd anniversary of the International Women’s Day, urging more women to participate in political, social and economic activities.

Addressing the celebration at the capital’s Peace Palace, Prime Minister Hun Sen encouraged more women to run in the forthcoming parliamentary election in order to increase women’s presence in political, social and economic activities.

The country sets to hold a general election on July 28 this year.

The prime minister said “the government always focuses its attention on women and gives importance to enhancing women’s roles in society.”

“More importantly, the Cambodian people always recognize and see women as the mother of the world and the backbone of social and economic development,” he added.

Minister of Women’s Affairs Ing Kantha Phavi said the celebration, under the theme “Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities to Accelerate Progress”, was to commemorate women’s advocacy for equal rights and value in the development of families and societies.

Written by Kham

08/03/2013 at 6:15 pm

Australia to help Cambodian women against violence: FM

CANBERRA, March 8 (Xinhua)– Australia will put 24 million Australian dollars (almost 24.6 million USD) over five years to help women in Cambodia against violence, Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced in a statement Friday, the International Women’s Day.

This funding for the Ending Violence Against Women program will deliver emergency medical treatment, counseling, safe places to stay and legal services.

According to him, one-in-three women worldwide are beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. And women who have experienced violence in Cambodia often lack access to critical services including counseling and legal support and many do not have access to safe shelter.

Carr said violence against women is unacceptable which is why Australia’s aid program is also starting new programs to promote gender equality and tackle violence against women in Afghanistan, Indonesia and the Pacific.

Over the next 10 years, the 320 million Australian dollars ( almost 328.12 million USD) Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative, declared by Prime Minister Gillard at the Pacific Islands Forum last year, will include support for more than 150,000 women who have experienced violence.

 

រដ្ឋាភិបាលអសមត្ថភាព និង រដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញអត់ធ្មេញ

នរណាសម្លាប់ នាង ពិសិទ្ធ ពលិកា  ?  គ្រូពេទ្យ ធំ  ម៉ម ប៊ុន ហេង!

នរណាសម្លាប់ នាង ពិសិទ្ធ ពលិកា ? គ្រូពេទ្យ ធំ ម៉ម ប៊ុន ហេង!

រាស្រ្ត ម្នាក់គួរយល់ដឹង ពីរដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញ (១៩៩៣) ជំពូក ៦ មាត្រា ៧២ ស្តីពី សុខភាព៖

សុខភាពប្រជារាស្រ្តនឹងត្រូវបានកំណត់ធានាអះអាង។ រដ្ឋ នឹងត្រូវផ្តល់ការ យកចិត្ត ទុក ដាក់ ពេញលេញ លើការ ការពាររោគ និង ព្យាបាល។
រាស្រ្តណា ក្រីក្រ នឹងត្រូវបាន ទទួល ការ ផ្តល់យោបល់់ ពិគ្រោះសុខភាព ពីមន្ទីរ ពេទ្យ ព្យាបាល សាធារណៈ មណ្ឌល សុខភាពរង និង មន្ទីរបង្កើតទារក ដោយមិន បាច់ ចាយបង់ថ្លៃ។
រដ្ឋ នឹងត្រូវសាងសង់ មន្ទីរ សុខភាពរង និង មន្ទីរបង្កើតទារក តាមគ្រប់ទី ជនបទ ឆ្ងាយ ស្រយាល៕

បន្ទុកបណ្តុះបណ្តាលចំណេះដឹងរាស្រ្តនេះ គឺជាការងារ របស់ រដ្ឋមន្រ្តី ពីរក្រសួង គឺព៌តមាន ឃោសនាការជាតិ (ឯកឧត្តម វីស្គី កាញ់ ញ៉ារឹត) និង ក្រសួង សុខាភិបាលជាតិ (ឯកឧត្តម បណ្ឌិតឃាតករ ម៉ម ប៊ុនហេង) ត្រូវតែផ្សព្វ ផ្សាយ ពន្យល់ រាស្រ្ត ឪយបានយល់ច្បាស់ ពីសិទ្ធិ គាត់ក្នុងផ្នែកស្វែងរក ជំនួយ សុខ ភាពនិងព្យាបាលពី មន្ទីរ ព្យាបាល សាធារណៈ ទាំងនោះ ត្រូវបានធានាអះអាងការពារ និង ចាប់ទោស បុគ្គលិក ល្មើស ធ្វើផ្ទុយ នឹងច្បាប់ រដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញដែល បានចែងទុកស្រាប់ រួចមកហើយ។

ប៉ុន្តែម្នាល ទាំងពីរក្បាលនេះ  វា

លោក ខៀវ វិស្គី កាញ់ញ៉ារឹត  អ្នកបំភាន់ លាក់ពាក្យ ពី​ ប្រជាជន

លោក ខៀវ វិស្គី កាញ់ញ៉ារឹត អ្នកបំភាន់ លាក់ពាក្យ ពី​ ប្រជាជន

មិនយកចិត្តទុកដាក់  ក្នុងការប៉រើប្រយោជន៍ឪយរាស្រ្តទូទៅទេ។

Thai magazine editor jailed for 10 years for insulting king

23-01-2013 BANGKOK (Reuters) – A Thai magazine editor was jailed for 10 years on Wednesday for insulting the royal family under the country’s draconian lese-majeste law, a sentence that drew condemnation from international rights groups and the European Union.

Reuters/Reuters - Somyot Prueksakasemsuk (C), editor of "Voice of the Oppressed", a magazine devoted to self-exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, gestures as he arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Reuters/Reuters – Somyot Prueksakasemsuk (C), editor of “Voice of the Oppressed”, a magazine devoted to self-exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, gestures as he arrives at the criminal court in Bangkok January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom

Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, editor of “Voice of the Oppressed”, a magazine devoted to self-exiled former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was found guilty of publishing articles in 2010 defaming King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The articles criticized the role of a fictional character meant to represent the king, public prosecutors said in a July 2011 report. Discussions about the role of the monarchy are forbidden.

“The accused is a journalist who had a duty to check the facts in these articles before publishing them. He knew the content defamed the monarchy but allowed their publication anyway,” a judge said in passing sentence.

The European Union Delegation to Thailand said the verdict and sentence undermined the right to freedom of expression.

“At the same time, it affects Thailand’s image as a free and democratic society,” it said in a statement.

New York-based Human Rights Watch said the ruling was “more about Somyot’s strong support for amending the lese-majeste law than about any harm incurred by the monarchy”.

Rights groups say the lese-majeste law is used by Thailand’s powerful elite to silence political opponents, including supporters of pro-Thaksin groups.

“The lese-majeste law works against the long-term interests of the Thai monarchy,” said David Streckfuss, a Thailand-based independent scholar and lese-majeste expert. “To a society that is becoming ever more politically conscious, the holding and trying of defendants seems arbitrary, petty and a clear violation of human rights.”

Somyot, who was jailed for an additional year on an unrelated defamation conviction, was arrested on the lese-majeste charge while Oxford-educated, pro-establishment Abhisit Vejjajiva was prime minister.

Current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin’s sister, promised to amend the law during her 2011 election campaign but has rowed back on that since coming to office, causing divisions among her supporters.

Websites accused of defaming the royal family are frequently shut down.

“Thailand’s 2007 Computer Crimes Act effectively muzzles those who want to express an honest opinion and 75 percent of websites shut down since it came into force have been because of so-called anti-monarchy content,” said Sawatree Suksri, a criminal law lecturer at Thammasart University in Bangkok.

Convictions under the law carry a maximum jail term of 15 years.

The 85-year-old king, who has been in hospital since 2009, is seen by many in Thailand as a unifying, semi-divine father figure.

National unease over what follows his reign has contributed to tensions in the country since before Thaksin was toppled by the military in 2006, leaving the country divided broadly between royalists and nationalists on the one side and Thaksin’s mostly lower-class supporters on the other.

(Additional reporting by Aukkarapon Niyomyat; Editing by Alan Raybould and Nick Macfie)