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Phnom Penh (Ah!) - CAMBODIA'S HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES & MURDERS

US president Barack Obama is concerned about Cambodia's poor record on human rights issues and political prisoners - US Gov photo

 

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen proved that politics and football do mix - Daffy123 (talk) photo

 

Cambodian police are aggressive in their abuse of its citizens. They don't serve and protect its poor populace they serve and protect the interests of the powerful and wealthy - Tim Sorel photo

 

 

D.J. Ken - National Radio Text Service

 

 

2012 was a banner year for human rights abuses in Cambodia highlighted by the murder of conservationist activist Chut Wutty, the jailing of journalist and radio station owner Mam Sonando, the jailing of 13 women who were trying to protect the demolition of their homes and possessions and the murder of a 14-year-old girl trying to save her families home from demolition. When US president Barack Obama visited Cambodia he pointed out his concern of Cambodia's human rights abuses to Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen who claimed the negativity on the subject was manufactured by the media and there was no such thing

 

 

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Monday, December 31, 2012

OBAMA & HUN SEN DO NOT SEE EYE TO EYE

When US president Barack Obama made a brief stop during the ASEAN meetings in November he and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen didn't agree on Cambodia's stance on Human rights. Basically the US president was concerned about the jailing and murder of political prisoners and journalists. Hun Sen disagreed and said that the reports are not true but manufactured by the media. It was reported that the meeting was not a cordial one and after staying only one night Obama was in a hurry to depart the country. It was obvious the Obama didn't want to play political football with the Cambodian boss.

When you look back over the year of Cambodia's track record of human rights abuses May was a banner month as forest conservationist Chut Wutty was murdered while trying to protect the nation's forests from illegal logging that is suspected the governments RCAF (Royal Cambodia Armed Forces) is involved. The problem is that the events surrounding the Wutty murder were caught on tape by ABC's Dateline which can be viewed via the Internet on You tube @: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OM1iJTpHW8&feature=related

A sidebar to that murder is Wutty was accompanied by two female Cambodia Daily reporters. They were detained overnight by authorities until the publications editor Kevin Doyle insisted they be released. It was reported that their lives were threatened. One reporter is Khmer the other Canadian. Following the experience the Canadian journalist returned to her country within a few days.

It's a grim tale of how Cambodia's poor population are intimidated, jailed or murdered for not going along with the program of the rich robbing the poor for the greed of money and power as well as in the process resulting in the deterioration of the country's natural resources.

Other human rights abuses include 13 women being beaten and then jailed for a month when they tried to protect their homes and possessions from being bulldozed. They were arrested, tried, convicted and ailed within a few hours. Another incident was a 14-year-old girl Heng Chantha being shot by the police when she tried to save her home from being torn down in Kratie province's Chhlong district.

News reports noted the NGO Licadho said based on collated eyewitness accounts, forces had surrounded the village the night before the eviction, blocked off all access points and moved in the next morning which resulted in the girl's death.

A 71-year-old radio station owner Mam Sonando protested the murder and was arrested, tried and jailed. On October 1st he received a 20-year jail term on the charges of charges of insurrection. In addition he received a $2,500 fine.

All of these incidents drew complaints from human rights NGO's which resulted in nothing but publicizing the problems. People continue to be intimidated and a journalist investigating illegal logging was murdered. In all matters the cases were dropped thus no one was convicted for the murders, assaults or human rights abuses.

Cambodia's double standard in protecting the wealthy that grab land either via a shady deals or tricking indigenous people out of their land by having them sign agreements they don't understand. Many cases such as this currently are being disputed in Cambodian courts that have taken years and have yet to be resolved.

The end result is the Cambodian population witness that the rich and powerful are not convicted for their crimes while the poor are incarcerated which translates into stealth like intimidation. Those that speak out against the government are targeted for retribution.

At the same time those with power, connections and money go free even though they have been found guilty by the Cambodian court system years ago. One former wife has been waiting seven years to be awarded her divorce settlement from her former Ministry of Commerce Secretary of State husband that was preceded by her being assaulted by him with a deadly weapon.

A Russian pedophile that invested US $300 million for the development of an island off the coast of Sihanoukville received a 17 year sentence for having sex with 17 children ages 10-17. After serving only four years he was given a royal pardon. Following his release was reported to be staying at a government official's home.

In addition to that while incarcerated he was permitted to leave the prison to oversee his construction site. Following to his royal pardon and release he was found staying overnight in a poor persons home who had a 12-year-old female child. Human fights NGO's were outraged and after a long process of Interpol negotiating and filing paperwork was deported to Russia to face more sex with children charges.

The beat goes on as does the abuse of the poor Cambodian people. If the results indicate a double standard or unfair treatment of Cambodia's poor people is up to you while the atrocities continue.

A series of some of these events can be seen on You Tube including:

THE BEATING and MURDER of CHUT WUTTY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OM1iJTpHW8&feature=related

[SEE VILLAGERS JAILED]

13 BOEUNG KAK WOMEN ARRESTED

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkUDHMENOSI

LAND GRABBING VIDEO - starts with OLD LADY being CARRIED to prison

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PikgYI52YXA&feature=relmfu


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