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Phnom Penh (Ah!) - CAMBODIA's SAM RAINSY SPEAKS OUT on BBC's HARD TALK

The BBC's Hard Talk program gave Cambodian politician Sam Rainsy a platform to speak out about the political situation that exists in his country - (Nov Povleakhena/VOA Khmer - photo)

 

 

Cambodia's history reflects violence and abuse since the Khmer Rouge atrocities. The abuse continues - The Trap of Saving Cambodia photo

 

A documentary film "I Am Chut Wutty" regarding the murder of environmental activist Chut Wutty was banned from being screened by the Cambodian government. Wutty is seen here dead in his vehicle after being shot, his body riddled with bullets - Dateline screen shot photo

 

IS HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF? - 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

 

 

The BBC's Hard Talk program gave Cambodian politician Sam Rainsy a platform to speak out about the political situation that exists in his country. The shows host was not concerned about human rights abuses but was elated about the country's economic growth.' She asked why should the international community care about political change in Cambodia when their economy is growing

 

Friday, September 30, 2016

CAMBODIA… SEEKING DEMOCRACY

International media is giving Cambodia a play given the Asian nation's position in supporting China regarding the China Sea area belongs to China. This week the BBC chimed in with a different approach by having Cambodian politician Sam Rainsy as a guest on their 'Hard Talk' program talking Cambodian politics.

In part RAINSY's background includes previously being a member of the royalist Funcinpec Party and served as the Minister of Economy and Finance during Norodom Ranariddh's administration from 1993 until his sacking in 1994.

In June 1995, he was expelled from the National Assembly. He has been trying to unseat the ruling party by running to be elected Cambodia's Prime Minister. In the 2003 elections the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP) polled 22% of the vote.

At that time, the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh said it was "deeply concerned" that the government appeared to be trying to "silence the opposition". Other embassies, local and international organizations shared the same concerns.

Rainsy was tried in absentia on 22 December 2005 in relation to the defamation lawsuits. The court sentenced him to 18 months in prison and ordered him to pay around US$14,000 in fines and compensation. On 5 February 2006, Rainsy received a Royal Pardon by King Norodom Sihamoni at Prime Minister Hun Sen's request. He then returned to Cambodia on 10 February 2006.

On October 25, Rainsy was charged with racial incitement and destruction of property, and the Cambodian parliament stripped Rainsy of his immunity from prosecution in November.

Rainsy was issued a summons to appear in court for a hearing. On January 1, 2010, the Svay Rieng provincial court issued an arrest warrant for Rainsy after he failed to appear in court. Rainsy had fled the country at this point and was residing in France in self-imposed exile. He was pardoned by King Norodom Sihamoni in July 2013 and returned to Cambodia on July 19, 2013.

Rainsy bloodlines come from politics. His father, Sam Sary, had served as a minister in the education, planning and finance portfolios before becoming a Deputy Prime Minister in Sihanouk's government in the 1950s.

Rainsy's mother, In Em, was said to be the first Cambodian woman to have completed the Baccalauréat exam. Sam Sary fled the country in 1959 when Sam Rainsy was ten for suspected involvement in the Bangkok Plot, while his mother was thrown into prison.

Rainsy's grandfather, Sam Nhean had served as the President of the Royal Council of Cambodia and was a prominent member of the Democratic Party in the 1940s.

What jumped out in the BBC interview was how the female host was ignoring the facts of human rights abuses and focusing on the growth in the Khmer economy. She noted that Cambodia was one of the fasted growing economies in the world registering a 70% growth last year which exceeded the World Bank's expectations.

She went on to say that since the economy is on the rise why should the international community care about a change in Cambodia.

Her focus demonstrates everything that is wrong with the 70% Zionist controlled main stream western media in which the BBC is involved. It's all about money and OIL and human rights can take a hike with the apartheid state of Israel being a prime example.

Rainsy countered in noting that only a SMALL GROUP is getting richer and richer while others remain POOR.

The BBC interviewer pressed Rainsy on his history of him being in exile much of the time that he has seeking to be elected as Cambodia's Prime Minister.

Rainsy pointed out that he has been in exile for the fourth time for periods of one to four years over two decades (dating back to the mid nineties). He noted that he is a victim of politics that the ruling party has been eliminating many of the opposition by various methods.

Those methods include murder and jail sentences as well as law suites.

Rainsy noted that the ruling party has been in power for 37 years. He added that those 37-years-old and under no nothing else but the government of the ruling Hun Sen government and many if those in the party are former Khmer Rouge. He emphasized that's all the 37 and under population know and they want change.

He went on to note that he is a part of a cause for change and noted that weather he's in the country or not the cause is growing. He supported his statement by pointing out that in the last election the members in parliament for the opposition grew from 1 member to 51.

The BBC interviewer pressed Rainsy up against the wall with a barrage of attacking questions but he endured. The question remains… will the Cambodian people make a change and elect a new government?

To read what is going on in Cambodia go to:

www.cambodiadaily.com

www.phnompenhpost.com

Beware of the sites being intrusive.

NOTE:

We came across some related information that dates back to 2012. The situation continues as an individual involved then has recently been jailed.

Recent Cambodian history demonstrates the suppression of the right of free speech in what is supposed to be a democracy. An example was the almost immediate jailing of 14 women one in her 70's while they were protesting the eviction from their homes and one disabled man according to the NGO Licadho video on You Tube @: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PikgYI52YXA&feature=relmfu

The 15 residents were arrested May 22nd, 2012 on the site by more than 100 police taken to court, judged and jailed within hours and remained in prison for over a month. At the same time the wealthy and connected individuals (some convicted) are spared punishment as the video on You Tube indicates @: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkUDHMENOSI


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