A Change of Guard

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

NEC recognizes Sam Rainsy as Kampong Cham lawmaker គ.ជ.ប.ទទួល​ស្គាល់​លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ជា​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ពេញ​សិទ្ធិ​មណ្ឌល​កំពង់ចាម

Give our kids a better deal
PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- The National Election Committee (NEC) has recognized Sam Rainsy as lawmaker of Kampong Cham province, said NEC's secretary general Tep Nitha Friday.
The decision came after Sam Rainsy, CNRP's president, applied for Kampong Cham lawmaker by replacing Kuoy Bunroeun who will be member of NEC.
សម រង្ស៊ី កឹម សុខា កំពង់ចាម ៦១០
លោក សម រង្ស៊ី និង​លោក កឹម សុខា ប្រធាន និង​អនុប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ឃោសនា​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ក្រុមប្រឹក្សា​អាណត្តិ​ទី​២ នា​ខេត្ត​កំពង់ចាម នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​១៦ ខែ​ឧសភា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៤។
RFA/Saut Sokprathna
រដ្ឋសភា កំណត់​យក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៨ ខែ​កក្កដា ដើម្បី​បើក​កិច្ច​ប្រជុំ​ពេញ​អង្គ​វិសាមញ្ញ​នៃ​នីតិកាល​ទី​៥ ជា​ការ​ប្រកាស​សុពលភាព លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ជា​សមាជិក​សភា។ ការ​សម្រេច​នេះ គឺ​បន្ទាប់​ពី​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​អចិន្ត្រៃយ៍​រដ្ឋសភា បាន​បើក​កិច្ច​ប្រជុំ​ភ្លាមៗ ក្រោយ​ពេល​ដែល​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត (គ.ជ.ប) បាន​ធ្វើ​បញ្ជី​ឈ្មោះ​បេក្ខជន​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​ថ្មី​របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ និង​បាន​ទូល​ថ្វាយ​ស្ថាប័ន​ព្រះមហាក្សត្រ ឬ​រដ្ឋសភា​រួច។
បញ្ហា​នេះ អ្នក​វិភាគ​សង្គម ក៏​ស្នើ​ដល់​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​គណបក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​នីតិកាល​ទី​៥​ទាំង​ពីរ ត្រូវ​ពិភាក្សា​ដោះស្រាយ​សង្គម​ដោយ​សន្តិវិធី ជា​ជាង​ប្រើ​កម្លាំង​ប្រដាប់​អាវុធ​បង្កើត​ឲ្យ​មាន​អំពើ​ហិង្សា នាំ​ឲ្យ​បាត់​បង់​អាយុ​ជីវិត​មនុស្ស។
ក្នុង​បញ្ជី​របស់​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត (គ.ជ.ប) ដែល​ចេញ​នៅ​ថ្ងៃ​សុក្រ ទី​២៥ ខែ​កក្កដា បញ្ជាក់​ថា លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ជា​បេក្ខជន​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​នីតិកាល​ទី​៥ របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ នៅ​មណ្ឌល​ខេត្ត​កំពង់ចាម។
លោក ទេព នីថា អគ្គលេខាធិការ គ.ជ.ប ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា សេចក្តី​សម្រេច​នេះ ធ្វើ​តាម​សំណើ​របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ដែល​បាន​ដាក់​លិខិត​ចំនួន​៣​ដាច់​ដោយ​ឡែក​ពី​គ្នា មក​ស្ថាប័ន គ.ជ.ប កាល​ពី​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​២៤ ខែ​កក្កដា៖ «គ.ជ.ប បាន​ទទួល​ស្គាល់​បញ្ជី​បេក្ខជន​បម្រុង​របស់​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ដែល​បាន​ដាក់​មក គ.ជ.ប ហើយ​នៅ​ក្នុង​នោះ​មាន​ឈ្មោះ ឯកឧត្តម សម រង្ស៊ី នៅ​លើ​គេ។ ហើយ គ.ជ.ប បាន​ស្រង់​ឈ្មោះ ឯកឧត្តម សម រង្ស៊ី ជា​បេក្ខជន​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត ហើយ​យើង​បាន​បញ្ជូន​ឯកសារ​នៃ​សេចក្តី​សម្រេច​របស់ គ.ជ.ប នេះ​ទៅ​រដ្ឋសភា ទៅ​គណបក្ស​នយោបាយ ទៅ​ព្រះបរមរាជវាំង ទៅ​ព្រឹទ្ធសភា និង​ស្ថាប័ន​ដទៃ​ទៀត​រួច​ហើយ»
លោក យឹម សុវណ្ណ មន្ត្រី​នាំ​ពាក្យ​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ចាត់​ទុក​សកម្មភាព​ស្ថាប័ន គ.ជ.ប និង​ស្ថាប័ន​ពាក់ព័ន្ធ​ពេល​នេះ​ថា បាន​ឆ្លើយ​តប​ទាន់​ពេល​ទៅ​លើ​ស្ថានការណ៍​នយោបាយ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា៖ «ពីព្រោះ​ឥឡូវ​នេះ គណបក្ស​ទាំង​ពីរ​បាន​ព្រមព្រៀង​គ្នា​កែ​ទម្រង់​សមាសភាព គ.ជ.ប ហើយ។ យើង​កំពុង​តែ​រៀបចំ​ឯកសារ ដើម្បី​ធ្វើ​វិសោធនកម្ម​រដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញ។ វិសោធនកម្ម​ផ្ទៃ​ក្នុង​រដ្ឋសភា និង​វិសោធនកម្ម​ច្បាប់​បោះ​ឆ្នោត​ដែល​ពាក់ព័ន្ធ។ ហើយ​ធ្វើ​ម៉េច ដើម្បី​ជា​ក្របខ័ណ្ឌ​ច្បាប់​សម្រាប់​អនុវត្ត​កិច្ច​ព្រមព្រៀង​ឲ្យ​បាន​ត្រឹមត្រូវ។ ដូច្នេះ គ.ជ.ប នឹង​កែ​ទម្រង់​ក្នុង​ពេល​ឆាប់ៗ​ខាង​មុខ​ហ្នឹង»
ទាក់ទិន​បញ្ហា​នេះ អ្នក​វិភាគ​បញ្ហា​សង្គម​ឯករាជ្យ​យល់​ថា ការ​សម្រេច​របស់ គ.ជ.ប ពេល​នេះ ជា​ការ​សម្រប​សម្រួល​ឲ្យ​ស្ថានការណ៍​នយោបាយ​បាន​កាន់​តែ​ប្រសើរ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា និង​បើក​ច្រក​ឲ្យ លោក សម រង្ស៊ី មាន​សិទ្ធិ​ធ្វើ​ការងារ​នៅ​ក្នុង​រដ្ឋសភា​នា​ថ្ងៃ​អនាគត។
អ្នកស្រី ជា វណ្ណាត អ្នក​វិភាគ​ឯករាជ្យ ស្នើ​ដល់​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​គណបក្ស​ជាប់​ឆ្នោត​នីតិកាល​ទី​៥​ទាំង​ពីរ គឺ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា និង​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ត្រូវ​រួម​គ្នា​ជំរុញ​ឲ្យ​មាន​សិទ្ធិ​មនុស្ស លទ្ធិប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ និង​ការ​អភិវឌ្ឍ​សង្គម​ជាតិ​ពិត​ប្រាកដ​នៅ​កម្ពុជា៖ «យើង​ធ្វើ​ការ​ជាមួយ​គ្នា​នៅ​ក្នុង​ស្ថាប័ន​កំពូល​ជាមួយ​គ្នា ជា​សមាជិក​រដ្ឋសភា​ជាមួយ​គ្នា ធ្វើ​ការ​គួរ​ឲ្យ​តម្លៃ​គ្នា​ទៅ​វិញ​ទៅ​មក ទើប​បាន​ជា​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ជា​ម្ចាស់​ឆ្នោត​ឲ្យ​តម្លៃ​ទៅ​សមាជិក​រដ្ឋសភា​ទាំងអស់​ហ្នឹង​ដែរ។ ហើយ​បើ​សិន​ជា​សមាជិក​សភា​របស់​គណបក្ស​មួយ ហើយ​និង​គណបក្ស​មួយ​ទៀត មិន​បាន​គោរព​គ្នា​ទៅ​វិញ​ទៅ​មក​ទេ ឬ​វ៉ៃ​ប្រហារ​បន្តុះ​បង្អាប់​គ្នា​ទៅ​វិញ​ទៅ​មក​ទេ នឹង​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​ដំណើរ​ការ​សហការ​គ្នា​ហ្នឹង មិន​បាន​ល្អ​ប្រសើរ​ទេ។ ហើយ​ក៏​មិន​មែន​ជា​ទី​ពេញ​ចិត្ត​របស់​រាស្ត្រ​ដែរ»

Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha speak to supporters on 22/7/14 on the day the opposition reached an agreement with the ruling CPP and on the day of the release of the 7 parliamentarians and one activist




Friday, 25 July 2014

Deal making waves abroad

Cambodians protest the results of the election in front of the United Nations in New York
Cambodians protest the results of the election in front of the United Nations in New York. Many backers of the opposition abroad are not happy with the deal struck to end the political deadlock this week. PHOTO SUPPLIED
With the country’s longest post-election deadlock now over and the opposition parliamentarians ready to take their seats, at least some of the CNRP’s most lucrative supporters – those overseas – are struggling to swallow the new concessions.
“Join[ing] the CPP [in the National Assembly] is the same as a male spider mating with the black widow. The chance that he comes out alive is remote,” said Saunora Prom, secretary of Washington, DC-based Cambodian Americans for Human Rights and Democracy.
“The key question of our support is how the CNRP will guarantee the National Election Committee . . . will do its job: ensuring free and fair elections,” Saunora said. “I’m afraid that people will not support them any more for the next election – they did not fulfil their promises yet.”
The CNRP relies heavily on financial contributions from Khmer supporters abroad, especially from backers in the US and Europe, which donated over €150,000 last year.
“Approximately 50 to 70 per cent of the party’s budget is supplied by overseas donors,” said CNRP treasurer Ky Van Dara.
He declined to speculate on what the party would do if overseas financial support dried up but did admit that several concerned donors have called seeking clarification.
“The agreement made between parties was based on the demands of the people. I ask all donors to trust our leaders,” he said.

CNRP to prioritize election reforms, roles of opposition when joining NA: Kem Sokha


PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- Vice president of Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) Kem Sokha said Friday that the CNRP would prioritize election reforms and roles of opposition party when joing the National Assembly.

Sokha made the comment after leaving Phnom Penh Municipal Court which dropped violent case against him.

The opposition party agreed to take its seats to end year-long boycott of the parliament following the agreement reached by CNRP and CPP on July 22.

Cambodian opposition vice-president appears in court after last week's violent protest





Give our kids a better deal 
Kem Sokha, vice-president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), appeared in court on Friday morning to answer questions about a violent clash last week.

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PHNOM PENH (Xinhua) -- Kem Sokha, vice-president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), appeared in court on Friday morning to answer questions about a violent clash between CNRP supporters and security guards on Tuesday last week.


Keo Mony, a judge from the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, questioned him about 20 minutes before allowing him to leave.



Speaking to reporters outside the court after the hearing, Kem Sokha said the judge just questioned him in his name as a CNRP leader and did not make any charges against him.



"The judge just questioned me and did not accuse me of any wrong-doing or involvement with the incident on July 15," he said.



The court summoned Kem Sokha for questioning following a violent clash between opposition activists and security guards on July 15 that left more than 40 people injured, mostly security guards.

Hun Sen may be trying to reform party: Sam Rainsy

Give our kids a better deal 
PHNOM PENH (The Cambodia Herald) -- Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has reportedly told the Financial Times newspaper that Prime Minister Hun Sen may be seeking to reform the ruling Cambodian People's Party.

Asked about Tuesday's deal ending a year-long opposition boycott of the National Assembly, Sam Rainsy was quoted as saying: "Hun Sen remains Hun Sen. One of his features is being realistic. 

"He realises that the Cambodia National Rescue party is a strong and united party. That is unprecedented in Cambodia."

Asked whether why Hun Sen would agree to and honour a deal that ensures a free electoral process in which he might lose, Sam Rainsy reportedly said: "I think he may be trying to do alternative things. 

'PROBLEMS WITH THE WAY HIS PARTY IS ORGANISED'

"One is to try to reform his party, reform the way he leads the country. He must have realised by now there are problems with the way his party is organised. 

"He maybe thinks he can redress the party problems and that maybe his party could obtain better results in a free and fair election. 

PM, Rainsy take deal to monarch

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy greets reporters
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy greets reporters yesterday following a meeting between himself, Prime Minister Hun Sen and King Norodom Sihamoni. Vireak Mai
Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy met with King Norodom Sihamoni yesterday for about 90 minutes at the Royal Palace, emerging with royal approval of the political deal they hammered out on Tuesday.
“He congratulated us and he was very happy. He encouraged us to go out and complete the work we have done and do whatever remains to be done,” Rainsy told the Post.
The King was looked to at various times throughout the nearly one-year political stalemate as a possible mediating force between the two parties.
He was petitioned near the beginning of the dispute by the opposition and civil society groups hoping he would hold off on inaugurating the new National Assembly in September last year, with only lawmakers from the ruling party willing to take their seats.
But he opened the assembly and again congratulated the opening of its second session in April this year. In response, Rainsy wrote directly to him, saying that it was a “one-party” parliament – a move which led to threats of legal action by the government.
The threats were dropped after a senior palace official said that Rainsy had not insulted the monarch.
Last night, the King was televised receiving the leaders and making a brief statement:
“Today, the leaders of the two political parties brought the good result of the meeting about the political resolution of the nation to me,” he said.
After the palace visit yesterday, the two parties will now hunker down to flesh out thedetails of constitutional amendments required to enshrine the new National Election Committee and internal rules changes in parliament to formally recognise the opposition, according to officials.
Once that happens, the CNRP’s lawmakers-elect can take their oaths and be sworn in to parliament. Although Rainsy initially said the process would take only a few days and that the oaths could be taken today or on Monday, an official yesterday said that time frame would not be possible.
Meach Sovannara, head of CNRP’s information department, said that the parties need more time.
“It will probably take one or two more weeks until [we] join parliament, because both working groups are working on the procedure from the outside first. Then we will send [the text] to the permanent committee of both parties for approval, and finally Mr Hun Sen and Mr Sam Rainsy will both sign a joint agreement,” he said.

Down to the power of one [He/she will be a CPP's choice, if not the old election commission will continues supervise the elections]

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen stand outside the Senate after final negotiations
Opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Prime Minister Hun Sen stand outside the Senate after final negotiations on Tuesday. Heng Chivoan
One person will hold the balance of power on the overhauled National Election Committee when the political agreement signed by the opposition and ruling parties on Tuesday is implemented.
Sitting beside four members from the ruling party and four from the opposition, the man or woman who fills the final “consensus” spot will play the unenviable role of mediator and, presumably, decision maker in an election body that has long been considered beholden to the CPP.
But while there are many possible candidates for the job, it appears most of those floated as top choices by observers stand little chance of being amenable to both sides.
Koul Panha, who since 1998 has been executive director at watchdog the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (Comfrel), is chief amongst them. “This is the best candidate in my eyes, but it’s not the best candidate for the CPP,” political analyst Kem Ley said.
Comfrel has long been critical of all aspects of Cambodia’s elections and is a key part of the Electoral Reform Alliance, an umbrella group whose lengthy report pointing out the flaws of last year’s poll was dismissed by the government as biased and manipulated.
The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, meanwhile, used the report as a key piece of evidence to bolster its claims that the election was rigged and that it had really won.
That association would make it “very unlikely” that the CPP would accept Panha, despite his technical expertise, said Ou Virak, chairman of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights.
“He has in the past worked a lot closer with the CNRP and that could be a problem for the CPP,” he said.
The ruling party’s conflation of the opposition and civil society groups, many of which have long been the government’s harshest critics, will likely rule out a number of candidates for the CPP, Virak added. But it cuts both ways.
“If the person is really, truly independent, neither party will agree,” he said.

Opposition to Form ‘Shadow Cabinet’ in Parliament

BY  AND  | the cambodia daily, JULY 25, 2014
A “shadow cabinet” will be created inside the National Assembly once the CNRP’s lawmakers-elect swear into office, senior opposition party officials said Thursday, in a move that nine years ago saw an opposition lawmaker imprisoned on charges of inciting a rebellion.
Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy forged a deal on Tuesday for the CNRP to enter the National Assembly after the party’s 10-month boycott of its 55 parliamentary seats over accusations that the July 2013 national election was rigged.
Several CPP officials said earlier this week that they believed the swearing-in would take place today but CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said Thursday that details remained to be worked out over how a new election commission will be encoded in the Constitution.
But when they are sworn in, the party’s unprecedented numbers as a parliamentary opposition will allow it to create an alternate Council of Ministers, said CNRP chief whip Son Chhay.
“There’s never been such an opposition to help the country before. They [the CPP] have rejected ourrequest to create a shadow cabinet but we are going to create it anyway,” said Mr. Chhay, who is also a lawmaker-elect. “In a lot of countries, even if it is not written into the law, they still do it.”
Mr. Chhay said that the CNRP would not create a new shadow minister for each government minister, but would give a select group of CNRP officials the responsibilities of several ministers.
“We won’t have the 20 ministries they have now; Cambodia only needs about 11 ministries,” Mr. Chhay explained.
“We will put together the ministries that have similar responsibilities. For example, we don’t need the Ministry of Water Resources when it can be a department in the Ministry of Agriculture, and commerce ought to be together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”
Mr. Rainsy confirmed that the CNRP planned to create such a shadow cabinet in the assembly but said that it was not a priority.
“We want the opposition to be recognized as in the British system, as ‘Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition,’ with the status of the opposition enshrined [in] the Constitution,” the opposition leader said.
“This implies forming a shadow cabinet,” he added.

Sam Rainsy Defends Opposition Deal with Cambodia’s Ruling Party

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Sam Rainsy (C) attends a meeting with Prime Minister Hun Sen (not pictured) at the Senate building in Phnom Penh, July 22, 2014.
 AFP
Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Wednesday defended his party’s decision to forge a political settlement with Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), saying it was in the interest of implementing key electoral reform and bringing greater freedom to the country.

Speaking in a video posted to his Facebook account, the president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said that the party’s decision to end a boycott of parliament was necessary in order to amend the country’s laws and reform the National Election Committee (NEC), which oversees the nation’s polls.

His statement appears to be aimed at CNRP members in the dark about the agreement clinched Tuesday with Hun Sen in which the party agreed to join parliament after a nearly one-year absence and the CPP pledged to back reforms to the government-appointed NEC.

“My dear patriots, before judging [the CNRP’s stance in its agreement with the CPP], please wait until the outcome is made plain, then form your opinion on whether what we did was right or wrong,” he said.

“No other option was better than the one that we chose.”

Sam Rainsy said that in breaking the political deadlock with the CPP, the CNRP had “ended the tense situation” in place since the ruling party was declared the victor by the NEC in elections in July last year despite allegations of widespread irregularities.

The standoff had led elected CNRP lawmakers to boycott the National Assembly, or parliament, and prompted opposition supporters to stage frequent protests demanding Hun Sen’s resignation and re-elections—several of which were met with violence by security personnel.

Sam Rainsy said that Tuesday’s compromise would also lead to the reopening of Freedom Park, the only public space provided for protests in the capital Phnom Penh, which was closed off by authorities in the aftermath of a deadly crackdown on CNRP-supported striking garment workers in January.

Following the closure, a ban on protests was put in place in the capital, which the opposition leader said would be rescinded through the deal.

Japanese Bookseller Places Angkor Wat in Vietnam

BY  AND  | the cambodia daily, JULY 25, 2014
A Japanese publisher has withdrawn from circulation a Vietnam language textbook that pictured Angkor Wat on the front cover following a protest from the Cambodian Embassy in Japan, according to an official.
Sim Virak, first secretary at the Cambodian Embassy in Japan, said in a Facebook message that the embassy lodged a protest with Asuka Publishing Company after being notified of the error by Cambodians living in Japan.
“The company apologized for their mistakes and for hurting Cambodian people,” he wrote. “The company will stop their sale until a new cover design is ready.”
Eiichi Ishino, director of Asuka Publishing Co., apologized for the mistake in a statement dated July 14 and posted on the company’s website. He attributed the blunder to inadequate pre-publication checks.
Pa Chanroeun, the director of the Cambodian Center for Applied Philosophy and Ethics, who has shared a picture of the textbook widely on Facebook, said the misuse of Cambodia’s national icon was particularly sensitive given the country’s historical tensions with Vietnam.
“[Every nation] is always unhappy to see…their core values being used inappropriately,” he said.
“When using a representation of a country’s identity, one must be careful, especially among nations that have a bitter history together.”
Yoshihiro Higuchi, minister at the Embassy of Japan in Phnom Penh, said in an email that the embassy was not in a position to comment on the activities of a private company.

Cambodia's big-budget film dream






In Cambodia, film companies are pouring money into producing big-budget movies, in the hopes of attracting a bigger audience and getting their films screened overseas. A new movie called "Sbek Gong" will hit Cambodian screens soon, and boasts a budget of half a million U.S. dollars.
The producers of Sbek Gong say the film has the biggest budget in a recent trend of Cambodian blockbusters.
"We produced it with the aim of competing in the Asian market, because we see that our people like to watch most of the movies from Thailand and Hong Kong, so we want our movies to succeed in those markets as well," said Pol Vibo, producer of "Sbek Gong".
"Sbek Gong" means "a person who is invincible". It tells the story of a group of men trying to gain power from a master living deep in the Cambodian jungle during the Khmer Rouge regime. The supernatural action-comedy is filled with computer-generated effects, which have not been used before in Cambodian cinema.
Yet Cambodian film producer Leak Lyda, known for making small-budget comedies, says movies like Sbek Gong are far from the norm.
"I see that the film market is beginning to expand, but if we talk about the quality, it is still short of international standards. We have just seen the Angkor Picture film, which they spent a lot on and made it to international standards, but most of our film makers, including my productions, have limited budgets," film producer Leak Lyda said.
Cambodian movies rarely make it to screens outside of the country. Currently, all local films have to submit their scripts to the government's Cinema and Cultural Diffusion department. The department's director says he feels optimistic about the future of the Cambodian film industry.
"In the direction, acting, and production of our films, we have moved towards international standards, and our film directors are more qualified. So I hope in the future we will have more good films, that meet the standard for both national and international markets," said Sin Chansaya, director of Cinema & Cultural Diffusion Dept..
One cinema in the Cambodian capital, called Major Cineplex, screens only international films from Thailand and the U.S, among others. One moviegoer explains why he prefers Hollywood movies.
"Our Khmer movies seem slower, kind of romantic, not as fast as other overseas films. I like to watch movies that are fast-paced, more science-fiction, so American films are my favourite," moviegoer Khuong Dara said.

Can Cambodian Deal End Year-Long Standoff?

Even with an agreement in place, a lack of detail may send the opposition back into the streets.

The Cambodian government and opposition have struck a deal to end a year of post-election political fighting that has left at least seven people dead and many more injured, in jail, and before the courts.
But analysts are warning the agreement – reached shortly before seven senior figures from the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) were released on bail – was vague, lacked substance, and could offer no more than a lull in the protests that have dominated the political landscape.
“Generally it is a temporary relief with lots [of] vague language and little on details and substance,” said Ou Virak, Chairman of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. “All the points indicate further wrangling in the future on many areas.”
The CNRP insists it was cheated out of last year’s general election and has maintained demonstrations, despite a crackdown on dissent by Prime Minister Hun Sen around Freedom Park in the heart of the capital.
Government forces, in particular the Duan Penh District Security Guards, have a well-earned reputation for brutality, but CNRP protests went awry last week when supporters within its ranks allegedly attacked security guards, resulting in the arrests of opposition leaders.
They were bailed out as a deal was struck. Importantly the agreement also signals an end to the CNRP’s year-long boycott of the National Assembly.
“The two parties agree on a political resolution by working together in the National Assembly institution in order to reach solutions for various national issues in accordance with democracy and the state of law,” the CNRP and ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) said in a joint statement.
Hun Sen had already agreed to an array of positions; on government committees to be filled by the opposition, parliamentary reforms and to investigate allegations of violence by both sides, but crucial to this deal was reform of the National Election Committee (NEC).

VOA interview with Sam Rainsy after a political agreement between the ruling CPP and the CNRP

Dr. Chan, his sister and Mr. Men Sarun from Lowell, USA, distribute medicines to land grab victims in Lorpeang village in Kampong Chhnang province




Cambodian PM, opposition chief tell king about end of political dispute

PHNOM PENH - (24.07.2014) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Thursday together paid a courtesy call on King Norodom Sihamoni and informed him about the end of a year-long post-election dispute, officials said. 
"The two leaders met the king at the Royal Palace in order to inform him about the political agreement that the leaders of the two parties reached on Tuesday," Cheam Yeap, a member of the Central Committee of the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP), said. 
Ho Vann, a lawmaker-elect of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), confirmed the meeting. 
On Tuesday, Hun Sen and Sam Rainsy struck a deal to end the CNRP's ten-month long boycott of the parliament in exchange for an overhaul of the National Election Committee, power sharing in the parliament and a TV license. 
The CNRP's 55 lawmakers-elect will soon be sworn in at the parliament, where they will join the CPP's 68 lawmakers to amend the Constitution in order to enshrine the autonomy of a new National Election Committee. 
Ho Vann said Sam Rainsy, who was barred from running in last July's national election, will be sworn in as one of the CNRP's 55 lawmakers. 
"He (Sam Rainsy) will become a lawmaker for Kampong Cham province to replace lawmaker-elect Kuoy Bunroeun, who resigns and prepares to hold a position at the new National Election Committee, " he said. 
The National Election Committee did not allow Sam Rainsy to stand as a parliamentary candidate for the national election in July last year, citing his absence from the country's voter list due to a criminal conviction. 

Back to your seats

Jul 24th 2014, 13:22 by S.W. | The Economist, PHNOM PENH







AN INTENSE political deadlock, played out against a backdrop of protests and deadly state violence, has come to an end. For nearly a year Cambodia’s national assembly was without an opposition; struggle in the streets had replaced normal politics and was starting to look like a permanent feature of the capital, Phnom Penh.
Then on July 22nd, the main opposition group, Sam Rainsy’s Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), struck a deal with the prime minister’s Cambodian People’s Party (CPP): they would end their boycott of the parliament in exchange for an important bit of electoral reform.
At one point the CNRP had demanded nothing less than fresh elections to toss out the current parliament, but in the end their leadership has settled for smaller things. In addition to the electoral reform, seven of the CNRP’s winning candidates and an affiliated activist have been released from jail. All of them had been arrested after a violent clash with government security guards at a central protest site on July 15th.
The deadlock lasted almost exactly a year. Elections were last held on July 28th of 2013. When the CPP claimed victory the CNRP charged them with rigging the vote. The opposition, along with plenty of foreign observers, tend to regard the CPP as a corrupt and land-grabbing gang. When the electoral commission awarded them a parliamentary majority, the CNRP boycotted the 55 seats it was acknowledged to have won (against the 68 that were called for the CPP). The ruling party wasted no time in running its own legislation through parliament without pause for discussion—let alone debate.

Golden memories ... អនុស្សាវរីយ៍មាស

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Why the people are so surprised with the CNRP joining the parliament? (This is also the view of Khmerization!) ហេតុអី ក៏ភ្ញាក់ផ្អើល នឹងការចូលសភា នេះ ម្ល៉េះ ?​ (នេះក៏គឺជាទស្សនៈរបស់ ខ្មែរូបនីយកម្ម ដែរ!)

ទោះបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិ មិនចូលសភា ក៏ ក្រុម ហ៊ុន សែន នៅតែកាន់អំណាច ដដែល ហ្នឹង ! គឺ គ្មានអ្វី ជាឧបសគ្គ សម្រាប់ បក្សប្រជាជន ទេ ! តែ សម្រាប់ គណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិ ការចូលសភា គឺ ប្រសើរ ជាងមិនចូល ព្រោះ បក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិ ចាញ់ប្រៀប ហិរញ្ញវត្ថុ បក្សកាន់អំណាច រឹតតែខ្លាំង ។ ទោះ បក្ស សង្គ្រោះជាតិ មិនចូលសភា ក៏ ហ៊ុន សែន នៅតែបំផ្លាញជាតិ តាមធម្មតា របស់វា ។ ហើយ ណាមួយ គ្មានអន្តរជាតិណា ជួយ ដាក់សម្ពាធសោះ ! បក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិ រង់ចាំ មួយឆ្នាំហើយ តែគ្មានមជ្ឈដ្ឋាន អន្តរជាតិ ណាមួយ មក ជួយយើង សោះ !!! បក្សប្រជាជន គ្មាន ថមថយ អ្វីឡើយ មួយឆ្នាំ មកនេះ ។ គឺ ចង់ ធ្វើអី គឺធ្វើ បានដដែល ។
យើងគ្មានជម្រើស ទេ ! ការសម្រេចចិត្ត បែបនេះ របស់ លោក សម រង្ស៊ី គឺជា ការសម្រេចចិត្ត ដ៏ល្អ ! ខ្ញុំ គាំទ្រ ការចូលសភា របស់ លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ! ប៉ុន្តែ សម្រាប់ ប្រជាជនសាមញ្ញ គាត់មិន យល់ចំណុចនេះ ទេ.... គាត់គិត ស្មានថា បើសង្គ្រោះជាតិ មិនចូលសភា គឺ ហ៊ុន សែន អាចដួល រលំបាន ! ហេតុនេះ ហើយ គាត់ខកចិត្ត !
តាមពិត គណបក្ស សង្គ្រោះជាតិ បាន ថ្លឹងថ្លែង រួចហើយ .... ដោយស្ទង់ តាមខ្យល់ នយោបាយ អន្តរជាតិ ក្នុងសកលលោក ... គឺ គ្មានអ្នកណា ជួយយើងបានឡើយ ! មេដឹកនាំ បក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិ បានពិចារណា ទស្សនវិស័យ ទៅថ្ងៃមុខ រួចហើយ ៖ គឺ ទោះបក្សសង្គ្រោះ ជាតិ មិនចូល សភា រហូតដល់ឆ្នាំ 2018 ក៏ គ្មានជះ ឥទ្ធិពលអី ដល់ បក្សកាន់អំណាច ដែរ !
ទាំង លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ទាំង លោក កឹម សុខា គឺ ធ្មេច ភ្នែក ទទួលយក ស្ថានការណ៍ នេះ ទាំង ក្តុកក្តួល ។ លោក ទាំងពីរ យល់ច្បាស់ណាស់ ថា ការធ្វើបែបនេះ មិនសម នឹងអ្វី ដែលពួកលោក ចង់បាន ទេ ។ តែ ពួកលោក ទទួលយក ដោយសារ អ្វី ? គឺ នយោបាយសកលលោក (នយោបាយ អន្តរជាតិ) មិនអំណោយផល សម្រាប់ការ តស៊ូ របស់យើង ។

Sam Rainsy issues a statement explaining supporters about a political deal he struck with Mr. Hun Sen លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ផ្ញើ​សារ​ពន្យល់​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​ឲ្យ​យល់​ពី​ការ​ចូលរួម​សភា


សម រង្ស៊ី ៦១០
លោក សម រង្ស៊ី (ស្ដាំ) ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ថ្លែង​ក្នុង​សន្និសីទ​កាសែត នា​ស្នាក់​ការ​កណ្ដាល​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ នៅ​ព្រឹក​ថ្ងៃ​ទី២៩ ខែ​សីហា ឆ្នាំ​២០១៣។
RFA/Tin Zakariya
លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ប្រធាន​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ផ្ញើ​សារ​លួង​ចិត្ត​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​កុំ​ឲ្យ​អន់​ចិត្ត ពេល​គណបក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ចូល​សភា​ជាមួយ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា។
លោក សម រង្ស៊ី បាន​ផ្ញើ​សារ​នយោបាយ​អំពាវនាវ​ទៅ​កាន់​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ ឲ្យ​ទប់​ចិត្ត​កុំ​អាក់​អន់​ចិត្ត ឬ​ខឹង​នឹង​ថ្នាក់​ដឹក​នាំ​បក្ស ដែល​បាន​សម្រេច​ចូលរួម​សភា​ជាមួយ​បក្ស​ប្រជាជន នៅ​ពេល​ថ្មីៗ​យ៉ាង​តក់​ក្រហល់ ដែល​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​ខ្លះ​មិន​ពេញ​ចិត្ត។
លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ថ្លែង​នៅ​ក្នុង​វីដេអូ​ឃ្លីប​មួយ​មាន​រយៈពេល​ជិត ៥​នាទី ព្យាយាម​ពន្យល់​ប្រាប់​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​ថា ការ​សម្រេច​ចិត្ត​ចូល​នេះ គឺ​ជា​ការ​ត្រឹមត្រូវ និង​ស្រប​តាម​កាលៈទេសៈ​នៃ​សភាពការណ៍​នយោបាយ​បច្ចុប្បន្ន ដែល​អាច​ឲ្យ​បក្ស​សង្គ្រោះ​ជាតិ បន្ត​ទាមទារ​ធ្វើ​ការ​កែ​ទម្រង់​ស្ថាប័ន​នានា ដូច​កែ​ទម្រង់​គណៈកម្មាធិការ​ជាតិ​រៀបចំ​ការ​បោះ​ឆ្នោត ដែល​នឹង​ឈាន​ទៅ​ដល់​ការ​ផ្លាស់​ប្ដូរ​បាន​សម្រេច​ដូច​បំណង​អ្នក​គាំទ្រ​បក្ស​ទៅ​អនាគត។
លោក សម រង្ស៊ី ថ្លែង​ដូច្នេះ៖ «មុន​នឹង​វិនិច្ឆ័យ ឬ​ធ្វើ​ការ​ថ្កោលទោស​អ្វី​មួយ សូម​បងប្អូន​ជន​រួម​ជាតិ​រង់ចាំ​បន្តិច​សិន ទាល់​តែ​ពេល​វេលា​ការងារ​របស់​យើង និង​លទ្ធផល​ដែល​យើង​ទទួល​បាន បាន​ចេញ​ជា​រូបរាង​ច្បាស់​លាស់ ទើប​បង​ប្អូន​ជន​រួម​ជាតិ​អាច​វិនិច្ឆ័យ​ថា​ត្រូវ ឬ​ក៏​មិន​ត្រូវ។ ចំពោះ​ខ្ញុំ​យល់​ថា គ្មាន​ជម្រើស​ណា​ល្អ​ជាង​ជម្រើស​ដែល​យើង​បាន​សម្រេច​នេះ​ទេ។ ទី​១ គឺ​យើង​បាន​បញ្ចប់​សភាពការណ៍​តានតឹង។ អ្នក​ដែល​ត្រូវ​បាន​គេ​ចាប់​ខ្លួន ហើយ​យក​ទៅ​ដាក់​ពន្ធនាគារ គឺ​ត្រូវ​បាន​ដោះ​លែង​អស់​ហើយ។ បន្តិច​ទៀត​នេះ ទីលាន​ប្រជាធិបតេយ្យ​នឹង​ត្រូវ​បើក​ឡើង​វិញ ដើម្បី​ឲ្យ​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ ឲ្យ​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ទៅ​ជួប​ជុំ​គ្នា​ដូច​ពេល​មុនៗ​ទៀត។ បម្រាម​ហាម​ឃាត់​មិន​ឲ្យ​ប្រជាពលរដ្ឋ​ធ្វើ​បាតុកម្ម​ដង្ហែ​ក្បួន​តាម​ផ្លូវ បម្រាម​នោះ​ត្រូវ​លុប​ចោល គឺ​យើង​នឹង​មាន​សិទ្ធិ​សេរីភាព​ដូច​ដើម​វិញ»

Cambodian opposition leader set to become lawmaker

The leader of Cambodia's opposition will be sworn in as a lawmaker following a deal to end his party's boycott of parliament, officials said Thursday, a year after he was barred from standing for office.
Sam Rainsy, head of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), is seen as the main challenger to strongman Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled Cambodia for nearly three decades.
A deal between the two rivals on Tuesday saw the CNRP end a boycott of parliament triggered by last July's disputed election.
The opposition accused Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party of stealing the election by rigging ballots.
Rainsy was removed from the electoral register months before that election because of criminal convictions that were later pardoned.
Analysts said his removal reflected Hun Sen's concern at the opposition's rising popularity.
Rainsy will replace a CNRP lawmaker who has stood down, a party spokesman told AFP, adding the party would finalise his application to become a lawmaker by the end of Thursday.
The National Election Committee (NEC) said the switch was legal as Rainsy had been re-registered on the voter list, and the party's reserve candidates in the constituency where the CNRP lawmaker had stepped down had all resigned.
"The main condition is that he has to be on the voter list, and he has already registered on the voter list. So there is no problem for him," secretary general of the NEC Tep Nytha said.