17 Sep 2018
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Resolution adopted by European Parliament on #Cambodia, notably the case of Kem Sokha on 13 September 2018
European Parliament resolution
of 13 September 2018 on Cambodia,
notably the case of Kem Sokha (2018/2842(RSP)
Resolution 2018 2842(RSP)
14 Sep 2018
#Breaking #EPlenary debate on #Cambodia : L’UE est prête à prendre des mesures appropriées si la situation ne change pas @FedericaMog
Speech by HR/VP Mogherini on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law – the situation in Cambodia
The last year has seen significant steps backwards for Cambodia’s fragile democracy: one-party rule, authoritarian tendencies that have gained more ground in the country, and the space for political opposition and civil society has not just shrunk, it has simply closed.
At the general election in July, following the enforced dissolution of the main opposition party [Cambodia National Rescue Party], the ruling party won all seats in the National Assembly.
The election took place in a highly restrictive environment and it was clearly not representative of the democratic will of the Cambodian citizens.
Last February, at the EU Foreign Affairs Council, we stressed that the Cambodian electoral process could not be considered legitimate, after the arbitrary exclusion of the main opposition party. So, we suspended the European Union’s financial assistance to the Cambodian National Election Committee and we declined to observe the July elections.
Over the last year, the legal system has increasingly been used by the authorities in the country to suppress critical voices, not only from the opposition but also from civil society and the media.
At the Foreign Affairs Council in February, we stated that it may consider specific targeted measures if the situation had not improved. So, the situation has not improved and we are now considering the possibility of further measures that as you know, would require the Council to take a unanimous decision.
We also recalled that respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including labour rights, is essential for maintaining EU trade preferences.
For this reason, we sent already in July a Fact-Finding Mission to Cambodia to evaluate the situation on the ground. Decisions on any further steps will be based on the information gathered during this mission.
The European Union has been working with and for the people of Cambodia since the end of the war. At first we helped to rebuild the country, we helped clear it from landmines, and restart fundamental economic activities. Today we support job creation and vocational training.
We would like this partnership to continue, in order to continue to benefit the people of Cambodia; but it is clear that Cambodian government has to reverse the current trend, otherwise this would not be possible.
The recent release on bail of opposition leader Kem Sokha is a positive first step, even though he was released under very restrictive conditions. We now expect the dropping of all charges and the removal of all restrictions placed upon him and we invite the Prime Minister [of Cambodia] and the leader of the opposition to start a dialogue on the way forward.
We urge the Cambodian authorities to drop all remaining politically-motivated charges against activists, and lift the ban on political activity of 118 senior opposition members. Local councillors from the opposition who were elected in June last year should be reinstated.
We also call on the Cambodian government to guarantee the safe return of all exiled opposition politicians, civil society activists and human rights defenders who have fled the country to avoid arrest.
The laws and regulations that have been used to restrict opposition and civil society must be reviewed and amended.
In the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, the Cambodian government had agreed to a legally binding obligation to maintain a pluralistic and democratic system. We now expect Cambodian authorities to restore free political debate and competition, and to respect the space for a free and independent civil society.
If we continue to see this negative trend without any changes – as I said – we are ready, in the Council, to take appropriate measures.
Communiqué de Presse du PE
Cambodia must drop all charges against opposition politician Kem Sokha
Following widespread and systematic repression of the political opposition and electoral rights in Cambodia, the European Parliament urges its government to put an end to all forms of harassment and politically-motivated charges and rulings against politicians, human rights defenders, trade unionists, civil society activists and journalists. Parliament also expresses its serious concerns over the conduct and results of the 2018 elections, which failed to produce a credible process, and underlines that this electoral procedure cannot be considered free and fair.
MEPs demand that the Cambodian authorities drop all charges against prominent opposition leader Kem Sokha, and call for his immediate and full release from house arrest. This also goes for all other politicians, including Sam Rainsy, who have been charged, detained or imprisoned for the same reasons.
Parliament also asks the European External Action Service and the European Commission to compile a list of individuals responsible for the dissolution of the Cambodian opposition and other serious human rights violations in the country, with the aim of imposing possible visa restrictions and asset freezes on them.
The resolution was approved by a show of hands.
Tous les intervenants ont demandé des actions concrètes contre le Régime de HUN Sen.
L’UE est prête à prendre des mesures appropriées si la situation ne change pas a conclu Mme Federica Mogherini en fin de débat.
Des sanctions seront donc prises contre le régime de HUN Sen.
13 Sep 2018
1. Notes that Kem Sokha was released from prison on bail under strict conditions; denounces the fact that Kem Sokha has been placed under house arrest; calls for all charges against Kem Sokha to be dropped and for his immediate and full release; calls, furthermore, for other politically motivated charges and rulings against opposition politicians, including Sam Rainsy, to be dropped immediately;
2. Is worried about the condition of Kem Sokha’s health, and calls on the Cambodian authorities to allow him to receive appropriate medical treatment; asks the Government to allow Kem Sokha to meet foreign diplomats, UN officials and human rights observers;
3. Expresses its conviction that the elections in Cambodia cannot be considered to be free and fair; expresses serious concerns at the conduct and results of the 2018 elections in Cambodia, which failed to produce a credible process and were widely condemned by the international community;
4. Calls on the Cambodian Government to work towards strengthening democracy and the rule of law and to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, which includes fully complying with the constitutional provisions on pluralism and freedom of association and expression; calls, furthermore, on the Cambodian Government to repeal all recent amendments to the Constitution, the Penal Code, the Law on Political Parties, the Trade Union Law, the Law on NGOs and all other pieces of legislation limiting freedom of speech and political freedoms that are not fully in line with Cambodia’s obligations and international standards;
5. Stresses that a credible democratic process requires an environment in which political parties, civil society and the media are able to carry out their legitimate roles without fear, threats or arbitrary restrictions; calls on the Government to take the necessary measures to ensure that the dissolution of CNRP is swiftly reversed;
6. Reiterates its call on the Cambodian Government to put an end to all forms of harassment, abuse and politically motivated criminal charges against members of the political opposition, human rights defenders, trade unionists and labour rights advocates, land rights and other civil society activists, and journalists, among others; calls on the Government of Cambodia to release, without delay, all citizens who have been detained for exercising their human rights, including James Ricketson, and to drop all charges against them;
7. Supports the decision to suspend EU electoral support to Cambodia; recalls the national and international obligations in relation to democratic principles and fundamental human rights to which Cambodia has committed itself; urges the Cambodian Government to engage in reforms in order to advance democracy and apply internationally recognised minimum standards for future electoral processes, including the organisation of multiparty, free and fair elections, the establishment of a genuinely independent National Election Committee and the involvement of NGOs and the independent media in election monitoring and reporting;
8. Reminds the Cambodian Government that it must fulfil its obligations and commitments in relation to the democratic principles and fundamental human rights, which are an essential component of the EU-Cambodia Cooperation Agreement and the conditions under EBA;
9. Welcomes the recent EU EBA fact‑finding mission to Cambodia and invites the Commission to report the conclusions to Parliament as soon as possible; calls on the Commission to consider possible consequences in the context of the trade preferences Cambodia enjoys, including launching an investigation under the mechanisms provided for in the framework of EBA;
10. Calls on the EEAS and the Commission to compile a list of individuals responsible for the dissolution of the opposition and other serious human rights violations in Cambodia with a view to imposing possible visa restrictions and asset freezes on them;
11. Calls on the Vice‑President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to closely monitor the situation in Cambodia; calls on the EEAS and the Member States to take action and lead the efforts at the forthcoming 39th session of the UN Human Rights Council towards the adoption of a strong resolution addressing the human rights situation in Cambodia;
12. Calls on the Cambodian Government to renew the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Cambodia upon its expiry on 31 December 2018;
13. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the European External Action Service, the Secretary-General of ASEAN, the governments and parliaments of the Member States and the Government and National Assembly of Cambodia.
13 Sep 2018
La nuit du 2 Septembre 2017, KEM Sokha, Président du parti CNRP a été arrêté et arbitrairement incarcéré depuis.
A la veille de ce triste anniversaire, HUN Sen vient de durcir sa répression politique en maintenant KEM Sokha incarcéré, toujours de manière arbitraire.
Nous lançons un appel aux Pays défenseurs des Droits de l’Homme, de la Démocratie et de l’Etat de droit à condamner vigoureusement l’incarcération arbitraire de KEM Sokha.
Nous renouvelons notre appel aux Puissances démocratiques à prendre les sanctions économiques les plus sévères contre HUN Sen et son Régime.
02 Sep 2018
#France : Manifestation à la Place du Trocadéro: Motion adressée au Président de la République Française
01 Sep 2018
Une leçon pour d’autres Puissances démocrates !
Ne jouez plus avec HUN Sen !
Le Cinéaste-Réalisateur australien James Ricketson vient d’être inculpé de crime d’espionnage par la Justice de HUN Sen et encourt 6 ans de prison.
Désormais l’Australie connait le vrai visage du Régime de répression judiciaire de HUN Sen et sa horde d’anciens Khmer-Rouges sans foi ni loi. La justice de HUN Sen est celle de l’arbitraire. Elle n’a pas besoin de preuves pour inculper.
Elle fait partie intégrante de l’arsenal répressif de HUN Sen !
31 Aug 2018
Cambodge Info lui rend hommage !
26 Aug 2018
Cambodge, la Cour suprême se prononce sur la libération sous caution du chef de l’opposition : Un article à lire
Kem Sokha, « une alternative sérieuse » pour le Cambodge
« Kem Sokha semble animé d’une volonté démocratique sincère. Il représente une alternative sérieuse à Hun Sen, et même à son prédécesseur Sam Rainsy », analyse Jean-Louis Margolin, docteur en histoire de l’Asie moderne et contemporaine, à l’université Aix-Marseille.
« Kem Sokha a pris ses distances avec le discours nationaliste, voire raciste (anti-vietnamien), de son ancien allié, et cela fait de lui un opposant plus crédible et responsable », ajoute le chercheur.
Un pays qui s’enfonce dans la dictature
Avant son arrestation, le CNRP de Kem Sokha a été dissous le 16 novembre 2017 par la Cour suprême cambodgienne. Une décision qui, selon l’ONG Amnesty International, est « un acte de répression politique flagrant » et « une grave violation du droit à la liberté d’expression et d’association au Cambodge ».
« Depuis un an, le Cambodge s’enfonce dans une forme de dictature. En 2013, l’opposition était un réel danger électoral. Aujourd’hui, Hun Sen mène une politique répressive, qui s’explique aussi par son éloignement avec les puissances occidentales et son rapprochement avec la Chine. Avant, il devait faire bonne figure devant les dirigeants occidentaux. Maintenant, il a les coudées plus franches », conclut Jean-Louis Margolin.
24 Aug 2018
#France : Manifestation contre la Dictature et les Elections truquées imposées par HUN Sen au #Cambodge
#France : Manifestation à la Place du Trocadéro: Motion adressée au Président de la République Française
23 Aug 2018
#Cambodge : l’ONU préoccupée par la situation des droits de l’homme après les élections législatives
20 Aug 2018
19 Aug 2018
14 Aug 2018
#Cambodge : Violations des droits de l’Homme, dissolution du CNRP, il faut des sanctions concrètes !
Violations des Droits de l’Homme,
Répressions des Médias,
Dissolution du Parti CNRP,
Emprisonnement de KEM Sokha
(11 mois de détention illégale)
13 Aug 2018
[#JourDuDépassement] Si toute l'Humanité vivait comme nous, en 🇫🇷, il faudrait disposer de 2,9 🌍 pour subvenir à nos besoins. C'est le moment de dire stop et d'amplifier encore notre mobilisation collective > #MoveTheDate pic.twitter.com/n5QbmTkMc3
— Nicolas Hulot (@N_Hulot) August 1, 2018
01 Aug 2018
Un Khmer Rouge (POL Pot)
peut en cacher un autre (HUN Sen) !
Comprendre comment le Cambodge
retourne à l’année ZERO de nouveau !
Toujours avec le même sponsor : LA CHINE !
I think the Chinese government and the Chinese embassy accepts there is rising anti-China rhetoric in Cambodia
It is important for China to win the hearts of the Cambodian people. If China fails in Cambodia it will fail in the region.
31 Jul 2018
Le 29 Juillet 2018,
HUN Sen enterre la Démocratie éphémère instaurée par la communauté internationale il y a bientôt 27 ans (avec la signature des accords de Paix de Paris du 23 Octobre 1991) et impose sa Dictature en organisant les élections pour la 6ème législature sans le principal parti d’Opposition, le CNRP !
Pour l’heure, les Etats-Unis, le Canada, l’Union Européenne et l’Australie ont condamné la tenue de ces élections qualifiées de truquées, lesquelles ne reflétant pas les vœux du Peuple cambodgien.
EU : Statement by the Spokesperson on the general elections in Cambodia
The 29 July general election in Cambodia took place in a highly restrictive political climate. Over the past year, the Cambodian authorities have used the country’s judicial system and other forms of pressure to restrict the space for political opposition, for criticism and dissent, including by civil society. This culminated in the enforced dissolution of the main opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), the arrest and prolonged detention of the CNRP’s leader, Kem Sokha, and the banning from political activity for five years of 118 senior CNRP members. Free and independent media have been severely restricted.
In its Conclusions of 26 February 2018, the EU Foreign Affairs Council underlined that an electoral process from which the main opposition party has been arbitrarily excluded is not legitimate.
In this context, the EU had declined to observe the 29 July election and suspended its financial assistance to the Cambodian National Election Committee.
The lack of genuine electoral competition and the absence of an inclusive political process mean that the 29 July election is not representative of the democratic will of the Cambodian electorate, and therefore its outcome lacks credibility.
The European Union expects the Cambodian authorities to restore democracy, to engage in dialogue with the opposition, and to create conditions conducive to free political debate and competition, in which the media and civil society, including human rights and labour rights defenders, can freely exercise their rights without undue restrictions. The EU stands ready to actively contribute to this endeavour.
White House Press Release on Cambodia’s Flawed Parlementary Elections
សហរដ្ឋអាមេរិកថ្កោលទោសការបោះឆ្នោត «មិនសេរីឬយុត្តិធម៌» ហើយព្រមានរឹតបន្តឹងទិដ្ឋាការបន្ថែម
UK : Minister for Asia & the Pacific statement on Cambodia’s election
Statement by Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field following the election in Cambodia.
Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field said:
The Cambodian national election was undermined by the authorities well before campaigning started and resulted in an election that was neither fair nor credible.
The potential for a legitimate, free and fair election was stymied when the main opposition party – the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was dissolved in November 2017. This was particularly disappointing following the more open Commune elections in June 2017.
The Cambodian authorities have demonstrated clear disregard for the key tenets of a functioning multi-party democracy. As well as the dissolution of the CNRP, examples include the imprisonment of CNRP President Kem Sokha, the banning of 118 CNRP members from politics for five years, and a crackdown on independent media.
There was no credible opposition party with the opportunity to challenge the Government. In a democracy, no government has the right to choose its opposition.
The UK will continue to urge the Cambodian Government to demonstrate its commitment to its citizens by lifting restrictions on political debate and media freedom and by creating the conditions for proper functioning democracy.
Germany : Statement by the Federal Foreign Office on the elections in Cambodia
The German Government has noted that the parliamentary elections in Cambodia were conducted peacefully.
However, that alone is not enough to lend the election results legitimacy, as the elections were preceded by the arrest of the leader of the largest opposition party in September 2017, the dissolving of the opposition party in November 2017 and a ban on 118 leading opposition politicians from engaging in political activity.
The German Government urgently calls on Cambodia to return to the democratic principles enshrined in the constitution and the Paris Peace Accords and is willing to support the country on its path to this.
Foreign Minister Winston Peters has expressed New Zealand’s concern over Cambodia’s general elections in which the main opposition party was excluded.
“For Cambodia to have legitimate democracy it is essential that opposition voices can be heard. New Zealand calls on Prime Minister Hun Sen to reinstate the main opposition party and release all political prisoners, including opposition leader Kem Sokha,” Mr Peters said.
In the lead up to the elections, Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), and its leader Kem Sokha was imprisoned. Without the main opposition party participating, the election resulted in a landslide victory for the governing party.
“New Zealand is a long-standing partner of Cambodia and has invested considerable effort in supporting Cambodia’s UN-supervised transition to democracy in the early 1990s.
“We stand ready to work with Cambodian partners to restore its democratic institutions and processes to allow free and fair elections to be held,” he said.
Communiqué du Quai d’Orsay
Elections législatives au Cambodge (29 juillet 2018)
La France regrette que les élections législatives cambodgiennes se soient déroulées en l’absence du principal parti d’opposition (parti du salut national), dissous le 16 novembre 2017, tandis que son président, Kem Sokha, est incarcéré depuis le 3 septembre.
Ces élections se sont tenues dans un climat qui n’a pas permis à l’opposition, aux médias et à la société civile de fonctionner sans entrave.
Nous appelons à la libération de Kem Sokha et à la levée de l’interdiction faite à 118 membres du parti du salut national de mener pendant cinq ans des activités politiques.
Nous exhortons les autorités cambodgiennes à respecter les droits fondamentaux permettant de garantir un processus démocratique crédible.
Les échos de la Presse
This is by far the worst, least democratic election in the post-UNTAC (United Nations peacekeeping operation in Cambodia) period, because the main opposition party was barred from participating,” Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), told DW. “This election is looking more like the Soviet-style elections of yesteryear than a genuine democratic contest,”
#CambodiaElection2018 : Les élections générales du 29 Juillet 2018 ne seront qu’une FARCE ! Communiqué du CNRP
29 Jul 2018
“To ensure a genuine multi-party democracy in Cambodia which respects its citizens’ participation rights, the Government must immediately release detained opposition leaders and lift a ban on the opposition taking part in the July 29 general election”.
“Those who currently rule the country have one final opportunity to reverse the current trajectory, and return instead to the constitutional path of multi-party democracy and genuine elections – ensuring a level playing field for all political parties”.
“All Cambodians have a right to openly debate and discuss political affairs; the media must be allowed to scrutinise and criticise, as well as inform the public; and civil society, including NGOs, should be encouraged to play an active role in State affairs,”.
“A liberal multi-party democracy is an essential, entrenched and non-amendable feature of the Constitution of Cambodia.”
អ្នករាយការណ៍ពិសេស អ.ស.ប.ចាត់ទុកការបោះឆ្នោតខែកក្កដាថា «មិនពិតប្រាកដ» បើគ្មានគណបក្សប្រឆាំងចូលរួម
29 Jul 2018
La mort de la démocratie au Cambodge :
Qui en profite le plus ?
Réponse : Les Voleurs de terres et
Pilleurs de ressources du Cambodge :
4 Tycoons sur la liste noire de Global Witness :
Ly Yong Phat
Lao Meng Khin
Cambodians have been robbed of their land,
robbed of their country’s natural wealth,
and robbed of their voice.”
តំណាងរាស្ត្រអាមេរិកថា ខ្លួនកំពុងបង្កើនល្បឿនដាក់ទណ្ឌកម្មបង្កកទ្រព្យអ្នកជំនួញស្និទ្ធនឹងរបបលោក ហ៊ុន សែន
21 Jul 2018