Visa Restrictions on Individuals Responsible for Undermining Cambodian Democracy
Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson
December 6, 2017
As the White House stated in a November 16, press statement, the United States is taking concrete steps to respond to the Cambodian government’s actions that have undermined the country’s progress in advancing democracy and respect for human rights. These actions—which run counter to the Paris Peace Agreements of 1991 that ended a tragic conflict and accorded the Cambodian people democratic rights—include the dissolution of the main opposition political party and banning of its leaders from electoral politics, imprisonment of opposition leader Kem Sokha, restriction of civil society, and suppression of independent media.
In direct response to the Cambodian government’s series of anti-democratic actions, we announce the Secretary of State will restrict entry into the United States of those individuals involved in undermining democracy in Cambodia. In certain circumstances, family members of those individuals will also be subject to visa restrictions.
We call on the Cambodian government to reverse course by reinstating the political opposition, releasing Kem Sokha, and allowing civil society and media to resume their constitutionally protected activities. Such actions could lead to a lifting of these travel restrictions and increase the potential for Cambodia’s 2018 electoral process to regain legitimacy.
We will continue to monitor the situation and take additional steps as necessary, while maintaining our close and enduring ties with the people of Cambodia.
L’économie basée sur l’exportation de la main d’oeuvre bon marché en Asie du Sud Est (ils sont plus de 1 200 000) et les investissements chinois dans les gratte-ciels et les Casinos n’aident guère à enrayer la pauvreté !
Cambodge – Dissolution du principal parti d’opposition (16 novembre 2017)
Le Parti du salut national (PSN) a été dissous le 16 novembre et 118 membres de ce parti ont été interdits d’exercer des fonctions politiques pendant cinq ans. Le PSN est le principal parti d’opposition cambodgien et avait obtenu près de la moitié des voix lors des élections législatives de 2013 et des élections locales de juin 2017.
Cette décision de la Cour suprême cambodgienne remet en cause le processus démocratique engagé depuis la conclusion des accords de Paris en 1991. En l’absence du principal parti d’opposition, les élections législatives de 2018 ne pourront être considérées comme libres et démocratiques.
La France regrette cette nouvelle dégradation du climat politique après l’arrestation de Kem Sokha, président du PSN, et la fermeture de plusieurs médias et ONG.
La France appelle les autorités cambodgiennes à s’inscrire de nouveau dans le cadre d’un processus démocratique et à permettre à l’opposition, aux médias et à la société civile de fonctionner sans entrave.
(1) reaffirms the commitment of the United States to promote democracy, human rights, and the rule of law in Cambodia;
(2) condemns all forms of political violence in Cambodia, and urges the cessation of ongoing human rights violations;
(3) urges Prime Minister Hun Sen and the Cambodian People’s Party to end all harassment and intimidation of Cambodia’s opposition and foster an environment where democracy can thrive and flourish;
(4) urges the Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of State, to consider placing all senior Cambodian government officials implicated in the abuses noted above on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list;
(5) urges the Government of Cambodia to free Mr. Kem Sokha immediately and unconditionally;
(6) calls on the Government of Cambodia to respect freedom of the press and the rights of its citizens to freely assemble, protest, and speak out against the government;
(7) supports electoral reform efforts in Cambodia and free and fair elections in 2018 monitored by international observers; and
(8) urges the President to communicate to the Government of Cambodia that if it ignores the recommendations of the international community and maintains the current restrictive and intimidating political environment, the United States Government will have no choice but to determine that the 2018 elections were not conducted freely or fairly because the results could not be an expression of the democratic will of the Cambodian people.
Norodom Sihamoni cette fois ci a choisi de ne pas s’exiler à Pékin. Il vient de signer les amendements aux lois électorales fabriquées par HUN Sen. Ces lois vont permettre à HUN Sen de distribuer les sièges du Parti d’Opposition le CNRP aux partis qui lui sont asservis.
Co-Présidentes de la Conférence de Paix de Paris sur le Cambodge
Today, on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the 1991 Paris Peace Conference on Cambodia, the ICJ and 54 other organizations wrote an open letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations and the Conference’s co-chairs.
The letter calls on them to reconvene the members of the Conference, along with other relevant stakeholders, for an emergency summit to discuss the human rights crisis within the country.
For Cambodia, Hun Sen needs to be aware that the victory in the 2018 election that his party may achieve will not be legitimate. His dirty game will instead radicalise his people to rise up against his ruling regime.
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