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High School Teachers Are Asked to Support Supplemental Border Treaty

Teachers at two high schools in Takeo province said they are asked to sign letters of support of the controversial Supplemental Border Treaty which Mr. Hun Sen signed with Vietnam on Oct.10-12.

Border activists, leaders of civil society groups, opposition party, and many people call the treaty illegal under the 1991 Paris Peace Accords. A radio station owner and an NGO leader are in jail because they have spoken out against the treaty with Vietnam.

The teachers admit the signatures are voluntary but they said they feel that they have to sign for their safety. The two high schools are: Samdech Krom Preah (Ranaridh) Ang Roleam, and Sok An May First.

Mr. Hou Nan, director of Cambodian Independent Teachers' Association in Takeo province, said that he has not signed any letter yet, and he condemns the school leaders for such measure. He said he has not seen any treaty and that he listens to VOA broadcast and learns about the news concerning the treaty.