Wednesday, 01 October 2014

Cambodia

Opposition Youth Wing Leader Summoned to Phnom Penh Court

He is to appear on Dec. 7, after filing a negligence complaint against the premier and others for the Water Festival bridge stampede, which killed more than 350 people.

The youth leader, Soung Sophoan, said he hoped the court will prove neutral in the case.The youth leader, Soung Sophoan, said he hoped the court will prove neutral in the case.
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The youth leader, Soung Sophoan, said he hoped the court will prove neutral in the case.
The youth leader, Soung Sophoan, said he hoped the court will prove neutral in the case.
Heng ReaksmeyVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - The leader of the Sam Rainsy Party youth wing has been summoned to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, after filing a complaint against Prime Minister Hun Sen and other Cambodian leaders for a fatal bridge disaster in 2010.

The youth leader, Soung Sophoan, said he hoped the court will prove neutral in the case.

He is to appear on Dec. 7, after filing a negligence complaint against the premier and others for the Water Festival bridge stampede, which killed more than 350 people.

A government inquiry found no fault with authorities or police in modern Cambodia’s worst disaster ever.

“The Cambodian government should acknowledge the truth,” Soung Sophoan said Monday.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a speech Sunday he is considering a countersuit against Soung Sophoan. If the premier is found not guilty in the initial lawsuit, he has the right to countersue, he said.

Opposition leaders have brought suit against Hun Sen before, to no avail. Mu Sochua, a SRP parliamentarian for Kampot province, sued the prime minister for slander during the run-up to the 2008 elections, for allegedly sexist remarks. She lost. Hun Sen countersued, and won, costing Mu Sochua a fine and revocation of her parliamentary immunity for years afterward.
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Cambodia Foreign Minister UN Speech Touches More on World Issues, Less on Cambodiai
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29 September 2014
Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong's speech to the UN’s General Assembly on Monday in New York touches more on world issues and less on Cambodia. Before delivering his speech at UNGA, Hor Namhong told VOA Khmer that Cambodia was now enjoying peace and political stability after the two winning political parties in 2013 election had agreed to work together. His speech comes as Cambodia’s profile on the world stage has expanded in recent years. Cambodia has and improved economy and a growing participation in UN missions around the world. But Hor Namhong’s speech also comes amid deep criticism of Cambodia’s human rights record and a controversial agreement with Australia to help it resettle refuges in exchange for aid money. (VOA Khmer's Pin Sisovann, Washington)

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