Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Human Rights

Svay Rieng Court’s Failure Highlights Flawed System, Rights Workers Say

More than nine months after the former governor of Bavet town allegedly shot three bystanders during a labor strike, the authorities have failed to arrest or bring him to court.

An unidentified garment worker lying on a hospital bed with multiple gunshot wounds to her back. Courtesy of Licadho. An unidentified garment worker lying on a hospital bed with multiple gunshot wounds to her back. Courtesy of Licadho.
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An unidentified garment worker lying on a hospital bed with multiple gunshot wounds to her back. Courtesy of Licadho.
An unidentified garment worker lying on a hospital bed with multiple gunshot wounds to her back. Courtesy of Licadho.
Heng ReaksmeyVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - More than nine months after the former governor of Bavet town allegedly shot three bystanders during a labor strike, the authorities have failed to arrest or bring him to court.
 
That’s a big difference from the quick action the courts have been able to take when labor leaders or other government critics are brought in, rights advocates say.
 
Chhouk Bandith, who was sacked as governor of the town, the capital of Svay Rieng province, after the incident, remains at large. He is accused of firing a weapon at a crowd of protesters earlier this year, injuring three women.
 
Svay Rieng provincial court president Pich Chhert declined to comment Tuesday, saying he was on public holiday.
 
However, rights groups say the case highlights the disparities of a court system viewed by most Cambodians as biased, corrupt and ineffective.
 
“This case shows the impunity in Cambodia, and that the courts are under the pressure of politicians,” said Am Sam Ath, lead investigator for the rights group Licahdo.
 
The courts were fast in indicting Mam Sonando, the owner of Beehive Radio, and sentencing him to 20 years in prison, on secession charges that rights workers say have little evidence, following criticisms of Prime Minister Hun Sen. The courts also quickly sentenced three land rights activists to jail terms after the women were charged with inciting violence in a Phnom Penh land protest.
 
Chhin Lida, a lawyer for the three women wounded in the Bavet shooting, said the courts have a right to postpone the hearing, but he said they should allow the case to proceed “to find justice for the victims.”
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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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