An independent election monitor plans to invite 60 youths to
a seminar on Thursday to discuss the challenges facing young Cambodians
interested in politics.
The Committee for Free and Fair Elections will host the one-day
seminar in Kampong Cham province.
Participating youths will be encouraged to raise their
concerns in social and political participation, especially with regards to
political discrimination of youths in the political process.
"We have suffered from the separation of political
tendencies and the disqualification of youth from political and social
affairs," said Seng Rithy, chief of education and advocacy for the Khmer
Youth Association. "So we have the opportunity to raise up the effort to
push the new government to open more rights and freedom in politics for
Politicians do not take care of youths interested in
politics and social development, denying them opportunities for leadership,
said Sok Na, a student at the Kampong Cham National School of Agriculture who
plans to participate in Thursday's seminar.
"This seminar aims to find out the necessary requests
and the needs of the youth to forward to political parties, especially the
ruling party or the winning party, to compose the national political platform
to serve the interests of the youth," said Koul Panha, executive director
Cambodian People's Party lawmaker Cheam Yiep said Wednesday
the ruling party "respects the rights and freedoms of politics by the
people in conformity with the constitution."