Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Women call for Third World rights [-Mu Sochua's case]

May 6, 2009
By A. Gaffar Peang-Meth
Pacific Daily News (Guam)


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said during her February Asian trip, "Clearly, the path we have taken in imposing sanctions hasn't influenced the Burmese junta," but "reaching out and trying to engage them has not influenced them either.

"We want to see a time when citizens of Burma and the Nobel prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi can live freely in their own country. Because we are concerned about the Burmese people, we are conducting a review of our policy," she said.

In the Apr. 20 Washington Post, Archbishop Desmond Tutu wrote that while we await the "thoughtful review," the Burmese junta "is not waiting, ... it moves a step closer to ... eliminating opposition and consolidating power." He says the Obama administration "must somehow think and lead at the same time, before it loses the initiative, and misimpressions about where it stands spread.

"The brave Burmese people who have struggled for their freedom believe this is a moral universe, where right and wrong still matter," he wrote. "They need to know that the world's most powerful democracy still believes it, too."

Surely, all the peoples who struggle for rights and freedom want to know that.

When the Vital Voices' Global Leadership Awards honored the world's women leaders for expanding democracy at grassroots level, promoting legal reforms and human rights, among others, on March 19 at the Kennedy Center, Clinton received the Global Trailblazer award.

She told those attending the ceremony, "No nation can be successful if it invests only in or listens to only half of the population," and pledged to "do all we can to ensure that America is not only an example of the best values that humanity has to offer, but that we pursue every chance we can to give every woman a vital voice on behalf of herself, her family, her community and her country."

Tutu wrote, "My sister, ... Suu Kyi, the heroic and beloved leader of the Burmese democracy movement, remains under house arrest and cannot speak to the world."

But standing next to Clinton was a 55-year-old Khmer woman, Mu Sochua, a mother of three daughters, herself a 2005 awardee of Vital Voices' Global Leadership Awards for Human Rights and Anti-Human Trafficking. She urged Clinton "to send a delegation to Cambodia to hear what the people have to say" in a country in which "life is still cheap."

Sochua, one of 1,000 women proposed for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, told Katrin Redfern of The Independent Media Center in New York City that she seeks the Obama administration's support for democracy and human rights in Cambodia, "a democracy on paper but in reality a dictatorship."

When asked if she was hopeful about improvement, she said, "No, not until there is a change of regime. That can only happen when we have a real election that is free and fair. The West should insist on that, otherwise all the aid they have poured into Cambodia will not work."

But she knows no dictator trades a free and fair election to keep him from power, and many countries put their interests above other people's rights and freedom.

Her stubborn belief in the power of ideas and actions prevents her from being complacent.

On April 24, The Cambodia Daily's front page article, "Mu Sochua To Sue Premier For Defamation," reports Hun Sen's nationally broadcast speech that he wouldn't help villagers who side with the opposition; he told about a woman "cheung klang," or "strong legs," a derogatory term, in the 2008 election campaign who had "hugged" someone, and complained her "blouse" had been unbuttoned by force.

The Daily states that last June, an army officer "twisted her am, thus making her blouse buttons come undone," so Sochua filed an "assault complaint."

At an April 23 news conference, she announced her lawsuit against Sen for defamation, for 500 riels, or 13 cents, and a retraction of his statement.

In a country where "disappearances" and "accidents" are routine, Sochua's action makes her either foolhardy or the symbol of renowned Khmer Pundit Krom Ngoy's advice, "Kom chloah noeung srey" or "Don't fight with women."

But Sen chooses to fight with Sochua: The April 27 Daily's front page read, "Prime Minister To Countersue Mu Sochua."

Sen controls all branches of government, but Sochua says she's not scared.

Born in 1954 to an affluent family, Sochua attended a French school. As Cambodia was engulfed in the Vietnam War in 1972, she and her sister were sent away to Paris and never saw her parents again -- her father died of starvation under Pol Pot, her mother's fate was unknown.

A refugee who lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, she earned a bachelor's in psychology at San Francisco State University, and a master's in social work at the University of California, Berkeley. Canada's Guelph University bestowed upon her an honorary doctorate in law.

In 1981, Sochua left the United States to work in refugee camps along the Khmer-Thai border where she met her husband. In 1989 she returned to Phnom Penh and devoted her all to advancing women's rights.

She was elected a lawmaker in 1998 on a royalist ticket, served as minister of women's and veteran affairs in 1998-2004, left the royalist party after a political falling out, and became secretary general of Cambodia's largest opposition party.

Clinton's resounding words at the Vital Voices' Global Leadership Awards shine on Sochua and others in their struggle. But words are even more awesome when backed by actions.

A. Gaffar Peang-Meth, Ph.D., is retired from the University of Guam, where he taught political science for 13 years. Write him at peangmeth@yahoo.com

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Justice will prevail and Cambodians will soon enjoy, what people in the world have long been practicing, the simple due process of law in court. Best wishes to you. Your name will be recorded in history...

Anonymous said...

If you voted for CPP (Cambodian People's Party):

Also known as:

Communist Party of Kampuchea
Khmer Revolution Party
Khmer Rouge Party
Khmer Krorhorm Party = គណបក្ស ខ្មែរ ក្រហម

You're support the killing of 1.7 million innocent Khmer peoples from 1975 to 1979 in Cambodia.

You're support the killing at least sixteen innocent men, women and children on March 30, 1997 Grenade Attack in Cambodia.

You're support assassination of journalists in Cambodia.

You're support political assassination and killing in Cambodia.

You're support attempted assassination and murder of Chea Vichea (leader of the Free Trade Union of Cambodia).

You're support corruptions in Cambodia.

You're support murder of Piseth Pilika (Apsara Dancer).

You're support Hun Sen Khmer Rouge Regime burn poor people's house down to the ground and leave them homeless.


Hun Sen, Chea Sim and Heng Samrin was a former Khmer Rouge commanders.

Now, Hun Sen, Chea Sim and Heng Samrin are Khmer Rouge leaders, since their leader (Pol Pot) is dead.

From 1975 to 1979, these Khmer Rouge commanders responsible for killing 1.7 million innocent Khmer peoples in Cambodia.

From 1980 to present, these Khmer Rouge leaders responsible for killing innocent men, women and children on March 30, 1997, assassinated journalists, political assassination and killing, murder of Piseth Pilika (Hun Sen's affaire) and attempted assassinate and murder of leader of the Free Trade Union in Cambodia.

When is the ECCC going to bring these three criminals to U.N. Khmer Rouge Tribunal?

Khmer Rouge Regime is a genocide organization.

Hun Sen Khmer Rouge Regime is a terrorist organization.
Hun Sen's personal Bodyguards Unit (Brigade 70) is a terrorist organization.
Hun Sen Death Squad is a terrorist organization.
Cambodian People's Party is a terrorist organization.

I have declare the current Cambodian government which is lead by the Cambodian People's Party as a terrorist organization.

Whoever associate with the current Cambodian government are associate with a terrorist organization.


Khmer Rouge Regime had committed:

Torture
Execution
Massacre
Atrocities
War Crimes
Crimes Against Humanity
Starvations
Overwork to Death
Slavery
Rapes
Abuses
Assault and Battery


Cambodian People's Party Hun Sen Khmer Rouge Regime had committed:

Assassination
Murder
Killing
Extrajudicial Killings
Grenade Attack
Terrorism
Drive by Shooting
Torture
Intimidation
Death Threat
Threatening
Human Rights Abuses
Human Trafficking
Drugs Trafficking
Under Age Child Sex
Mass Evictions
Land Grabbing
Corruptions
Illegal Firearms
Illegal Logging
Acid Attacks
Abductions
Injustice
Steal Votes
Violate the Constitution


These are the Trade Marks of Hun Sen Khmer Rouge Regime.

Under Hun Sen Khmer Rouge Regime, no criminals that has been committed murder and all other crimes within Hun Sen Khmer Rouge's government have ever been brought to justice.


THE MARCH 30, 1997 GRENADE ATTACK IN CAMBODIA
Terrorism in Cambodia.
Killing at least sixteen innocent men, women and children.
Hun Sen's personal Bodyguards Unit (Brigade 70) was the suspects and was order by Hun Sen.
http://www.cambodiapolitic.org/doc_30_march_1997/30_march_97.htm

FBI INVESTIGATION
An FBI investigation concluded that Cambodian government officials were responsible for the attack.
http://www.cambodiapolitic.org/doc_30_march_1997/suspect.htm

U.S. SENATE INVESTIGATION
The U.S. Senate Foreign Committee concluded that Cambodian government officials were responsible for the attack.
http://www.cambodiapolitic.org/doc_30_march_1997/march_30_97_report.pdf

CHEA VICHEA ASSASSINATION
Leader of the Free Trade Union of Cambodia
The Cambodian government attempted to assassinate Chea Vichea and Sam Rainsy on March 30, 1997 Grenade Attack.
http://www.cambodiapolitic.org/Chea%20Vichea%20Photos/index.htm

PISETH PILIKA ASSASSINATION
The president of the Red Cross of Cambodia (Bun Rany) had order Hok Lundy to murder Piseth Pilika (Hun Sen's affaire).
Refer to STATEMENT OF HENG PEOV.
http://www.cambodiapolitic.org/New%20Piset%20Pilika/new_page_1.htm

STATEMENT OF HENG PEOV
Heng Peov hold position as the Police Commissioner of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
http://ia311543.us.archive.org/1/items/HengPoevStatementofHengPoev/Statement_of_Heng_Peov.pdf

UNDER AGE CHILD SEX
Cambodian People's Party Hun Sen Khmer Rouge Regime had committed under age child sex.
Svay Sitha is a senior government official from Cambodian People's Party.
Svay Sitha had a sexual relationship with Tat Marina, that was only 16 year old.

ACID ATTACK ON TAT MARINA
Cambodian People's Party Hun Sen Khmer Rouge Regime had committed acid attack.
"On December 5, 1999, Tat Marina, age 16, was severely disfigured in an acid attack in Phnom Penh. The attack was allegedly committed by Khun Sophal, the wife of a senior government official, Svay Sitha, because she was angry her husband had a sexual relationship with Tat Marina. Neither Khun Sophal nor those suspected of being her accomplices in the attack were brought to justice. Intense media publicity compelled the Phnom Penh Municipal Court to issue an arrest warrant for Khun Sophal for attempted murder, but the police claimed that they could not locate her, although journalists reported that she was living at home as usual."
Source: Human Rights Watch

TORTURE AND MURDER ON PRAK SITHA WHILE IN CUSTODY BY MISNISTRY OF INTERIOR OFFICIAL
Cambodian People's Party Hun Sen Khmer Rouge Regime had committed torture and murder.
"On the night of January 16, 2003, a street youth named Prak Sitha was beaten to death at the Ministry of Interior (MOI) headquarters after he was arrested and detained by off-duty MOI officers on suspicion of theft. His body - bearing numerous injuries to the head, torso, arms, and legs - was dumped at a Phnom Penh pagoda the following morning by ministry officers, in violation of police regulations regarding deaths in custody. No criminal charges were filed in connection with this death. In December 2004, the case was cited by the UN secretary-general's special representative for human rights in Cambodia - who stated that Prak Sitha died at the ministry "following beatings by a known police officer" - as an example of a "consistent and continuing pattern of impunity" in Cambodia."
Source: Human Rights Watch

PUT SAMPHORS WAS SHOT DEAD BY MEAN SOKCHEA, A RCAF MAJOR WORKING IN BRIGADE 70.
Hun Sen's personal Bodyguards Unit (Brigade 70) is a terrorist organization.
Hing Bunheang is a March 30, 1997 Grenade Attack suspect identified by the FBI.
Cambodian People's Party Hun Sen Khmer Rouge Regime had committed murder, again.
"On September 4, 2008, Mean Sokchea, a RCAF major working in Brigade 70, shot dead 21-year-old waitress Put Samphors at a restaurant in Kandal province. Mean Sokchea, in a drunken stupor, fired his gun and apparently mistakenly hit Put Samphors in the stomach. She was taken to a hospital but later died of her wounds. Mean Sokchea was detained by the police overnight but was then released, allegedly after intervention by Hing Bun Heang. Put Samphor's family received US$2,700 from Mean Sokchea, and the police told them that their daughter was shot while authorities were chasing robbers."
Source: Human Rights Watch

Hun Sen doesn't want the U.N. Khmer Rouge Tribunal Court to prosecute more than five Khmer Rouge leaders.
Because the Cambodian People's Party Hun Sen Khmer Rouge Regime are the Khmer Rouge leaders.
I have a question for Hun Sen Khmer Rouge's government.
Since Hun Sen Khmer Rouge's government likes to assassinate innocent Khmer peoples.
Does Hun Sen Khmer Rouge's government have any plan to assassinate the U.N. Khmer Rouge Tribunal 9 judges?

Information change without notice as it become available.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Uncle Peang for your insightful article.

[But standing next to Clinton was a 55-year-old Khmer woman, Mu Sochua, a mother of three daughters, herself a 2005 awardee of Vital Voices' Global Leadership Awards for Human Rights and Anti-Human Trafficking. She urged Clinton "to send a delegation to Cambodia to hear what the people have to say" in a country in which "life is still cheap.]