Sunday, January 18, 2009

Thai soldiers threatened Cambodian workers two days consecutively

These Thai soldiers were seen crossed 50 metres deep inside Khmer territory at Choam Sa'ngam on the 13th and 14th of January.
17th January, 2009
Translated from Khmer by Khmerization

On 13th and 14th January, 2009, 15 heavily-armed black-clad and paramilitary Thai soldiers led by a soldier named Kaiphon have crossed into Cambodian territory at Choam Sa'gam International Checkpoint opposite Phu Sing district of Sisaket province and threatened and forbade Khmer workers from Oknha Lim Heng's company not to dismantle the old fence and build a new concrete fence near Choam Sa'ngam Checkpoint in Anlong Veng district, Oddor Meanchey province. The dismantling of the old fence and the building of a new fence was in preparation for the construction of a new casino.

Cambodian armed soldiers have intervened to stop the Thai soldiers from threatening the Khmer workers and have negotiated for them to leave peacefully, and the company has postponed the building of the new fence. The Thai said that the area is situated on the borderline which has not been clearly demarcated yet. But the Cambodian side claimed that the area is situated deep inside Khmer territory, If it is situated on the borderline, how can the old fence was built in the first place? (Read the main story here).


Anonymous said...

Where the hell is Hun Sen's bodyguard unit? Why didn't he send his soldiers to protect our borders? The Cambodian soldiers should shoot the Thai soldiers when they violated our territorial integrity by crossing 50 metres deep into our territory.

Anonymous said...

Ah Hun Sen has been dead already!!!

Anonymous said...

7:22AM Hun Sen hospitalize in Kuwait,
car crashed please let all Phnom Penh people know ,he might not be able to come back Phnom Penh.
Sad news for Cambodian people.

Anonymous said...

8:43am, I heard that Hun Sen has already returned to Cambodia, so how can he had an accident in Kuwait? But if what you said is true, then it would the best news the Cambodian people have heard for more than a century.

Anonymous said...

With Thailand accused, India says hundreds feared dead at sea
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Digg Facebook Newsvine Reddit StumbleUpon Technorati Yahoo! Bookmarks Print 14 mins ago AFP/HO – This photo released on January 18, shows illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar eating their … PORT BLAIR, India (AFP) – India said Sunday that hundreds of people were missing at sea, believed to be part of a wave of boat people allegedly dragged out to the middle of the ocean by Thailand and left to die.

Thailand has denied the accusations, but accounts of survivors and the latest reports from the Indian coast guard have piled the pressure on Bangkok, and the Thai government said it would meet rights groups on Monday.

The Thai navy is accused of detaining the migrants, from a Muslim ethnic minority in Myanmar, after they washed up on the Thai coast -- and then towing them to sea and leaving them to their fate.

India's coast guard said Sunday it had rescued hundreds of the refugees from the Rohingya ethnic group, who live along the border of Myanmar and Bangladesh, but that hundreds more were feared lost.

"They said they were taken to an island off the Thai coast and beaten up before being forced into boats and pushed into the high seas," said Ranjit Narayan, a police official on India's remote Andaman and Nicobar islands.

"We fear several hundred are still missing," coast guard commander S.P. Sharma told AFP. He said India had rescued 446 refugees from four boats since the end of December.

Those figures are in line with those of the Sunday Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper, which said it had compiled a toll of 538 missing or dead.

Sharma said the migrants said they had been arrested by Thai officials and set adrift without engines or navigational equipment.

"Some survivors also said their boat was towed out to sea by the Thai navy and given two sacks of boiled rice and two gallons of water before being abandoned in the middle of the sea," he said.

The Bangkok Post newspaper on Sunday carried accounts from survivors.

"We were tied up and put into a boat without an engine... we were then towed into the high seas by a motor boat and set adrift," a man named as Zaw Min told the paper.

Thailand is facing a brutal separatist insurgency in the south of the country that has left more than 3,500 people dead in the last five years, and the government would be sensitive about any mass influx of migrants.

But the Thai navy and other government officials have denied the accusations.

"Authorities followed the regular process when arresting the illegal migrants," navy spokesman Captain Prachachart Sirisawat told AFP.

Yet mounting photographic evidence, and accounts from Western tourists who have recently visited the beautiful sun-dappled islands on Thailand's Andaman coast, have supported the charges.

Media reports have shown photographs of people on a beach with their hands trussed above their heads.

The United Nations refugee agency said it had contacted the Thai government when the allegations first surfaced last week.

"We requested the Thai government take all measures necessary to make sure the lives of the Rohingyas are not put at risk ... We have not had any response yet," said Kitty McKinsey, Asia Pacific spokeswoman for the UNHCR.

If the allegations turned out to be true, McKinsey said, Thailand "would be breaching the very basic human rights conventions -- the basic right to life, putting people's lives at risk by towing them out to sea."

The Rohingya are stateless and face persecution from Myanmar's military regime, forcing thousands into rickety boats each year to try to escape poverty and oppression and head to Muslim-majority Malaysia.

David Mathieson, an expert on Myanmar with New York-based Human Rights Watch, said Thailand had for the past few years taken a harsh stance on Rohingya landing on its shores, in part because they wanted to discourage further migration of the group through Thailand.

There were also fears that some are mercenaries trying to join the separatist insurgency, although Mathieson said there was little evidence to back up those claims.

"These are really serious allegations that need to be investigated

Anonymous said...

They are not Hun Sen bodyguards as you said. They are the Khmer Soldiers or our Khmer Soldier. The Khmer soldier on the border know their duties. It is easy to say, just to shoot, when someone like you don't have any responsible.

Anonymous said...

8:39pm, Hun Sen has about 1500 personal bodyguards equipped with machine guns, anti-aircraft artillery, one helicopter, 20 military trucks, 10 tanks, 5 armoured personnel carriers, one TV station and one radio station inside his Tiger Den (his house at) Toul Krasaing.

Regarding shooting the Thai soldiers, you must look at the clashes on 15/10/08. After those clashes the Thai never encroached again. The Thai soldiers were able to prevent the Thai invasion of Preah Vihear because the Khmer leaders asked them to remain silent, calm and not to do anything. If they are ordered to shoot then the Thai will never come in in the first place.