Archive for October, 2011

KI-Media2 KI Media Vietnam, Japan nuclear project intact despite Fukushima

31 October, 2011
nam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (L) is welcomed by his Japanese counterpart Yoshihiko Noda prior to their talks at Noda’s official residence in Tokyo October 31, 2011. REUTERS/Toru Yamanaka/Pool

TOKYO Oct 31 (Reuters) – Japan and Vietnam on Monday reaffirmed their plan to build a nuclear power plant in the Southeast Asian country using Japanese technology, even as Tokyo still struggles to put the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years under control.

Last October, energy-hungry Vietnam accepted Japan as a partner in the construction of two nuclear reactors in Ninh Thuan province in central Vietnam.

But in March, a massive earthquake and tsunami knocked out the cooling functions at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, 240 km (150 miles) northeast of Tokyo, triggering fuel rod meltdowns, explosions and radiation leakage.

A joint statement, released after Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda met with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung, said Japan was committed to enhance nuclear safety by sharing lessons learnt from the Fukushima accident.

“The Vietnamese side, welcoming such Japan’s efforts, … expressed its strong desire for the provisions of nuclear technologies from Japan,” the statement said.

“The Japanese side expressed its intention to provide Vietnam with the technologies that represent the world’s highest level of nuclear safety,” it added.

Exporting social infrastructure, such as high-speed railway systems and nuclear power generation systems, is a pillar of Japan’s ruling Democratic Party’s growth strategy.

But the Fukushima accident shattered the public’s trust on the safety of nuclear power generation and raised doubt over such strategy.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Yoko Nishikawa)

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KI-Media2 KI Media Facing Genocide (award-winning documentary film about Khieu Samphan) Screenings at Film Festival in Istanbul

31 October, 2011

Crime and Punishment Film Festival

in Istanbul

23-30 September 2011

Facing Genocide is directed by Story AB David Aronowitsch and Staffan Lindberg


Facing Genocidee – Khieu Samphan and Pol Pot A film by David Aronowitsch and Staffan Lindberg

The film Facing Genocide is a search into the personality of Khieu Samphan. He was the Head of state of one of the most brutal regimes ever, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. We have followed him one and half year before his arrest in 2007. He is soon facing a trial and is charged with Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes and Genocide. The film gives insight into his mindset, his life today and his close relation to Pol Pot. It is a unique story about an ex-leader the time before his arrest and before he is put on trial.

Others appearing in the film:

Theary Seng, lawyer and victim of the Khmer Rouge. She is Khieu Samphan’s antagonist in the film and also the voice of the victims.

Jacques Vergès, Khieu Samphan’s defence-lawyer often called the Devil’s advocate.

So Socheat, Khieu Samphan’s wife, who has been with him since the beginning of the seventies.

Nuon Chea, ideologist and Head of Security of the Khmer Rouge.

Festivals etc.

Göteborg International Film Festival 2010
The Norwegian Short Film Festival, Grimstad 2010
Nordisk Panorama – 5 Cities Film Festival, Bergen 2010
Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) 2010
Doc Lounge, the 19:th of October in Lund 2010
International Rome Film Festival 2010
Aarhus filmfestival 2010, Denmark
OSD.DOC – Östersunds dokumentärfestival 2010
Human Rights Human Wrongs Film Festival. Oslo, February 2011

Cinema Screenings Sweden etc.

Wednesday the 20:th of October in Stockholm, Zita/Folkets Bio and seminar with Theary Seng, survivor and lawyer, the UN-lawyer Hans Corell. Moderator Jesper Bengtsson, Reporters without borders.

Saturday the 23:th October in Stockholm, Zita/Folkets Bio and seminar with Theary Seng, survivor and lawyer, Moderator Jesper Bengtsson, Reporters without borders.

Sunday the 24:th of October in Stockholm, Zita/Folkets Bio and seminar screening with Peter Fröberg Idling, author of “Pol Pots leende”, Brittis Edman, specialist on Cambodia and responsible for South East Asia, Civil Rights Defenders. Moderator Jesper Bengtsson, Reporters without borders.

Tuesday the 26:th of October, Malmö, Panora Seminar and seminar with Staffan Lindberg and Johan Ekblad,Human Rights-specialist.

Wednesday the 27:th of October, Västerås, Elektra/ Folkets Bio and seminar with David Aronowitsch and Brittis Edman, responsible for South East Asia, Civil Rights Defenders. Moderator Jesper Bengtsson, Reporters without borders.

Thursday the 28:th of October, Göteborg, Hagabio/Folkets Bio, Hagabio and Q&A with David Aronowitsch Q&A.

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KI-Media2 KI Media Sihanouk: The great survivor turns 89

31 October, 2011


31 October 2011
By Milton Osborne
The Interpreter

“It is true that I have been an authoritarian head of state …” – Norodom Sihanouk

There surely is no greater survivor among international political figures of the past and present centuries than Norodom Sihanouk, now titled the King Father of Cambodia, who turns 89 today, or 90 by Cambodian reckoning. He returned to Phnom Penh last week after three months of medical treatment in Beijing and vowed never to leave Cambodia again.

Over more than half a century Sihanouk has been king (he has abdicated twice), prime minister and chief of state of his country. Ousted in a coup in 1970, he became the nominal head of the Khmer Rouge-dominated National United Front of Kampuchea fighting against the Khmer Republic. He was then briefly chief of state of Pol Pot’s Democratic Kampuchea.

Severing his ties with the Khmer Rouge after that regime’s overthrow in 1979, he finally returned to mount the Cambodian throne again in 1993 after playing a predictably complex role in the negotiations that led to the settlement of the Cambodian problem. He abdicated for the second time in 2004.

Born into the Cambodian royal family in 1922, Sihanouk never expected to become king. He was plucked from relative obscurity as a student at a colonial lycee in Saigon by the French and placed on the throne in 1941 at a time of deep crisis in their colonial possessions in Indochina.

The French felt sure they could manipulate the shy 19 year-old and until almost the end of the Second World War the French were largely correct in their estimation. But from 1946 they found they were dealing with a different man. He proved to be, as a French general observed and Sihanouk has never ceased to quote, ‘a madman of genius.’

I offered my own judgments on Sihanouk’s career up to 1994 in an unauthorised biography published in 1994 (Sihanouk: Prince of Light Prince of Darkness), but on this notable occasion Sihanouk’s unusually introspective judgment of himself in his memoir, Souvenirs Doux et Amers, published in 1981, is worth quoting:

It is true that I have been an authoritarian head of state, or more exactly a blend of Sukarno of Indonesia and Nasser of Egypt. But I have never been in the same class as Amin Dada of Uganda or Macias N’Guema of Equitorial Guinea, even less their undisputed master of cruelty, Pol Pot of Democratic Kampuchea. Neither have I been this insignificant and feckless ‘little king’ depicted by some right-wing French newspapers, which see me as a kind of ‘negro king’…with yellow skin…Quite simply, I am a man. With his good points and his bad. I am neither more or less virtuous than my brother men, created in the words of ‘Genesis’, in the image of God, but having to assume the inheritance of original sin.

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KI-Media2 KI Media Cambodia to borrow more for flood damage, rice plans -Phnom Penh is facing severe economic problem?

31 October, 2011

Monday, Oct 31, 2011

PHNOM PENH – Cambodia could borrow US$1.1 billion (S$1.37 billion) from other countries in 2012, 75 per cent more than this year, to help repair infrastructure damaged in flooding and support efforts to increase rice exports to 1 million tonnes by 2015, a senior official said on Monday.

Cheam Yeap, chairman of the Finance Commission, said the borrowing, which has to be approved by parliament, would come in the form of concessionary, 40-year loans at low interest rates.

He declined to say which countries might offer the loans but said that of Cambodian’s current debt of around $8 billion, some $6 billion was owed to its closest ally, China. Another $1.5 billion is owed to Russia and $317 million to the United States, he added.

Cheam Yeap said the draft 2012 budget, which also has to go before parliament, includes provisions for new spending of $2.69 billion, up from $2.4 billion this year.

As part of efforts to generate more revenue, the government in the poor Southeast Asian country intends to impose a tax on real estate and is looking at plans to start issuing bonds.

Cambodia is forecast to export 180,000 tonnes of rice in 2011, more than three times last year’s volume.

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KI-Media2 KI Media State Logistics Agency’s Search for Rice in Cambodia

31 October, 2011

Monday, 31 October, 2011
TEMPO Interactive

Jakarta:The Indonesian government does not only rely on countries like Vietnam and Thailand for rice supply. The State Logistics Agency (Bulog) also looks for supply in other countries which has sufficient reserves. Bulog CEO Soetarto Alimoeso said that his office is currently exploring the possibility to sign rice imports contract with Cambodia.

“We’ve gone through all [procedures]. I even have signed a contract with the Cambodian Trade Ministry,” Soetarto told TEMPO on Sunday. Soetarto said that he had met the Cambodian ambassador to Indonesia in order to discuss about cooperation in short-term and long-term rice provision.

Bulog considers Cambodia to have more than sufficient rice reserves. The country’s overproduction reached 2 million tonnes while there are only 14 million citizens in the country.


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KI-Media2 KI Media Cambodia Flood Victims Receive Food, Supplies

31 October, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Severe flooding in Cambodia now affects 17 of the country’s 24 provinces.

Volunteer teams from CBN International are working to get relief packages to victims.

Many of the aid recipients are farmers. The roads surrounding their remote villages are too flooded to allow them to reach food and other supplies.

Volunteers have distributed more than 3,000 relief packages, along with one ton of rice.

CBN is also providing a group of 35 orphans with daily meals. They’re living in temporary facilities until the flooding recedes.

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KI-Media2 KI Media Acid Attack Law Falls Short, Groups Say

31 October, 2011
Nov Rey, 50, an acid attack victim, looks on as she waits to sing during a performance by traditional Cambodian musicians, file photo. (Photo: AP)

Monday, 31 October 2011
Chun Sakada, VOA Khmer | Phnom Penh

“The law must have strong punishment for acid attackers to reduce acid attacks in Cambodia.”

Rights groups and other officials say the government has not gone far enough in drafting a law on acid attacks, by failing to include provisions for the treatment of victims or to ascribe punishments to those who hire attackers.

Acid attacks are a common form of retribution in Cambodia, often ordered by powerful men or women and carried out by hired assailants.

Rights groups say about half of the draft’s 27 articles need to be improved before the law is passed. The National Assembly expects to pass the law next week.

Horng Lairapo, head of the legal unit for the Cambodian Acid Survivors Network, said the law should provide permanent treatment support for attack victims, rather than just “primary treatment.”

The group now helps about 345 attack victims, he said.

Most victims often need lifelong treatment, he said. Each treatment can cost up to $1,000, he said, and a victim may need as many as 20 treatments.

Mu Sochua, a lawmaker for the opposition Sam Rainsy Party, said she supported permanent treatment for victims at state-run health centers or hospitals.

“Injuries by acid attack affect human beauty and feelings,” she said. “So the national budget must respond to these problems.”

Am Sam Ath, lead investigator for the rights group Licadho, said the state needs to train professional medical doctors for the effective treatment of acid burns, particularly in health centers and state hospitals.

Cheam Yiep, a lawmaker for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, said the draft law in fact allows for further treatment of victims, where severe cases would be moved to provincial hospitals for “long term treatment.”

Som Bunnarith, a 40-year-old who was blinded by an acid attack in 2006, allegedly by a jealous wife, said he was happy there will now be a law to support victims.

“The law must have strong punishment for acid attackers to reduce acid attacks in Cambodia,” he said. “I want the law to punish acid offenders very seriously.”

However, Am Sam Ath said the law falls short because it does not have provisions to punish the people who order acid attacks.

“Articles 14 to 24 state the punishments for the direct acid attacker, but we do not see punishment for the acid attack conspirator or initiator,” he said. “We’re urging the National Assembly to rethink these articles.”

The law calls for between two to five years for assailants, but Son Chhay, an SRP lawmaker, said this was not enough.

Cheam Yiep said conspirators would also be punished, even if there is no language in the law, according to the constitution.

Kim Leng, a 27-year-old attack victim who suffered burns along her right hand, neck, chest and thigh, after she ended an engagement, said the law must provide more punishment.

“I want the acid attacker punished by more than 30 years in prison,” she said.

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KI-Media2 KI Media Arrest warrant issued against Dr. Sun Pheakdey, a former advisor of Chea Xim, for falsification of public document

31 October, 2011
Sun Pheakdey

តុលាការចេញដីកា ចាប់ខ្លួនបណ្ឌិត ស៊ន់ ភក្ដី ពីបទក្លែងបន្លំឯកសារ សាធារណៈ

Monday, 31 October 2011
ដោយ ៖ ស៊ន សុភក្ដ្រ

Synopsis: On 15 September 2011, the Kandal police received an arrest warrant from the Kandal provincial court to arrest Dr. Sun Pheakdey for falsification of public documents. Sun Pheakdey is well known for cheating and the king issued an order to remove his title of advisor to Chea Xim. A few years ago, he was also involved in a cheating case where workers wanting to work in South Korea had to pay several hundreds of dollars of bogus fees. On 15 September 2011, the cops raided the “higher” education center owned by Sun Pheakdey and they arrested a number of employees working there for faking student identifications.

ភ្នំពេញ ៖ កម្លាំងនគរបាល ខេត្ដកណ្ដាល បានទទួលដីកា បញ្ជាពីចៅក្រមស៊ើប អង្កេត សាលាដំបូង ខេត្ដកណ្ដាល ឱ្យតាម ចាប់ខ្លួន បណ្ឌិត ស៊ន់ ភក្ដី ពីបទក្លែងបន្លំឯកសារ សាធារណៈ កាលពីថ្ងៃទី១៥ ខែកញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ ២០១១ ដែល ប្រព្រឹត្ដទៅនៅ ភូមិដើមមៀន សង្កាត់ដើមមៀន ក្រុងតាខ្មៅ ខេត្ដកណ្ដាល ។

សូមបញ្ជាក់ថា បណ្ឌិតស៊ន់ ភក្ដី ដែល ល្បីល្បាញ ក្នុងអំពើឆបោករូបនេះ កាលពី ពេលកន្លងទៅ ត្រូវបានព្រះមហាក្សត្រ ត្រាស់ បង្គាប់ដកតួនាទីជាទីប្រឹក្សាសម្ដេចប្រធាន ព្រឹទ្ធសភាជា ស៊ីម ។

យោងតាមដីកា បង្គាប់ឱ្យចាប់ខ្លួនរបស់ ចៅក្រមស៊ើប សួរសាលាដំបូងខេត្ដកណ្ដាល លោកកេង សុម៉ារិទ្ធ ចុះថ្ងៃទី២៤ ខែតុលា ឆ្នាំ២០១១ ដែលមជ្ឈមណ្ឌលព័ត៌មានដើម អម្ពិលទទួលបាននៅថ្ងៃចន្ទទី៣១ ខែតុលា ឆ្នាំ២០១១ បានបញ្ជាក់ថា ឈ្មោះស៊ន់ ភក្ដី ភេទប្រុស អាយុ៤៨ឆ្នាំ មានទីលនៅបច្ចុប្បន្ន ក្នុងភូមិដើមមៀន សង្កាត់ដើមមៀន ក្រុង តាខ្មៅ ខេត្ដកណ្ដាល ត្រូវចោទប្រកាន់ពី បទក្លែងបន្លំឯកសារសាធារណៈ ប្រព្រឹត្ដ ទៅកាលពីថ្ងៃទី១៥ ខែកញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ២០១១ បទល្មើស ដែលមានចែងឱ្យផ្ដន្ទាទោសតាម បញ្ញត្ដិមាត្រា៩២៩ នៃក្រមព្រហ្មទណ្ឌ ។

យោងតាមដីកាខាងលើ បានបង្គាប់ទៅ ភ្នាក់ងារមានសមត្ថកិច្ចឱ្យចាប់ខ្លួនឈ្មោះស៊ន់ ភក្ដី ដើម្បីចៀសវាងជននេះ បំផ្លាញភស្ដុតាង គៀបសង្កត់សាក្សី ឬកៀបសង្កត់ជនរងគ្រោះ និងដើម្បីបញ្ចប់បទល្មើសកុំឱ្យកើតឡើងជា ថ្មី ។

សូមបញ្ជាក់ថា កាលពីថ្ងៃទី១៥ ខែកញ្ញា ឆ្នាំ២០១១ កម្លាំងនគរបាលខេត្ដកណ្ដាលជា ច្រើននាក់ បានចុះទៅដល់សាលាអប់រំ ជាន់ ខ្ពស់ របស់បណ្ឌិតស៊ន់ ភក្ដី ដោយឃាត់ខ្លួន បុគ្គលិកមួយចំនួនពីបទក្លែងបន្លំធ្វើអត្ដសញ្ញាណដល់កូនសិស្ស ។

បណ្ឌិតស៊ន់ ភក្ដីនេះ ក៏ធ្លាប់មានរឿង អាស្រូវកាលពីប៉ុន្មានឆ្នាំមុនផងដែរ បន្ទាប់ពី ជននេះបានបោកប្រាស់ពលករ យកលុយរាប់ រយដុល្លារជាថ្នូរនឹងការផ្ដល់ឱកាសមួយទៅ ធ្វើការនៅប្រទេសកូរ៉េ ប៉ុន្ដែទីបំផុតសុទ្ធតែ ជាការបោកប្រាស់ ។ អំឡុងការចុះបង្ក្រាប របស់សមត្ថកិច្ចខេត្ដកណ្ដាល នៅសាលាអប់រំ ជាន់ខ្ពស់ ក្នុងសង្កាត់ដើមមៀន ជនសង្ស័យ រូបនេះ មិនបាននៅកន្លែងកើតហេតុនោះទេ គឺរត់គេចខ្លួនបាត់ ហើយបច្ចុប្បន្នមិនដឹងស្ថិត នៅទីណានោះទេ ខណៈកម្លាំងសមត្ថកិច្ច ជំនាញ កំពុងតាមចាប់ខ្លួន ៕

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KI-Media2 KI Media PEACE or JUSTICE? A false choice!

31 October, 2011

Reconciling Peace with Justice:
Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Cambodia
Theary C. Seng
Helmut Stern Auditorium, University of Michigan
7 P.M. Thursday, 13 January 2011
Filmed for broadcast on Michigan public television.

While in central Sweden as a “resource person” (trainer/facilitator) on Justice and Forgiveness sessions of the Folke Bernadotte Academy, Ms. Seng Theary encountered many questions from the participants regarding the tension between Peace and Justice.

Theary Seng, contemplating turning 41 in January and in constant awe of the Kew-Kew, Kew-Kew!
(Kingdoom of Extraordinary Wonders or “Kew”, pronounced “coo” and when in great excitement, the re-iterations above!)

Read the full speech here…


In sum, only hindsight and a bit of distance will allow us to really assess the legacy / implications of this ECCC for Cambodia and for international law. However, we know enough of where we need to shape or re-direct the process in order to bring about POSITIVE legacies/impacts from this very flawed construct that is the ECCC.

One area we can impact the greatest change and bring about positive legacies is in the “court of public opinion”, where the people are the “judges” and are not inhibited by rules of procedure, evidentiary rules or the archaic, arcane legal language, preserved for the understanding of a few.

I’ve been emphasizing the importance of the ECCC in the court of public opinion. These benefits come from the fact there is a court of law. As such, there are several novel and challenging issues of legal nature which are being grappled by this Court. As the legal legacy is still being written, we should all weigh in from our respective fields and from whatever part of the world we find ourselves.

For the last 30 years since the end of the Khmer Rouge regime, we have had a fragile peace in the absence of war or tension. Some have argued that we need to preserve this peace by doing away with justice, for legal prosecution will break this peace.

However, we know that there are times when “creative tension” is necessary to bring about positive change. In Cambodia, we have this “creative tension” in the form of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in helping us to reconcile our past with our present, to reconcile peace with justice – a peace that is more just the absence of war but embraces “creative tension” and a justice that goes beyond legal accountability to embrace social justice, poetic justice, horizontal/vertical justice and other transitional justice mechanisms and values such as healing, reconciliation and forgiveness.

Simply put: ‘Peace’ or ‘justice’ is a false choice. It is peace with justice.

The legacy of the reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in all of this is not only his giving eloquence to these values but it is a living legacy that reverberates in the lives of generations since the Civil Rights movement and not limited to America but all over the world, even as far away as the killing fields of Cambodia.

There is hope in the despair and the challenges.

Thus, I conclude with this encouragement, in the words of Dr. King: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”

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