Saturday, February 28, 2015

ហ៊ុន-សែន ក្បថជាតិ
ម៉េចក៏មិនមើល សន្ធិសញ្ញា? ព្រោះវាខ្វាក់!
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លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ចោទ​សួរ​ស្ថាបនិក​កិច្ច​ព្រម​ព្រៀង​សន្តិភាព​ទីក្រុង​ប៉ារីស​រឿង​រិះគន់
Fri, 27 February 2015


ភ្នំពេញៈ កាលពី​ម្សិល​មិញ​លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋ​មន្ត្រី ហ៊ុន សែន បាន​ឆក់​យក​ឱកាស​បើក​សន្និសីទ​អន្តរជាតិ​ធំ​មួយ​នៅ​រាជធានី​ភ្នំពេញ បញ្ចេញ​មតិ​ដោយ​ធ្វើ​ការ​ចោទ​ជា​សំណួរ ត្រង់ៗ​ជា​សាធារណៈ​ចំពោះ​លោក Gareth Evans អតីត​រដ្ឋ​មន្ត្រី​ការ​បរទេស​អូស្ត្រាលី និង​ជា​ស្ថាបនិក​កិច្ច​ព្រម​ព្រៀង​សន្តិភាព​ទីក្រុង​ប៉ារីស នៅ​ដើម​ទសវត្សរ៍ ១៩៩០ ទាក់ទង​លើ​មូលហេតុ​ដែល​គាត់​បាន​វាយ​ប្រហារ​នាយក​រដ្ឋ​មន្ត្រី ក្នុង​អត្ថបទ​មួយ​កាលពី​ឆ្នាំ​មុន។
លោក Evans ដែល​ធ្លាប់​គេ​ហៅ​ថា «បិតា​កម្ពុជា» ដោយ​លោក ឈាង វុន តំណាង​រាស្ត្រ​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន អង្គុយ​ទាំង​ឆ្គាំ​ឆ្គង​ពីក្រោយ​លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋ​មន្ត្រី​ខណៈ​ដែល​លោក​នាយក​ រដ្ឋ​មន្ត្រី​ថ្លែង​សុន្ទរកថា​បើក​សន្និសីទ​រយៈ​ពេល ២ ថ្ងៃ ស្តីពី​ទ្រឹស្តី (ការ​ទទួល​ខុស​ត្រូវ​ក្នុង​ការ​ការពារ) នៅ​ឯ​សណ្ឋាគារ Sofitel Phokeethra
បែរ​ខ្លួន ហើយ​មើល​ចំ​លោក Evans នៅ​ចំពោះ​មុខ​អង្គទូត នានា ឥស្សរជន និង​អ្នក​សិក្សា​ស្រាវជ្រាវ​បរទេស​ជាច្រើន​នាក់ រួម​មាន​លោក Alison Burrows ឯក​អគ្គ​រាជទូត​អូស្ត្រាលី លោក ហ៊ុន សែន បាន​សួរ​ចំៗ​ថា ហេតុ​អ្វី​លោក​Evans លែង​ចង់​ធ្វើ​ជា​មិត្ត ដែល​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​លោក Evans មិន​សុខ​ស្រួល ហើយ​ធ្វើ​ឲ្យ​អ្នក​ចូល​រួម​មាន​ការ​ភ្ញាក់​ផ្អើល។
ដោយ​សំដៅ​លើ​មតិ​យោបល់ ដែល​លោក Evans បាន​សរសេរ​កាល​ពី ខែ​កុម្ភៈ ឆ្នាំ​មុន ដែល​ថា រដ្ឋាភិបាល​រួច​ផុត​ពី​អំពើ​មនុស្សឃាត លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋ​មន្ត្រី​មាន​ប្រសាសន៍​ថា៖ «ខ្ញុំ​មិន​ដឹង​ថា លោក​មាន​ជំងឺ​អ្វី​ទេ ហេតុ​អ្វី​លោក​រិះគន់​ខ្ញុំ​ឆ្នាំ​មុន។ ខ្ញុំ​មិន​ដឹង​ថា តើ​លោក​និយាយ​វា​មែន ឬ​ប្រព័ន្ធ​ផ្សព្វ​ផ្សាយ​ធ្វើ​ការ​ផ្សព្វ​ផ្សាយ​ខុស [ព្រោះ] យើង​ជា​មិត្ត​យូរ​អង្វែង»
បន្ទាប់​មក លោក ហ៊ុន សែន បាន​រំឭក​ពី​ពេល​វេលា ដែល​រូប​លោក និង​លោក Evans បាន​ចំណាយ​ពេល​វេលា​ជាមួយ​គ្នា ប៉ុន្មាន​ឆ្នាំ រហូត​ដល់​កិច្ច​ព្រម​ព្រៀង​ទីក្រុង​ប៉ារីស ឆ្នាំ​១៩៩១ ដែល​ជា​មូលដ្ឋាន​គ្រឹះ​នៃ​ការ​បោះឆ្នោត ឆ្នាំ​១៩៩៣ ដែល​ឧបត្ថម្ភ​ដោយ​អង្គការ​សហ​ប្រជាជាតិ។
លោក​នាយក​រ​ដ្ឋមន្ត្រី​បាន​រិះគន់​លោក Evans និង​សហគមន៍​អន្តរជាតិ​ចំពោះ​ការ​ស្ទាក់​ស្ទើរ​របស់​ពួកគេ​ក្នុង​ការ​លើក​ឡើង ​នូវ​ពាក្យ «បង្ការ​កុំ​ឲ្យ​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​វិល​ត្រឡប់​មក​វិញ»
លោក​បាន​សួរ​សំណួរ​ថា៖ «ហេតុ​អ្វី [លោក Gareth] មិន​ហ៊ាន​និយាយ​ពី​ការ​ជំនុំ​ជម្រះ​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម នៅ​ពេល​នោះ? តើ​ពិភពលោក​ខ្លាច​អ្វី? តើ​ប្រទេស​ធំ​ទាំង ៥ ខ្លាច​អ្វី
កិច្ច​ព្រម​ព្រៀង ដែល​បាន​ចុះ​ហត្ថលេខា​ដោយ​ក្រុម​កម្ពុជា​ទាំង​អស់​ដែល​ធ្វើ​សង្គ្រាម​នឹង​ គ្នា ក្នុង​នោះ រួម​មាន​ពួក​កុម្មុយនីស្ត​ជ្រុល​និយម បែរ​ជា​លើក​ឡើង​ពី​អំពើ​ព្រៃផ្សៃ​ខ្មែរ​ក្រហម​ថា​ជា «គោល​នយោបាយ និង​ការ​អនុវត្ត​កាល​ពី​អតីតកាល» ទៅ​វិញ។
លោក ហ៊ុន សែន បាន​បន្ត​ថា៖ «ខ្ញុំ​មាន​អារម្មណ៍​ថា មិន​ស័ក្តិសម​ទេ​ដែល​លោក Gareth Evans រិះគន់​ខ្ញុំ។ យើង​មាន​ការ​ចងចាំ​ជាច្រើន ធ្វើ​ការ​ជាមួយ​គ្នា លោក និង​ខ្ញុំ​គឺជា​ដៃគូ​ក្នុង​ការ​ចរចា»។ លោក​បាន​រំឭក​ពី​ការ​ចរចា​នៅ​ពេល​យប់​ជ្រៅ​ក្នុង​កិច្ច​ប្រជុំ​ក្រៅ​ផ្លូវ​ ការ​នៅ ហ្សាការតា នៅ​ចុង​ទស្សវត្សរ៍ ឆ្នាំ​១៩៨០។
លោក​បន្ថែម​ថា៖ «យើង​បាន​ហូប​បាយ​នៅ ទីក្រុង​ស៊ីដនី។ លោក​បើក​ឡាន​ខ្លួន​ឯង ប្រពន្ធ​ខ្ញុំ និង​ខ្ញុំ​ក្នុង​ឡាន​យើង។ យើង​រាក់​ទាក់​គ្នា។ ប៉ុន្តែ​ឥឡូវ​នេះ​លោក​មិន​ចង់​ជា​មិត្ត​ទៀត​ទេ​ឬ
លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋ​មន្ត្រី​បាន​ព្យាយាម​បន្ថយ​ភាព​តាន​តឹង ដោយ​បន្ថែម​ថា លោក​គ្រាន់​តែ​និយាយ​លេង​ទេ ប៉ុន្តែ​លោក​បន្ថែម​ថា ចំពោះ​ចំណុច​ខ្លះ «ខ្ញុំ​មិន​និយាយ​លេង​ទេ វា​ជា​ការ​ពិត
អ្នក​ទាំង​ពីរ​បាន​ចាប់​ដៃ​គ្នា ហើយ​និយាយ​ប៉ុន្មាន​ម៉ាត់ នៅ​ពេល​លោក ហ៊ុន សែន ថ្លែង​សុន្ទរកថា​ចប់។
លោក Evans ដែល​បច្ចុប្បន្ន​គឺជា​សាកល​វិទ្យាធិការ​នៅ​សាកល​វិទ្យាល័យ​ជាតិ​អូស្ត្រាលី បាន​រក្សា​ទំនាក់​ទំនង​ជិត​ស្និទ្ធ​ជាមួយ​នឹង​លោក ហ៊ុន សែន បន្ទាប់​ពី​សម័យ​អ៊ុនតាក់។
ប៉ុន្តែ ក្នុង​មតិ​យោបល់ ដែល​ចុះ​ផ្សាយ​ក្នុង ភ្នំពេញ ប៉ុស្តិ៍ និង​កាសែត​ជាច្រើន​ដទៃ​ទៀត​កាលពី ១ ឆ្នាំ​មុន លោក Evans បាន​ឲ្យ​ដឹង​ថា ពេល​វេលា​មក​ដល់​ហើយ​ក្នុង​ការ​កំណត់​ឈ្មោះ ស៊ើប​អង្កេត និង​ដាក់​ទណ្ឌកម្ម​លើ​មេ​ដឹក​នាំ​នយោបាយ​កម្ពុជា ដោយ​សហគមន៍​អន្តរជាតិ។
លោក​សរសេរ​ថា៖ «រយៈ​ពេល​យូរ​មក​ហើយ លោក ហ៊ុន សែន និង​សហ​សេវិក​របស់​លោក​បាន​រួច​ផុត​ពី​ការ​ទទួល​ខុស​ត្រូវ​ចំពោះ​អំពើ​ ហិង្សា ការ​រំលោភ​សិទិ្ធ​មនុស្ស អំពើ​ពុក​រលួយ និង​ការ​ប្រើ​ប្រាស់​ប្រព័ន្ធ​ផ្សព្វ​ផ្សាយ និង​លួច​បន្លំ​សន្លឹក​ឆ្នោត ដោយ​មិន​មាន​បញ្ហា​ប្រឈម​ផ្ទៃ​ក្នុង ឬ​ផ្ទៃ​ក្រៅ​ធ្ងន់​ធ្ងរ»
លោក Evans បាន​ថ្លែង​ថា ខណៈ​ដែល​លោក ហ៊ុន សែន បាន «រឹត​ត្បិត​ការ​រិះគន់​ជា​សាធារណៈ» ជា​យូរ​មក​ហើយ ដោយ​សង្ឃឹម​ថា ស្ថាន​ការណ៍​អាច​ប្រែ​ប្រួល ឥរិយាបថ​របស់​គណបក្ស​ប្រជាជន​កម្ពុជា​បាន​ឈាន​ហួស​ពី​បែប​ផែន​ស៊ីវីល័យ។
លោក ស្ថាបនិក​សន្ដិភាព​ទីក្រុង​បារីស រូប​នេះ​បាន​បដិសេធ​មិន​ធ្វើ​ការ​អត្ថាធិប្បាយ​លម្អិត​ទេ នៅ​ឯ​សន្និសីទ។ លោក​ថា៖ «ខ្ញុំ​គ្រាន់​តែ​សប្បាយ​ចិត្ត​ដែល​ដឹង​ថា លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋ​មន្ត្រី​អាន​អត្ថបទ​របស់​ខ្ញុំ»
លោក​នាយក​រដ្ឋ​មន្ត្រី​ក៏​បាន​ប្រើ​ប្រាស់​វិទីកា​កាល​ពី​ម្សិល​មិញ ដើម្បី​បញ្ជាក់​ជា​ថ្មី​នូវ​ការ​ប្រឆាំង​ដាច់​ខាត​ចំពោះ​សាលា​ក្តី​ខ្មែរ​ ក្រហម​ដែល​គាំទ្រ​ដោយ​អង្គការ​សហ​ប្រជាជាតិ ចាត់​ការ​រឿង​ក្តី​បន្ថែម​ទៀត។
លោក Mark Harmon សហ​ចៅក្រម​ស៊ើប​អង្កេត​អន្តរជាតិ បាន​ចេញ​ដីកា​មួយ​ឲ្យ​នាំ​ខ្លួន​ជន​សង្ស័យ អឹម ចែម ក្នុង​សំណុំ​រឿង ០០៤ មក​តុលាការ ដែល​អាជ្ញាធរ​មូលដ្ឋាន​មិន​អនុវត្ត​តាម​ទេ។
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'Transitioning Cambodia' Photos Show Vanishing Worlds Behind Rapid Development
The Huffington Post  |  By Charlotte Alfred
Posted: 02/25/2015 10:49 am EST Updated: 02/25/2015 10:59 am EST

Until just a few years ago, Boeung Kak Lake in the capital city of Phnom Penh was a prime tourist location and home to thousands of Cambodians. Today, it lies under the sand.
In 2007, a company owned by well-connected Cambodians received a lease to develop the land around the lake. Just a year after it took control, the company started pumping the landmark full of sand, making way for a high-end building project. Thousands of people were forcibly evicted in the process.

A resident of Boeung Kak rows a wooden boat against a storm moving in over Phnom Penh on July 7, 2011. The new buildings of the Council of Ministers and the office of the prime minister can be seen in the background.
The upheaval in Phnom Penh is one of the subjects of the forthcoming photography book Transitioning Cambodia, a collaboration between photojournalist Nicolas Axelrod, journalist Denise Hruby and designer Fani Llaurado. The book covers modern development in Cambodia and the effects on its society and landscape.
"For the hundreds of families that were violently evicted from their homes in the city center, development meant that they were relocated to barren plots of land. Schools, health-care centers, markets or any income opportunity were out of reach," Hruby writes in an article about the book for the Asian Correspondent. "The ones who fought for their land were violently suppressed, driven out of their homes with tear gas and water canons."
Axelrod has been documenting the rapid pace of development in Cambodia and its impact on the country since 2008. After covering the situation in Boeung Kak, he started photographing other Cambodian communities facing eviction, as well as the emerging middle class who moved in to take their place.
"It’s a phase of Cambodia that we will never see again," Axelrod told Voice of America Khmer. "It’s impressive how quickly the middle class has grown and there is so much more wealth than before. But what worries me and what I am scared of is that a lot of people have been left out in this change," he said.
Take a look at a selection of Axelrod's work below, and go to the Transitioning Cambodia crowdfunding campaign to support the book.











Wednesday, February 25, 2015


World War 3 has begun








‘I will come back,’ says deported activist
Wed, 25 February 2015


Referring to Cambodia as “my country”, Alex Gonzalez-Davidson, a vocal environmental activist and Spanish national who was deported Monday, yesterday vowed to return and continue his struggle to save the Areng Valley.
“I am a Cambodian and I have been illegally exiled from my country for speaking the truth and defending our country’s natural resources,” the anti-dam activist told the Post in a Facebook message from an undisclosed location. “I will come back, that is for sure. The only thing I don’t know for sure is when.”
Gonzalez-Davidson, co-foun­der of NGO Mother Nature and a beloved figure among Cambodian environmentalists, was put on a plane to Spain via Bangkok on Monday night, after the government arrested him after first refusing to renew his visa.
While his spirits are low following his banishment, Gonzalez-Davidson said the struggle to stop a proposed Chinese-built dam in Koh Kong’s Areng Valley will continue.
“There is nothing stopping us from doing more videos and informing the Cambodian people that their ‘government’ is basically forcing our country to commit ecological suicide,” Gonzalez-Davidson said, referring to the planned Cheay Areng dam.
Social media reaction to the deportation has been sharp and abundant among his supporters, who shared reports of his arrest on Facebook thousands of times.
If Gonzalez-Davidson’s deportation was intended to end the debate on the Areng dam, it may have had the opposite effect, with numerous strongly worded comments calling for the ouster of Prime Minister Hun Sen.
Comments such as “Come on all Khmer people we must get up to stop stupid Hun Sen [from] deport[ing] Alex please,” and “[Hun Sen] should be ousted out of his position by force. Cambodia country don’t need this kind of leadership” appeared on Facebook, below a Post story of Gonzalez-Davidson’s detention on Monday.
Other commenters weighed in on Mother Nature’s Facebook page with messages ranging from sorrow at his departure, to calls for further action.
“Thank you ALEX we miss you already please don’t give up on Cambodia,” one posted.
Another, called on Cambodians to sign on to a petition lobbying the International Criminal Court to take action against Hun Sen.
“Stop Crying for Alex or Khmer homeless or our Motherland! Just sign the damn ICC petition, We need only 500, 000 signatures to freeze Hun Sen and his tycoon families!!!” the poster said.
The online outcry comes about six months after a working group drafting a cybercrime law met to consider how Cambodia could “correct immoral wording on the internet”.
While the government is monitoring comments on social media, there are no current plans to penalise anyone for making inflammatory statements against government figures, Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said yesterday.
“We will not react to anything,” Siphan said, while adding that inciting actual crimes could result in legal action.

Contact authors: Sean Teehan and Kevin Ponniah





In Cambodia, It’s Not Really Domestic Violence Until The Women Bleed
A loophole in Cambodia’s domestic violence law leaves women unprotected. Jina Moore reports from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for BuzzFeed News.
Posted on Feb. 24, 2015, at 1:40 p.m.



PHNOM PENH — It didn’t come out of nowhere, the machete-swinging that night. Mann Samnos’ husband of 10 years was angry. More than angry. She’d seen so much of his ordinary anger, the yelling and name-calling and other emotional abuse. She’d seen him flame with jealousy if he thought she’d talked to a male neighbor and scream. This night, with the machete, this was something else. Not jealousy, not frustration. “It was more like something possessed him,” Mann remembered, speaking to BuzzFeed News on a dock in Phnom Penh.
He had woken up and attacked the bed where she was lying; he chopped chairs and pillows. He lunged for her face and brought the dull end down on her head. She pleaded for her life and, when her 8- and 12-year-old children woke up crying, she pleaded for theirs. “I will kill you!” he yelled in response. “I will kill you!”
But if he hadn’t chopped off three of Mann’s fingers, chances are that nothing that happened that night would have been treated as a crime.
“Basically you can get hit on the head with a machete, but unless there’s blood, it isn’t a crime,” said Robin Mauney, a gender expert who has been working on the issue of violence against women in Cambodia for 20 years.
Technically, everything Mann suffered that night — and the emotional abuse she suffered for a full year before — violates Cambodia’s 10-year-old domestic violence law. All kinds of abuse, from taunts and threats to emotional manipulation, technically break that law — but only assaults that draw blood, break bones, or leave bruises can be legally punished.
That’s because those kind of “serious” assaults violate Cambodia’s penal code, the law that categorizes and criminalizes physical assaults. The domestic violence law, however, doesn’t lay out any legal punishment for people who violate it, unless they do something that’s criminalized by the penal code applies. So unless the violence men perpetrate against their wives fits the code’s legal strictures of assault, there is no legal mechanism to hold men accountable for the crime.

Last week, Cambodia launched its second National Action Plan on Violence Against Women, intended to coordinate government action on the issue for the next four years. Experts hope a one-stop shop for victim services and its focus on improving legal implementation can mitigate the cruel irony of the domestic violence law: The crime isn’t punished unless the physical injury is seen as overwhelmingly serious, in the eyes of a legal system often as concerned about preserving “family harmony” and keeping couples together as it is about protecting or supporting women.
Good numbers on the prevalence of physical domestic violence in Cambodia are also hard to come by. The most current data comes from a regional report by U.N. Women on violence against women in Southeast Asia. In the 2013 study, 22% of Cambodian women reported having experienced physical violence at the hands of a male partner, but only 16% of men acknowledged perpetrating such violence.
But the other forms of domestic violence outlined in the law — psychological, emotional, or financial — don’t have any legal consequences attached to them, making it all but impossible to track the prevalence of that violence.
In Mann’s case, there wasn’t any immediate help even in a situation that did constitute a crime. As her husband was chasing her with a machete, a neighbor called the police, but they simply never showed up, she said.
In this, Mann’s situation is not unique.
“The local authorities just turn away. It’s happened many times,” said Chhan Sokunthea, who heads the women’s and children’s section of ADHOC, a Cambodian legal assistance organization.
Chhan said even her organization differentiates its work by the severity of assault. “A kick or a slap, something medium is not as serious. The more serious ones — with blood or a black eye or something like that” are the cases ADHOC takes to court, providing pro bono lawyers for women who want legal justice, Chhan said.
Mann initially thought she was one of those women who would face her husband in a courtroom. When her husband finally was arrested, by a military police unit, he was held in jail for four months while ADHOC worked the case on Mann’s behalf. But in December, Mann decided to drop her complaint. “I feel sympathy with children asking for their father,” Mann said.
Women are commonly dissuaded from reporting or pursuing domestic violence cases by Cambodian culture, as well. Marriage is a massively important institution, and it’s traditionally a woman’s job to keep “family harmony.” (Cambodia’s domestic violence law lists “strength[ening] harmony within the households” as one of its objectives.) Women are expected to speak softly and to submit to their husbands’ will. A 2009 report from the Ministry of Women’s Affairs found that 45% of local authorities thought it was permissible for men to beat their wives under certain circumstances — and 42% of women in a major domestic violence study published in 2014 thought alcohol excused domestic violence.
For generations, family discord has been viewed as a private matter, and speaking openly about violence in the home would bring shame on the family and earn the wife a reputation as a bad woman. A 2014 report found that 75% of Cambodian women felt women should keep silent about abuse in order to keep their families together (only 55% of men felt the same). Of those women surveyed who acknowledge being abused, 76% never sought help.
“‘Break the silence’ is easy to say,” said Ros Sopheap, the executive director of the independent grassroots organization Gender and Development Cambodia (GADC). “But to break the silence is to break the culture. Breaking the culture, really — it’s a kind of battle.”

Mann didn’t feel strong social pressure to keep quiet — her husband’s family vocally disapproved of their son’s violence — but she did feel economic pressure to make amends. Her husband had a job that paid well, making concrete stairs, and when he went to jail, her whole family lost their primary source of income.
The financial importance of men to their families influences law enforcement officials and judges too, the 2014 study found. “Let’s say that I sentence the perpetrator to jail. What I do is essentially take away the only provider of that family,” one male judge told the research team, explaining his mixed feelings about the law.
Ros, of GADC, said this is one of the reasons there’s such abysmal implementation of the domestic violence law. “If you implement the law, then every woman in the community is going to be a widow,” she said. “Women do not want to put their husbands into prison, even if they report [the violence]. What they want is [him] to stop beating.”
But there isn’t much work being done, Ros said, to help men change their behavior. Ros said most domestic violence interventions are organized around keeping the victim safe from her aggressor. “But we don’t have a space to bring the batterer, and I think this is a really big gap,” she said. “We don’t have space for men.”
Given the importance of marriage in Cambodian culture, reconciliation remains the priority of police officers, judges, and even some human rights organizations. Experts described a system in which women who push domestic violence complaints forward (usually as divorce cases) are required to mediate the complaint three times; if they still can’t reconcile, the judge finally proceeds toward divorce.
“He signs an agreement that says how he’ll improve his behavior and not beat her,” said Mauney, the gender expert, “and she signs an agreement that says how she’ll behave so that he doesn’t have a ‘reason’ to beat her.”
So when women like Mann drop their complaints, and their husbands get released from jail, there’s little more than hope to keep the women safe. “This is the first time he attacked me; I just hope he can go back to his old character … If he can be a good person again, I don’t want to risk my married life,” Mann said.
But she’s not willing to risk living with him, either. Today, Mann lives and works on a small fishing boat with her in-laws, who she says have supported her and condemned their son’s violence. Her children stay with her husband, and she visits once a month, but she won’t sleep at their house.
“I’m OK to leave the kids because I know from the first incident he did not harm the kids. I know he loves his kids so much,” Mann said. “I’m not sure about me.”
Chhan, of ADHOC, has seen a different side of things. Last year, her organization received 150 complaints of domestic violence. A little more than half of those proceeded to court, a process that can take years. But she’s also seen dropped cases end in tragedy. “Some of the domestic violence cases become murder cases,” Chhan said. “The wife is more and more patient, but the men are more powerful. They make violence, and it gets more dangerous.”

Jina Moore is the International Women's Rights Correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Nairobi. Moore has reported from Liberia at the height of the Ebola crisis and on women’s issues around the world.
Contact Jina Moore at jina.moore@buzzfeed.com


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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Alex is gone now!

Time for all of us, Khmer, to wake up!





Foreign eco-activist arrested in P'Penh
23 Feb 2015 at 17:31
WRITER: KYODO NEWS
A foreign environmental activist critical of the government was arrested Monday for overstaying his visa, a local rights group and police sources said.
Am Sam Ath, a technical supervisor of rights group Licadho, said Alex Gonzalez-Davidson was arrested around 1pm at a restaurant in Phnom Penh.
When approached for comment, Kirt Chantharith, spokesman of the national police, confirmed the arrest but could not provide details while other police sources said Mr Gonzalez-Davidson, a Spanish national, was arrested for overstaying.
"He is now being held at the Immigration Police Department, opposite Phnom Penh International Airport, and he will be deported today," one of the police sources said.
The arrest came just hours after Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen warned that the activist should leave Cambodia at least for a while or be blacklisted from the country.
Mr Gonzalez-Davidson's visa expired Friday and the government refused to renew it. He vowed to remain in the country even after the expiration, in defiance of a warning from the authorities that he would face deportation.
Mr Gonzalez-Davidson is legally entitled to stay for up to 30 days after the expiration date, but he has to pay a fine of $5 per day.
Mr Gonzalez-Davidson is a co-founder of Mother Nature, a non-governmental organisation that is actively protecting Cambodia's forests and conserving its environment. Most recently he was highly critical of a government plan to build a new hydropower station in the country's southwestern province of Koh Kong.


Monday, February 23, 2015

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Activist Alex arrested
Mon, 23 February 2015

Outspoken environmental activist Alex Gonzalez-Davidson and San Mala, a colleague at his NGO Mother Nature, have been arrested by Interior Ministry officers and taken in an unmarked car to the Department of Immigration, a rights group and witnesses have said.
Cheang Sophos, a senior investigator for local rights group Licadho, said that Gonzalez-Davidson was arrested at about 1:15pm at the Fish & Co restaurant in the riverside area of Phnom Penh.
The news of both arrests was confirmed by a spokesman for the Community Legal Education Centre and a witness at the scene.
Prime Minister Hun Sen earlier in the day warned the defiant activist to leave Cambodia voluntarily or be blacklisted from the country.
Gonzalez-Davidson - who is facing deportation after the government refused to renew his visa - has vowed to remain in the country despite the fact that his visa expired on Friday.

Speaking at a graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh on Monday, the premier also warned NGOs not to rally behind the cause of the embattled co-founder of Mother Nature, lest they face problems of their own.
"Regarding Alex [Gonzalez-Davidson], let the Ministry of Interior take measures. It's not just foreigners, it's also Khmers that will be sentenced and other NGOs shouldn't express much," Hun Sen said.
"We'll let him stay until his visa is invalid. So you should leave first then ask for a new visa, it doesn't matter. [You] don't need to make this situation get worse. If we deport you, it means [you're] on the blacklist, that's it".
Gonzalez-Davidson is legally entitled to stay for 37 days after his visa expiration provided he pays related fines, but he has vowed to remain in Cambodia indefinitely.
A staunch advocate on environmental causes, particularly that of the threatened Areng Valley, Gonzalez-Davidson has previously told the Post he is certain that if he leaves the country to obtain a new visa, the government will not let him back in.
His situation has attracted huge support on social media, where the fluent Khmer-speaking activist has become something of celebrity.

Comment:
savath.pou  wrote
Mon, 2015-02-23 15:25

Will the RGC gain anything from Alex's arrest?

The answer to the question of "will the Royal Government of Cambodia gain anything from Alex's arrest?" is pretty obvious. The Government will receive anything but intense disgust from the general Khmer public and from the international community as well due to the simple fact it is showing a blatant double standard while, at the same time as its security forces are arresting Alex, it is allowing hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of such illegal immigrants as the Vietnamese, Chinese, Thais, Malaysians, Pakistanis and others to live and work in Cambodia with no restriction whatsoever.
My question to the Royal Government of Cambodia is this:
WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT NOT ALSO ISSUING ARREST WARRANTS TO THOSE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY LIVING AND WORKING IN CAMBODIA? HOW MANY JOBS ARE THEY TAKING AWAY FROM OUR KHMER YOUTHS? AND HOW MUCH FOOD ARE THEY EATING AWAY WHILE MILLIONS OF CAMBODIANS ARE STILL HUNGRY?
Sydney, 23rd February 2015.
Savath Pou,
Senator Expelled.