A Change of Guard

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Friday, 29 July 2016


28 July 2016

Concerning today’s decision by the court in Phnom Penh relative to the defamation case brought against me by Heng Samrin, I would like to make two remarks:

1) The proclamation of a republic generally follows the abolition of a monarchy. Such events mean the physical or political elimination of a monarch. When the new authorities formed after 7 January 1979 proclaimed their “People’s Republic of Kampuchea,” they did express their intention to eliminate former King Norodom Sihanouk from the political scene. Even though they did not call for a physical elimination associated with a death sentence – it was the Lon Nol regime that sentenced Norodom Sihanouk to death after the proclamation of the “Khmer Republic” in 1970 – they really wanted to eliminate/kill Norodom Sihanouk at least from a moral and political point of view. The “Khmer Republic” and the “People’s Republic of Kampuchea” had the same intention and showed the same spirit in their actions when it came to trying to eliminate our former King Norodom Sihanouk. In the first half of the 1970’s and throughout the 1980’s, the two regimes grossly insulted and defamed our former King. They nurtured the same anti-monarchy and anti-Norodom Sihanouk spirit, and this is the most important point to consider in this case.

2) On my 17 November 2015 Facebook post – which is the cause for the lawsuit – I did not mention anybody’s name and just referred to the “regime born on 7 January 1979.” However it is Heng Samrin, as an individual and in his current capacity as President of the National Assembly of the Kingdom of Cambodia, who is now suing me for “defamation” on behalf of the “People’s Republic of Kampuchea.” On what legal and judicial grounds is Heng Samrin entitled to do so on his own? Has there been a prior decision by the court or any relevant authorities allowing him to sue me on behalf of the “regime born on 7 January 1979”? Or is this lawsuit a personal dispute? One day in the future, when victims of the deadly K5 Plan implemented under the “People’s Republic of Kampuchea” are allowed to take legal action before an independent court, who will designate whom to face the court and to respond to charges possibly associated with crimes against humanity? Will Heng Samrin appear again?

Sam Rainsy
CNRP President


Anonymous said...


The killers kept killing because they have never gotten punished.

In the past, the reactions from Khmer people condemning the killings of our Khmer heroes were swift, but last for a short period of time.

Khmer people must take some necessary actions demanding the autocratic regime of Ah Kouk Hun Sen to bring to justice the real killers and the mastermind behind the killing.

Here are some steps that we should take:

1- Give an ultimatum to the government to show the video captured during Kem Ley's killing in 10 days. What is the reason for hiding that shooting video?

2- After that 10 days, and if there is still no answer, we will start marching peacefully urging the government to find the real killers.

3- This is the right time that Khmer people must exert their concert efforts to accomplish a specific goal: find justice for our fallen Khmer heroes.

4- The PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATION will last until the government find the credible killers.

5- In this world, nothing is free. We must be ready to sacrifice our life if the government opts to suppress the demonstration violently.

6- We must stop allowing our Khmer heroes die in vain. We need to change the way we think:

- We used to ask the government to find the killers of Chea Vichea, Chhut Vuthy, etc... and we got no result. Then, Khmer people stayed quite by failing to step up their efforts to press the government to find the killers. We have been behaving like hay fire (Chhes dauch Phleung Chambeung heuy Rolut Ksuy).

- This time, we must ACT DIFFERENTLY if we want to see a DIFFERENT OUTCOME: the peaceful demonstration will last until the government finds the real credible killers and we must be ready to die to make this happen.

If we cannot accomplish just this one specific task (demonstration to find the killers), we must stop crying that Cambodia is controlling by Yuon. Just remember that Yuon had lost many soldiers to conquer Cambodia.

How come we don't want to lose any life to free Cambodia from Vietnam?
No country for coward people.

Dr. Kem Ley had sacrificed his life for Cambodia. Can we do something to find justice for him and also to deter the same killers from killing more Khmer heroes in the future?

Bun Thoeun

Anonymous said...

Ah Sam Rer, Ah monous prey, Ah khmer kraham. No schooling, brain dead want to be sdech Ah khout. Defamation what? Pouk Ah chor prey.

Anonymous said...

Kampuchea is named after King Kampu. People who changed King Kampu to a Republic or a Communist that showing clearly those people stealing the King's home!

Anonymous said...

I remember Ah Heng Samrin could not read the Khmer language properly back in 1979 and 1980s when he gave speech to the public. He was not educated guy back. He is Ah Yong Yuon and Ho Chi Minh's Khmer Vietminh slave.