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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Rainsy tells EU to get tough in speech

Self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy speaks at the European Parliament on Wednesday, where he talked about the situation of human rights in Cambodia. Photo supplied
Self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy speaks at the European Parliament on Wednesday, where he talked about the situation of human rights in Cambodia. Photo supplied

Rainsy tells EU to get tough in speech
Fri, 15 July 2016 ppp
Ananth Baliga

Self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy addressed the European Parliament’s human rights committee late on Wednesday night, urging the body to impose stricter conditions on its assistance and engagement with Cambodia in order to ensure legitimate commune elections in 2017 and national elections in 2018.

Rainsy, who fled the country in November after a court issued a warrant for his arrest in a defamation case, said given the “spiralling” human rights situation and harassment of the opposition party, upcoming free and fair elections were the only hope for a peaceful resolution to the current scenario.

“A simple warning is needed from the international community and the EU that you would not recognise a government elected into power in this kind of environment,” he said, speaking to the committee in French.

Rainsy added that threats would no longer work and sanctions aimed at curbing the travel and freezing of assets of ruling party leaders would be effective, saying there was a “need to name and shame”. “I have followed all the discussions and it is all about diplomacy, but it falls short,” he said. “It is increasingly unacceptable.”

The EU pledged $1.8 billion in assistance over five years in 2014, including about $11 million to fund voter registration and education ahead of next year’s commune elections.

Rainsy found a vociferous supporter in committee member Petras Auštreviius, a member of parliament from Lithuania, who not only criticised Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government but also the local EU delegation’s response to the current situation. “If you believe you can have a nice dialogue with those in power and bring change – prove it. I don’t see any proof,” he said.

Council of Ministers spokesman Phay Siphan said Rainsy’s statement was not surprising, given that he regularly portrayed a negative picture of Cambodia when speaking at international forums. “He does not seem to belong to Cambodia. He does not want Cambodian prosperity,” Siphan said. “He is very different than other opposition leaders in the world.”

He said Rainsy’s suggestion that the EU enforce strict conditions on Cambodia could not impinge on the country’s sovereignty. “Their aid belongs to them and they are a partner to build credibility and improve rule of law,” he said. “But we also understand that money cannot buy our principles.”

Questioning the effectiveness of Rainsy’s sanctions suggestion, independent human rights consultant Billy Chia-Lung Tai said the international community had always erred on the side of caution when choosing whether to use the carrot or stick approach.

He added that pushing the international community for punitive action on the ruling party would be effective only if donors and foreign governments followed up on the threat.

“The problem with the international community is that they have never followed up on their threats in the past. So, what makes this time different?” he said.

1 comment:

Kim Ea said...

I agreed with you Mr Sam Raingsy,with this stiff implementation of aid from EU and US to Cambodia may have chance to stop this heinous crime on our Khmer citizen. Khmer abroad in million include me want to see clear the implementation of laws not a talk for talk ,but an effective measure and gut of these promise and promote democratic in our country . Strict Sanction on the mafia dictator regime ,and whole firm on tax exemption privilege offer to the country in the past . Supper power ought to understand that this lunatic regime used this exemption not to elevate the poor citizen in the country as promise, but instead enrich them self and families and their cronyism as well . Also beyond that, they used this complement to facilitate the Chinese companies installed in Khmer land as a shipping base to ship their products out of Khmer with no charge or taxes under this privilege clause of free taxes. Please EU or US without your gut and strong decisive pressure ,this tyrant kleptomaniac never flinch or accept any recommendation from international community .Our Khmer destiny and hope for just as an individual freedom of living as citizen like others in this world will be brutally stomp or step by step progressively terminate under this puppet of foreigner Vietnam occupation soon .