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 TO CANCEL VISIT TO CAMBODIA  IF NO ELECTIONS  REFORMS
  • Petitioned President Barack Obama

This petition was delivered to:

President Barack Obama

TO CANCEL VISIT TO CAMBODIA IF NO ELECTIONS REFORMS

    1. sochua Mu
    2. Petition by

      sochua Mu

      Salida, United States Minor Outlying Islands

Dear Mr. President,

The Cambodian community in America wishes to draw your attention to
the democratic deficit that exists in our country of origin.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia,
Professor Surya P. Subedi, in July recommended thorough reform of the
electoral system to allow meaningful national elections to take place
in July 2013. A key recommendation for the reform of the National
Election Committee, which administers elections, to make it a neutral
rather than a partisan organization, has been rejected by the
Cambodian government.

You are due to visit Cambodia in November as the country holds the
presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2012.

We call on you to cancel this trip unless you receive binding
assurances of electoral reform in line with the U.N. recommendations.
This should include making it possible for Cambodians living abroad to exercise their voting rights, at least in the countries where Cambodia has diplomatic and/or consular representation.

If assurances of democratic elections cannot be obtained, please do not allow an autocratic government to present your visit as an endorsement by the U.S. of human rights abuses and manipulated elections leading to a distortion of the will of the people.

Professor Subedi wrote in July that "If the electoral process is
unable to command the trust and confidence of the electorate, the very foundation of the Cambodian political and constitutional architecture embodied in the Paris Peace Agreements will be shaken and the country may run the risk of a return to violence."

Over the years America has given many Cambodians the chance to achieve a better life. While they have worked to do so, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen has held uninterrupted power since 1985.
Please, Mr. President, use your good offices to allow our compatriots back home the opportunity for self-determination that we, as Americans, now take for granted.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Why President Obama Should Not Be in Cambodia

      sochua Mu
      Petition Organizer
      Standing with Democracy? What Will Be President Obama's Message?

      Riot police blocked the street outside Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Oct. 1, as protesters called for the release of jailed land-rights activist Mam Sonando. President Obama is due to visit Cambodia next month as the country holds the presidency of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in 2012.

    2. We need the next 1,000 signatures

      sochua Mu
      Petition Organizer

      Please see why we need the net 1,000 signatures. You can make the difference. http://sochua.wordpress.com/2012/10/07/save-cambodias-democracy-2/

      SAVE CAMBODIA'S DEMOCRACY

      Dear Friends of Cambodia, 1,000 Cambodians inside and outside of Cambodia signed this petition in just 7 days! We continue to seek one goal: Free and fair elections so that Cambodia's democracy can be put back on track.

    3. US State Department Statement- Human Rights Activist Sentenced

      sochua Mu
      Petition Organizer

      Press Statement
      Office of the Spokesperson
      Washington, DC

      October 1, 2012

      We are deeply concerned by the conviction and harsh sentence of Mam Sonando, a Cambodian independent broadcaster. Today the Phnom Penh Municipal Court sentenced him to 20 years in prison for alleged insurrection. A number of observers in Cambodia have noted that the charges against him appear to have been politically-motivated, based on his frequent criticism of the government.

      We strongly support freedom of expression, including the rights of members of the press to peacefully express political views without fear of persecution, retribution, or intimidation, consistent with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We call on the Cambodian government to release Mam Sonando immediately, to ensure that its court system is free from political influence, and to reaffirm its commitment to guaranteeing its citizens

    4. Reached 1,000 signatures
    5. Prime Minister Hun Sen Wants a One-man Race. We Want Free, Fair Elections

      sochua Mu
      Petition Organizer

      The Cambodian Democratic Movement for National Rescue's photo.
      14 minutes ago
      Does Prime minister Hun Sen really want a one-horse race? There would be no more Olympics. With such a race, who do we give the gold medal to ?
      On September 26, 2012, opposition leader Sam Rainsy wrote to The Phnom Penh Post the following letter:

      CAMBODIA’S 2013 ELECTION, A ONE-HORSE-RACE?

      In the article titled “Bring on one-horse race” in The Phnom Penh Post
      dated September 26,...See More

    6. Reached 500 signatures
    7. UN report slams Cambodia's land abuses-

      sochua Mu
      Petition Organizer

      UN report slams Cambodia's land abuses
      Wednesday, 26 September 2012
      Abby Seiff
      The Phnom Penh Post

      Cambodia's economic land concession (ELC) policies are hindering development far more than helping it and beginning to erode the country’s hard-won stability, Cambodia’s special rapporteur warned yesterday.

      “As I have noted in relation to other sectors in Cambodia, the existence of the legal framework on paper is one thing, the implementation of the law is another,” rights envoy Surya Subedi told the UN Human Rights Council last night.

      “I have been consistently informed that the formal framework relating to land concessions is not being applied properly in many, if not most, cases.”

      Addressing the inter-governmental body in Geneva, Subedi also delivered a 130-page addendum to his annual report printed last month, which offers an unsparing look at ELCs.

    8. Reached 250 signatures
    9. Prime Minister continues with his threats and that is why you need to sign

      sochua Mu
      Petition Organizer

      Over 100 people signed in just over 10 hours.

      Bring more friends because that is the only way to reach our goal: Free and fair elections in Cambodia.

      See what Hun Sen is saying http://sochua.wordpress.com/2012/09/26/bring-on-the-one-horse-race-pm/

    10. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Chinlong Hak EDMONTON, AB, CANADA
      • 3 months ago

      Democratic system in Cambodia is needed to be checked with fully implemented, and national election is needed to be monitored fully by interest groups nationally and internationally.

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    • sem autdam 长春, CHINA
      • 9 months ago

      Please help them to avoid the unfair in Cambodia

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    • say bunhok PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
      • 9 months ago

      Because I want to know where the justice from

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    • malin yen PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA
      • 9 months ago

      HELP POOR PEOPLE

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    • Angelina Vitale SAUKVILLE, WI
      • over 1 year ago

      This is important to me becasue I hear Tat Marina speak and saw her documentary and i was inspired to help out.

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