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ឯកសារ​ប្រវត្តិ​សាស្ត្រ ៖ Minister for Asia & the Pacific statement on Cambodia’s election ថ្ងៃអង្គារ 31 ខែកក្កដា 2018

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Press release

Minister for Asia & the Pacific statement on Cambodia’s election

Statement by Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field following the election in Cambodia.

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Minister for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field said:

The Cambodian national election was undermined by the authorities well before campaigning started and resulted in an election that was neither fair nor credible.

The potential for a legitimate, free and fair election was stymied when the main opposition party – the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was dissolved in November 2017. This was particularly disappointing following the more open Commune elections in June 2017.

The Cambodian authorities have demonstrated clear disregard for the key tenets of a functioning multi-party democracy. As well as the dissolution of the CNRP, examples include the imprisonment of CNRP President Kem Sokha, the banning of 118 CNRP members from politics for five years, and a crackdown on independent media.

There was no credible opposition party with the opportunity to challenge the Government. In a democracy, no government has the right to choose its opposition.

The UK will continue to urge the Cambodian Government to demonstrate its commitment to its citizens by lifting restrictions on political debate and media freedom and by creating the conditions for proper functioning democracy.

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ឯកសារ​ប្រវត្តិ​សាស្ត្រ ៖ New Zealand expresses concern over Cambodia’s elections ថ្ងៃអង្គារ 31 ខែកក្កដា 2018

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Rt Hon Winston Peters

Acting Prime Minister

Minister of Foreign Affairs

MEDIA STATEMENT

31 July 2018

New Zealand expresses concern over Cambodia’s elections

Foreign Minister Winston Peters has expressed New Zealand’s concern over Cambodia’s general elections in which the main opposition party was excluded.

“For Cambodia to have legitimate democracy it is essential that opposition voices can be heard. New Zealand calls on Prime Minister Hun Sen to reinstate the main opposition party and release all political prisoners, including opposition leader Kem Sokha,” Mr Peters said.

In the lead up to the elections, Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the main opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP), and its leader Kem Sokha was imprisoned. Without the main opposition party participating, the election resulted in a landslide victory for the governing party.

“New Zealand is a long-standing partner of Cambodia and has invested considerable effort in supporting Cambodia’s UN-supervised transition to democracy in the early 1990s.

“We stand ready to work with Cambodian partners to restore its democratic institutions and processes to allow free and fair elections to be held,” he said.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1807/S00281/new-zealand-expresses-concern-over-cambodias-elections.htm

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ឯកសារ​ប្រវត្តិ​សាស្ត្រ ៖ ‘Serious concerns’ with Cambodian election ថ្ងៃចន្ទ 30 ខែកក្កដា 2018

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'Serious concerns' with Cambodian election
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. (AAP)

Australia has expressed serious concerns to the Cambodian government about the country’s national election.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is worried political parties, civil society groups and the media were blocked from operating freely during the poll, reversing more than 25 years of progress towards democracy in Cambodia.

The election saw the dissolution of the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, the detention of its leader Kem Sokha, and the banning of its parliamentarians and officials from politics for five years.

Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen also threatened to unleash civil war if his bid to extend his 33-year rule was rejected.

“Australia is disappointed that Cambodian people have been unable to freely choose their representatives,” Ms Bishop said in a statement on Monday.

“Australia will continue to urge the Cambodian government to take steps to allow free and open political debate without violence and intimidation.”

Greens leader Richard Di Natale demanded the Turnbull government refuse to recognise the “anti-democratic and bogus” election result.

Senator Di Natale said it was disgraceful the government just months ago celebrated Australia’s strengthened ties with Cambodia, believing it was influenced by a “dodgy” refugee deal with the Southeast Asian nation.

“It’s time for the foreign minister to do more than just meekly express concerns. We must refuse to recognise the result, and call for the release of all political prisoners,” he said.

“Australia should be protecting our region’s democratic freedom and standing up for Australia’s Cambodian community who have been threatened by Hun Sen. We should not be pandering to despots.”

The minor party believes Australia must follow the United States and other countries which have implemented targeted trade and travel sanctions against Cambodia.

The Greens also want the “shameful” refugee deal abandoned.

Labor has backed the government’s decision not to send Australian election monitors to Cambodia, believing they would have given legitimacy to the “sham” poll.

Opposition frontbencher Mark Dreyfus called on Cambodia to restore a viable opposition and free press, and to immediately release Kem Sohka from custody.

“We urge the Cambodian government to allow its citizens to exercise their democratic rights,” Mr Dreyfus said.

© AAP 2018

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2. ឯកសារ​ប្រវត្តិ​សាស្ត្រ ៖ Canada troubled by undemocratic elections in Cambodia
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4. ឯកសារ​ប្រវត្តិ​សាស្ត្រ ៖ Statement by the Spokesperson on the general elections in Cambodia
5. ឯកសារ​ប្រវត្តិ​សាស្ត្រ ៖ New Zealand expresses concern over Cambodia’s elections
6. ឯកសារ​ប្រវត្តិ​សាស្ត្រ ៖ France voices regret over Cambodian general election
7. ឯកសារ​ប្រវត្តិ​សាស្ត្រ ៖ Minister for Asia & the Pacific statement on Cambodia’s election

ឯកសារ​ប្រវត្តិ​សាស្ត្រ ៖ Canada troubled by undemocratic elections in Cambodia ថ្ងៃអាទិត្យ 29 ខែកក្កដា 2018

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Statement

July 29, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

Global Affairs Canada today issued the following statement on the elections in Cambodia:

“Today, incumbent prime minister Hun Sen and his Cambodian People’s Party retained power after the country’s general elections. The election campaign was widely recognized to have been marred by voter intimidation and manipulation of the polls. The use of the judiciary to harass, intimidate and eliminate the opposition—including the leader of the Cambodia National Rescue Party, Kem Sokha, who remains imprisoned—and to repress civil society and the press is not a mark of free, fair and just elections.

“Canada is a long-time friend of the people of Cambodia and strongly supports their right to freely choose their leaders. We continue to call on the government to allow basic civil rights for the people of Cambodia, reinstate freedom of expression and political participation and release opposition leader Kem Sokha, who has been held in jail for almost 11 months without bail.

“Protecting space for civil society and ensuring all citizens are able to peacefully participate in the electoral process are hallmarks of a strong and healthy democracy. The media also play an essential role in defending democracy in Cambodia and elsewhere. Canada will continue to use every opportunity to promote freedom of expression and political participation around the world.”

Contacts

Media Relations Office
Global Affairs Canada
343-203-7700
media@international.gc.ca

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Why Japan is supporting Cambodia’s election ថ្ងៃសុក្រ 13 ខែកក្កដា 2018

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Japan has remained steadfast in its support of the upcoming Cambodian general election on 29 July amid growing pressure by its citizens, civil society organisations, and supporters of the dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) – Cambodia’s former main opposition party.

Japan’s approach to the Cambodian general election is highly strategic, seeking to maintain its influence and presence in Cambodia at the same time as being gravely concerned about China’s growing role in the region.

Supporters of the CNRP have led many demonstrations in Japan, the US, South Korea, and Canada, calling on the Japanese government to end its backing of the upcoming election, citing it will not be free or fair given the CNRP’s absence.

Cambodia’s Supreme Court dissolved the CNRP in November 2017 amid allegations it was plotting to overthrow the government with US support. Kem Sokha, leader of the CNRP, is currently in detention and awaiting trial for charges of treason. The CNRP denies the charges and describes the move by the government as politically motivated.

Given Japan’s political and socio-economic influence on Cambodia, Tokyo has been identified as a key target, in addition to many other Western countries, of the CNRP’s efforts to delegitimise the upcoming elections, which the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) led by Hun Sen – who has been Cambodia’s prime minister for 33 years – is expected to win.

Self-exiled former CNRP leader Sam Rainsy met with Japanese lawmakers, the business community, and the Cambodian expatriate community in April with the aim of starting a pro-democracy movement in the country and securing the support of the Japanese government.

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ឯកសារ​ប្រវត្តិ​សាស្ត្រ ៖ Cambodia: EU mission assesses human rights and labour situation ថ្ងៃ​ព្រហស្បតិ៍ 12 ខែកក្កដា 2018

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European Commission – Press release

Cambodia: EU mission assesses human rights and labour situation

Brussels, 12 July 2018

A delegation of the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) visited Cambodia from 5 to 11 July 2018 to evaluate the situation on the ground following recent worrying human rights and labour rights developments in the country.

The European Union will now analyse as a matter of priority the information gathered during the mission to consider further steps. This analysis will also take into account further written submissions from the Cambodian authorities, reports of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and other bodies responsible for monitoring the implementation by Cambodia of the international conventions relevant to the EU duty-free trade scheme Everything But Arms (EBA). The EBA trade scheme allows Cambodia to export all products (except arms and ammunition) into the EU, free of quotas and tariffs.

Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström said: “The EU is proud to provide the most economically vulnerable countries of the world with free access to our market. The Everything But Arms initiative has had a significant impact on development and poverty eradication in Cambodia. Nevertheless, the recent worrying developments in the country have called for a closer assessment of whether Cambodia is fulfilling its commitments. The discussions and information gathering during our EU mission have focused on the serious decline in the area of political and electoral rights, as well as a curbing of civil society activities. There are also deficiencies when it comes to land dispute resolution mechanisms, and serious threats to freedom of association and collective bargaining rights. In the trade policy of the European Union, social justice is a vital aspect, including the respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and labour standards. Following the fact-finding mission, we will now analyse the facts in detail, and consider further steps. Removing Cambodia from the trade scheme is a measure of last resort, if all our other efforts have failed to address these concerns.”

The EU delegation met with several members of the Cambodian government, as well as trade unions, civil society, businesses, and the United Nations (UN) and International Labour Organisation (ILO) representatives in the country.

Background

Under the EBA arrangement of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences the EU unilaterally grants exporters from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) tariff-free and quota-free access to its market for all products (except arms and ammunition) with the aim to contribute to the economic development of these countries and their integration into the global trading system.

The EBA has brought important benefits to the Cambodian economy. The EU is the main export destination, accounting for 40% of Cambodia’s overall exports. Cambodian exports to the EU have risen sharply in recent years, increasing by 227% between 2011 and 2016. In 2017, Cambodia’s total exports to the EU reached €5 billion, placing it second amongst all EBA beneficiaries. Out of all of Cambodia’s EBA-eligible exports, 95.5% were made under EBA preferences.

EBA has contributed in particular to significant job creation and growth in the textile sector, which accounts for 75% of Cambodia’s exports to the EU, providing employment for some of the most vulnerable sectors of Cambodian society.

The EU has stepped up its engagement with Cambodia (see the EU biennial GSP report of January 2018) in response to serious concerns about the continuing deterioration of democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law, as flagged also by the European Parliament (Resolution of 14 December 2017) and the Council (the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Council of 26 February 2018).

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ឯកសារ​ប្រវត្តិ​សាស្ត្រ ៖ ក្រសួងការបរទេសកម្ពុជា ចេញសេចក្ដីថ្លៃងការណ៍ច្រានចោល ការចោទប្រកាន់របស់ក្រសួងរតនាគារសហរដ្ឋអាមេរិក មកលើឯកឧត្ដម នាយឧត្តមសេនីយ៍ ហ៊ីង ប៊ុនហៀង ថ្ងៃពុធ 13 ខែមិថុនា 2018

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