25 January 2010
Free Press Magazine Online
Translated from Khmer by Socheata, KI-Media
On 25 January 2009, the Cambodia Watchdog Council (CWC) condemned the action of the Svay Rieng authority and tribunal to please the foreigners and that they do not have the will to defend our territorial integrity.
The CWC statement signed by Rong Chhun, a CWC representative, indicated that the accusations leveled by the Svay Rieng provincial court against H.E. Sam Rainsy for his uprooting of stakes at border post no. 185 in Koh Kban Kandal village, Samrong commune, Chantrea district, Svay Rieng province, and the arrest and incarceration of two villagers, are political in nature and they are deemed unfair.
The CWC believes that the action taken by H.E. Sam Rainsy was to defend the country’s territorial integrity in his name as a MP. Furthermore, the uprooting of stakes at border post no. 185 was not an illegal matter.
CWC believes that the arrest and incarceration of two villagers by the Svay Rieng authority during a court summon issued by the Svay Rieng provincial court are seen as an injustice towards blameless farmers whose action was only to protect their lands.
CWC believes that the Svay Rieng authority and court’s action was taken to please the foreigners, but that they have no will to protect Cambodia’s territorial integrity.
The statement concluded by calling on the Svay Rieng provincial court to drop the charges against Sam Rainsy and to provide justice for him, as well as by calling for the release of the two villagers who are currently being jailed.