Students' Movement for Democracy, Cambodia

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Students´Movement for Democracy (SMD) is a non-political and most active youth organization in Cambodia. It was established in 1998 after the unfair and unjust election result released manipulated by the CPP.

Friday, September 08, 2006

SMD ANIVERSARY


On 7 September 2006, SMD held its 7th Aniversary to pay our respects to those who brutally killed by the Hun Sen regime during the anti-demonstration against the froud election results, 1998. There were 38 people killed who among them were students, monks, and peasants also and moreover there were 114 students, monks and other were badly injured by Hun Sen inhuman policenmen.



SMD always celebrates this Aniversary every year in order to remember the brutality of the dictated Govt under Hun Sen and to express our on-going policy and will to claim for our basic rights constitutionally without end and also to pay our gratitude to those who killed whose souls and sacrifices mean too much for the national interests and democracy.

We celabrated at the Office presided by Mr. Mao Veasna, SMD President, with the participation of SMD members, Mr. Rong Chhun, President of Cambodian Independent Teacher Association, and H.E. Keo Remy, the Lawmaker from SRP.

We offered rice to monks traditionally and then held flowers procession to the memorial park in front of Cambodiana Hotel.




May Buddha Bless Our Country and People!!!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

SMD EXTRAORDINARY CONGRESS

Mr. Panng Sokheoun resigned from his Presindencies of the two orgnizations- Youth Council of Cambodia (YCC) and Students´Movement for Democracy (SMD ...Read More ) on 1 March 2006 and upon his resignations, SMD immediately held its Extra-ordinary Congress to continue its mandate in the very critical situation towards its strength, unity, and democracy in order to achieve its vision for the students, youth, and the nation, while YCC is till under the leadership of its Acting-President.

The election held for the whole day of 5 March 2006, from 8:AM to 5:00PM, participated by 50 members. The election started after Mr. Chin Channa, the SMD founders and Mr. Sorn Sara, SMD Acting President, gave a welcome speech to the congress, and after Mr. Hing Soksan, Assistant Secretary General, reported SMD’s activities from 2004- 2005 like SMD’s Democracy, International Treaties, and Administration trainings, Border Visits, and International Mission of Mr. Pang Sokheoun, and SMD’s financial sheet. The election conducted in two steps: (1) the members to choose the Board President and Board Members and (2) the elected Board Members to choose the President of SMD. As the result, Mr. Im Sonith was elected as President of SMD Board Members and Mr. Mao Veasna was elected as President of SMD. Then, Mr. Mao Veasna appointed SMD Vice-President and Secretary. The Structure of SMD Leadership is organized as:

Board Members
Mr. Im Sonith – President of Board Member
Ok Army - Board Member
Mr. Taing Sarada - Board Member
Mr. Sor Longdet - Board Member
Mr. Hing Siksan - Board Member
Mr. Mr. Pech Pisey- Board Member
Mr. Sorn Dara - Board Member

Executive Memebers
Mr. Mao Veasna – President of SMD
Mr. Ken Sara – Vice-President
Mr. Sorn Sarath – Secretary General

At 4:30 PM, after SMD’s leadership was structured, Mr. Mao Veasna, before the closing program, expressed his thanks to SMD’s members that chose him to lead SMD and strongly determined that he would lead SMD towards good example, democracy, unity, territorial
integrity protection, to serve our students, youth, and nation and if he was incompetent he would immediately resign. At 4:55PM, Mr. Im Sonith, as the Board President, concluded the program, thanked members for hard working, sacrifice for the nation, and wished all SMD’s members as well as Cambodians to be at peace, prosperity, and happiness, and success. The program closing exactly at 5:00PM with success and respect.

LIKE DAUGHTER LIKE FATHER


Chea Vicheata, the daughter of Chea Vichea who is now living in Finland is attending the demonstration against the present of Hun Sen in Finland for the Conference in September 2006. She is as brave as her farther.
ABOUT CHEA VICHEA
At the time of his death in January 2004, Chea Vichea, 36 years old, was a prominent and internationally respected trade union leader. He was well known as a champion for workers’ rights in the growing and economically vital garment industry. His work as a trade unionist was also closely linked with his opposition political activities dating back to the 1990s.

Chea Vichea was born in Kandal province and studied agriculture in the former Soviet Union before returning to his native Cambodia on graduation in 1995. He was a founding member, together with Sam Rainsy, of the Khmer Nation Party (KNP) in 1995, renamed the Sam Rainsy Party in 1998.

In early 1997 he helped to create the Free Trade Union of Workers, together with Sam Rainsy.The KNP supported garment factory workers in a series of strikes in 1997 for improved pay and conditions. Many of the workers took part in a demonstration organised by the KNP outside the National Assembly in Phnom Penh on 30 March 1997 to protest about deficiencies of the judicial system. Four grenades were thrown into the peaceful demonstration resulting in at least 16 deaths and over 100 injured, including Chea Vichea who suffered a head injury.

Vichea was shot in the head and chest while reading a newspaper at a kiosk in Phnom Penh; he had recently been dismissed by the INSM Garment Factory (located in the Chum Chao District of Phnom Penh), as a reprisal for helping to establish a trade union at the company. He was also closely affiliated with the opposition Sam Rainsy Party. Following his death, he was succeeded in his position at the FTUWKC by his brother Chea Mony.
A few days after Vichea's killing, and facing mounting criticism for their failure to act, Cambodian authorities arrested two men and charged them with the murder. The first, Born Samnang, intitially admitted to the killing but then publicly retracted, claiming to have been beaten into confessing. Multiple eyewitnesses have placed Born Samnang in a different part of the country at the time of the murder. The second suspect, Sok Sam Oeun, has consistently denied any involvement.
On 22 March 2004, the Investigating Judge in the case, Hing Thirith, threw out the charges against the two men, citing a lack of evidence against them. The next day, Hing Thirith was removed from his job at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, and his decision to drop charges was subsequently overturned on 1 June 2004 by the Appeals Court Presiding Judge Thou Mony[1]. More than a year after the murder, Born Samnang and Sok Sam Oeun have yet to be tried and remain in custody in Phnom Penh, despite a Cambodian law that no one be detained without trial for longer than six months. The case has been taken up by many human rights organisations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

On 1 August 2005, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court's delivered a highly criticized judgment by both local and international organizations, calling this verdict unfair and based on political bias rather than on independent and reasonable judgment.


Sok Sam Oeun and Born Samnang were judged guilty after a trial where no witnesses came to testify against accuses and no forensic evidence was brought to court. Both individuals were sentenced to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay $5,000 compensation each to the family of the victim.

Compensation was turned down by the family of Chea Vichea, stating that they did not believe the two convicted were the murderers of their lost member.

SMD Statements



Saturday, January 07, 2006

MORE RIGHTS ACTIVISTS ARRESTED

One of Cambodia's most prominent human rights activists has been arrested and charged with criminal defamation.

Police sacked CCHR to arrest Mr. Kem Sokha.

Kem Sokha, as leader of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights, has been a prominent critic of the government. A number of opposition figures have been charged with defamation - which can be a criminal offence under Cambodian law - in recent weeks.

Foreign diplomats have expressed concern that charges are being used to silence and intimidate the opposition. The government has defended its right to prosecute people who it says have broken the law.

Police surrounded the headquarters of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights in the middle of the morning. They held warrants to search the building and to arrest the organisation's leader.
Foreign diplomats and the United Nations' Human Rights representative tried to intervene but police barred them from entering. Eventually, Kem Sokha emerged and police took him to court. The defamation charge stems from a banner displayed at a rally to mark International Human Rights Day earlier this month.

Hun Sen police deployed near PP Municipal Court to protect any protest against the arrest of Mr. Kem Sokha

One of the organisers of the rally also faces charges. At the Cambodian Legal Education Center, police came and went three times, demanding entry and meeting with Yeng Virak. CLEC staff denied the director was inside, and the two sides were at a standstill until a court clerk and deputy prosecutor arrived around 3:20 pm. Yeng Virak emerged and was taken to the court.

Phoum Bunphann, one of three CLEC lawyers representing Yeng Virak said Sunday that the director was questioned for about an hour by Sao Meach before also being charged with defamation and taken directly to Prey Sar. "They say he is responsible for the whole ceremony," Phoum Bunphann said. "But he's not the one responsible. Every group had a booth and he was only one member of the organizing committee."

Last week, the opposition leader, Sam Rainsy, was sentenced in absentia to 18 months in prison for defaming the leaders of the governing coalition.

On Jan 4, 2006, Cambodian Center for Human Rights' (CCHR) acting director Pa Nguon Teang has been arrested by the border authorities along with CCHR spokesman Ou Vireak and Mr. Pa's friend at the Cambodia Laos border.
Mr. Pa told VOA stringer by telephone at the site that the three of them want to go to the border with Laos for a sightseeing.
Police authorities told VOA stringer that police chief, General Hok Lundi gives order for the arrest.

Mr. Hok Lundi cannot be reached for comment. Ministry of Interior spokesman Khieu Sopheak says that the arrest was made by court order. If Mr. Pa has something to do with the banner displayed at the CCHR booth defaming the government, he will be detained. US Embassy spokesman Jeff Daigle says that the Embassy asks the government to reconsider freedom of speech and democracy issue.

It means that five critics of the government- Kem Sokha, Yeng Vireak, Rong Chhun, Mam Sonando, and Pa Nguon Teang, are now in jail awaiting trial. Six more have left the country rather than face imprisonment - Sam Rainsy, Prince Sisowat Thomico, Dr. Say Bory, Ear Chan, Chea Muny, and Man Nath.

HOW MANY MORE TO BE ARRESTED BY HUN SEN. HIS FAME IS ALWAYS MORE CONCERNED THAN THE COMMON GOOD OF THE NATION.

Read More: [1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-19-20-21-22]

Friday, January 06, 2006

GOVERNMENT MISSION TO ABOLISH BORDER ACTIVISTS


From September to October, 2005, border issues became the target of discusion and concern for Cambodian people both internal and external when PM HUN Sen was preparing to sign the Supplemental Treaty to legalize the 1985 Illegal Treaty with Youn on October 10, 2005. This Suplemental Treaty will carateristically delimate the new border line between Cambodian and Youn which is contradict to the Existing Border Line recognized in 1966 by Youn and Cambodia.

SMD, as an activist on border invasion investigations since 1998, has released a Join Statement with Cambodian Watchdog Council (CWC) adding to its previous statements, petitions, and border invasion reports to King, NA , and Government, to condemn the signing of the Supplemental Treaty signed by PM Hun Sen for this treaty makes Cambodia loses 4oookm square and appeal the Cambodians to mourn for that loss of land.This Statement did hurt Hun Sen government. Then after returned from Youn, he declared to take all kinds of measures to crack down all those who criticize border issues. Eventually, the arrest warrants issued.

On October 11, police arrested Sonando, director of Beehive radio station, at his Kandal province home, on charges of defamation and incitement. The charges related to a September 20 interview Sonando conducted with Sean Pengse, head of the Washington-based Cambodia's Border Committee

Mr. Rong Chhun was arrested on 15 October 2005 while he was trying to enter into Thailand with Mr. Man Nath, Mr. Ear Chhana, and Mr. Chham Chhany. Then he was sent to PP and jailed.

Since Mr. Pang Sokheoun was under hiding, then, Mr. Ear Channa, Deputy Secretary General, signed the Statement for Mr. Pang Sokheoun and Mr. Sorn Dara, Acting President who was away, too. Therefore, he was under the arrest with three other signatures - Mr. Rong Chhun (President of Independent Teacher Association), Mr. Man Nath (President of Cambodian Independent Civil Servant Association), and Mr. Chea Muny (President of Free Trade and Union Workers of Kingdom of Cambodia).

Mr. Chea Muny was ahead in Irland before the arrest warrant issued for Conference reason. Mr. Ear Channa, Mr. Man Nath, and Mr. Rong Chhun including Mr. Chham Chhany (President of Cambodian Farmers' Association) who is also a member of CWC but he didn't sign the Satement , were fleeing to Thailand. Unfortunately, Mr. Rong Chhun was arrested by Hun Sen police and sent to PP and jailed in Pressar prison.

Now Mr. Ear Channa and Mr. Man Nath are still in Thailand since they are hindered by the Extradition Treaty between Cambodia and Thailand even though they are recognized by UNHCR in Bangkok.

"LET'S US MOURN FOR THE LOSS OF OUR LANDS AFFECTED BY HUN SEN'S SIGNATURE ON ILLEGAL TREATES - 1979, 1982, 1983, 1985 and the newly signed Supplemental Treaty 2005"

"LET'S STAND UP ALL KHMERS AND CHANGE THIS TRAITOROUS LEADER"

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

STUDENT LEADER RECIEVED DEAD THREAT

SMD, followed by the campaign against the gasoline price in the country and the direct activities on border issue invasion investigations by the bordering countries, has recieved continual threats from the Cambodian government. Remarkably, Mr. Pang Sokheoun, President of Students' Movement for Democracy, recieved two prevous dead threats - on June 22, 2005 and on August 26, 2005, before the last dead threat happened on September 11, 2005.


The thread followed by SMD' s another campaign against the high price of gasoline started from Septmber 3, 2005 and the campaign of border visit plan on September 18, 2005. For the gaosoline campaign, SMD were distributing stickers protesting the high price of gas saying that, "High Price of Gasoline Make People Poorer and Poorer. The Government must reduce the price now", sticking on motor cycles, taxi, buses, bikes, Cyclos as well as the walls. And SMD also developed, the SMS in Khmer version as a protest and sent from cell phone to cell phone to members, students, farmers, NGOs, congressmen, Government officials including PM Hun Sen. Then, unfortunately, Mr. Pang Sokheoun recieved first two dead threats on September 11, 2005, one at 8:34:47 pm and another one at 8:37:00pm. The messages read : (1) "Hello sir, please take care your safety on tomorrow until the end of this year," and (2) " I want 2 kill you." Then on September 13, 2005, he recieved another dead threat at 1:57:15pm read that, "I will kill you," while he was attending "Workshop on Leadership." The dead thread is similar to that of Mr. Chea Vichea, President of Free Trade of Union Workers of Kingdom of Cambodia, who months later he was assassinated in daylight.

Then he asked for Human Rights Orgs Protection - Licadho and Adhoc, and United Nations Office of High Commision on Human Rights in Cambodia.

However, Mr. Pang Sokheoun fled the country after he returned from border visit in Kampot Province on September 18, 2005. He fled to Thailand immediately after he arrived home in PP, while his family was closely followed by the plain clothes police during his hideout in the province. He fled to Thailand at 3:00 am by land road from the support of family and friends.


This picture was taken while he was exiling to Malaysia. He stayed with Malaysian Students' Movement, in Kualar Lampur.


He still could not stay in Thailand while his seretary, Mr. Ear Chana was under the arrest warrant after he was responsible for a joint statement in Cambodian Watchdog Council criticized the government signing the Suplemental Treaty on 10 October 2005 with Vietnam and he is asked to be extradited to Cambodia. Then there came the cooperation between Thai police and Cambodian police led by Hok Longdy. So Mr. Pang Sokheoun moved to Malaysia when Hok Longdy arrived in Thailand to prey on all the exiled.

Now his case is not being resolved yet, even though he sent his complaints to PP Criminal Police and PP Municipal City. Yet, PP Criminal Police keeps denying to have recieved his complaint and asking for his present at Criminal Police.

With this reason and the newly political tight increased in the country, he decided to go on his exile.

Read More: [KI 07 Oct 2005], [KI 26 Oct 2005], [CCI], [CCI], [CCI], [CCI], [CCI], [CCI], [CCI], [CCI] [1] [2]

Another Example besides Mr. Pang Sokheoun and Mr. Ear Chana is Mr. KEN Sara, Deputy Secretary General of SMD. Read: [ 1 -2-3]

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

GASOLINE PROTEST and OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS

ANTI-DEMONSTRATION POLICE SACKED SMD OFFICE

The high price of gasoline in Cambodia does affect extremely the daily economic practice of the Cambodian people who live with their lowest salary- US$ 25 per month. This will weaken the government policy in improving economics without denial and will go on to suffer about 40 percent of Cambodians to live in poverty. Having seen this econimc injustice, SMD has launced its protest which heartedly supported mostly by Cambodian people and all opposition lawmakers.

Hun Sen Policemen that launched outside SMD Office to crack down and arrest SMD's leaders and supporters. SMD leaders -Mr. Um Sam An, Mr. Pang Sokheoun, Mr. Sar Longdet, Mr. Sorn Dara, Mr. Ken Sara, Mr. Ir. Channa, Mr. Nouhem Prumvireak and other activists were violently cracked down and arrested three times regarding to these protests and they were illegally detained at leat 4 hours in each arrest.

Besides demostration and strike against the high price of gasoline, SMD has sent many petitions to National Assembly and the Government as a protest against the high price of gasoline and to give resolutions on how to reduce gas price in the country as low as bordering countries from 3900 Riels per litre to 2400 or 2500 Riels.

The resolutions recomended by SMD for gasoline price reduction:

1. Abolish illegal gasoline smuggle
2. Fight against corruption
3. Determine the market price of gasoline
4. Subsidize the gasoline price [How to subsidize gas price was mentioned by a diplomat of a donor counry as suggested by SMD]
5. Tax and increase taxes on lands, alcoholics, cigarrette, and comestics
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However, these resolutions are never taken into account by the government, yet SMD has been threatened again and again. Below is the resource from VOA interview with Kiet Chhon, the Minister of Ministry of Economy and Finance. SMD also has appealed to Kiet Chhon to resign three times regarding to his incompetence to reduce gas price which affects too much the daily economic life of Cambodians.

The Cambodian government is looking for measures to bring down skyrocketing gas price by trying to cut down 10% of the fuel used by the government institutions.
In Cambodia, the average price per liter is 3,900 riels ($US1=4200 riels), compared to 2,500 riels per liter in neighboring countries. Among 14 millions people, the average 40% Cambodians earn less than one dollar per day.
Speaking at the tree planting ceremony in Svay Rieng Province, Prime Minister Hun Sen said that he plans to use the money saved from cutting down 10% of the gasoline used by the government institutions, to help the farmers in tilling their farms, and pumping the water for the people.
In this picture showed one of the demon- strations against the high price of gasoline held by SMD in June 1, 2004 when it reached Phsar Oulampich and then five of SMD's Leaders were arrested and illegally detained for hours by Hun Sen's dictated government.

The government takes this measure at the time when the National Assembly summoned State Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Kiet Chhon, to explain the situation. He said that the government cannot stop the high price immediately.
He also said that the government will try to use the budget of more than $US 600,000,000 to help stop the rising price of gasoline. He said further that the price is high because of the tax evasion on gasoline brought inside Cambodia from neighboring countries such as Thailand and Vietnam. He added that recently the government is able to crack down on 1,500,000 litres of gasoline which were not taxed.
Opposition Sam Rainsy Party member of parliament, Mr. Son Chhay, said that gasoline in Cambodia is more expensive than in the neighboring countries. He criticizes the government for the price hike.
The opposition lawmaker said the Ministry of Economy and Finance has no will to help the poor people of Cambodia, and that it only adopts policies that hurt the people. He said that the meeting between Mr. Kiet Chhon and the members of parliament at the National Assembly will not result in anything today. Mr. Son Chhay said that he would like for the government to understand the means that will benefit the people.
An official from the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications who speaks on condition of anonymity, said that he does not support the government's action, because the price cut in government institutions might apply only to low level institutions and not higher ones.

Note: Even Kiet Chhon claimed that government is resolving the high price of gasoline by subsiding gas price but up to now nothing is happened... yet recently in late December 2005, he reclaimed that government can't reduce gasoline price because of the price in OPEC is still high.

'LET'S STAND UP AND DEFY THIS INJUSTICE GOVERNMENT'

SMD Reacted to Chinese Leader -CNN.Com

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

BOOKS AND PICTURES

LOK ACHAR HEM CHIEV, the Khmer Hero: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] WHO IS THE MURDERER OF KHMER? [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] THE MARCH TOWARDS WEST, YOUN: [1] [2] [3] HISTORY OF KHMER NATIONALISTS: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]COCHINCHINA BELONGS TO KHMER: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [9] [10] [11]

CAMBODIA FLAGS: 1863-1948 - 1948-1970 - 1970-1975 - 1975-1979 - 1979-1989 - 1989-1991 - 1991-1993 - 1993-present Phnom Maps: [1- 2 -3 - 4] Siem Reap Map:[1 -2 ] Cambodia Map [1- 2]

History of Cambodia [1]

Cartoon: Click Here
Confernce: Click Here
Angkor Wat: Click [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]

STUDY KHMER

KHMER FOOD

IMPORTANT POLITICAL PARTIES


SAM RAINSY PARTY - SRP
CAMBODIAN PEOPLE'S PARTY - CPP
FUNCINPEC PARTY

SRP-Sweden

INSIDE CAMBODIA

Cambodian Border Committee - CBC (In this site you can read all Treaties, Krets and International Declarations concerning to our National Territorial Intergrity and Sovereignty)
Cambodian Community Information - CCI
Cambodian Khet and Krong Information - CKK
King Norodomsihaknouk
King Sihamuni
Khmer Krom: [1] [2]
Cambodian Politics
Cambodian Center for Human Rights - CCHR
Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia - Comfrel
Khmer Intelligence - KI
Khmer Kampongspue
KI Media
Cambodian Information Center - CIC
Khmer Everyday - KE
Youth Council of Cambodia- YCC
Cambodian Defenders Project - CDP
Cambodian League for Promotion and Defense of Human Rights - LICADHO
The Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association - ADHOC
Cambodian Center for Social Development- CSD
Document Center of Cambodia - DCCam
Cambodia Information Center - CIC
Absara
Cambodia
United Cambodian Internationa Council - UCIC
Royal Government of Cambodia-RGC

Cambodian Estate CE
Phnom Phenh Tourism
ANGKOR WAT
Angkor Wat
Cultural Day in Sweden
Cambodian Directory Sites
Khmer Font Downdoad

MUSIC AND NEWS

Khmer Music
Radio Free Asia - RFA
Voice of America - VOA
Voice of Democracy - VOD
Radio France International - rFi
Austalian Broadcasting - ABC
Vioce of Khmer Krom - VOK

SMD FOOTBALL TEAM




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TREATIES and PICTURES OF BORDER VISITS

TREATIES and OTHER RELATED DOCUMENTS

Sarin Chhak " CAMBODIAN BORDER": [1- 2- 3- 4- 5- 6]
Touch Bora: Treaties - Background
Petition to the Illegal Treaties by CBC
Map of Supplemental Treaty 2005
Illegal Treaties 1985
Cambodia Daily on Treaty [2004]
Cambodia-Youn Treaty 1982 -by CBC
Connie Levett - VN Invasion in Cambodia: October 22, 2005
Sok Dyvathann - Secretary of UKD 2000
VOA with Sean Pengse 26. 09. 2005
CWC React to the Illegal Treaty - by VOA
Cambodia Vietnam Draft Border Agreement, Maps, and Supplemetal Treaty [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20]

Click Here to view the whole documents

Note: If the documents cann't meet your need please visit CBC for more information.

SOME PICTURES OF BORDER VISITS

Students' Movement for Democracy (SMD) has actively conducted "Border Visits Program" after its monthly training on "International Treaties, Laws and Border Investigation", finishes, to students from various Universities and High Schools to the all the provinces along bordering with Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos. The above, for instance, is the pictures taken during SMD border visit to Kampongcham Province to Phum Dong, Phum Don Rot, Phum Trapaing Rusey, and Phum Srey Tanorng.This is one of the border visits conducted along the Eastern border of the country. These pictures were taken in Memot and Porhnearkrek, Kampongcham Province.

Before 1996, 1998, and 2000, these field rices (first top below) belonged to Cambodia. The Cambodian people had cultivated these lands for generations and now these lands were invaded and taken illegally by Youn.

Mr. Pang Sokheoun and H.E. Mao Munywan led the group walking in the newly invaded rice fields along the border from Phum Donrot to Phum Dong and then passed Phum Trapaing Rusey to Phum Sretanorng - 17km long, and confronting with 17 Youn soldiers along the way. Yet Cambodian border soldiers were ignoring the threats, refused responsibility, and walked away.








In this picture, Youn soldier was standing in the dry stream and banning us not to pass the middle line of the stream claiming that the New Border Line is in the middle line of the stream. And beyond that are Youn's lands now. Actually, before 1995, these lands belonged to Cambodian farmers in Phumdong, Khum Donrot, Srok Memot. The invasion is 3km deep inside asserted by villagers.

Here we had a determined to walk even though we were stopped and threatened by Youn soldiers. Here the villagers gathering more and more - old, young, boys, and girls. We walked bravely ahead to our distination at Phum Sretanorng.


You can see in the pictures from the top down that we, Mr. Pang Sokheoun, Mr. Ir Chana, ... with congressman, Mao Muniwan, Kampongcham Provine, accompanied by 43 students, monks and about two hundreds people from Phum Donrot and Phum Dong, were walking - from Phum Donrot to Phum Dong, to Phum Trapaing Rusey, and to Phum Srey Tanorng, Memot, Kampongcham - in our lands that have just taken by Youn yet we were threatened by Youn border soldiers. We were stopped many times with guns pointint at us, but Youn soldiers failed to do so since our members of SMD and the people were idealy committed to protect the country and we walked to the end of our plan and recieved information we wanted.

YOU CAN SEE PICTURE THAT SMD ACTIVIST, Mr. LENG PENGSOR, HOLDING THE CAMBODIAN FLAG IN IN THE RICE FIELD WHERE THE PALM TREE WAS CUT DOWN. IT WAS THE NEWLY INVADED LAND BY YOUN. WHEREVER, THE LANDS ARE TAKEN, YOUN ALWAYS DESTROY OUR IDENTITY IMMEDIATELY.

In Kamponcham, some places are invaded deep inside from 600 m up to 7 km. And what is the most remarkable invasion is the Ampel Village where there are more than now 1000 Cambodian families. This village is taken away in the end of 1980s. THIS IS JUST IN ONE DISTRICT IN ONE PROVINCE. However, Hun Sen governement keeps refusing the truth and yet threaten SMD as well as other Cambodian people who complaint about this invasion.

As a key witness of the land invsaion from bordering countries and as a response to the tratorous leadership of this government, Mr. Pang Sokheoun wrote a letter to PM Hun Sen on 26 October 2005 to bet with him if PM Hun Sen is sure that we Cambodia don't lose land to Youn affected by his signature, on 10 October 2005, to the Suplemental Treaty to Illegal 1985 Treaty.