Location: Cambodia

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.

Thursday, January 05, 2006


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]