Human Rights Organization Renews its Call on Authorities to Overturn 'Baseless' Convictions
(Washington, D.C.) -- Amnesty International said today the decision by Cambodia's Appeal Court to release 13 women imprisoned for peacefully protesting is a victory for their community, but called for their convictions to now be overturned.
The Cambodian government had requested the International Court of Justice – ICJ – for an interpretation of the judgment of 15 June 1962 concerning the temple of Preah Vihear, and had also requested some provisional measures to be taken against the presence of Thai troops in the region. The court pronounced, in response, an order on 18 July 2011. [Source: www.icj-cij.org/docket/files/151/16564.pdf]
The Mirror, Vol. 15, No. 701
Since the last Sunday Mirror Why Should We Care about Interfering with the Freedom of Information? of 23.1.2011 was published, there were deep changes going on in Tunisia and in Egypt, for which the Internet is considered to have been one important element involved. At the beginning of the demonstrations in Tunisia calling for an end to corruption and the creation of employment opportunities, blogging activities on the Internet played an encouraging role in the country suffering from various forms of censorship. Some media called the changes in Tunisia even a Twitter Revolution, because this micro-blogging service provided easy, quick, and wide communication. When tens of thousands of people started to gather in Egypt
The Mirror, Vol. 15, No. 701
When Cambodian citizens – “The Cambodian people are the masters of their own country” according to Article 51 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Cambodia – try to get information from the authorities which affects their lives, they seem to be often treated rather than subordinate servants.
We collected, over time, random sections of information from the media, where – instead of receiving an answer to a question, the person who asked is directed to another place, from there a new direction is give – again back to the starting point. A very frustrating situation without a solution.
The Mirror, Vol. 15, No. 700
There were some happenings in Cambodia recently which raised concerns – some related to the Internet, some related to other forms of reporting in and from Cambodia.
We therefore re-present an old – well, is form November 2010 old? – document about the freedom of communication. The author: “Sir Timothy John ‘Tim’ Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA, is a British engineer and computer scientist and a professor at MIT [the prestigious US Massachusetts Institute of Technology], credited with inventing the World Wide Web, making the first proposal for it in March 1989.”
The Mirror, Vol. 15, No. 699
One of the most surprising international news of the week relate to Tunisia, an Arab country; with about 10 million people it has a smaller population than Cambodia. After 23 years of a strong-handed government, large scale protests against unemployment and corruption led to turmoil. These problems were not new. By the time of this writing – about 100 people have lost their lives.
The Mirror had reported, on Tuesday, that Boeng Kak Lake Area Residents Call off Futile “Freedom Park” Demonstration. The Cambodia Daily reported in its 15-16 January 2011 edition the following sequel to the Boeng Kak tragedy.
Seoul: A Seoul court Friday ordered a Cambodian airline to pay 3.2 billion won (USD 2.8 million) in compensation to the families of passengers who died in a 2007 plane crash, sources said.
PMTair's Antonov An-24 crashed in southern Cambodia in June 2007 on its way to the beach resort town of Sihanoukville from Angkor International Airport in Siem Reap.
The Mirror, Vol. 15, No. 698
Apologies for the delay, for health reasons – or, more correctly: because of being sick.
The newly elected members of the US House of Representatives had their first meeting on Thursday, 6 January 2011. Their meeting started with something that had never before happened: the whole text of the Constitution of United States of America was read aloud, with Republicans and Democrats taking turns to read passages from this 223 years old document. This procedure had been proposed by newly elected members, so that all should be reminded about the basis on which to work together.
The Mirror, Vol. 14, No. 693
In the morning of 11 March 2010 an anti-corruption law was discussed and adopted by the National Assembly with 82 votes in favor from the 82 voters present. During the current week, its application – with the arrest of the first suspects – started.
To recall part of the history, it is said that this is the Cambodian law which had been in the status of being drafted for the longest time, compared to other laws. This process began in 1994, and when it was announced in December 2009 that the draft is finally ready, its text was not released until 5 March 2010, about only one week before its adoption.