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1/15 Exile has long been part of my life; even though painful it is a lesser evil than the risk of prison or a violent death which permanently hang over Cambodia’s opposition leaders. #SamRainsy #Cambodia
2/15 I have decided to return to my country this year despite the large numbers of legal convictions and arrest warrants against me.
3/15 My 25-year struggle for democracy against an authoritarian regime led by former Khmer Rouge members has led to several assassination attempts and ongoing political and judicial persecution against me.
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Thank you to Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for the precious advice he gave to our leaders andpeople during his visit to #Cambodia.
The following seven valuable pieces of advice are clear from the diplomatic statements that Dr. Mahathir made during his visit. #SamRainsy
1/7 Cambodia must embrace, not reject, the Western-model of liberal and pluralist democracy.
2/7 Cambodia must be prepared for a democratic change in government (just like Malaysia in 2018).
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1\3 wsj.com/articles/secre… | #CCP continues to project naval influence in SE Asia by targeting corrupt authoritarian gov'ts backed by Chinese loans & the CCP's diplomatic clout. Together, Cambodian facilities & China's military outposts in the South China Sea would create 2\
2\3 a triangular perimeter controlled by Beijing that effectively boxes in all of mainland Southeast Asia. This threatens the independence of Taiwan, making it very difficult for the U.S. to support Taiwan if Beijing decides to attack and overtake the Island #FreeHongKong #Taiwan
3/3 At a time when #HongKongProtests demonstrate the demands of the people seeking #Democracy & freedom from Communist repression, this presents an acute threat to the Independence enjoyed by the people of Taiwan and MUST NOT BE IGNORED. #China #Cambodia #Vietnam @BaldingsWorld
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Secret Deal for #Chinese Naval Outpost in #Cambodia Raises #US Fears of Beijing’s Ambitions - Use of Ream naval base would help China’s military project power across a broad swath of Southeast Asia wsj.com/articles/secre…
China has signed a secret agreement allowing its armed forces to use a Cambodian navy base near here, as Beijing works to boost its ability to project military power around the globe, according to U.S. and allied officials familiar with the matter.
The pact—signed this spring but not disclosed by either side—gives China exclusive rights to part of a Cambodian naval installation on the Gulf of Thailand, not far from a large airport now being constructed by a Chinese company.
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Thread: #Chinese Businesses Are Changing #Cambodia. And Not for the Better. - ‘See, They Are So Happy with Our Generosity!’ - “Without us Chinese coming here and creating jobs for them, the Cambodians would only have a mango a day to eat” hrw.org/news/2019/07/1…
China is now Cambodia’s largest source of foreign direct investment, foreign aid, and tourists. As part of the trillion-dollar global infrastructure and investment program the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China has poured billions of dollars into Cambodia.
Once a sleepy beach town, Sihanoukville is now a hub for Chinese gamblers, as gambling is illegal in mainland China & only foreigners are allowed to gamble in Cambodia. Dozens of Chinese-built and -owned casinos have sprung up in the last few years, with more under construction.
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That 10 day mission or service trip you are taking this summer to #Uganda #Honduras #Nepal #Cambodia or #Haiti is trash and we are going to give you 8 reasons why:

1) You aren’t qualified. You have no relevant or useful training, experience or specialization.
2) It is a poor use of money. That $2,000 that you and each member of your “team” is spending? Invest it in the projects you think you’re helping instead.

3) It’s about you. This *experience* is actually not about the needs of “the people “ you are visiting in that country.
4) You are using poor people to make you feel better about your privilege and wealth. Rather than actually investing in efforts to help people get out of poverty, you offer handouts and temporary solutions.

5) You can visit a country for what it HAS rather than what it LACKS...
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1/7 On behalf of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), I would like to express to the European Union my deep gratitude for their effort and determination to help defend human rights and restore democracy in Cambodia.
2/7 Even though the CNRP was arbitrarily dissolved by the Hun Sen government in November 2017 to prevent it from participating in the July 2018 election, it continues to represent the will of at least half of the Cambodian people, a fact which nothing can hide.
3/7 On behalf of the Cambodians from all walks of life that the CNRP continues to speak for, I would like to confirm to the EU that the response it is considering to address the totalitarian drift - a suspension of the EBA programme - is acceptable and appropriate in our eyes.
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1/x Thread on censored songs in #Cambodia:
If it's about economics, or criticism of the ruling party, it's fair game for censorship.

"‘I don’t have a choice’: hip-hop artist in Cambodia deletes song after becoming a political pawn" scmp.com/lifestyle/ente…
2/x 'Drunk Teacher" (Chen Sai Chai, Town production) banned on request of Ministry of Education. December 2018

phnompenhpost.com/post-life-arts…
3/x “Only True Love Remained” (Khmer Amatak) banned September, 2018

khmertimeskh.com/534218/governm…
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1/8 INTERNATIONAL INVESTIGATIVE COMMISSION NEEDED TO EXAMINE POSSIBLE PRESENCE OF FOREIGN MILITARY BASES IN CAMBODIA
Through peace agreements signed in Paris in 1991, Cambodia is obliged to respect absolute neutrality in its foreign policy. #SamRainsy #Cambodia @UN
2/8 On the basis of reliable, tallying sources, China, with the agreement of the government in Phnom Penh, is in the process of building aerial and port infrastructure in the coastal province of Koh Kong in Cambodia which could be used for military ends.
3/8 The infrastructure is similar to that built by China on the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, which are the subject of territorial dispute.
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1/3 I call on the governments of countries who are friendly with #Cambodia, and especially those countries that respect democratic principles and human rights, to disregard the arrest warrants against the eight leaders of the Cambodian opposition. #SamRainsy
2/3 The eight are Long Ry, Men Sothavarin, Eng Chhai Eang, #SamRainsy, Mu Sochua, Ou Chanrith, Tok Vanchan and Ho Vann. They were ridiculously charged with “plotting to commit treason and incitement to commit a felony.”
3/3 The UN, the US Congress, the European Parliament, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch can confirm these arrest warrants have been issued for purely political reasons and show worsening repression in Cambodia under Hun Sen.
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[1/4] Washington State Senator (local Senate) #DougEricksen who served as 'election monitor' & praised #Cambodia's 2018 Election now applies to register as 'foreign agent' for one-party government.
Additional articles on the topic follow.
seattletimes.com/seattle-news/p…
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1/5 The Phnom Penh regime is spreading rumours that CNRP President Kem Sokha would be willing to ask for his “rehabilitation” from Hun Sen. This is pure nonsense. #SamRainsy #Cambodia #FakeNews
2/5 The 118 leading CNRP officials, including Kem Sokha, were unconstitutionally banned from politics when the CNRP was dissolved by the Hun Sen regime in 2017. By arbitrarily dissolving the only credible opposition party, Hun Sen has destroyed democracy in #Cambodia. #SamRainsy
3/5 Therefore, Kem Sokha and his CNRP colleagues are entitled to fight for the reinstatement of the CNRP, which will imply their full, dignified and automatic rehabilitation. #Cambodia. #SamRainsy
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"because the United States, however flawed, is a force for good in the world in my opinion." - Colbert
They've killed 20-30 million people since WWII. Nixon created Pol Pot.
This belief that so many of them hold, about "greatness"; it's a mental illness.
"Flawed" America in Laos
One person a day, every day on average, is killed by an Empire #UXO. They won't even clean them up. They dropped 270 MILLION bombs on Laos. America was not even at war with Laos.
And then there was #Cambodia
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1/6 In a telephone call with government officials made public Feb 14, Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen said the government must destroy the opposition, the CNRP, before the European Union withdraws the country’s free-trade privileges. #SamRainsy #Cambodia
2/6 The statement amounts to an order to kill. Hun Sen’s willingness to resort to murder to eliminate critics has been shown many times in the past. #SamRainsy #Cambodia
3/6 The CNRP is supported by millions of Cambodians, and the party scored close to half the vote in both the national election of 2013 and the local elections of 2017. #SamRainsy #Cambodia
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Tweeps, have you been to the landmark @LouvreAbuDhabi #Louvre #AbuDhabi? No worries. Got @twitter. Had the chance to visit while in the #UAE for the @MilkenInstitute #MIGlobal #MENASummit. Follow this thread for a #TwitterTour of highlights. louvreabudhabi.ae/?utm_source=GM… #art #museum
Hello #LouvreAbuDhabi! @LouvreAbuDhabi ~ in all directions, the #magic of art & creativity on display. Crossing borders. Crossing cultures. #artmatters #museumlove
#Stunning. This two-headed figure is one of the oldest monumental statues in the history of humanity. It is some 8500 years old. On display at the @LouvreAbuDhabi. 👥

@VisitAbuDhabi #AbuDhabi #LouvreAbuDhabi
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1/6 Credible political scientists agree the CNRP has never engaged in any 'color revolution'. #SamRainsy #Cambodia
2/6 Astrid Noren-Nilsson: “The CNRP leadership had twin constraints: it is a party that respects the ‘rule of law’ until the bitter end and is determined to avoid any bloodshed.” #SamRainsy #Cambodia
3/6 Lee Morgenbesser: “The CNRP failed to follow the example set by successful foreign opposition groups, including the color revolutionaries in the Balkans and post-Soviet states . . . " #SamRainsy #Cambodia @LMorgenbesser
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1/7 On behalf of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), I want to express to the EU – meaning the European Parliament, the European Commission & all member states – my deep gratitude for their effort and determination to restore democracy in #Cambodia. #SamRainsy
2/7 Though the CNRP was arbitrarily dissolved by the Hun Sen government in November 2017 to stop it participating in the July 2018 election, it represents the will of at least half of the Cambodian people, which cannot be hidden by the sad return to a one-party system. #SamRainsy
3/7 On behalf of the Cambodian citizens from all walks of life that the CNRP represents, I want to confirm to the EU that the response it is considering to address the totalitarian drift in Cambodia – a suspension of EBA – is acceptable and appropriate in our eyes. #SamRainsy
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MY PLAN TO RETURN TO CAMBODIA IN 2019
1/12 Concerning my plan to return to #Cambodia in 2019 I would like to clear some misinformation and misinterpretation related to my previous repatriation plans in 2013 and 2015. #SamRainsy
2/12 On July 8, 2013 I announced my decision to return BEFORE I received a royal “pardon”. #SamRainsy
3/12 After four years of forced exile due to unjust heavy jail sentences handed down on me in Cambodia, I publicly declared that I would return IN ANY CASE in my capacity as President of the then newly founded Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP). #SamRainsy
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Just landed in #Thailand & looking forward to speaking at the @AfiForum. At the event? Come say hello. #AFIF2019.
500+ of the world’s leading #investors & #FI will explore investment opportunities to foster inclusive financial markets across #AsiaPacific
afiforum.com
#Davos #WEF19 or here at the Asia Financial Institutions Forum @AfiForum #AFIForum 2019 in #Bangkok: something to ponder this #MLKDay weekend & beyond. #microfinance #accessstocapital #fintech #finance #inequality
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1/13 CAMBODIA UPDATE from Mu Sochua, Eng Chhai Eang, CNRP Vice Presidents. Dec 18, 2018
SAM RAINSY CONFIRMED AS ACTING PRESIDENT OF THE CNRP
To avoid the CNRP being paralyzed at the leadership level after being arbitrarily dissolved by the Phnom Penh authorities . . .
2/13 . . . and with its President Kem Sokha being held under house arrest . . . the vast majority of the party’s officials and activists who can be contacted and accept to publicly express their will, have designated Sam Rainsy as Acting President, effective December 9, 2018.
3/13 Sam Rainsy, CNRP co-founder & former President, is the only person with the historic and popular legitimacy to lead the CNRP in a transition period which will end at the moment when President Kem Sokha has full freedom restored and can personally express himself in public.
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Time did the right thing today by awarding #TimePersonOfTheYear to journalists. It inspired me to look back at how @UN_SPExperts have emphasized the epidemic of attacks on journalists/ism just this year
following are just some of the attacks on journalists we highlighted. a core fact is that most attacks, and most abuses of human rights, are not held accountable.
the @Time 'award' takes place against the backdrop of @realDonaldTrump's attacks on truth
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Ten days ago, #Cambodia announced that garment sector minimum wage will rise from $170 to $182/month in 2019 💰

That’s a rise of 7%! 📈 Sounds pretty good, right? 😃

WRONG 👎

Minimum wage analysis 👇
The minimum wage for garment and footwear workers in Cambodia has risen 10 times in 22 years since it was introduced in 1997, the last 8 times in each of the last 8 years.
Yesterday’s increase of 7% adds to a total increase of 355% over 22 years.
Lucky garment workers 🍀?
But as wages rise, the price of food and rent goes up too.
Real wages consider the balance between rising wages and rising costs, comparing what workers can afford relative to previous years.
In real terms, wages have risen much slower – increasing just 44% from 2001 to 2016.
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The trial of Australian James Ricketson continues. Here’s an updated wrap from yesterday: smh.com.au/world/asia/per… More questioning this morning, concluding statements scheduled for this afternoon.
Judge Ros Piseth is questioning Ricketson about his finances. Judge asks if he has a receipt for the $80,000 funding he got for the documentary “Sleeping with Cambodia”. Ricketson said all his financial records are in Australia.
Ricketson said he received about half a million each for two film projects, Biva and Backpackers Australia. He also received $20,000 from Al Jazeera for “Little Booksellers of Phnom Penh.” Judges also ask him about inheritance.
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I didn't realize its relevance until I mentioned it to my partner, who's a freelance journalist based in PNH, we got stunned by the amount of beans spilled by @phnompenhpost Executive EIC, Joshua Purushotman.
So apparently, we were in a place at Street 163, chilling. We heard these guys from the next table we were seated the words "Post" "Tayseng". We didn't mind at first but when this Joshua guy started to vent and air out his personal grudges to the quoted above, interest fired.
Joshua, appeared to be drunk and tactless, about how unfair the treatment of "Post". We assumed, he meant the @phnompenhpost. So there, that his responsibilities do not correspond with his pay and he's overworked but underpaid. Ironically from the EIC himself. Sounds terrible.
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