Cambodians Should Show Support for Suu Kyi
September 26, 2007, 10:00 am
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Cambodians Should Show Support for Suu Kyi

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh

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s leaders around the world joined hands to demand the release of Burmese pro-democracy leader Ang San Suu Kyi during her 60th birthday, Cambodian leaders seemed quiet and did nothing to help the Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

As a democratic country, Cambodia should do anything it can to show its support for Ang San Suu Kyi and her efforts to restore democracy in Burma.

Cambodia should not forget the tremendous suffering and misery it underwent during the Khmer Rouge and the later communist regime between 1975 and 1989. In isolation, we had cried for help from the world to free ourselves from genocide and communism.

Ang San Suu Kyi and the Burmese people who are now suffering from severe injustice and human rights abuses are also crying for help from the world, including Cambodia, to liberate themselves from the authoritarian military regime.

Of course, there is something special between Burma and Cambodia. Burma not only used to be our ancient neighbor, but we also share a similar culture and tradition. Spiritually, we also suffer when they suffer.

We must heed the warning by the late US civil rights leader Martin Luther King, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

 

The Cambodia Daily

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

 

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