Mud houses give shelter to Svay Rieng’s poor
December 26, 2007, 1:42 am
Filed under: Social Issues

Mud houses give shelter
to Svay Rieng’s poor

By Moeun Chhean Nariddh

            Banteay Kraing, Svay Rieng: In 1936, Pailin’s heart of love was revealed when Cambodian writer Nhok Them published his novel The Rose of Pailin that tells the story of two lovers: Chao Cheth and Khun Neary.

In the then gem-rich town on the Thai border, an impoverished young man, Chao Cheth, was lucky enough to marry Khun Neary, the daughter of a millionaire, despite the fact that they were from different social classes.

Five hundred kilometers away on the Vietnamese border, the residents of Banteay Kraing village say Chao Cheth would not have been so lucky had he been born here. His advances might well have been rejected had he lived in a mud house and wanted to marry a girl from a large wooden house with a tiled roof. Continue reading


Beating a Monk Also does Harm To Oneself
December 24, 2007, 3:27 am
Filed under: Human Rights Issue


The Cambodia Daily

Monday, December 24, 2007

Beating a Monk Also Does Harm To Oneself

The beating of monks who took part in a recent protest was not only a serious violation of human rights, but it’s also one of the most serious sins that could be committed by Buddhists.

        Those who beat the monks will be inflicted by double karmas this life and the next. To hurt a monk is to hurt one’s own happiness.

        After these people were born, their parents probably invited monks to give blessings so that they could have a long and happy life. Continue reading

December 18, 2007, 8:41 am
Filed under: Social Issues

by Matthias WITZEL
CSD-DED consultant, Psycho-therapist, clinical psychologist

Fear stems from lack of information During our outreach activities and research, we quickly realized that fear is one of the most evident symptoms in Cambodia today, blocking a creative, engaged and healthy life of many people.

Fear is a lack of information (or knowledge, understanding).

In response to fear, the first step is to get control and ownership of one’s own life in or after threatening situations, to get knowledge about the structure and content of the destructive circumstances. The second step is to seek new skills, and/or to reactivate earlier developed skills in order to cope and to reorganize life in a healthy way.

Step one is only a precondition; it does not give enough skills to deal with damaged self esteem, destructive behavior, lack of trust, or lack of ownership according to a self-actualized, creative, robust living.

For example, if family members do not understand that trauma can lead to an outburst of anger, panic or sudden grief (common symptoms) or that traumatized people change their communication pattern, are more suspicious and afraid, and tend to withdraw from society, how can they understand their suffering relatives, how can they appreciate them in their life struggle. Instead, oftentimes, they are labeled as “ch’kuet”, crazy. Continue reading

Cambodia: Leading Rights Groups Support UN Envoy
December 18, 2007, 8:39 am
Filed under: Human Rights Issue

Press Release

 Cambodia: Leading Rights Groups Support UN Envoy


        ( Washington , DC , December 18, 2007) – Five leading international human rights organizations today called upon the Cambodian government to respect its international human rights commitments as well as United Nations officials mandated to monitor them.

        The five organizations – Human Rights Watch , the Asian Human Rights Commission, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), the Intern ational Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) – expressed deep concern about the Cambodian government’s ongoing unwillingness to engage with the UN secretary-general’s special representative on human rights in Cambodia , Professor Yash Ghai.

         Following critical remarks by the special representative at the end of a 10-day fact-finding mission to Cambodia , Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on December 12 called Ghai – a distinguished professor of constitutional law in Kenya who has been special representative since 2005 – a “human rights tourist” and vowed to never meet him. Continue reading

In Memory of Chea-Sor Phanachonon
December 5, 2007, 8:56 am
Filed under: Social Issues

In Memory of Chea-Sor Phanachonon

(15 Nov 2006-19 Nov 2007)


Internews staff and IMMF family would like to extend our condolences to journalist Chea Kimsan and his family for the loss of their beloved baby son, Chea-Sor Phanachonon, and a 4-year-old niece, Deth Yariza, to a recent traffic accident in Kompong Cham province, Cambodia. We pray that Phanachonon and Yariza be reborn in a happy world.