Petition to the Secretary General of the United Nations

His Excellency António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations;

We, the undersigned, request your urgent intervention for the safe repatriation of Sam Rainsy, Acting President of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and his colleagues to Cambodia on November 9, 2019.

Just a month ahead, the violent rhetoric from Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia is ominous: shelling heavy weapons, dispatching troops along the border, and shooting Rainsy’s airplane etc. Over 250 CNRP’s activist members are either accused by the court or extrajudicially detained by authorities. Kem Sokha, President of the CNRP, has been in detention two years (the first year in jail; the second year under “house arrest”), the CNRP was dissolved by order of the court prior to the general election in 2018. Hun Sen stole the seats of Member of Parliament and Commune Councillors whom people voted for them, and banned 108 Cambodian citizen from involvement in politics.

These actions are unconstitutional and violating the Paris Peace Agreement of 1991 as well as international covenant on civil and political rights Cambodia has ratified.

With Paris Peace Agreement and the mandates of the United Nations, we ask that your excellency intervene to prevent a deadly confrontation from November 9, 2019 onward.

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ឯកឧត្ដមអានតូនីយូ ហ្គូតតើរែស(António Guterres) អគ្គលេខាធិការអង្គការសហប្រជាជាតិ៖

យើងខ្ញុំដែលបានចុះហត្ថលេខាខាងក្រោម សូមស្នើសុំអន្តរាគមន៍ពីឯកឧត្ដមជាបន្ទាន់សម្រាប់ការធ្វើមាតុភូមិនិវត្តន៍របស់លោកសមរង្ស៊ី ប្រធានស្តីទីគណបក្សសង្រ្គោះជាតិនិងសហការីរបស់គាត់មកកាន់ប្រទេសកម្ពុជាវិញនៅថ្ងៃទី៩ ខែវិច្ឆិកាឆ្នាំ២០១៩ នេះ។

នៅសល់តែមួយខែទៀតទេ វោហារស័ព្ទដ៏ឃោរឃៅពីលោកនាយករដ្ឋមន្រ្តីហ៊ុនសែននៃប្រទេសកម្ពុជាប្រកដោយហឹង្សាធ្ងន់ធ្ងរគឺមានការបញ្ជាអោយបាញ់ផ្លោងអាវុធធ្ងន់ៗ បញ្ជូនកងទ័ពទៅត្រៀមចាំតាមច្រកព្រំដែន និងការបាញ់យន្តហោះដែលដឹកលោកសមរង្ស៊ី។ សកម្មជនគណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិជាង២៥០នាក់ត្រូវបានតុលាការចោទប្រកាន់ឬឃុំខ្លួនក្រៅប្រព័ន្ធច្បាប់ដោយអាជ្ញាធរ។ លោកកឹមសុខា ប្រធានគណបក្សសង្រ្គោះជាតិបានជាប់ឃុំ២ឆ្នាំ (ឆ្នាំទី១ ជាប់ពន្ធនាគារ ឆ្នាំទី២ក្រោម“ការឃុំខ្លួនក្នុងផ្ទះ”) គណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិត្រូវបានរំលាយតាមដីការបស់តុលាការមុនការបោះឆ្នោតសកលឆ្នាំ២០១៨ ។ លួចយកអាសនៈរបស់សមាជិកសភានិងសមាជិកក្រុមប្រឹក្សាឃុំ-សង្កាត់ដែលប្រជាជនបានបោះឆ្នោតអោយពួកគេ និងហាមឃាត់ពលរដ្ឋខ្មែរចំនួន ១០៨នាក់មិនអោយចូលរួមក្នុងជីវភាពនយោបាយ។

សកម្មភាពទាំងនេះគឺមិនស្របនឹងរដ្ឋធម្មនុញ្ញនិងរំលោភលើកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងសន្តិភាពទីក្រុងប៉ារីសឆ្នាំ១៩៩១ ក៏ដូចជាកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងអន្តរជាតិស្តីពីសិទ្ធិពលរដ្ឋនិងសិទ្ធិនយោបាយដែលប្រទេសកម្ពុជាបានផ្តល់សច្ចាប័ន។

ដោយមានកិច្ចព្រមព្រៀងសន្តិភាពទីក្រុងប៉ារីសនិងអាជ្ញាសិទ្ធិរបស់អង្គការសហប្រជាជាតិយើងខ្ញុំទាំងអស់គ្នាសូមស្នើសុំអោយឯកឧត្តមជួយអន្តរាគមន៍ទប់ស្កាត់ការប្រឈមមុខដាក់គ្នាស្លាប់រស់ចាប់ពីថ្ងៃទី៩ ខែវិច្ឆិកាឆ្នាំ ២០១៩ តទៅ។

[សូមមេត្តាចុច change.org ដើម្បីគាំទ្រញត្តិ]

Sam Rainsy updated chronicle of Cambodia illegitimate elections under Hun Sen dictatorial leadership

២៦ ឧសភា ២០១៩ / 26 May 2019

ការបោះឆ្នោតក្លែងក្លាយ ដែលនាំមកនូវប្រព័ន្ធឯកបក្ស / Fake elections leading to a one-party system (*)

ថ្ងៃអាទិត្យ ២៦ ឧសភា ២០១៩ នេះ មានការរៀបចំការបោះឆ្នោតជ្រើសរើសសមាជិកក្រុមប្រឹក្សា រាជធានី-ខេត្ត ក្រុង-ស្រុក-ខណ្ឌ។ នេះជាការបោះឆ្នោតក្លែងក្លាយ លើកទី៣ នៅកម្ពុជា បន្ទាប់ពីរបប ហ៊ុន សែន បានរំលាយគណបក្សសង្គ្រោះជាតិ ដោយអត្តនោម័ត នៅថ្ងៃ ១៦ វិច្ឆិកា ២០១៧។ ការបោះឆ្នោតក្លែងក្លាយ លើកទី១ គឺការបោះឆ្នោតព្រឹទ្ធសភា នៅថ្ងៃ ២៥ កុម្ភៈ ២០១៨។ ការបោះឆ្នោតក្លែងក្លាយ លើកទី២ គឺការបោះឆ្នោតតំណាងរាស្ត្រ នៅថ្ងៃ ២៩ កក្កដា ២០១៨។ ការបោះឆ្នោតក្លែងក្លាយទាំង ៣ លើកនោះ ធ្វើឲ្យគណបក្សកាន់អំណាច ទទួលបានកៅអី ១០០ ភាគរយ នៅគ្រប់ស្ថាប័នរដ្ឋ ពីថ្នាក់ជាតិ ដល់ថ្នាក់មូលដ្ឋាន។ សូមមើលការពន្យល់ ក្នុងតារាងខាងក្រោមនេះ។
(*) This Sunday 26 May 2019 there is an election to renew municipal, provincial, town and district councils. This is the third fake election to take place in Cambodia following the arbitrary dissolution of the opposition CNRP on 16 November 2017. The first fake election was the last Senate election which took place on 25 February 2018. The second fake election was the last National Assembly election which was held on 29 July 2018 without the participation of the CNRP. These three consecutive fake elections have allowed the ruling CPP to “win” 100% of the seats up for grabs at all State institutions from national to local levels. (See explanations in the chart below).

Some overseas Indonesians may vote again after fraud claim

Some overseas Indonesians may vote again after fraud claim

ក្នុងចំណោមប្រជាជនមានសិទ្ធិបោះឆ្នោតទាំង១៩០លាននាក់ ប្រជាជនឥណ្ឌូនេស៊ីនៅក្រៅប្រទេសដែលមានសិទ្ធិបោះឆ្នោតមានដល់៩លាននាក់នាក់ តែគណកម្មការជាតិបោះឆ្នោតបានបញ្ជាក់ថាមានតែ២លាននាក់ប៉ុណ្ណោះដែលបានចុះឈ្មោះបោះឆ្នោតពីក្រៅប្រទេស (Indonesians overseas voters)។ កត្តានេះធ្វើអោយមានការផ្ទុះតវ៉ាថាមានការលំអៀងដែលបណ្តាលអោយប្រជាជនឥណ្ឌូនេស៊ីចំណាកស្រុកដល់ទៅ៧លាននាក់បាត់បង់សិទ្ធិបោះឆ្នោតនៅពេលនេះ។

Op-Ed: Washington Post

Workers carry ballot boxes to be distributed to polling stations in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Nearly 193 million Indonesians are eligible to vote in presidential and legislative elections on Wednesday. President Joko Widodo, the first Indonesian president from outside the Jakarta elite, is competing against Prabowo Subianto, a former special forces general from the era of authoritarian rule under military dictator Suharto. (Achmad Ibrahim/Associated Press) By Niniek Karmini | APApril 16

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s Election Supervision Agency said Tuesday about 320,000 overseas voters in neighboring Malaysia’s biggest city should vote again in presidential and legislative elections after finding evidence that postal ballots had been tampered with.


Indonesia’s presidential candidates Widodo (l) and Subianto are courting overseas voters [File: Willy Kurniawan/Reuters]

Election officials rushed to Malaysia last week to investigate claims of vote fraud after videos circulated online showed thousands of ballots for Wednesday’s elections scattered throughout a shophouse.

Opposition party representatives said the ballots for Indonesians living in Kuala Lumpur were marked in favor of President Joko Widodo, who is campaigning for re-election, and a legislative candidate who is the son of Indonesia’s ambassador to Malaysia.

The agency “found legal ballot papers that allegedly were marked by non-legitimate voters at two locations in Selangor, Malaysia,” said Rahmat Bagja, one of the agency’s commissioners.

He said that requirements for the elections to be free, fair and honest were violated and recommended that Indonesia’s Election Commission dismiss two members of the election organizing committee in Kuala Lumpur to avoid conflicts of interest.

One of them is Indonesia’s deputy ambassador to Malaysia, Krishna Hannan.

The Election Commission is responsible for organizing elections and the Election Supervision Agency is responsible for overseeing them.

About 193 million Indonesians are eligible to vote in the elections for president, the Senate and national, provincial and district legislatures.

Opinion polls show Widodo has a large lead over his challenger, former special forces general Prabowo Subianto, whose campaign has repeatedly alleged major irregularities with voter rolls.

Bagja said the overseas vote in Sydney should be reopened because many expatriate Indonesians in the Australian city were unable to cast ballots in time.

This story has been corrected to show that the organization is the Election Supervision Agency, not Election Commission.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Overseas Indonesians vote for country’s next president

Op-Ed: Aljazeera

There are almost nine million Indonesians living abroad, a key constituency for the contenders Widodo and Subianto by Nithin Coca 8 Apr 2019

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Elections in Indonesia: 2019 Concurrent Presidential and Legislative Elections

Elections in Indonesia: 2019 Concurrent Presidential and Legislative Elections

On April 17, Indonesian citizens will go to the polls to elect both the next president and vice president as well as national and subnational legislators in 34 provinces and 514 regencies and municipalities.

This is the first time since Indonesia’s transition to democracy that presidential and legislative elections will be held on the same day.



To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Indonesia: 2019 Concurrent Presidential and Legislative Elections.IFES FAQs include:

  • Which political parties are competing
  • Is out-of-country voting allowed?
  • When will official results be announced?
  • How will election disputes be adjudicated?

Download IFES’ FAQs on Elections in Indonesia: 2019 Concurrent Presidential and Legislative Elections.

Learn more about IFES’ programs in Indonesia. 

120,000 Thais overseas voters registered to vote in advance

120,000 Thais registered to vote overseas

Original source: Bangkok Post, 22 Feb 2019 at 12:03 9

A hundred thousand Thais have registered to vote from overseas in the March 24 election, led by those residing in Sydney, according to the Foreign Ministry. Registration for overseas voting online and at 94 Thai embassies, consulates and trade and economic offices worldwide took place from Jan 28 to Tuesday.

A total of 119,184 Thais registered to vote, led by those in Sydney (10,256), London (7,926) Tokyo (6,048), Canberra (5,927), Los Angeles (5,668), Singapore (4,763), Kuala Lumpur (4,139) and Washington (4,122).

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THAI ELECTION GETS MESSY START OVERSEAS, VOTERS COMPLAIN

Original Source: Khaosot

By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter -March 11, 2019 2:36 pm


At left, Thais in Malaysia use cardboard boxes to vote Saturday in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Muhammad Sasu / Facebook. At right, long lines outside the embassy on the same day.

BANGKOK — Election officials are on the defensive after overseas voters complained angrily about a raft of problems including missing ballots, incorrect candidate information and poor voting facilities.

Two weeks before polls open at home, #OverseasVoting was trending atop Thai Twitter on Monday with many comments slamming the Election Commission and diplomatic missions for mismanaging early voting.

“Student body elections at school look more organized than this election,” Twitter user @Litentoyou wrote.

Criticism blew up after a student in China tweeted Saturday about the obstacles to voting, including a ballot that didn’t come until nearly a week after voting began. The student said more than 500 voters registered to vote in Shanghai hadn’t received them at all.

“This election is the most transparent ever,” @TheKopfer wrote, sarcastically.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry said the problems reported in China were due to missing voter contact information, adding that all but five voters in Shanghai had received their ballots by Sunday.

“I [dislike] this commission the most. Salaries so high, but they work sloppily, like children,” @Newthinkkn wrote. “They spent 12 million to study elections in other countries and look what happened.”

Dissatisfaction over widespread reported mishaps fed existing concerns about the commission’s ability to stage a credible election at home in just two weeks. It comes days after it invited scorn by canceling important meetings because six members were traveling abroad at a cost of about 12 million baht.

Muangphum Hansiriphet, who heads a Thai student association in Nanjing, called onlinefor an investigation into problems there. He said that while helping the consulate locate voters, he learned information entered by voters in online registration forms had gone missing or become unreadable when the commission submitted it to the diplomatic mission.

The Thai Embassy in Kuala Lumpur was forced to open Sunday for additional votingbecause it couldn’t accommodate the thousands who turned up the prior day. Many voters complained of waiting for hours and questioned why the commission couldn’t do better despite knowing how many people would vote.

Officials were shown using cardboard boxes to set up makeshift voting booths in photos posted online, reportedly because they didn’t receive enough from the commission, further stoking public outrage.

Without commenting on the cause of the problem, head commissioner Jarungvith Phumma said using a cardboard box was not illegal. He said it just didn’t “look very pleasant.”

He also said the commission was looking into several complaints regarding confusing documents listing candidates and their numbers for voters in London and New York.

Photos of the documents show some of the candidates names and photos did not appear next to their party names. For example, Parit “Itim” Wacharasindhu, who heads the Democrat Party’s youth wing, did not appear next to his party’s name. Instead it appeared above a candidate for the pro-establishment People Progressive Party.

Parit called for the commission to fix the issue because it might confuse voters.

“This error isn’t limited only to me but other candidates from other parties,” he said. “Every vote is valuable. … I hope the Election Commission and other related agencies take responsibility for this case.”

Nearly 82,000 people have registered to vote overseas, according to the commission. The vote is closing on March 16.

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Thais in Australia top overseas voter registration 

politics February 20, 2019 14:46

Original Source: By The Nation

Thai expats in Australia are the largest group of overseas voters, with 16,183 registering to vote, reported the Interior Ministry on Wednesday.

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Democratic Hopes in ASEAN Hinge on Thailand, Analysts Say

Democratic Hopes in ASEAN Hinge on Thailand, Analysts Say

25 March 2019


A child plays a toy guitar during a rally ahead of a general election in Bangkok, March 22, 2019. The nation's first general election since the military seized power in a 2014 coup is scheduled to be held March 24.
A child plays a toy guitar during a rally ahead of a general election in Bangkok, March 22, 2019. The nation’s first general election since the military seized power in a 2014 coup is scheduled to be held March 24.

BANGKOK

Thai voters head to the polls Sunday for the first time in nearly five years, and analysts say the results could have an impact on democracy throughout Southeast Asia.

Thailand’s military junta took power in May 2014, when then-army chief Prayut Chan-ocha led a coup that toppled the government. Observers see the coming elections as a struggle between democracy and military rule.

ការបោះឆ្នោត​ក្នុង​ប្រទេសថៃ​នៅ​ថ្ងៃអាទិត្យ​ខាងមុខ​ ត្រូវ​គេរំពឹងថា​នឹង​មាន​ចំនួន​មនុស្ស​ចេញ​ទៅ​បោះឆ្នោត​ច្រើន​នៅភាគខាងត្បូងប្រទេស ដែលទីនោះគឺជាកន្លែង​ប្រឆាំង​នឹង​យោធា​នៅក្នុងតំបន់។ ប៉ុន្តែក្រុមអ្នកបោះឆ្នោត​និង​ក្រុមប្រឆាំង​ព្រួយបារម្ភ​ថា ​ការបង្រ្កាប​ដោយ​រដ្ឋាភិបាល​ទៅលើសំឡេងប្រឆាំងនឹងធ្វើឲ្យពួកយោធាគ្រប់គ្រង​ ប្រទេសមួយអាណត្តិទៀត។

Prayut, now seeking the premiership, has said that if he wins, voters would be returning his junta-led country to a “democracy.”

Prayut Chan-ocha of the Palang Pracharat Party receives flowers from supporters during an election campaign rally in Bangkok, Thailand, March 22, 2019.
Prayut Chan-ocha of the Palang Pracharat Party receives flowers from supporters during an election campaign rally in Bangkok, Thailand, March 22, 2019.

Thailand is a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and pro-democracy advocates within the trading bloc are paying close attention to the vote, despite its policy of noninterference in members’ internal affairs.

The ASEAN Post, an independent regional digital media company in Kuala Lumpur, recently noted that freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and press freedom had deteriorated since the junta seized power, initiating the longest period of army rule in modern Thai history.

“Several hundred activists and dissidents have since been called national security threats and faced serious criminal charges such as sedition, computer-related crimes and lese majeste [insulting the monarchy] for peaceful expression of their views,” it noted in a recent opinion piece.

The coup — Thailand’s 13th since 1932 — ousted then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and caused international outrage. The pending elections, the military hopes, will fix that.

Myanmar’s experience

The election framework echoes the 2015 ballot in neighboring Myanmar, where hopes of democratic freedom were dashed by a military that has maintained an overarching influence on a civilian administration, through its allotted seats in parliament.

A more drastic story has unfolded along Thailand’s eastern border.

Cambodia was returned to a one-party state last year after the main opposition party was banned from competing at elections, media outlets were closed and political dissidents were jailed, raising the prospect of U.S.- and European-imposed sanctions.

Elections will also be held in Indonesia in April, and midterm polls are to be held a month later in the Philippines, where the separation of powers — a cornerstone in any democracy — has foundered amid the government’s war on drugs.

Sudarat Keyuraphan, leader of the Pheu Thai Party and a candidate for prime minister, second right, and contestants wave during a rally ahead of general elections in Bangkok, Thailand, March 22, 2019.
Sudarat Keyuraphan, leader of the Pheu Thai Party and a candidate for prime minister, second right, and contestants wave during a rally ahead of general elections in Bangkok, Thailand, March 22, 2019.

Singapore has been ruled by the same party since independence in 1965. Of the remaining non-democratic countries, communist Vietnam and Laos have initiated crackdowns on dissent, while Islamic Brunei has instituted sharia.

David Welsh, country director in Southeast Asia for the Solidarity Center, a nonprofit that seeks to help build a global labor movement, said human rights were a major concern ahead of looming elections, and that the strong-arm from governments favoring big business were affecting workers and trade union issues.

“The prospects for business and trade are probably pretty good. The prospects for labor laws and worker protection aren’t, although I’ve been pleasantly surprised by what’s happened in Malaysia, so let’s see,” Welsh said.

Bright spot

Malaysia emerged as one the few democratic bright spots among the 10 members of ASEAN after the electorate, which tired of allegations of gross corruption, stunned pollsters and ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is now facing trial.

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