Khmers in Minnesota welcome H.E.Kem Sokha, H.E.Yim Sovann and CEROCER Janet with open arms on 4/6/2014. Thank you Minnesota!
- There are approximately half million of Cambodians overseas who are living permanently around the world
- There are approximately half million of Cambodians overseas who are working abroad around the world
- There approximately 500 millions in remittance have been sent to Cambodia each year to develop economy of this nation
- Cambodia national constitution, Cambodia election law, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, have granted full rights for Khmers overseas to vote in Cambodia elections
- Your sense of belonging, shared possession of national pride, and nostalgia including the right to vote, all are unalienable!
So please sign and share www.khmeroversea.info to petition to the UNs, CNRP and CPP to demand the full right to vote in Cambodia elections.
Sophoan Seng (CEROC Team Leader)
Reform Efforts Should Include Vote for Cambodians Abroad
(Reviewed by Colin Meyn, Cambodia Daily, Published on 10 March 2014)
Now that the ruling CPP and opposition CNRP have begun discussions on post-election reforms, (“Slow Start for Joint Electoral Reform Commission,” March 4) it must be noted that the Cambodian diaspora has been pivotal to the development of modern Cambodia and, therefore, should be given a role in helping to bring about crucial change in the country. In countries such as India and the Philippines, nationals living abroad make huge contributions to the economy through remittances. For countries such as Israel and Armenia, their diaspora communities are catalysts for political change.
In Cambodia, expatriate Khmers have played an important role in revitalizing the nation. Cambodia’s diaspora was central in bringing about the Paris Peace Agreement, and today’s democratic movement is supported by donations and participation from Cambodians overseas. The powerful ruling Cambodian People’s Party often takes a confrontational position toward Khmers living overseas, which is a mistake, as so many of us want to invest in the country’s economy and people.
Cambodia’s government continues to rely heavily on foreign aid, it could benefit greatly by also engaging Cambodians living abroad as it seeks to become a globally competitive country. As part of its discussion over electoral reform, the CPP and CNRP should include on the agenda the right of Cambodians living around the world to vote in future national elections.
Commission for Election Right of Oversea Cambodians (CEROC)
University of Hawaii, Honolulu