Health Checks for Kem Sokha, Working Group's Vitit and
Param present report
Mr. Kem Sokha, chair of the Cambodian Working Group and
President of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR),
joined the meeting of the Working Group for an ASEAN Human
Rights Mechanism in Bangkok, Thailand from 27 -28 January
2006. Joining Kem was Mr. Pa Nguon Teang, director of
CCHR's Voice of Democracy Radio Program.
|Kem Sokha with Dato Param Cumaraswamy in the Working
Group meeting in Bangkok on 28 January
Still recovering after his release from prison, Kem is
undergoing health checks. Teang is "just okay"",
"has returned to work" and is "not tired."
In a statement released to the media on 23 January, Kem
and Teang clarified that they "have not accused the
government or the Prime Minister of being a traitor, of
selling land to the Vietnamese or being Pol Pot II,"
and that the alleged banner that led to their arrest was
not their intention or the intention of the CCHR. Kem
and Teang also welcomed the government and Prime Minister
Hun Sen for "having guaranteed to the court for our
release on bail."
In another statement on 17 January, Kem said that "while
the release is welcomed...they will continue to do what
they are doing to inform the people about human rights,
democracy, freedom of expression, and issues of national
concern through CCHR's public forums, radio programs and
Working Group members Vitit Muntarbhorn and Dato Param
Cumaraswamy, prepared a comprehensive report on their
visit to Cambodia when Kem and Teang were still in prison.
here for the report