Thursday May 23, 2013
Cambodia: Stop Any Judicial Actions Against Mr. Chan SovethLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
Cambodia seeks to jail a Human Rights Defender, our Human Rights Ambassador contacts the government representative in UN.
(SALEM) - After its long history of Genocide and years of self-destruction, Cambodia's political leaders must join the modern world and adhere to international laws that protect human beings from heinous political persecution.
It seems more than bleak when a nation's Human Rights Defenders become the target of aggressive, negative government interest. Mr. Chan Soveth, who is the Senior Investigator and Deputy Head of the Monitoring Section of the Cambodian Human Rights and Development Association (ADHOC), has been cited to appear in court. He faces a charge of “providing assistance to the perpetrator” of a “crime” under Article 544 of the Cambodian Criminal Code. As a result of this vague, undefined allegation, this man who dedicates his life to helping his fellow Cambodians, now faces an imprisonment sentence of one to three years and a fine of two million to six million Riels.
Perhaps little more can be expected by a country whose government is staffed in part by former Khmer Rouge Genocide war criminals. In his letter to Chemin de Taverney in Switzerland, with the Permanent Mission of Cambodia to the United Nations in Geneva, our Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes, expresses the importance of world government speaking out and pressuring Cambodia to raise the bar in legal terms, particularly in this case regarding Mr. Chan Soveth.
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Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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