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Veritas Forum at Yale University  [ ... ]

This CPP regime is expediting its demise...

but don't tell them that...


The Kingdom where the thieves reign, the Khmer Rouge rule and the king is useless.

Boeung Kak violence, 16 Sept. 2011
Boeung Kak Violence, 16 Sept. 2011

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An Act of Cruelty and Savage Beating

(Commentary with photos)

Say "NO!" to State Violence

(Commentary with photos)


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Khmer Post Radio

3-page interview with Theary Seng, 25 Aug. - 5 Sept. 2011

Lawyer Has Hopes for Cases 003/04 to Move Forward

Khmer Post Radio "Lawyer Theary Seng Has Hopes for Cases 003/004", Aug. 25-Sept. 5, 2011
Theary Seng

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Long Botta, Khek Laurent, Theary Seng, Ani Seng a
Former Minister of Education Long Botta, former Ambassador to China Khek Laurent, Theary Seng, her uncle Ani Seng from Toulouse, at KWest, 13 Sept. 2011

Theary Seng with Uncle Ani Seng at KWest, 13 Sept. 2011
Quality time with mom's younger brother Uncle Ani Seng, visiting from Toulouse, after a long, heavy morning of funeral events ending with the cremation for the husband of Uncle Ani's sister in-law, 13 Sept. 2011

Mieng Chandara, Teo Kalyan - funeral for husband and father (Phnom Penh, 13 Sept. 2011)

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Theary Seng with friends from India, Play for Peace, Phnom Penh Sept. 2011
Dinner with friends from India (Swati, Agyat - Play for Peace), Raju Bhagwat, and Graham Chipps (CIVICUS Cambodia board member-in-thinking ;) )

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Theary Seng in Spanish women magazine, Sept. 2011
Theary Seng in Spanish women magazine, Sept. 2011
Theary Seng in Spanish women magazine, Sept. 2011

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This photo taken July 11, 2011 shows an overview of Boeung Kak, Phnom Penh's largest lake full of sand where thousands of residents in the area face eviction. The World Bank on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011, suspended further loans to Cambodia until its government resolves a dispute over the evictions of thousands of poor landowners in the capital. (Photo: AP)

Less than two years ago, a large natural lake in the city center of Phnom Penh with tens of thousands of families living around and relying on it; now a sand desert with grand plans of skyscrapers.  Let it not be said that the plundering thieves did not hear the warning of Jesus from two thousand years ago:

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

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Theary Seng at Mr. Vann Nath's funeral in Phnom Penh, 6 Sept. 2011
Theary Seng at Mr. Vann Nath's funeral in Phnom Penh, 6 Sept. 2011

We mourn the loss of Lauk Oum Vann Nath who passed away earlier this afternoon after several days in a coma.  My deepest condolences to his family.  Cambodia and the world just lost one of the most gracious, most dignified, iconic survivors of all genocides.

- Theary Seng, 5 Sept. 2011

Theary Seng, whose parents were among up to 1.7 million Cambodians who died from starvation, torture or execution during the four years the Khmer Rouge controlled the country, was among those at the artist's funeral yesterday. She said: "Vann Nath was not only a national and international treasure, a well-respected icon of dignity and humility, but a friend of all survivors and victims." - The Independent (UK), 7 Sept. 2011

Mr. Vann Nath, Theary Seng, Dr. Ervin Staub, 2011

More information and photos of Lauk Oum Vann Nath with Mia Farrow, Kerry Kennedy, Rwandan Freddy Mutanguha, Darfuri Omar, etc.

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ECCC vs. VOA Khmer

Sacrava Confidential Files - ECCC vs. VOA, 3 Sept. 2011
Sacrava, 3 Sept. 2011


Khmer Rouge Tribunal Judge Criticizes Media Coverage

Daniel Schearf, VOA Bangkok, 2 Sept. 2011


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Youk Chhang re Hor Nam Hong (Sacrava, 28 July 2011)


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10 International NGOs

Civil Rights Defenders


Front Line Defenders

Global Witness

Human Rights Watch

Freedom House


OMCT (SOS Torture Network)

Protection International


sent Joint Letter sent to 27 EU Foreign Ministers, Baroness Catherine Ashton and FM of Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Japan, US, Canada, Switzerland and South Korea total of 35 Foreign Ministers and Baroness CA



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The Phnom Penh Post, 26 Aug. 2011

KR Songs Make Comeback, Phnom Penh Post, 26 Aug. 2011


While some campaigners have expressed concern over the trend, President of Center for Cambodian Civic Education Theary Seng said that she believes and hopes the growing interests to these KR-era songs stems from curiosity.

"I think listening to them can be informative. However, a steady diet of these songs as a norm of entertainment raises concerns as the lyrics in many of these songs glorify blood and gore, violent revolution and class warfare," she said. "I hope it is just plain curiosity, which is healthy."


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ANSA-EAP Newsletter, 25 Aug. 2011

Public Performance Monitoring: Regional Learning Event on Community Scorecard and Citizen Report Card

ANSA-EAP, in collaboration with ANSA South Asia, conducted a Public Performance Monitoring: Regional Learning Event on Community Scorecard and Citizen Report Card on August 3-7, 2011 in Holiday Inn (Silom), Bangkok, Thailand. The event is in line with the ANSA-EAP's efforts to promote social accountability approaches and tools among citizen groups in the region.


Piloting Participatory Audit in the Philippines: Constructive Engagement between the CCAGG and COA

The Concerned Citizens of Abra for Good Government (CCAGG) and the Commission on Audit (COA) of the Philippines partnered in a program entitled, Enhancing the Public Accountability Program of the Philippines funded by the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP).

The program called for civil society organizations (CSO's) to participate in the audit process to ensure its credibility and transparency. The CCAGG participated in the audit of 32 projects engaging with other stakeholders in the course of program.

Network Updates synchronized data validation kicks off the synchronized data validation of the Philippines' Department of Education's (DepEd) public school data on enrollment, personnel, textbooks, classrooms, classroom seats computers, national test results, toilet, and budget. The results of the validation will be uploaded on the CMS website, where DepEd officials, as well as other citizens, can remotely access them.

Heralding the synchronized school data validation are a series of activities, which include: (a) Fun Run at Araullo high school, Manila on 20 August; (b) Fun Run at Plaza Luz, Pagadian city on 20 August; (c) Kite Flying at Paseo del Mar, Zamboanga city on 9 August; (d) Merry-Making at Tacloban city convention center on 24 August; and (e) Lunch for a Cause at West Visayas State University Function Hall, Calinog, Iloilo on 24 August.

NLCGG Strengthens its Capacity to Monitor Local Government Budget -The Northern Luzon Coalition for Good Governance (NLCGG) in the Philippines conducted a Training Workshop on Participatory Budget Monitoring on June 28 to 29, 2011. A total of 25 participants representing 15 NLCGG member organizations participated in the two-day event, which focused on understanding the local government budget process and how it can be monitored by citizens.

ANSA-EAP mainstreams social accountability in CHED - Twenty-three key executives of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), including middle- and senior-level managers from all over the Philippines, participated in the session on “Mainstreaming Social Accountability to the Commission on Higher Education” conducted at the CHED Building in Diliman, Quezon City on August 1, 2011.


Social Accountability series by Dean Antonio G. M. La Vina. ANSA-EAP Executive Committee member and Ateneo School of Government Dean Antonio La Viña talks about the role of social accountability in various governance and development efforts in a six-part column series (originally published by Manila Standard). The first two columns are uploaded on the VOICES blog

- Social accountability, an imperative (1st article)

- Social Accountability in the MILF Negotiations (2nd article)

The Aquino Government’s Commitment to Social Accountability. Keynote speech given by Sec. Florencio B. Abad during the ONE. ANSA event last June 27, 2011.

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Frail War Crimes Suspect "Not Afraid" to Face Tribunal

The Phnom Penh Post, 22 Aug. 2011

More in KI-Media

Khmer Phnom Penh Post, in KI-Media

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"We are all STTs"


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Silencing Cambodia's Honest Brokers

Editorial by Elizabeth Becker

The New York Times / International Herald Tribune

17 Aug. 2011



Civil Society under Threat

of New NGO Law in Cambodia

The World Movement for Democracy joins with Cambodian civil society organizations in expressing its deep concern of the proposed NGO legislation that, if passed, will severely limit the space for civil society to operate freely. The proposed law grants extensive power to the government to control civil society and is very vague in the rights allowed to civil society. Under this law, registration is mandatory for associations or NGOs, and unregistered groups are banned from operating. The proposed law does not include provisions to safeguard objective application of the review process, nor does it define an appeal process in case of rejection of registration. Similarly, there are many terms in the law that are undefined or vague, which could be threatening in protecting an objective application of the law.

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After my commentary A Language in Crisis, I was alerted to this article by Dr. Steve Heder on Language and National Identity: Cambodia which is a powerful, sobering, within-without perspective of the evolution of the Khmer language during the different eras of Cambodian history.  A must read for Cambodian leaders and educators.

In KI-Media

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A Language in Crisis

A commentary by CIVICUS Cambodia Theary Seng

published in The Phnom Penh Post on Tuesday, 16 Aug. 2011

re-post in KI-Media

Rebuttals and rejoinders from various forums to my commentary,

and my Response (forthcoming)


ABC Radio Australia

LIVE Radio Panel Discussion

Guests: CIVICUS Cambodia Theary Seng and Dr. Supote Prasertsri

2:30 PM (Phnom Penh), Friday, 26 Aug. 2011

Theary Seng Commentary, Phnom Penh Post, 16 Aug. 2011

Read full article. . .

ABC Radio Australia

Listen on MP3

Cambodia’s Khmer Language Debate

26 August 2011

Listen and download: MP3


A debate is stirring in Cambodia about the continued viability of the Khmer language. It started with a commentary that the Khmer language is in crisis and in fact, dying.

Theary Seng, founding president of the Center for Cambodian Civic Education, wrote in the Phnom Penh Post that spoken Khmer is often either crude or highly stylised, while written Khmer has not been updated for modern times.

The comments triggered controversy and heated discussion in the country and in Cambodian communities abroad, including from Professor Supote Prasertsri, formerly with UNICEF (Thailand) and UNESCO (Cambodia) as an education expert and now an advisor to a number of civil societies in Cambodia.

Presenter: Adelaine Ng Speakers: Theary Seng, founding president of the Center for Cambodian Civic Education; Prof Supote Prasertsri, former education specialist at UNICEF (Thailand) and UNESCO (Cambodia)


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