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More on Tim Sakhorn and Vietnamese Connections in the Cambodian Sangha

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2007 at 3:02 pm

Well, this is weird. I think it has been widely understood at this point that the recent forcible defrocking, abduction, international kidnapping (do they call it an extraordinary rendition too?) of Khmer Krom Abbot Tim Sakhorn was demanded by the Vietnamese government in response to perceived or real activities at his temple in Takeo. These activities were presumed to be anti-Vietnamese in character, especially propagandist against the oppression suffered by Khmer Krom in Southern Vietnam (Kampuchea Krom).

But I don’t think that anyone expected we would find a letter, supposedly written by Buddhist second-in-command Ven. Nuon Nget, requesting that defrocking of Ven. Tep Vong, in Vietnamese. But that is exactly what appears to have happened: Read the rest of this entry »

Tim Sakhorn is in Vietnam

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2007 at 3:20 pm

Disappeared monk is in fact currently jailed in Vietnam [everyday.com.kh]

CCHR: The defrocking of Monk Tim Sakhorn is Political [rfa]

Missing monk detained in Vietnam, Embassy Official Confirms [voa]

All very strange, since Vietnam has denied that it ever issued a visa to Sakhorn, as I reported at the time. It is deeply unclear what jurisdiction Vietnam has over Sakhorn’s activities in Cambodia.

More Tim Sakhorn News

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2007 at 7:22 pm

With Ven. Tep Vong continuing to insist that the defrocking of Tim Sakhorn was done in accordance with Buddhist discipline, the location of the disappeared former monk remains an issue of grave concern. Although Vietnam denies that they have issued him with a visa, others claim to have knowledge that he is alive and being held in a Vietnamese prison, or in a Khmer prison in Takeo province.

Cambodia: more on primitive accumulation, and new criticisms of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

In cambodia on February 28, 2012 at 9:26 am

After my recent post on primitive accumulation in Cambodia, now these stories from the Phnom Penh Post:

Shooter Now Unknown. It’s unclear what to make of this. It was pretty obvious from initial reports that Bavet town governor Chhouk Bandith was himself the man who shot into a crowd of workers striking outside a shoe factory. It sounds like the provincial police chief, who claimed that the suspect was identified and under pursuit, may have been planning to arrest a patsy, as the police did in the Chea Vichea case, and that national officials may be preventing that from happening. We’ll have to wait and see.

Monks Await Justice. Khmer Krom – it’s what Cambodians call the Mekong Delta now controlled by Vietnam.  While ethnic Khmer in southern Vietnam appear to have a generally better nutritional profile, and experience somewhat less poverty than do Khmer (as a whole) in Cambodia, it is also clear that the Vietnamese State attempts to control ethnic Khmer display so closely that their policies amount to a form of cultural genocide. (yes, that). Khmer Krom activists are often under attack, as was made obvious in the case of the Khmer Krom activist monk, Tim Sakhorn.  Moreover, it is clear that elements within the Cambodian government often cooperate with the Vietnamese government to arrest and intimidate Khmer Krom activists.

So, when another Khmer Krom monk activist was murdered, with his throat slit in a Cambodian temple in Kandal province, in 2007, few expected a serious search for the murderer. Their suspicions have been proven correct, and five years later, monks and lay-people held a ceremony to remember his death.

Meanwhile, the Khmer Rouge Tribunal is experiencing another set of serious criticisms, and coordination between the Khmer and International judges appears to be non-existent. The new International judge, Judge Laurent Kasper-Ansermet, has re-opened Case 003, to the objections of PM Hun Sen and his co-investigating Khmer judge. Meanwhile, Cambodian staffers at the court have not been paid for a very long time. While this is supposed to be the responsibility of the Cambodian government, they have disclaimed this.  The European Union has just coughed up 1.7 million to help pay this staff. Meanwhile, the Open Society Justice Initiative is releasing perhaps its strongest criticisms yet of the tribunal’s process, talking about a ‘crisis of credibility,’ and the International Bar Association has released a statement claiming the tribunal faces a serious ‘failure of credibility.’

oh. my.

Khmer Krom Monk Defrocked

In Uncategorized on July 2, 2007 at 3:59 pm

Accusing him of trying to provoke hostilities and undermining relations between the states of Cambodia and Vietnam, Cambodian patriarch Tep Vong has defrocked a Khmer Krom monk living in Takeo province. Tim Sakhorn, the monk in question, was forcibly defrocked on Saturday. Defrockings of this sort normally are taken not only to expel a member from the order, but more importantly to make the monk subject to the harsher punishments of state authority. Therefore, it is understandable that Sakhorn disappeared immediately after his expulsion, and that authorities are asking for clues to his whereabouts. [Thanks to Patrice Ladwig for sending me pdfs of the Cambodia Daily article which reports this] Read the rest of this entry »

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