Sunnylands Center & Gardens
37977 Bob Hope Drive
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Monday February 15, 2016
From 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
FWY 91 East
FWY 60 East
FWY 10 East
Exit BOB HOPE Dr. (# 130)
Arrive before 8:00 AM
Shopping Center Parking Lot
(Bob Hope Dr & Gerald Ford Dr)
Arrive after 8:00 AM
Drop people off – drive to Loves & Walmart Parking Lot
(Gerald Ford Dr & Monterey Ave)
Proceed to Protesting area
On Bob Hope Drive between Gerald Ford Dr & Frank Sinatra Dr
My fellow Americans and Khmer Patriots,
On February 15th, 2016, in this free country, we will have the opportunity of a lifetime to confront a dictator who has oppressed the Khmer people in our Kingdom for far too long. The world is changing at a rapid pace while Prime Minister Hun Sen and his tyrannical regime have done very little to progress society and move the Kingdom forward. The absolute tragedy in this is our birth country falling behind on democratic reforms and human rights. Equally disturbing are the ineffective actions taken by others whom the Khmer people trusted with support and resources to rescue the nation.
As Khmer-Americans living in a free nation, we have a responsibility to the 800,000 who’ve lost their homes since 2002 and countless more who will be forced into homelessness. We have an obligation to the labor rights victims who were shot and killed in 2014; with justice still yet to be found. We’re compelled to honor the sacrifices of heroes like Chea Vichea and Chhuth Vuthy who were murdered in cold blood. We have a duty to the two dozen rights activists, one an American citizen, who are still sitting in prison on politically charged and unfounded crimes. We have a care for the two lawmakers, Nhay Chamroeun and Kong Saphea, who were viciously beaten by the Prime Minister’s supporters for being in the opposition party. These policies of intimidation, harassment and attacks have no place in a civil society, let alone our Kingdom.
The Prime Minister has casted an illusion where a multiparty system is fine as long as his party remains in power. He has disrespected human rights, disavowed universal freedoms and disowned good governance. His ruling party recently passed the Law on Association and Non-Government Organizations which has made it very hard and difficult for civil societies to conduct work based off democratic principles. In the most recent report from Freedom House, Cambodia was classified as a “not free’ country and scored very low with civil liberties and political rights, bringing it closer to autocracy and further away from democracy. On January 26, he again openly threatened Cambodian-Americans with a counter protest where we witnessed his supporters attacking lawmakers and terrorizing family members of the opposition.
The Cambodia-America Alliance will not be deterred by Prime Minister Hun Sen and his threats as Khmers should no longer tolerate these types of intimidation. We are committed to challenging his dictatorial rule by virtue of our belief in the Kingdom and her people deserving so much better. They are owed a semblance of peace and opportunity robbed from them during decades of corruption and incompetent governance. This dictator will be at our door steps and he must be reminded that this is America-land of the free and home of the brave. Just as we stood against Adolf Hitler, Saddam Hussein, and Slobodan Milosevic; we too will stand against Hun Sen. CAA welcomes anyone who values liberty, freedom and democracy to stand beside us as this is duty owed to the Kingdom and those fighting for real democratic reforms. The Khmer people will be masters of their own destiny.
“I've always tried to explain democracy is not perfect. But it gives you a chance to shape your own destiny.”
-Aung San Suu Kyi
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