Friday, 14 August 2009

Embracing the democratic process

Cambodia: Details are Sketchy
August 13, 2009

The government of Cambodia applauds the Burmese junta on its bold steps toward democracy.

GOVERNMENT officials have hailed the outcome of the trial of Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, claiming the reduction of her sentence was a “good sign” the country was moving in a democratic direction.

On Tuesday, a court at Yangon’s notorious Insein Prison found Suu Kyi guilty of breaching her house arrest and sentenced her to three years in prison and hard labour, a punishment the head of the ruling junta commuted to 18 months’ house arrest.

Koy Kuong, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the commuting of the sentence by Myanmar head of state Than Shwe showed the country’s military government was keen to enact democratic reforms.

Elsewhere, Cambodia reaffirms its own commitment to the rule of law.

Cambodia is more than ever committed to human rights promotion and protection approach with its organic laws, said a government statement released on Tuesday by the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman.

George Orwell would be impressed.

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