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Appeal from Hok Sovann

Appeal from Hok Sovann

Editors:

The Cambodian people have endured a long journey of suffering since 1970. Now, the

Cambodian political parties are trying to rehabilitate by working together toward

peace and national reconciliation and democracy. This process was created by UNTAC

of the United Nations. The new constitution will be established by the Cambodian

constituent assembly within the next three months.

This is the most important event in recent Cambodian history. Therefore, the intellectual

Cambodians inside and outside of Cambodia must inform the constituent assembly about

the ideology which you desire for the destiny of Cambodia.

The constituent assembly will be interested in understanding the opinions of Cambodians

around the world so that they may create a constitution which represents the desires

of all Cambodian people.

Below are several important points which I desire the constituent assembly to consider

in creating a new constitution.

  1. To follow the national Buddhist ideology and the interests of Cambodians.
  2. To respect the human rights of the United Nations.
  3. To create a liberal democracy.
  4. To create three independent powers: a legislative body (congress senate) an executive

    body (government), and a justice system (court of justice); each accountable to the

    others.

  5. To create a parliamentary regime.
  6. To legislate freedom of trade, media, etc.
  7. Regarding Buddhism

Buddhism could be declared the state religion as it was in the former constitution.

However, the Buddhist monks' administration, the religion power, must be separated

from governmental affairs. When Buddhist monks have the right to vote, they practice

politics instead of practicing the traditional monk's discipline of purity of mind.

Because of this, they lose the respect of the Buddhist people.

Finally, our Cambodian people have experienced many political regimes. Therefore,

they have the experience necessary to choose the best constitution and form of government

for Cambodia. I urge intellectual Cambodians to write their opinions and desires

for the future of Cambodia to the constituent assembly before the approval of the

constitution in mid-September.

- Venerable Hok Savann, Canada

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