Men Sophearnarin, Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party
Fighting, threats and various violation still continue in the country, and some parties
are not following the peace accord. Also, some parties still use arms to threaten
one another. As a result, my party has suffered more than 20 fatalities. How could
someone call this a neutral political environment in Cambodia?
Kim Vichet, State of Cambodia
We always talk about our country having a democratic and neutral political situation,
but this can exist only in theory. In practice it does not exist, as we have seen.
This country has experienced a lot of communism. There are now some small changes.
Sokheang, NGO staff member
In this country there is not yet a neutral political environment. The people don't
have total choice of freedom, which means the right given by the authorities to let
the people do what they want. Maybe there are small signs of a neutral political
Cheng Kim An, Molinakar party member
There has been some change in outlook within the system, but the idea of communism
remains in the leadership. There has been more suppression conducted on opposition
parties, and the people or party members still fear speaking freely. This will be
the case until the violations and threats stop completely and we can all respect
Tan Kimhour, FUNCINPEC
There is not yet 100 percent political neutrality in Cambodia. In fact, there are
more killings, threats and violence against all parties, especially towards FUNCIPEC
members based in the countryside.
Sok Silo, Economics student
We have neither neutral politics nor democracy here. The authority in control of
the State of Cambodia im-plementing security measures for the whole country was communism
for many years. But since UNTAC came there has been more neutrality in the political