The United States is deeply concerned about the recent incident in Koh Kong province that resulted in the death of Chut Wutty. Mr. Wutty was one of Cambodia’s most prominent environmentalists and staunch human rights defenders. We extend our sincere condolences to his family.
While we are closely following the situation and seeking to get a comprehensive understanding of the facts on the ground, we urge Cambodian authorities to undertake a thorough, transparent, and credible investigation into this matter. Furthermore, the United States encourages authorities to prosecute anyone found responsible in a similarly transparent and credible manner.
Chut Wutty’s organization, Natural Resources Protection Group, does invaluable work in protecting Cambodia’s natural resources, and in calling attention to the need for a more transparent government that works for the people. The United States remains concerned about the use of force to curb the actions of individuals seeking to peacefully shed light on important issues like illegal logging. We call on the Royal Government of Cambodia to ensure the protection of these individuals and their basic civil rights.
The United States welcomes the news of the release of the two detained journalists. We strongly support freedom of the press. In the spirit of World Press Freedom Day, the United States calls on the Royal Government of Cambodia to remain committed to the creation of space for independent journalists to do their work without fear of violence or persecution.
A Dhamma Talk on Vipassana and mindfulness meditation by Vipassana Gossalaya Jotannano Hong Keo, Vipassana Buddhist Master during a 10-Day Meditation & Vipassana Retreats at the Buddhist Meditation Center, Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam on the 11th Waxing Moon – 7th Waning Moon of Jeṭṭha B.E.2560 equivalent to June 15 – 26, A.D.2016 in Leverett, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 2016.
ក្រុងសាវត្ថី Sāvatthī or Śrāvastī
Vipassana chanting by Meditation Master Ketodhammo Som Bunthoeun. Footages from 2016 Vipassana classes at the Buddhist Meditation Center – Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam in Leverett, Massachusetts, USA.
SAMDECH CHUON NATH
Khmer literature and Dhamma talk by His Holiness Jotannano Chuon Nath, the Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia Buddhism. His Holiness was born on March 11, 1883; passed away on September 25, 1969
MAHA GHOSANANDA SERVICES
Extraordinary Funeral and Memorial Services for His Holiness Samdech Dr. Maha Ghosananda