I'm behind in posting this good news and apologize. I received an email message (see below) from Monovithya Kem, Kem Sokha's daughter who is now in the US and is applying to law schools when not calling attention to freedom of expression issues in Cambodia.
Monovithya had a quick exchange about blogging. She is interested in setting up a blog to continue to tell this story (I offered to help teach her), but after she finishes her law school applications which are due next month! In the meantime, she gave me permission to reblog her update emails.
Dear friends,Hun Sen announced yesterday that the government will drop the charges. This is a victory for us, the people of Cambodia. This victory came from the support of national and international friends inside and outside of Cambodia, and we appreciate and thank everyone including my father, Mam Sonandao, Rong Chhun, Pa Ngounteang, and Yeng Virak who put their life on the line and consumed the risks.The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) under the leadership of Kem Sokha has been working closely on the ground with the people of Cambodia to build a democracy and is continuing to stand firmly to carry out its mission. Non-partisan CCHR recieves the respect and support from the entire civil society and the diplomatic community in Phnom Penh on this mission. More people are rallying to support CCHR, participants at the public forums are increasing since the release of my father. For more detail information on CCHR's recent activities, please email email@example.com.We applaud our activists for their courageous and continuing commitment for Cambodia!