My dear Kacvey,
You must be very saddened by the news of the death of Mr. Kem Ley by ASSASSINATION.
Please convey to Mr. Kem Ley’s family and his party’s members the most profound condolences expressed by Cambodia, Khmer and Cambodian democracy.
Mr. Kem Ley is departing this world and leaving a history of his courage to reinforce democracy in Cambodia by refusing to submit himself to both, ruling and opposition, parties and by telling all Khmer that Cambodia is bigger than any party/parties, individually or combined.
The way the assassin executed Mr. Kem Lay leaves serious doubts that he, although being a lone gunner, acted on his own initiative. It also tells other Khmer that when autocracy of KR ideology gets caught red-handedly, they, be it man or woman, revert to the old techniques and tactics of KGB, Stasi or Red Guards to eliminate all obstacles strewn on their path. They talk democracy, but they hold a gun hidden under a handkerchief in the back of the people they pretend to govern. They fire it with desire and at will.
Kacvey, again this background, Mr. Kem Ley used “to joke”: “Kill one to scare one thousand.” For the respect of his memory and courage, and for those Khmer who carry, for posterity, his torch of pure and honest democracy and respect of Khmer dignity, let reconsider that “joke” to mean: “Kill one, one thousand will sprout.”
Mr. Kem Ley, you will not be forgotten and the day of your assassination is the day of birth of a new order of moral revolution in Cambodia. We call it: Khmer Consciousness Revolution.
This photo album will carry your memory into the realm of permanency.
– 16 January 2017, The Phnom Penh Post: Kem Ley’s killer met with gov’t officials, report says
– 12 January 2017, Al Jazeera (video), 101 East investigates the suspicious murder of a political activist in Cambodia: Cambodia’s Deadly Politics
– 8 February 2017, The Phnom Penh Post: Kem Ley murder trial date set for only suspect in analyst’s killing
– 10 February 2017, Los Angeles Times: A human rights activist is slain in Cambodia, and the mystery leads all the way to California
– 2 March 2017, The Cambodia Daily: ‘Meet Kill’ Admits Guilt At Hasty Kem Ley Trial
– 2 March 2017, The Phnom Penh Post: Kem Ley trial: ‘Meet to kill’ sticks with debt story in only hearing into analyst’s death
– 3 March 2017, The Cambodia Daily: Kem Ley Murder Video Raises More Suspicions
– 23 March 2017, The New York Times: A Life Sentence in Cambodia, but Kem Ley’s Murder Is Far From Solved
– March 2017, Mekong Review: Meet Kill
– 7 April 2017, The Phnom Penh Post: Chevron seeks to quash subpoena for Kem Ley murder footage
– 21 April 2017, The Cambodia Daily: Pilgrims Flock to Kem Ley’s Childhood Home
– 10 July 2017. Global Witness: ONE YEAR SINCE KEM LEY’S ASSASSINATION, WE’RE LEFT WITH MORE QUESTIONS THAN ANSWERS
– 8 August 2017, The Phnom Penh Post: Chevron to hand over Kem Ley files
– 20 September 217: Kem Ley: Breaking down the façade of justice
– 27 October 2017, The Phnom Penh Post: US court again orders Chevron to cooperate in Kem Ley case
– 19 February 2018, RFA: ភរិយានិងកូនៗរបស់លោកបណ្ឌិត កែម ឡី បានទៅរស់នៅប្រទេសអូស្ត្រាលី
– 9 July 2019, Forum-Asia: Joint statement – Cambodia: Three years and still no effective investigation into Dr. Kem Ley’s killing
– 23 July 2019, UCA News: Fear remains 3 years after slaying of Cambodian political commentator