Vorn Pao (Photo from
Leader in Cambodia Speaks from Prison
I, Vorn Pao, would like to say hello to all
members of associations, unions, federations, confederations,
international and national civil societies, international and
national networks and all Khmer patriots living both in the country
and around the world!
I have known that there are millions of Khmer people inside and
outside the country that are striving to advocate for our freedom
and release from CC3 Prison. Your action is really a new, enormous
driving force to demand rights and freedom for our nation and to
show that we hunger for justice and peace for our nation as well.
Moreover, I have known clearly that everyone has been busy day and
night pushing for our freedom. For me, even though my body is being
detained in prison, my soul, my ideals, my willingness and my
consciousness are not being detained. Prison has provided me
enormous life experiences as a social advocate and has shown me
various types of images, especially the life of prisoners.
Many scars from wounds are on my body, creating a lot of pain for
me, but it cannot shock me or depress me or make me forget the
social struggle because I hope that one day in the near future we
will receive our freedom after our united sacrifice. Every activity
is for the sake of our nation, ourselves and our next generation.
Our nation has suffered so many years from people who have always
mistreated and wanted to destroy our nation from generation to
generation. Therefore, every action of sacrifice is for the sake of
ourselves as well as our next generation.
We hope that our united struggle has contributed more and more to
the struggle for real justice, and we struggle with all of you every
time. If we lose willingness, consciousness, independence, we will
never realize our rights as human beings—rights to land, rights to
housing, a proper living wage, democracy and social justice. I will
continue struggling, living in hardship in this prison to wait for a
new day of hope for everyone, and I truly hope that I will be free
and receive justice from everyone’s sacrifice for the sake of our
I hope our struggle will be fruitful soon. I, Vorn Pao, wish all
people and monks to be blessed, safe everywhere and success in every
mission for our nation. I also hope that our 20 friends and I will
be free and be able to meet all of you soon and will join the
advocacy campaign with all of you.
I want to say bye for a while, but I will meet all of you outside
Wishing you a prosperous life eternally,
Vorn Pao, one of the struggling patriots
Feb. 14, 2014