12/16/07

I'M BACK!

For a big while I have blocked my blog because there was a long story which I cannot tell, it’s kind of confidential work.

I start to write my blog again because I want to have good connection with people who are from a part of the world to share ideas, life, and learn any new experiences.

During my break time, I have spent five months in the Office of Co-Prosecutors of the ECCC(Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia = Khmer Rouge Tribunal) as an intern. I have been so busy and really excited what I have been working. I worked with both international and national people, which gives me a lot good experiences.

First week I worked at the ECCC, we all just were so happy that we got an internship at the court till we forgot what the obstacles were. All four national interns including me were innocence people who did not know anything. So I got an idea what shall we do to make other people to know that we are useful and can help them as they were unaspectable or unbelievable. I mailed to others international interns about the work and the process of the court, and it worked. Later on, from national side gave us some documents to read which are really confidential; we all tried so hard to read though we did not know why they wanted us to read. There was only me studies comment law so I could understand a little bit about how to read and summarize cases. So I told them to do it, IRAC- Issue Rule Apply and then Conclusion. We all helped each others and always encouraged each other not to give up.

Afterward, international interns and staffs, and national interns and staffs became closer and closer. So I was more comfortable to talk and ask questions. One of us gave up by a stupid excuse that he was busy with his study, but why he wanted this opportunity. Let’s talk about intern. The international interns are:
1. Thomas
2. Vigeinier
3. Baiyon
4. Jusee
5. Jon
6. Neha
7. Erin
8. Andreas
9. Masa
10. Lis
11. Kip
12. Nathalie
13. Zach

National interns:
1. Chantola, he got bachelor degree of law from Royal University of Law and Economics in 2004. Now he is in Battombong to work in national government.
2. Sovanna Sek, she got bachelor degree of law from Royal University of Law and Economics in 2004. Now she is training to be a lawyer, and soon she will become a young Cambodian woman lawyer.
3. Nearirath Sreng, she is studying two majors in two universities, law in Royal University of Law and Economics, and psychology in Royal University of Phnom Penh. She is waiting the result of a job at the ECCC.

It was quiet hard if comparing our knowledge to others interns; I was the youngest intern during that time. But I had to think that everyone in the court has difference knowledge and they do their job depend on their ability, so am I? I should be more stronger than this, not just poor myself, and couldn’t do anything. I always told myself to be strong and did my best to all tasks which were assigned. Yes, I think I did a really good job in that.

During time finished the IS(Introductory Submission) we, UN staffs, interns and national staffs have been working to hard in order to finish the IS on time. Though, someday we worked really late till midnight, not me but international intern. And we also worked in the weekends as well. I still remember that there was a thief who stole a burger from Tom, he was mad so much and really wanna find out who was.

Time was passed by so fast there were a lot interns have left the court. And there were a lot farewell parties as well. The farewell of Josee was my first time, and there were a lot people so I knew them more clearly.

On Tuesday 12, 2007 was my last day at the ECCC, so it was my tern to make my farewell, however, Jon and Tom already left. I don’t want to leave the court at all because I like everything there, my desk, people, and Khmer Restaurant which is my favorite.

I miss them so much!!!


We are the best team!!!

You guys make me so strong and keep fighting everything in front of me. Thank you so much for everything.

Miss and love you!

Fighting!

Now I’m fighting with myself and our side of me. I have a lot plans which are so touch and difficult. So I have to fight a lot and use a lot energy to face to go forward to get my dream.

Rath has to keep fighting!!! ( there are a lot people say so to me, and I also keep a promise to do so)

The end of the world is not the end of my life.

12/1/07

Plan!!!

1. Conference: about the ECCC:
a. Topic:
i. The process of the ECCC.
ii. Why does it take so long?
iii. “what are advantages of the ECCC”
iv. “Why a new Cambodia generation is not interested in the process of the ECCC” or “Why do not they care about History of the Khmer Rouge Regime which killed Cambodian more than two millions”
v. …
2. What I have to do:
a. Search:
i. Some presentation about the ECCC
ii. Ready any documents which are related to the ECCC
iii. Make some questionnaires,
1. How do you feel about the ECCC
a. Advantages/ Disadvantages
2. How do you think of the ECCC?...
3. Set the date, place, participations, time, and presenters:
a. Date:
b. Place:
c. Participation:
d. Time:
e. Presenters:
f. Assistant:

Right now I’m sitting in the Lucky7 which is in front the Phnom Penh Center. I’m lucky that nobody really cares what I am doing. I try not to care about environment around me but I still care sometimes. Anyway, I try to be like Jon, Zach, and Neha who are not afraid of anything in front of them. They are smart, clever, outgoing, and especially helpful.

I’m still thinking of most of my friends that they really disagreed with about the Khmer Rouge Tribunal or the ECCC. They said “Why do we have to care about the ECCC? And what we do care is about making money, getting a good job, having a good girlfriend or boyfriend” It makes me ashamed to face that most young generations do not care about their own history which is really shaved the future of Cambodia. When I tell this to my foreigner friends, I feel ashamed as I’m Cambodian because my own people who do not care about our own future of their country so how come that other people would help us if we ourselves do not want to help our own country? I have to make something change for my country as well I am Cambodian. I have an idea to make a presentation, public forum, or conference about some topics of the ECCC. I know that it would not easy to make such conference about this topic since I am not really clear about the process of the tribunal as well the history of the Khmer Rouge. I need to do a lot research and read a lot books to giant more knowledge of the ECCC.

The world is round! 19:11pm.
A moment, I met Mr. Vutha who is TV/Radio officer of the ECCC in the lucky7. I was thinking of somebody who works related to media of the ECCC, and then I met him. It is a good sign forward to successful of my plan. I have to make it happen, and I do not care much how hard it is or how many obstacles are.

11/14/07

The end of day at ECCC (but it's not the end of my life, this is where i start to another higher bright life :)

Nearirath Sreng to ECCC, me
show details Nov 13 (1 day ago)

Dear all,

It’s really sad that today is my last day; even I don’t want to leave but it’s time for me to go.

To work at the tribunal is my dream. Before I came here, I never thought I could have such a really good opportunity to be an intern at the ECCC. I did found out a lot how to get here; finally I got it as an intern. I’m extremely appreciated it because I am Cambodia I can contribute to the court to find justice for Cambodian people and especially victims of DK regime.

However, it’s really excellent experiences I ever have. I have learned a lot about legal work, labor workJ; and especially learn more about differences culture.

Afterward, I will go back to school, but I’ll finish so soon. Then it’s time to seek a real job!

Meanwhile, I apply scholarship for Master degree in oversea, or another internship at any law firm, and esp. international court.

On behalf of Cambodia, I would like to thank to all people both national and international staffs and interns that scarify to come here to find justice for Khmer people as well the whole world. Although they know that the security in Cambodia is still bad, and some people their families are not happy to hear that they are in Cambodia; however they still come here.

Good luck to everybody who either not know me, or know me ;)

Nearirath Sreng

PS: if you would like to contact me to say hello or anything else here is my contact:

E-mail: Nearirath.sreng@gamil.com

Phone: 012-455-368

PS1: Really sorry if there is some mistake since my English is limited.

10/25/07

The last Episode of ECCC

3.54pm it seems like it was 6pm!!!!

Lazy as usual!

I’m really bored with the Casemap, nothing new to do besides Casemap and Zylab!

But what make want to work are:

1. I’ll finish my internship soon November 12,

2. I’ll not be able come to the court any more

3. I’ll not be able see people, staff and intern, in the court

4. I’ll be lonely and missing all of them so much.

5. I’ll be a part world from them

6. I’ll be a simple student, small girl, small young lazy again

7. I’ll be YAB

Since I’m at the court, I can say that I really improve a lot:

1. I realize that communication is really important in life, work and in daily life.

2. I realize that I’m good, a little bit smart, flexible, when I work

3. I know how to success in work/ but I’m a bit lazy.

4. I did hang out a lot with foreigner interns, I really like them

5. I know a lot good people both Khmer or Baran

6... CYRING

9/18/07

hm...What?

i do want myself to be happy as i was but now i feel i'm old and abit stupid as before!!! Sna i really miss you guys...
the reason i'm sad because there are so many friends left me here, and i know already that it's pretty hard to meet them again. On the day Channa left, i did cried like a young kid. then when i was back to work there was a farewell party again so i couldn't stop my tear..ah i'm so ashame that i did cried in front a lot people... they said that i'm really like a young kid...but actually i do..i'm a young kid...

Yesterday, i cried again cuz my good friend in ECCC is gone to his country, Scotland. I'll never ever meet him again like u. What i really like him as you is that he and his brother(long story about his brother or his family) said to me " Rath have to keep fighting" yes i do want to do so but sometimes i'm just so weak and i don't want to continue any more. And i don't even know what life would be... and sometimes i feel that the end of my life will come soon ( i tell you sth, most of things that i feel are true)... i just hope that all my good friends still remember me as their good friend :)

Now, i'm in cold war...i did fight so hard cuz now i'm studying 2 uni. and work in ECCC. i don't know whether i can survive from this stupid things but i did try my best to do it.

As well i'm preparing Scholarship for my LLM to USA or UK... oh my god!!! it must be touch time for me ever and ever...

Just say "Rath, be strongly and finghting :)" to me!

Rath,

SNA

....and the rest is still unwritten.

Be strong and keep fighting.

See, you have things to work hard for like scholarship. RIght now it seems you miss the big picture and forget the most important thing in your life. It's your family. THey're all waiting for you. YOu have a dad that loves you. Mom that loves you. SIsters, brother,nephew...dogs....are those things not important? are those things not worth your smile?

yes, your friends are leaving to different path. But there are still many more in cambodia. Each day have more fun with ppl around you.

your family are more important than us. Pay attention to them while they;re stil with you.

take care

9/3/07

hm!!! Tom's Farewell

Me and Patricia!!!
Patricia, Neha, mE, and Anees!
Ah...!!! we're Po and 'Kmóuy te ;)
Me and Tom....
Jon, mE, and Po Vannarith
Me and Zach
Sovanna, Po Vannarith, and mE!
Srey ot sar art, Nig Srey sar art!!!!.....lolzzz
Lop...Lop style....hahhaha [no worry cuz my foreignors fri. can't read it]
Tom, Thom, Thomas, Thomas Park

8/28/07

'hmmm....[put title later]

Tom who is a big guy and a friendly intern already left to US since before yesterday! I know he is not so happy to leave Cambodia that's why he promised us that he will come back again with his girlfriend...cool!!!!

Anyway, i don't know why i always feel complicated as usuall!!! I wish I could make my thinking like a computer so i can control my mind to stop thinking any stupid things from my head.

This whole week I have training with a famous people from Hague. They are judges. Yes!! It’s really good opportunity to join this training but I just cannot understand the whole topic since I never study or know about any Inter’l criminal law or Genocide before so what they are talking about is Introductory Submission with these law or how these law apply to IS. Sovanna and I are completely difference from other inter’l interns because all of them already studied these kind of laws since first year of law school or some of them like Neha already studied these laws three or four times. Ok!!! I’m doing my best to understand these law by hard those I’m not completely understand the those concept, Alex who is a England Lawyer said to me yesterday while we were in bus back home that I can ask any questions or borrow any books about Inter’l Criminal Law from him. He said that I might be the one who is difference from other Khmer Woman because my dream and my goals are quiet difference. Furthermore, Anees who is Indain Lawyer said that I’m a second An San So Gi. Cool!!! Anyway, I don’t want to be in jail like her… I might make something difference from her by not just staying in house which is like in jail. I have to make other power countries to understand about Asian Country…

I hope I can make it!!!

Fighting,

8/16/07

What happen to me???

These days i am very sad. I will lose my good friends both old and new friends. One of my NBG(Naughty Girl Band) will leave here to US on Sunday, two more will go to Japan, and more and more will leave me too. I'm really unhappy when i heard that one of my friends failed scholarship and another one passed. I wish both of them would pass it then there would be nothing gonna happen like this. Sorry i can't say all about it because it's all about confidential.

One inter' intern will leave the trail tomorrow too. Oh!!! god,,, what happen to me now? i'm really missing the time we all were together...

I am planing to apply scholarship abroad so i would have a good job with a good salary then i can visit them in their country!!! One inter' legal consultant of OCP said to me that you must apply scholarship to only top world university, and he will help anything I want like writing reference. I am so happy that now a lot people encourage me, and help me. I’m planning to apply scholarship next year. And I now have four people help me. Tom is big guy who is really gentle to me and Sovanna who is another Khmer intern in OCP. He is our TOEFL teacher. Neha is scholar from Oxford University, is my supervisor who help me with application, and Brianne who is my lovely friend also help me with the application as well essay writing. I love you all ;)

I don’t know whether I will make it or not but I never ever give up for my future and my dream. I do miss all my friends ;) all my lovely friends please wait me there when I can afford myself, I will to see you there ;)

8/15/07

me!!!!


IMG_2422, originally uploaded by kuji_xaya.

it was a special event for psychology teachers who teachs us though they get very low salary!!! Love you all.

8/9/07

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DSC04892, originally uploaded by kuji_xaya.

In Conponsome with NGB ;)

8/7/07

old pics with the unforgetable memory...:)....to be continued























me(Kh), Brianne(US), and Neha(India+study in UK)
last day for Sala....miss u;(
hahahah...
HANDSSSSSSS(7S=7PP)
in the shadow!!!!
Chuie!!!!it is yummy????
hahah me and sister...Soure&Chan2
Oum wak Er!!!
3 gangsters in TTP.
LOVE!!! FRIENDSHIP FOREVER!!!
Second Chanthou's BD....with most best friends...Thea,Cheat,Den,Soure,Channa,Phea,me,Chan2
First time, my name was an article on Rasmey Kumpuchea...lolzzz
On the day we've discuss about our project to help high school student to choose the right choice of field for their future!
we've knew each other about 7 years already...hope it'll be last long :)
Chanthou's Birthday on the same day to Vincent's BD...07.07.07
Vincent's Birthday...do u know wat i gave him for his BD....hahah mix fruit..banana, bla bla..
it's me and Sovanna...another national intern
don't look at me or i'll shot u.....lolzzz
it's my style...unique
ah it was on Sunday at Tribunal...cuz IS was limited time so we all had to go home late and no weekend..:)
while was waiting the bus to ECCC, self-taking pic;)
i was like a high school girl agian...;P
hahah...funny with Sdach or king...and Po Sang Bun
NGB!!!!! they left me alone in law school since they finished it...yougest is like that..
it looks like in 2004 or 2004, not sure but i was so fat cuz i just finished diploma, high school:) SLEEPING and EATING.
In 2005, Chanthou's Birthday:) i look so yong..