Target: U.S. Brig. Gen. John Goodale and RCAF Lt. Gen. Hun Maneth
Goal: Stop controversial military training program from encouraging violence in Cambodia
U.S. military troops have been given specific guidelines for their purpose in Cambodia, but unfortunately the troops have stepped outside of those set boundaries. The U.S. military has been training Cambodian military officials for combat without a specific enemy ever being defined. This has led Cambodian military officials to utilize their combat training to violently suppress riots by human rights activists and Cambodian citizens. Especially given the fact that several workers were killed during the government’s suppression of a riot in Phnom Penh, there is reason to be concerned that the Cambodian military may use its training to further oppress the nation’s own people. Violence in Cambodia is already a problem, and the U.S. military should not make it worse.
The controversial training program in question takes place during the Angkor Sentinel exercise, an annual 10-day military training in Kampong Speu province in Cambodia. An account of the training exercise methods, which was recently exposed on the official Angkor Sentinel Facebook page, shows that the U.S. military has stepped well outside the boundaries of its intended purpose in Cambodia. The military officials who presided over the 2014 Angkor Sentinel Opening Ceremony are U.S. Brig. Gen. John Goodale and RCAF Lt. Gen. Hun Maneth.
By signing the petition below, you will help raise awareness about this controversial military training, and urge the U.S. military leaders involved with the training to re-evaluate their methods.
Dear Brig. Gen. John Goodale and RCAF Lt. Gen. Hun Maneth,
The controversial training of the Cambodian military during the Angkor Sentinel exercise is setting up Cambodia for a possible increase in unrest between the government and citizens. The Angkor Sentinel exercise should be explicitly grounded on the founding principles set forth by Congress.
Please refrain from continuing to cross the boundaries of approved military practices, and do not conduct military training of Cambodian troops when no specific enemy has been defined. Focus on peacekeeping in Cambodia.
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