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Cambodia: Government is intimidating civil society

Unofficial translation! Official German version follows.

Press release 25th June 2015

With regard to the draft Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO), Mr. Uwe Kekeritz, Member of the German Parliament and Spokesperson for Development Cooperation expressed his concerns as follows:

The draft LANGO presented by the government fails to meet the minimum international human rights standards. According to the content of the draft, the government aims to silence local and international civil society organizations that have been actively supporting Cambodian people in their struggle against land grabbing and human rights violations.

Local publication for call for proposals "Civil Society Organisations/Local Authorities (CSOs/LAs) in Development and European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights-Country Based Support Scheme (EIDHR- CBSS)"

Civil Society Organisations/Local Authorities (CSOs/LAs) in
Development and European Instrument for Democracy and
Human Rights-Country Based Support Scheme (EIDHR- CBSS)

Reference: EuropeAid/136724/DD/ACT/KH

Delegation of the European Union to the Kingdom of Cambodia is seeking proposals for human rights and good governance in Cambodia with a possible financial assistance of 7.8 Million Euro from the Civil Society Organisations-Local Authorities in Development and European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights programmes.

Invitation to join the public forum on the draft law-agricultural law, Cybercrime law, and trade union law at freedom park

Dear Donors and NGOs Partners 
On behalf of organizing committee, I would like to invite you all to attend the Public forum on the concern of farmers, youth, and workers of the Three draft law such Agricultural land law, Cybercrime law, and Trade Union Law that will be hell at Freedom Park on 21 December, 2014 at 8:00am-5:00pm. Please kindly find the files attached of tentative agenda. 
This event co-organized by Solidarity House such CCFC, CYN, CFSWF, IDEA, CICA, and UCL. The objective of the forum aim to 1). To share the analyses result and common concern related to the draft laws to youth, 2). To enable understanding of youth, worker, community and farmers to draft Cybercrime law, Agricultural law, and trade union law, 3). Urge the government to  have wide consultation with civil society, youth and grassroots people. 

 There are 1000 participants will attend in the forum who monks, youth, farmers, worker, tuk tuk driver, social media activist, and other stakeholders.

Your participation is truly necessary and valuable for us. Please Joint the Solidarity Action Together! 

Support 12 women and 3 monks sentenced to 1 year because of their involvement in pacific demonstrations

I am a Land Rights activist involved working in a local organization called Housing Rights Task Force for the last 3 years. My NGO had been following the Boeung Kak Land Rights activists since they lost their homes when the Government granted their land to the senator Lao Meng Khin for a private development project. Their land case is not an isolated one: more than 750.000 Cambodians have been affected by forced evictions since 2001.

International organizations call for an end to arbitrary arrests against human rights defenders in Cambodia

New York, 8 December 2014. The International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR-Net) sent a letter on 5 December 2014, to the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia to express serious concern over the recent detention, conviction and sentencing of seven female land rights activists who attempted to defend the human rights of families living around Boeung Kak Lake, formerly one of the largest in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia.

Free our 10 sisters! (Boeung Kak Community)

Solidarity action of CSO forum during Beijing +20 review, in order to appeal for release 10 Cambodian women that were convicted by Cambodia court of obstructing against public traffic and aggravating circumstances.

From Sex Worker to Seamstress: The High Cost of Cheap Clothes

Cambodia's aggressive anti-trafficking campaign is designed to rescue and rehabilitate sex workers. But many women say authorities in Cambodia are actually forcing them into a trade where conditions and pay are even worse: making clothing for Western brands.

NGOs' Joint Statement on Concerns about Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) for Don Sahong Hydropower Project

The Rivers Coalition Cambodia (RCC), together with international conservation groups Conservation International (CI), Oxfam, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and other 15 local NGOs and International NGOs (INGOs) hereby raise our strong concerns over the Procedures for Notification, Prior Consultation and Agreement (PNPCA) process for the Don Sahong Hydropower Project (DSHPP).

South Korea: End rampant abuse of migrant farm workers

The South Korean government must end the exploitation and widespread use of forced labour of migrant agricultural workers, Amnesty International said, as it published a new report that reveals how the country’s farming industry is rife with abuse. 

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples. Human Rights Council, 2014

The present report is submitted by the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples to the Human Rights Council pursuant to its resolutions 15/14 and 24/9. It is the first report submitted by Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who assumed her mandate on 2 June 2014. In the report, the Special Rapporteur presents some preliminary reflections on the status of operationalization of international standards relating to indigenous peoples and her vision for her work as Special Rapporteur in that context. There are a number of addenda to the present report, all reports by the previous Special Rapporteur.

Calling for the Release of Lor Peang Villagers and Solving Land Dispute

Phnom Penh, August 14, 2014
The civil society organization are calling for the release of 5 Lor Peang villagers who were arrested and detained by Kampong Chhnang provincial authority, due to the land dispute between KDC Company of Ms. Chea Kheng who is a wife of H.E. Suy Sem, the Minister for Industry, Mines and Energy. We also call the resolution on the land dispute for them as soon as possible.

Hun Sen - One Man, One Nation

In the recent elections Premier Hun Sen of Cambodia has learned that a large part of the Cambodians want a new political leadership. But even though his party has lost many votes, a change in the repressive political system is currently very unlikely.

By Andreas Lorenz

Cambodia has voted – and faces an uncertain future

Cambodia’s elections did not produce a clear winner – this alone is notable news for a country that has been governed by the same person for almost 29 years. However Prime Minister Hun Sen continues to sit tight at the reigns. What does this mean for the German development cooperation with Cambodia?

By Markus Karbaum

EU Trade Preferences in the Agricultural Sector and Land Grabbing in Cambodia

 
The “Everything but Arms” trade initiative should bring benefit to the poeple of Cambodia, but the opposite is the case. Illegal methods were established to make profits out of the duty-free export of sugar. Even though there is a EU resolution emphasizing the critical escalation of human rights abuses and land grabbing due to the export of agricultural products, the resulting efforts of the EU are poor.
By Manfred Hornung

Flowers of Freedom: The Campaign to Free the 15

This documentary takes a look at the recent campaign to free the 15 imprisoned Boeung Kak lake activists. The fifteen were arrested in late May 2012 during and after a peaceful protest highlighting a long-standing land dispute with Shukaku Inc. company, owned by a Cambodian ruling party senator. 

"I think the German people have the right to ensure that their money is used in a good way"

 
In this interview Dr. C. Kek Pung, founder and president of the Cambodian League for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights talks about the main problems in Cambodia: land grabbing, poverty, trafficking and corruption. Even the EU has not taken any action to prevent injustices of the system and is still importing Cambodian "blood sugar".
By Renate Wilke-Launer

"I don’t think Hun Sen is serious about democratic reforms"

 
Thilo Hoppe, member of the German Bundestag for the Green party and vice chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for Economic Cooperation and Development, comments on the expectations of the elections, on Hun Sen and the intended government negotiations between Germany and Cambodia this fall.

A clear problem but hardly any consequences

 
The EU Parliament requested the EU Commission in its resolution to monitor the implementation of the United Nations recommendations on the reform of the electoral system by the Cambodian government exactly. The elections are still used to strengthen the rule of the Prime Minister and the party to secure their privileges.
By Renate Wilke-Launer, Ska Keller MEP
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