CAMBODIA FAILS OBLIGATIIONS TO CEDAW

Treaty body CEDAW Session 56
Meeting
State CAMBODIA Huridocs Code 7520
Date of adoption 18-10-2013
Document symbol CEDAW/C/KHM/CO/4-5
Annual report
State report CEDAW/C/KHM/4-5
Summary record CEDAW/C/SR.1169, CEDAW/C/SR.1170

Among the concluding comments and recommendations of the UN Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women ( CEDAW) to Cambodia CEDAW REPORT:

43. The Committee urges the State party:
(a) To improve women’s access to land and tenure security, and to
ensure that acquisitions of land for economic and other concessions follow due
process, and that adequate compensation is provided following sufficient
consultative processes;
(b) To recognize that forced eviction is not a gender-neutral
phenomenon, but that it disproportionately affects women, and to take
immediate measures to protect women and girls from further eviction;
(c) To promptly investigate and, wherever appropriate, prosecute cases
of intimidation and harassment by law enforcement personnel against women
human rights defenders advocating women’s land rights;
(d) To ensure that evicted communities are relocated to sites that enable
women to have access to their places of employment, schools, health-care
centres (including sexual and reproductive care), community centres, and other
services and amenities necessary to ensure the realization of their rights under
the Convention.

THE ARREST AND SENTENCING OF THE 10 WOMEN THIS WEEK IS CAMBODIA’S TOTAL FAILURE TO COMPLY WITHNITS OBLIGATIONS AS A STATE SIGNATORY TO CEDAW IN 1992 AND TO ITS 2010 RATIFICATION OF CEDAW PROTOCOLE.

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2 responses to “CAMBODIA FAILS OBLIGATIIONS TO CEDAW

  1. Dorian Roffe-Hammond

    Like everyone else in Phnom Penh I was appalled early this week with the news that a group of women had been arrested as they protested the lingering deplorable situation at Boeung Kak Lake. The community representatives from Boeung Kak were blocking traffic and were taken into custody by police. Then came one of the worst injustices I have heard: the judge handling their cases sentenced the women to one year in jail. This sentence is incredibly harsh, but I am certain the judge was instructed to make an example of these community activists who were simply exercising their civil rights. Shukaku Inc, which is owned by the wife of Lao Meng Khin, a senator for the Cambodian People´s Party (CPP) (suspiciously) acquired a 99 year lease from the Municipality of Phnom Penh seven years ago. And Shukaku has been waging a clandestine battle ever since in order to rid the remaining residents from Boeung Kak so it can build an elite shopping and condominium complex.

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