Monthly Archives: September 2015

The Root Causes of Migration

Undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia and their families.

Undocumented migrant workers in Malaysia and their families.

Radio monthly Call-in show on Voice of America

http://www.voacambodia.com/content/cambodia-failing-its-women-lawmaker-says/2979197.html

Over 2 million Cambodians are in Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea and the Middle East , majority as undocumented workers.

The main reasons for migration:

1/ poverty

2/ landlessness

3/ debts

4/ unemployment

5/ seeking living wage

 

 

The Human Face of Economic Injustice

Villagers walking from Kompong Chhnang to protest against govt. economic concessions

Villagers walking from Kompong Chhnang to protest against govt. economic concessions

At the bottom of Cambodia’s economic stability.

http://www.opendevelopmentcambodia.net/news/inequality-a-defining-challenge-for-the-world-and-for-cambodia/

WHOSE BODY IS IT?

Visiting maternity ward in Phnom Penh

Visiting maternity ward in Phnom Penh

The debate and the defunding of Planned Parenthood that is going on in the USA is a global issue. Party politics dominates it all. In other parts of the world, it is religion that is the driving force behind, front and center of the debate But whose body is it?

It is about women’s body and Congresswoman of Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren says it all:

and this his is what my daughter says:

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TAKING IT FROM CHINA-GIVING IT BACK TO CHINA

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http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1858974/china-built-dam-cambodia-set-destroy-livelihoods-45000

No strings attached?

This is the reason why freedom of speech, of assembly and of association is so crucial for the affected communities to speak out.

Youth and local activists are arrested, on pre-trial detention  considered as enemy of development and of the state. This  China even more room to occupy Cambodia.

At local level, even provincial governors have no say, no knowledge or little of it till development deals are signed.

Progress and growth do not depend solely on infrastructure. How many more unsustainable development projects must there be till trade and economic ministers will sit down with villagers to hear their side of the story.

The Ministry of Environment has denied two major reports on the devastating level of deforestation in Cambodia. Same attitude as the National Human Rights Committee denial of reports on human rights.

The government reaction to facts: denial or/and shutting down protest.

ASEAN ACCOUNTABILITY ON HUMAN RIGHTS

Meeting with officials at the West Wing.

Meeting with officials at the West Wing.

At State Department

At State Department

Public Hearing with Cong. James McGovern, Co-Chair of Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Public Hearing with Cong. James McGovern, Co-Chair of Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission

Meeting Assistant Deputy Scot Marcel- State Department-16/09/15

Meeting Assistant Deputy Scot Marcel- State Department-16/09/15

Members of Parliament from Cambodia, Malaysia, and Myanmar visited New York and Washington, DC, this week as part of an advocacy mission organized by ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR). In discussions with US policymakers and UN representatives, APHR members stressed the importance of standing up for democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia. They also discussed their recent fact-finding mission to Myanmar and their concerns about the human rights situation as elections approach. http://aseanmp.org

A JUDICIARY IN THE HANDS OF THE EXECUTIVE

Anti-riot police marching in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court

Anti-riot police marching in front of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court

http://www.voacambodia.com/content/legal-experts-say-justice-ministry-granted-excessive

A judiciary system that has no integrity, no trust from the public and now further empowered by heavily contested legislation.

Women’s Human Rights

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From reality to policy. From World and regional summits to women’s daily lives.

A very wide wide gap that still needs to be filled since the 1995 Fourth Conference on Women in Beijing.

interview with Voice of America in Khmer