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MP Mu Sochua, to attend Global Ambassador’s Program in Haiti

February 23, 2012

photograph by Cattleya Jaruthavee

On February 28 to March 1, 2012 Cambodian Member of Parliament Mu Sochua will act as a Global Ambassador for the launch of the Vital Voices and Bank of America global mentoring program “The Global Ambassador’s Program” in Pétion-Ville, Haiti. The program seeks to resolve the women’s leadership gap by connecting the expertise of the world’s top women from business, media, government and civil society to outstanding emerging local women leaders. The 2012 program’s Global Ambassadors include: American actress and activist Maria Bello; Minister of Agriculture in the Republic of Liberia, Dr. Florence Chenoweth; a Marketing Executive at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and Constance Morella, the former United States Government Ambassador to the OECD.

Haitian women’s voices are barely present in the country’s social and economic decision making processes. Currently, women make up less than 3% of Haiti’s Parliament. As a result, throughout the course of the past few months, Haitian women’s organizations have hosted 308 focus groups for women across the country to identify and develop policy platforms regarding key issues affecting Haitian women. The Global Ambassador’s Program will provide a space for local leaders to meet, consult, and develop their policy platforms under the mentorship of the Global Ambassadors.

During the program, Haitian women leaders will draft a set of policy priorities based on the issues identified by Haitian women across the country. Each Global Ambassador, including MP Mu Sochua, will mentor two extraordinary Haitian women leaders as they lead this consultative process to produce a National Women’s Platform. On March 1, the National Women’s Platform will be presented to President Michel Martelly to ensure the acknowledged policy priorities are accounted for in the next legislative cycle.

For more information regarding The Global Ambassador’s Program and Global Ambassador MP Mu Sochua, visit: sochua.wordpress.com.

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Mu Sochua holds press conference outside parliament today

I am calling on the government to give priority to people living with HIV/AIDS to have housing in Borei Keila.

Orphans with HIV are left in the care of their grand-parents and now brutally forced out of their homes.

Cambodian Red Cross recieves support from the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation but has yet to come to visit the victims.

Detained Illegally – Freed by Sam Rainsy Party MPs (video)

 Hear the cry for justice. Take action and do not watch passively.
Write to your local and national politicians about these abuses.
Cambodia is hosting ASEAN . President Obama and Sec. Clinton are expected to attend. We need to tell each story of abuse, in particular of women’s human rights violations as Sec. Clinton is a champion of women’s human rights.
USA should not just think about a strategic presence in ASEAN. USA, like any other country that preach human rights, must come with a very clear message:
Free and fair elections for true and not facade of democracy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi_QUruC–c&list=UUWyICQWsoVEnvBoKtzxuUNg&index=1&feature=plcp

Sam Rainsy MPs Freed Illegally Detained Women and Children

Wednesday 18 January, 2012

Sam Rainsy Party MPs, Sovan Pisaka and Mu Sochua were able to enter the Social Affairs Center(the small door was open very shortly for the security guard to enter) where 18 women and 2 children from Borei Keila had been illegally detained by the municipality since 11 January as they demonstrated outside of the municipality office to demand for housing and compensation for their belongings that were destroyed by PHANIMEX company.

The head of the center asked the two lawmakers to leave as they did not have permission. He then locked both gates. He informed both lawmakers that the women and children were at the center but were not registered. The municipality had asked him to watch over them.

MP, Mu Sochua spoke to the women about their rights and the gross violation of human rights committed by the authorities and the company. The head of the company had been every day to force the detainees to thumbprint to accept her offer.

When asked what they wish to do, the women said they wanted to leave the center as they feel scared, unsafe and shame for having to be detained with homeless, mentally disturbed people, drug addicts and young men who are violent. They wish to obtain housing in Borei Keila as promised to them by the prime minister.

After our short meeting, the women gathered their belongings and started climbing over the fence.

Their husbands ad relatives who brought them food and medicines helped them from the other side of the fence and they quickly left the center for town.

The two MPs were locked inside the center for 15 minutes till the head of the center unlocked both gates.

SRP MPS, will send a letter to the Minister of Justice to request action from the municipality court against the authorities and the company for illegal detention.

Since the destruction of Borei Keila, no representative of the government has provided support or care for the victims. The office of the governor and local authorities have provided full protection and total carte blanche to the company to threaten the victims and manipulate the situation.

This is Cambodia!

Video to follow soon.

Attended a Human Rights forum in Battambang

In 1997, over 10,000 hectare of the forest in the district of Koh Kralor were given to Khmer Rouge army officers and leaders in exchange for their re-integration and to stop the armed conflict.

The remaining 3,800 hectares of the forest were reserved for social concessions. 

Throughout the years, the former KR officers and leaders have sold part of the 3,800 hectares that are state land. In the meantime, villagers from the neighboring commune have cleared the remaining forest for farming.

The sale of the state land continues till today with the help of the commune chief, the village chief, and other former KR leaders with protection from police and the court. Villagers who have cleared the forest for farming are threatened, their crops destroyed and face arrest and detention.

I have intervened and rescued many villagers, including children who are arrested and detained. Villagers live in fear of arrest.

My question: why are local authorities allowing and are part of the sale of state land?

My solution: the committee in charge of land management should register villagers with no land and provide them land equally and with transparency, to end the dispute. 

My recommendation to the people: vote for a commune chief who will defend your land and not for a candidate who will sell your land.

A day after the forum took place, a woman is accused of stealing some type of farming equipment. The commune police are threatening with arrest. 

This is a threat and a message to villagers to not speak up against the local authorities.

Beung Kak Lake Update

A scene of immense suffering in front of the Court of Phnom Penh. The victims of Beung Kak lake land concession to a senator of the ruling party cry out for justice. Six have been summoned by the court for defamation, threat and insult. Threat carries a sentence of 6months to 1 year.

I spoke to them the previous day. They are determined to fight till the very end.

I shared with them my 15 months fight with the Cambodian justice system.

They know what is awaiting them but what else is left but to face the Court.

The show of force and courage of the people in front of the Court of Phnom Penh was too much pressure for the prosecutor. The questioning by the Court had to be postponed. The people vowed to return in bigger number.

Mu Sochua, MP

https://sochua.wordpress.com
“I do not fear death; I fear political silence against injustices”
-Malalai Joya, MP Afghanistan

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Cambodian Children and Women Are not Slaves

After reading the article “Maid Agency Rescues 22 Women, Girls”  on the front page of the Cambodia Daily on October 5th, 2011, I began to reflect: Cambodia runs the risk of being seen as not the Kingdom of Wonder but a country that turns its back to its most valuable human potentials.
Sending Cambodian children and our poorest young women to Malaysia as domestic workers must be suspended temporarily until mechanisms for the protection of the rights of the workers are ensured.Police and the Courts have taken action to close down and prosecute the owner as staff of Century Manpower but this case by case action is just putting a band aid to a very serious wound that is a serious violation of human rights, debt bondage and modern slavery.
Indonesia stopped sending domestic workers to Malaysia for two years and now a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the two countries that address the most fundamental rights and protection of the domestic workers.