Call for justice, lasting peace, and stability in Cambodia
As a protest against the detention of five human rights activists last 2 May 2016 under accused bribery charges for covering up a woman’s affair with a government official, various rights groups initiated the “Black Monday” campaign urging the public to wear black T-shirt every Monday and assemble in Phnom Penh starting 9 May 2016.
As the campaign is implemented, more activists are arrested and treated with oppression
ANGOC, together with Asia Democracy Network (AND) and more than 40 CSOs/NGOs support the statement on Working Together for Justice, Lasting Peace and Stability to appeal to the Royal Government of Cambodia to:
- promote, protect, and respect the fundamental rights and freedoms of Cambodian people enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the International Covenants to which Cambodia is a party;
- ensure Cambodian citizens are not arrested where their actions have not contravened law and where their actions are the expression of their rights;
- ensure there is no judicial harassment against Cambodian citizens who are working to protect people’s rights; and
- ensure there is space for democratic participation, advancement of human rights and development processes.